Ottawa JazzWorks to present Special Events with internationally known, gifted song writer and vocalist “Vinx” on February 12 and 13, 2015.
The two day series of Special Events begins with an Evening Concert, 8:00 pm at Zolas Restaurant on February 12 th, and continues with two events on February 13 th, a “Critical Listening” Workshop in the Recording Studio at Algonquin College from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, where Vinx will coach participants on vocal recording techniques and an evening “Vocalists’ Open Mic and Master Class” with Vinx at the BluesFest School of Music and Art from 8:00 to 10:30 pm.
Vinx has recorded and toured with many of the music industry’s greatest icons, including Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis, Ernie Watts, Taj Mahal, Ricki Lee Jones, Darius Rucker, Vance Gilbert, Cassandra Wilson, Brenda Russell, Cher and numerous others. His song writing credits are a long list ranging from Tom Jones and Will Downing to The Lion King and Sprite™.
“JazzWorks is excited to be taking the chill off Ottawa’s winter for jazz vocalists and jazz enthusiasts by presenting this wonderful international recording artist and educator,” said JazzWorks’ Executive Director/Producer, Judith Humenick. “These events, sponsored in partnership with Zolas Restaurant, the Algonquin College Music Industry Program and the BluesFest School of Music and Art, will be Vinx’s first performance in the Ottawa area. We know Ottawa will welcome Vinx, fresh from performances in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, to share his vocal magic. ”
Currently on the teaching faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Vinx resides in Concord, New Hampshire where he operates his recording studios and production company, Dreamsicle Arts & Entertainment Group. There, he mentors up and coming vocal artists, through a variety of song writing and vocal recording seminars and events.
Undoubtedly one of the most gifted improvisational vocalists performing today, with songs that range from jazz to funk, bossa nova to blues and back again, each audience takes a world tour with VINX as their private guide. Soaring vocals, intricate layered melodies and grooves, and that primal hand drum holding it all together mark the signature style that makes VINX a stand out among world class vocalists.
Infused with tastes from around the world, his song writing is a tour de force combining the best in storytelling with the heart and soul of a true balladeer. Although he is often joined by a range of stunning musicians, Vinx is unique in that his fined tuned composition skills, mastery of in-the-moment vocal looping and razor sharp instincts infuse his solo performance with the lushness of a full symphony orchestra. But don’t be fooled by the force of his talent, his aim is to make it feel good and groove! More information about Vinx is available at www.vinx.com
"Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a cappella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic...It's his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen." ~ MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE.
Tickets and registration details are available at the JazzWorks website www.jazzworkscanada.com or by calling 613-523-0316.
For information contact Judith Humenick at Jhproductions@bell.net or 613-721-6157.
Beginning Jan. 11, JazzWorks is introducing a different kind of jam session in a different kind of location.
Located at Festival House, 450 Churchill Avenue, the Sunday afternoon jam session is intended as a comfortable learning environment for less experienced singers and instrumentalists, but musicians at all levels can take part.
The new Sunday jam, running from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the afternoon, is patterned after the beginner’s jam sessions that were introduced at the JazzWorks jazz camp in the summer. Those jam sessions were mentored by faculty members and instruction was given to help participants get the most out of the jam session experience.
We’re pleased to announce that bassist and JazzWorks artistic director John Geggie will be on hand as mentor for the first Sunday jam. Geggie, along with a host band, will help guide the proceedings.
Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available.
Read more about our Jams on our Jams page...