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May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Young Jazz Vocalist & Musician Beyond Her Years
“Maya Rae already has an impressive grasp of the jazz form, and she’s determined to make this classic style speak to kids her own age.”
-The Georgia Straight

One of Canada’s Top 35 Jazz Artists Under 35 (CBC) “…a supremely gifted artist who is able to phrase like Sarah Vaughan but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell.”

Prodigious young talents performing jazz music and the American Songbook have gone back to the beginnings of the genre – artists like Ella Fitzgerald and even Judy Garland were blowing away listeners of all ages with their talent, incredible tone and sense of swing from their teenage years and beyond.

This phenomenon has led to an ongoing output of incredible female singers over the decades, that continues today with Vancouver-based, 16 year-old singer, musician and composer, Maya Rae.

Maya is inspired by musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and The Beatles, and modern-day artists like Jamie Cullum, Megan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, and Adele.

This is not uncommon with singers today – growing up in an iTunes or Spotify generation, young artists can find themselves listening to a compilation of hundreds of songs from dozens of genres, all in one session. It has led to a generation that is blind to genre or musical confines – the key is to find a balance in these influences, allowing the listener a musical experience and journey in concert that is entertaining and enlightening. In her short career as a performer, Maya has found that balance and is becoming a meaningful storyteller on the stage.

“Listening to Maya Rae’s Sapphire Birds, it is difficult to believe that the singer is just 16 years old. Her vocalizing is versatile and inventive, her originals are sophisticated, and she sounds very mature, making her age seem irrelevant.”
-Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist & Historian


May 6
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm