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Jaclyn Guillou: Winter for Beginners

Date and Venue 9 Oct 2014 @ 8pm | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Award-Winning Jazz Vocalist Jaclyn Guillou showcased her new album Winter for Beginners. She addressed the jam-packed crowd at the intimate PAL Studio Theatre and said that her album " is really about exploring the role of nature, the four seasons and how people respond and react to each other in their surroundings,“

She sang all the songs in her CD album, six of which were original compositions: "In a Wooden House", "When the Leaves Fall", "Winter for Beginners" "Spring Promise for Beauty", Summer Where", and "Castle Garden".

She's an up and coming Canadian jazz celebrity. Her voice is wonderful, and her compositions, innovative. I congratulated her after the show and expressed my delight in hearing her sing. I reviewed her concert when she performed at the Cultch three years ago, and I was impressed y this young lady.

Accompanying her was the Jaclyn Guillou Quintet (David Blake, guitar; Andre Millar,drums; Jeff Gammon, bass; Bruno Hubert, piano; with special guests Peggy Lee (cello) and Brad Turner (trumpet).

The first part of the programme was a rendition of jazz songs by the Brad Turner Trio (Will Churnoff, bass; Bernie Arai, drums; aqnd Brad Turner, piano.) "Someday My Prince Will Come" was beautifully rendered ala Miles Davies style, and I also enjoyed the Trio's rendition of "The Touch of Your Lips", one of Tony Bennet's favourites.

I was sitting beside Bobby Wiens, a Capilano student majoring in Jazz and specializing in percussion. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have gotten most of the names of the instrumentalists and the tunes because there was no programme. But in jazz, who needs a programme? Most of it is improvised anyway.

© 2014 Ed Farolan