Vocalist, composer and producer, Jennifer “Red” Thorpe, is a Canadian jazz talent to watch. Following her Jazz Vocalist nomination at the 2012 Jack Richardson Music Awards in London, she recorded with Canadian jazz greats Mark Eisenman and Reg Schwager at Loach Engineering in Toronto. The session included her bossa arrangement of Willie P. Bennett’s, “The Lucky Ones” and a double-metre reinvention of Gordon Lightfoot’s, “Pussywillows, Cattails.” She also recorded Jobim tunes “Corcovado” and “Agua De Beber” in Portuguese and the classic Yves Montand hit, “Les Feuilles Mortes,” en français.

This November she is producing, “Ed Bickert at 80: A Jazz Celebration” at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The concert features fourteen of Canada’s jazz luminaries including Lorne Lofsky, Reg Schwager, Jake Langley, Don Thompson, Terry Clarke and The Barry Elmes Quintet performing in tribute to Canada’s jazz guitar icon Ed Bickert. CBC Radio 2’s Canada: LIVE! is recording the concert for broadcast on Ed Bickert’s 80th birthday, November 29th.

Currently, Red is writing original Canadian jazz material with plans to record her debut album, “Miss January.” She also continues to guest host “All That Jazz” with friend and broadcaster A.J. Lavoie on CHRW 94.9 FM.

April15th, 2012
Jack Richardson Music Awards, London, Ontario
Jennifer Thorpe Quartet – featuring Chris Norley, Darryl Stacey, Sandy MacKay
Jennifer Thorpe – jazz vocalist nominee

 

August 8th 2012
Melodies At The Museum, St Marys Museum, St Marys, Ontario
Jennifer Thorpe Trio featuring Steve Clark & Steve Smith

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August 14th  2012
The Oxford Garden Party, Elm Hurst Inn, Ingersoll, Ontario
Jennifer Thorpe Quartet featuring Don DiCarlo, Larry Ernewein, Sandy MacKay
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November 23 & 24 2012
Jazz At The Idlewyld
36 Grand Ave, London, Ontario
Jennifer Thorpe with Charlie Rallo & George Mitchell
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Jazz Dinner Show, 3-Course Dinner $60
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April 26th 2013
Jazz By The Bog
St Aidan’s Anglican Church, London, Ontario
Jennifer Thorpe with John Noubarian

PERFORMANCE
Born in Winnipeg during the worst blizzard in ten years (talk about luck!), Jennifer was raised with five siblings just outside of Fort Frances, Ontario. The Canadian Shield was her backyard. Given to daydreaming and wandering in nature, she fell in love with the northern bush: blooming bog and marsh marigolds in spring, towering white pines, blueberry picking down old logging roads and swimming in the deep sapphire blue of Rainy Lake. In winter, she skated with her siblings on a frozen pond, shovelled snow, hauled wood, played shinny and froze her ears on the way to school.

It is an unlikely place for a jazz musician to begin but music is in her bones: her great- great-grandfather played the fiddle at socials in the early 1900s; her grandparents played together in a small dance band in northern Manitoba during the ‘40s. While sitting with her grandmother Elsie at the piano, Jennifer learned to sing and play old time standards... Continue Reading
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GALLERY
Dave Bidini's Around The World In 57-And-A-Half Gigs, Book Review, ArtScape, Issue Thirty Nine April 2009
Little Miss Higgins Junction City, CD Review ArtScape Issue Thirty Four November 2008
Duke Robillard World Full Of Blues, CD Review ArtScape Issue Twenty Seven April 2008
The Gift A Tribute To Ian Tyson, CD Review ArtScape Issue Twenty Four January 2008
Woman On The Move Denise Pelley, ArtScape Issue Twenty Three December 2007
Outer Limits Peter Brennan JnC Hotel California Show, ArtScape Issue Twenty One October 2007
Setting The Table For A Jazz Feast, Sunfest 2007, ArtScape Issue Eighteen July 2007
 
The Beat - Nov 2009
 
Aeolian Hall Offerings Langley and Sexsmith p1, The Beat November 2009
Aeolian Hall Offerings Langley and Sexsmith p2, The Beat November 2009
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