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120 Diner’s Jazz Series Presents

Vocalist Brenda Lewis’ Toronto CD Release for  Her 3rd Jazz CD “Far & Near”


Moving effortlessly between standards, RnB and country swing, Guelph-based chanteuse Brenda Lewis’ voice is described as “an elastic instrument – especially in songs which speak to the heart” (Robert Reid, Arts, The Waterloo Record). In recent years, her warmth and soulful delivery have captivated audiences in the 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest, Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and prestigious McMichael Art Gallery jazz series, Midland Cultural Centre, Halton Hills Cultural Centre, Flying Beaver Pubaret (Toronto) – and many more. Over her 20+ year music career, Lewis’ CDs have enjoyed airplay on CBC across Canada, BBC and Jazz.FM Toronto.

She is joined at 120 Diner by Toronto jazz guitar wiz Margaret Stowe 

Lewis’ third jazz CD “Far and Near” is a collection of jazz songs spanning where we may travel; both far away geographically, back in time – and near to the heart. It is a  celebration of the familiar, exotic and quirky; containing some less-often-performed jazz standards such as Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, and, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; balanced by the humourous Cow Cow Boogie, and, Brazilian samba Crickets Sing For Anamaria. These are offset by more contemporary soul and roots-based songwriting with beautifully-crafted interpretations of pieces originally performed by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson (To Be Free), Jesse Winchester (I Wave Bye Bye) and Sarah McLachlan (World on Fire). 

Also of note is a fine swing piece He Surprises Me by award-winning Canadian songwriter Gayle Ackroyd .

Along with Margaret Stowe’s stellar guitar stylings on the CD are a number of guest appearances by Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies)
adding a nod to jazz harmonica great Toots Thielman, as well as bass and mandolin – making this a jazz album with a distinct sound of its own.

What: 120 Diner Jazz Series Presents Brenda Lewis, Jazz Vocalist’sToronto CD Release for “Far & Near”Date: Saturday November 14, 6-8pm

Location: Presented by 120 Diner ‘s Jazz Concert Series in Club 120’s theatre (dinner cabaret-style), right above the diner on the 2nd floor,

120 Church Street, Toronto

Cover Charge: $10 per person (*Cash please)

Call 416-792-7725 or Text 416-706-4237

and one week later … a Hometown CD Release Party, too – Guelph:
Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm at Diana Downtown restaurant , 141 Wyndham St N, Downtown Guelph
Come celebrate with us at Brenda’s hometown (of 25 yrs!) CD release concert for “Far & Near”!
$10 Cover Charge at the Door (cash)
Dinner Reservations Recommended: (519) 836-3460
Brenda Lewis ~ Vocals, Margaret Stowe ~ Guitars,
Special Guests! Gayle Ackroyd ~ Vocal Harmonies, John Zadro ~ Keys

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