Celebrated Canadian vocalist-songwriter Melody Diachun to present concert and songwriting workshop in Rossland, BC. Presented by The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture.
The concert is part of the Kootenay leg of Melody’s Get Back to the Groove Tour 2018, which simultaneously marks both the release of a new recording and the launch of a new label. The Get Back to the Groove EP showcases Melody’s soulful voice and sassy style and demonstrates that she is a playful artist who is at home in the jazz world as well as in the blues and r&b sphere. The production reflects Melody’s love of funk and neo-soul while letting her warm, versatile, voice shine. Get Back to the Groove is Melody’s fourth album as leader, and third self-released recording produced by guitarist-bassist, cowriter, mixing engineer, and Melody’s husband, Doug Stephenson.
Released to radio on June 1 of 2018, Get Back to the Groove charted in the Top 20 on !earshot’s Canadian National Jazz Charts for the month of July, 2018, and peaked at #9 for the week of July 17.
“We can’t wait to play this music for everybody,” says Melody.
Joining them at Miner’s Hall: Clinton Swanson on saxes and flute, Mark Spielman on electric bass, and Tony Ferraro on drums. The recording is augmented by long-time collaborators Chris Gestrin on Hammond B3, Chris Andrew on keys, and by young singer Andrew Matthews on background vocals.
CDs available exclusively at live shows.
Concert tickets are $25 and are available at the door or at Out of the Cellar, 2067 Columbia Avenue, Rossland.
The doors open at 7:00 pm and music starts at 7:30 pm.
Melody is also conducting a Songwriting Workshop on 22nd September 1-3pm @ $10 tickets at the Miner’s Hall Door details here
JUNO nominee Melody Diachun is an ideal jazz singer for the 21st century. She has a very appealing and friendly voice, a subtle but exciting improvising style, and is open to the influences of current pop and r&b music. The singer’s brand of groove-jazz is both creative and accessible, appealing to a wide audience while being joyfully unpredictable. In 2009 Melody was nominated “Female Vocalist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. An increasingly significant singer with her own sound, style and approach to creating new music, Melody Diachun is just getting started.
TOP 20: !earshot National Jazz Charts, month of July, 2018
TOP 10: !earshot National Jazz Charts, week ending July 24, 2018
NOMINEE: Kootenay Music Awards “Best Blues Song”. Winner TBA March 16, 2018
NOMINEE: Kootenay Music Awards “Artist of The Year”. Winner TBA March 16, 2018
NOMINEE: National Jazz Awards “Female Vocalist of the Year”, 2009
WINNER: Western Canadian Music Awards’ “Outstanding Jazz Recording of The Year”, Altered Laws “Metaphora”, 2008
NOMINEE: JUNO “Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year,” Altered Laws “Metaphora”, 2008
RECIPIENT: RAWLCO 10K20 Project Recording Grant recipient, 2006
RECIPIENT: Canada Council for the Arts Short Term Grant, 1994
Get Back to the Groove TOUR DATES
June 15: Calgary, Alberta | JazzYYC Summer Festival, Junction
June 15: Calgary, Alberta | Jazz Vocal Workshop, Memorial Park Library
June 17, Calgary, Alberta | “Women in Jazz” panel, The Ironwood
June 20: Cranbrook, BC | The Stage Door
June 21: Nelson, BC | Shambhala Music & Performance Hall, Selkirk College
June 22: Enderby, BC | Lorenzo’s Café
June 24: Vancouver, BC | Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Frankie’s Jazz Club
June 25: Duncan, BC | The Duncan Showroom
July 25: Castlegar, BC | Music in the Park Concert Series, Kinnaird Park
August 3: Kaslo, BC | Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival
August 23: Trail, BC | Trail Concerts in the Park Concert Series, Gyro Park
September 22: Rossland, BC | Concert and Workshop, Miner’s Hall, Presented by the RCAC