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Strong Women Strong Music 2016: Jillian Lebeck

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. Pianist/Vocalist Jillian Lebeck 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?
Yes, I once walked into a venue and heard this great Norwegian / Swedish group called Atomic. Not knowing anything about the band, I was transfixed immediately.

Could you name a music teacher or mentor who has influenced and inspired you?
All of the players that I am lucky enough to get to work with in this industry.

Could you name a few artists whose recordings you enjoy listening to?
Sure – lately it’s Keith Jarrett’s solo piano work, a lot of Charlie Haden, Lauryn Hill, Aros, D’Angelo, Frank Ocean, Donny Hathaway.

Do you come from a musical family?
Yes. My family is small but we have musical history.

Is there a famous musician you admire and if so why?
I admire many musicians regardless of whether they are famous or not, but I do admire Stevie Wonder, always. His writing, playing, singing. All of it.

Do you play any other instruments other than your main instrument?
Yes, I have played trumpet, bass, guitar, drums …

What it is about performing music that you particularly enjoy?
Performing music to me is a lot the same as playing music in my practice studio. It’s always a personal experience and for me, I’m always focused on some spiritual attraction or playing off of an energy whether that be from something or someone that is meaningful to me in some way.

Could you name a famous song that you wish you were the composer of?
Auld Lang Syne. There is nostalgia built right into it.


Help us celebrate 10 years of Strong Women Strong Music!

In celebration of International Women’s Day join us on the 8th, 10th and 11th of March for the 10th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring West Coast’s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Women’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 Frankie’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: Frankie’s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
Time: 8pm-10pm – Performances start at 8pm.
Tickets: $20

Reservations for Frankie’s:
Admission at the door

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