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Strong Women Strong Music 2016: Kate Hammett-Vaughan

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 Kate Hammett-Vaughan will be one of the featured artists on March 10th @ Frankie’s:


Do you remember a concert that you attended that impacted you in a profound way?
Seeing Betty Carter live for the first time in the early ‘80s at the Arts Club Theatre. She blew my mind!
Could you name a music teacher or mentor who has influenced and inspired you?
Jay Clayton has been a teacher and mentor for me for 30 years. Her free improvising, the way she sings standards, the way she shares her work and wisdom through performing and teaching. She’s a role model and an inspiration to me.
Could you name a few artists whose recordings you enjoy listening to?
In terms of jazz singers, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Jay Clayton. Plus my jazz singer friends in Vancouver: Karin Plato, Jennifer Scott, Jaclyn Guillou, Carman J. Price, and many others. We are blessed to have so many fine singers in our town.
Do you come from a musical family?
Yes. Everyone in my family loves music and we all play and sing.
Is there a famous musician you admire and if so why?
David Bowie was absolutely amazing. His fearless approach to his art and his commitment to growing and changing is so inspiring.
Do you play any other instruments other than your main instrument?
I play piano, just enough to practice singing and to use in my teaching work. Not a performer on the piano.
What it is about performing music that you particularly enjoy?
I love the feeling of making immediate music with others and sharing that joy with the listeners.
Could you name a famous song that you wish you were the composer of?
‘So In Love’ by Cole Porter.
If you were able to share coffee, conversation and a duet with an influential female musician who would that person be? Joni Mitchell.
Advice to young aspiring musicians?
Listen. A lot. Learn new things, try new things. Do what you love to do, even if you don’t make money at it. If you need to get another job to support yourself while you learn and practice your art (and that may be for a long time) just do it. Keep your art and music safe in your mind and heart as a thing that brings you joy.


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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