Reminder: Georgette Sings Etta tonight, Andrew Downing and Guc Basar Gulle Sunday

This is just a quick reminder that we have a great weekend of music ahead:

October 5: Georgette Sings Etta 7:30 at The Octave

Georgette Poster Letter7:30pm at The Octave (711 Dalton Ave).  Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, and Tara Natural Food.

After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year will again take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert. An accomplished singer/songwriter from Kingston, and a veteran of the concert and festival circuit, she receives rave reviews for her live performances. Georgette has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.”  She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups!

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues. Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News writes, “With her luscious singing voice, she explores the soulful grey area between blues and jazz, where artists like Etta James and Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt have staked their careers.” Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Georgette’s full band is:

  • Jon Stewart (Sax)
  • James Wannamaker (Sax)
  • Janet McRae (Trumpet)
  • Dave Barton (Guitar)
  • Zak Colbert (Bass)
  • Ken Hall (Organ)
  • Al McCain (Piano)
  • Duncan Holt (Drums)
  • Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac, Kevin Head (Vocals)

October 6: Andrew Downing and Guc Basar Gulle 2pm at The Wilson Room

Andrew Downing2pm at The Wilson Room.  Tickets $20, $5 for students.

Following their recent album of original Turkish-inspired jazz music recorded in Istanbul, Andrew Downing (Toronto) and Guc Basar Gulle (Istanbul, Turkey) will be bringing a unique quartet of outstanding musicians to the Wilson Room of the Public Library on Sunday October 6th.  This will be an incredibly rare opportunity to enjoy:

  • Andrew Downing (cello)
  • Guc Basar Gulle (oud)
  • Peter Lutek (G clarinet)
  • Deb Sinha (percussion)