[intro]Carol McCartney performs SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the Bell Main Stage. This is a free concert.[/intro]

Anyone familiar with the Brantford Downtown Jazz concert series will know the Carol is an audience favourite! Check out Murray Charter’s review of that concert to understand the power of her performance.

Carol McCartney continues her evolution in jazz. After the traditional big band stylings of her celebrated recording A Night In Tunisia, Carol’s new music is a contemporary slant on classic standards, to be showcased on her new CD due out this spring. With an armful of new arrangements by two-time JUNO winner Brian Dickinson, Carol comes to this place in her career via years in the gin-joint trenches alongside some of the great jazz players of our time. Carol has performed with Bucky Pizzarelli, Slam Stewart, Rob McConnell, Norm Amadio, Mel Lewis, Guido Basso — and has opened for legendary comedian Bob Newhart several times.

Her most recent recording session is a cherished memory for her. Carol joined the late, great Peter Appleyard—a musical mentor from the earliest beginnings of her career—on his eponymous recording Sophisticated Ladies, performing Duke Ellington’s classic Mood Indigo. Carol worked with Peter for three decades and dedicates a track to him on her upcoming CD.

Carol is equally at ease displaying elegant cool in front of many of North America’s premiere orchestras at celebrated venues, from Toronto to California, from Vancouver to Florida — and countless stops in between.

She has been featured with symphonies in Detroit, Sarasota, New Mexico, and Omaha this year alone, as well as debuting her newest symphony show A Tribute to Ella and Oscar (alongside long-time collaborator pianist John Sherwood) with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Over the past three years, she has performed dozens of jazz pops symphony concerts with clarinet phenom David Bennett. And she has swung in smaller jazz venues across the continent with such luminaries as Dave Young, Terry Clarke, Reg Schwager, Tad Weed and Kieran Overs.

After all of her travels, Carol was welcomed home this spring when Toronto Council named a street in her honour in the North Toronto neighbourhood where she grew up. Presented by Mayor Rob Ford, McCartney Street is around the corner from her childhood home.

“Now here is a voice for the future of jazz. By turns silky and smooth, warm and enveloping, and still soaring across a huge range of notes and expression, McCartney has it all. Her voice can be clear and limpid when needed, then cloudy and troubled, always deeply expressive of the song at hand.” —Murray Charters, Brantford Expositor

Visit Carol’s web site.

Don’t forget your tickets for our 2013 headliners!
Manhattan Transfer perform September 14, 2013 at the
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford, ON
Tickets $60.00 VIP / $50.00
1-800-265-0710 or 519-758-8090 or online here

Photo Credit: Kostel Photo