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THE MAUREEN KENNEDY QUARTET
December 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm$15
Maureen Kennedy – Vocals, Ben Bishop – Guitar, Steve Wallace – Bass Mike Murley – Saxophone
Save the date for Maureen Kennedy’s return to Jazz Bistro with her ever expanding repertoire of standards. She will be accompanied by three highly respected Toronto jazz pros Steve Wallace (bass), Mike Murley (saxophone) and Ben Bishop (guitar). Maureen has recorded two CDs. “This is Always” and “Out of the Shadows”. Ted Ono, the producer of Out of the Shadows, says, “Discerning listeners should find Maureen Kennedy’s warm, round and resonant sound both delightful and refreshing. She sings with understatement while still retaining her jazz identity.”
Maureen has cultivated an extensive repertoire of memorable standards and rediscovered gems that compliment her very personal sound. Kennedy developed her love for jazz in her early twenties when she studied for six years with Canadian flugelhorn and trumpet player Fred Stone. The purity of her sound and her restrained use of vibrato developed under his tutelage.
Through the years Ms. Kennedy has performed at numerous venues and arts events in and around the city of Toronto with many of Canada’s accomplished jazz players
Maureen’s vast musical knowledge has been put to great use in her work as a Media Librarian and visual researcher for the CBC in Toronto. In her job she catalogues archival arts, music and entertainment programming, which has given her insight into Canadian jazz history.
“Too often we heap praise on an artist. In the case of Maureen Kennedy, it is not often enough. Ethereal, soulful and a singular voice that is immediate in its impact and timeless in its breadth. Maureen Kennedy is that rarest of things, a jazz singer.” Ralph Benmergui, Canadian television and radio personality, formerly with the CBC and Jazz FM 91.1
“She has a voice that soothes the soul with a distinct sound that is reminiscent of some of the jazz greats from another era. Her sound is pure, her phrasing precise and her style swings.” – Jazzreview.com