In preparation for the Strong Women Strong Music 2016 Benefit for the Atira Women’s Centre (details below), Karin Plato has been posting profiles of the artists involved with her Platonic Questionnaire – these are too good to simply evaporate on Facebook. Vocalist Jennifer Scott will be one of the featured artists on March 8th @ Frankie’s:
Do you remember a concert that you attended that impacted you in a profound way?
The first big one for me was Ella Fitzgerald – 5 nights in a row at the International Plaza. I was in the front row all five nights – and I was underage, but no one seemed to care! Getting to talk to her as well cemented my desires to become an improvising jazz singer.
Could you name a music teacher or mentor who has influenced and inspired you?
Mark Ledford, when I was in Banff – he was a great singer, an interesting teacher and told me to take no prisoners. He let me know what I was capable of and I’m forever grateful for that.
Could you name a few artists whose recordings you enjoy listening to?
Joyce Moreno, Elis Regina, Kate McGarry, Joni Mitchell, Dinah Washington – oh, gosh the list is huge. Lots of instrumentalists, my absolute favourite being Fred Hersch – anytime, anyplace.
Do you come from a musical family?
My mother was a classical singer and choir leader. We always sang together: mom, dad, my brother & sister – everyone could sing and play some instrument. I’m very lucky that way. I recently found out my great grandmother was a Haida musicmaker. So it goes back a ways!
Is there a famous musician you admire and if so why?
Stevie Wonder – because he never sounds bad.
Do you play any other instruments other than your main instrument?
Yes, I started out on flute! But mostly I play piano & sometimes ukulele and melodica.
What it is about performing music that you particularly enjoy?
The community of it. Creating beauty with other musicians and finding the connecction to the audience.
Could you name a famous song that you wish you were the composer of?
The Secret O’ Life by James Taylor.
If you were able to share coffee, conversation and a duet with an influential female musician who would that person be?
Advice to young aspiring musicians?
Keep all the doors open. Be respectful of those who came before you, of those you are presently engaged with and those wanting to learn from you.
Help us celebrate 10 years of Strong Women Strong Music!
In celebration of International Womenâ€™s Day join us on the 8th, 10th and 11th of March for the 10th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring West Coastâ€™s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Womenâ€™s Resource Society. Revel in the voices and music of these talented artists while investing in the soul and spirit of the Downtown Eastside, where EWMA helps art and empowerment bloom.
One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to EWMA. For more than thirteen years EWMA has provided safe, income-generating opportunities for women in the Downtown Eastside free from exploitation, abuse and other vulnerabilities.
This year we are delighted to be partnering with Vancouver Coastal Jazz. With their support we have been able to extend the concert to three nights and to use their fantastic location Frankieâ€™s Jazz Club, where food will also be available. The Strong Women Strong Music Concerts are part of a month long celebration of women in jazz.
Mar 8 – Jennifer Scott, Laura Crema, Jaclyn Guillou, Jen Hodge, Sharon Minemoto, Karen Graves
Mar 10 – Karin Plato, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Daphne Roubini, Jillian Lebeck, Geeta Das, Wendy Solloway
Mar 11 – Leora Cashe, Dawn Aitken, Andrea Superstein, Diane Lines, Wendy Solloway, Mili Hong
Location: Frankieâ€™s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
Time: 8pm-10pm â€“ Performances start at 8pm.
Reservations for Frankieâ€™s:
Admission at the door