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HEART AND SOUL + BASS
July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$15
Elvira Hopper – Vocals
Darryl Joseph-Dennie – Keys
The sophisticated jazz/pop fusion duo Heart & Soul has been sharing its love for music and unique interpretation of classic and modern mainstays since 2013.
Originally meeting as a student and teacher, Elvira Hopper and Darryl Joseph-Dennie quickly formed a serendipitous partnership, and Heart (Elvira) & Soul (Darryl) formed organically. Their professional collaboration, along with Elvira’s strong, yet sweet and sunny voice, and Darryl’s exceptional instrumental abilities, quickly established a niche for classic jazz “with a twist” in North America’s creative capital, the Greater Toronto Area.
Heart & Soul is now poised to build on its success, recently pioneering GTA West Jazz, bringing the downtown scene to its roots in the city’s west end, and performing with such artists as Ross MacIntyre (bass), Peter Hill (keys), Warren James, Tim Boyle and Jazz FM’s Laura Fernandez. The duo has also performed regularly at the 120 Diner in downtown Toronto, and at numerous art shows, festivals and private clubs. Elvira also sings with the Mississauga Swing Band, and Darryl leads T.A.P. – The Audition Project with Kim and Karion Haynes, producing and arranging music for live shows.
According to her family, Elvira has been singing her entire life, but it was a career and life transition just a few years ago that gave her the inspiration to pursue her love of singing professionally. Likewise, Darryl’s natural talent was apparent at a young age and he has studied classical jazz since the age of six at the renowned Merriam School of Music, where he is a Music Education Specialist to this day.
In the words of one reviewer: “Her voice soothes you, enraptures you, captivates you. His fingers move almost effortlessly, bringing to life melodic sounds that fill the air…”