[intro]Mark McLean featuring Kellylee Evans performing SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the Bell Main Stage. This is a free concert.[/intro]
“I don’t want to be seen as a drummer. I want to be known as a musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums.”
Mark McLean started his career in Toronto as a jazz drummer. He moved to New York City in 2000 and since then has earned a far-reaching reputation, both as a versatile, sensitive player and as a visionary bandleader and recording artist.
As an in demand side musician, he has contributed to a remarkably diverse assortment of recording projects and live tours, working with a broad array of artists from the worlds of jazz, pop and rock. Such artists include Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Andrea Bocelli, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Sample, Glen Campbell, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick and most recently pop icon, George Michael.
Mark has released two albums of original compositions, his instrumental debut Playground (2010) and Feel Alright (2014) which features his talents as a songwriter
The voice of Juno award winning vocalist Kellylee Evans, considered one of the most beautiful of her generation, received unanimous critical praise for her 2010 tribute to Nina Simone. And now she returns with her new opus, “I Remember When”, showing her vocal skills yet again. This time she chooses songs by the likes of Eminem, John Legend and Kanye West, taking them into her own world of jazz, soul and hip hop while adding a few classics (Gladys Knight) and the quirky title “And So We Dance”. Her energy charged shows have seen her opening for an eclectic selection of artists such as Tony Bennett, John Legend, Jamie Cullum, Willie Nelson and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.