Music at Fieldcote, the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band and its partners are gearing up for the Rhythm and Blues In the Village and More Concert Series.
Performances take place at the Old Firehall Arts Centre, 334 Wilson St. E., Ancaster. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets, $25, are available at Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E., 905-648-8888, cash or cheque, and online at www.hamiltonallstarjazz.org.
Included on the fall lineups are Sharon Musgrave, Oct. 19; Elizabeth Shepherd, Oct. 26; Jackie Richardson, Nov. 9; Jack DeKeyzer, Nov. 16; Tyler Yarema, Nov. 23.
Sharon Musgrave is a singer/songwriter who achieved international status when she co-wrote the hit Fascinating Rhythm (not to be confused with George Gershwin’s original). She has toured with many jazz greats, including Herbie Hancock. Her most recent Canadian solo release earned her two nominations as Best Songwriter.
Vocalist/pianist Elizabeth Shepherd is a two-time Juno award nominee who arrived on the international scene in 2006 with her debut album Start To Move that was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year.
Jackie Richardson is a Canadian singer and actress, one of the country’s most highly regarded stars of gospel, jazz and blues. Awards and nominations include Junos, Geminis, Jessie & Bessie’s, Maple Blues and Canadian Black Achievement Award for the Arts. Richardson has starred opposite Christopher Reeve, Sydney Poitier, Jane Seymour and Keifer Sutherland.
Inspired by the primal rock ‘n roll and blues of Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and Cliff Richard, Jack DeKeyzer toured Canada with King Biscuit Boy for several years before joining up with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks.
His recordings have garnered two Juno wins, seven Maple Blues awards, an international song-writing first-place award and numerous nominations in every category from best album, to best entertainer, to best guitar player of the year. DeKeyzer grew up in the Cockney streets of London, England, but has lived in Hamilton since 1964.
Tyler Yarema and his band are back by popular demand. The band specializes in a unique hybrid of blues, jump-blues, swing, boogie-woogie and original popular music. Yarema gained traction by playing alongside the late Jeff Healey, Chris Whitely, King Biscuit Boy and the Downchild Blues Band.