August 7th-13th 2006

Performers

We are now accepting applications for the 2007 Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival

Performer Submissions

Please forward music sample, biography, and fee for performance to:

Jill Murdoch, Event Coordinator
c/o Eclipse Concerts Inc
PO Box 130
Blackstock, ON
L0B 1B0

Angela Scappatura

Angela Scappatura

(The Main Event in Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): While only a year has passed since leaving Northern Ontario for the wilds of Toronto to record her debut CD A Little Bit of Sugar, Angela has received the kind of acclaim and recognition that seasoned artists have worked years to attain. With her romantic, yet sultry elegance, she’s firmly taken her place in the hearts of admirers everywhere and, like any gifted artist, has left them longing for more. Angela has spent the past year delighting audiences across Canada with her blues infused jazz. Through this time she has won a Northern Ontario Music Award, opened for Ronnie Hawkins at Massey Hall, performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, The Canada Walk of Fame Gala as well as the Beaches, Distillery and Port Credit Jazz Festivals. Other venues include The Montreal Bistro, The Rex, and The Capitol Centre. Angela Scappatura combines traditional jazz standards, old blues and original music to create a sweet soulful sound all her own.

Babes in Jazzland

Babes in Jazzland

(The Main Event in Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): The Babes In Jazzland will perform songs from their debut recording, as well as some jazz standards and original compositions. The band features Ashley Wey (piano), Christine Bougie (guitar), Lauren Falls (bass), Jasmine Jones (drums), Amy Medvick (flute) and Shelkah Francis (sax). Vocalists include: Marieve Herington, Sophia Perlman, Elizabeth Shepherd and Janelle Monique. This ensemble is all female, all under 30 and all students/grads of Humber, U of T and McGill.

Bradley & the Bouncers

(The Main Event in Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): Bradley Harder is the youngest of 13 children and was born in Saskatoon in 1960. Coming from a religious background, Bradley’s family sang gospel music. Bradley performed in many types of bands throughout his life. In 1992 he was playing a rockabilly concert in Russia when he came down with laryngitis. Antibiotics didn’t work and Bradley ended up with nodes on his vocal chords. This resulted in his deep throaty style of singing, which lends itself perfectly to jazz and blues. Bradley now sings standards by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and Fats Waller. He has evolved into a dashing and professional jazzman on the Toronto scene, hooking listeners in with his unique voice and commanding stage presence. Bradley and the Bouncers deliver the goods every time

Cimarron

Cimarron

(The Main Event at Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): Born in Havana, Cuba, Cimarron leader Luis Mario’s earliest musical influences came from his father Luis Ochoa Sr. singer, guitarist and founding member of Trio Voces de Oro, one of Cuba’s most romantic ensembles. At the age of 11, Luis Mario began full time music studies at some of Havana’s top conservatories. After 13 years of intense studies, he graduated B.A. (hon) in classical guitar from The University of Havana’s Institute Superior of Arts. In 1990 Luis Mario arrived in Toronto, Canada embracing the city as his new home. In 1992, he formed his band Cimarrón, (See-mah-rón, meaning “free spirit”), and three years later recorded their first CD A La Cubana. One of the first recordings to emerge from Toronto’s Latin music scene, the album introduced Canadian audiences to the ensemble’s unique sound. Apart from his busy performance and recording schedule, Luis teaches a Latin Jazz Ensemble at the renowned Humber College Institute, as well as conducting a Cuban Music Workshop sponsored by World of Music Toronto. His most recent release Cimarrón is a perfect blend of Cuban Jazz-Fusion. The self-titled CD hit the streets on January 15th, 2006 and includes an all-stars cast of jazz and Latin jazz musicians from Toronto, as well as three very special guests: Paquito D’Rivera, Guido Basso and Luis’ dear father Luis Ochoa Sr.

Colin Linden

Colin Linden

(The Main Event at Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): Juno award winner and Grammy nominee Colin Linden wears more hats than you’d find at a Royal wedding, and we’re not just talking about the trademark big black hat he favours on and offstage. This musical renaissance man is indeed a multiple threat - as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is in major demand by artists wanting him to produce, write for, and/or play on their records (he has played on 300 and produced 60 albums), yet somehow finds time to both pursue a prolific solo career and play a key role in Canadian roots-rock “supergroup” Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Linden has been playing his style of acoustic Country Blues for over 30 years, and is the basis for his tenth solo album easin’ back to tennessee.

George Grosman

George Grosman

(The Main Event at Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): After completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London, England, George embarked on a full time music career, working as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, arranger and producer. George’s primary area of interest is the pre-bebop jazz era of the 1920’s and 1930’s, playing classic American songbook laced with gypsy jazz melodies and original compositions. George counts Toronto jazzmen as guitarists Tony Quarrington and Kevin Barrett, trumpeter Kevin Clark, violinist Drew Jurecka, and keyboardist Ashley Wey among his collaborators. George’s music is featured regularly on many radio stations in Canada and the US and he has written music for TV and radio. His song, Together As One, is the theme song for the DARE Arts Childrens’ Choir. The song has been showcased in all the choir’s national and international performances and was performed at the Canadian Embassy in Oslo, Norway, in conjunction with the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Awards. George also performs with Music on the Corner, a group that performs in the Czech language for the Czech and Slovak communities throughout Canada. George will playing at the Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival with his current trio, which includes Ashley Wey on keyboards and Doug Banwell on saxophone

Mood Swing

Mood Swing

(The Main Event at Memorial Park, Saturday August 12): Mood Swing is a swing band that has been together for eight years. The band is comprised of parents, teachers and members from the Durham community who love to make great music from the swing era and the following years. This is truly a “community” band which has enjoyed playing for Oshawa’s Fiesta Week and Canada Day celebrations, numerous fund-raisers and charity concerts including Benefit of Dreams concerts for the Hospital for Sick Children and Light Up the Night charity for the Leukemia Society. Mood Swing’s repertoire includes everything from big band swing to contemporary Broadway show tunes.

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