Aug 16, 2015
August 16, 2015
Where: Burning Kiln Winery
What: South Coast Jazz presents; Music, Wine & Jazz 2nd Annual Festival - Day Two
Who: Scott Metcalfe & Jordana Talsky
HEADLINE ARTIST - SCOTT METCALFE
Scott Metcalfe is one of the most sought-after piano players in the Toronto music scene. Coming from a classical and jazz background in Winnipeg, he moved to Toronto in 2002 to study jazz at Humber College. Since then his palette has expanded and he has continued to perform throughout Toronto and the GTA, as well as across Canada.
Aside from playing original contemporary jazz compositions in his own trio, he accompanies a wide variety of singers and artists in a wide variety of styles, always adapting to the style and idiom of the music. He gigs regularly in wedding bands, playing everything from classical music for ceremonies to playing keyboard and singing back-up for dance music with a full band. He has recorded on numerous CD’s and has worked as the arranger/producer for a handful of jazz/RnB artists as well, including Jordana Talsky and Ori Dagan. Scott’s expanded interest also includes teaching eager students of all ages and styles, as well as accompanying dance, from playing with a flamenco troupe run by renowned flamenco dancer Carmen Romero, to accompanying ballet classes and moving meditation classes. Always looking to expand his territory and improve his craft as an accompanist, band leader, producer, or just plain music lover, Scott Metcalfe is one of the best piano players the Toronto music scene has to offer.
HEADLINE ARTIST - JORDANA TALSKY
Cited as “a new name on the vocal jazz scene whose powerful voice has been turning heads,” Jordana has actually been singing for most of her life.
As a child she was a member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and performed with world class ensembles including the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony. Later, she attended the renowned Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary in Toronto, majoring in voice. While a student at McGill, she branched out of the classical genre, joining a funk band (Kokoro), an acapella group (Effusion) and a Gilbert & Sullivan theatre company (Savoy Society). She became a regular performer at Maggie’s Supper and Jazz Club in London, Ontario while studying law at the University of Western Ontario.
Upon returning to Toronto, she worked hard to develop her own sound and immersed herself in various projects including the Young Centre for the Performing Arts’ inaugural Emerging Artists Program; Discoveries, a popular bi-annual showcase of emerging Canadian talent; and as a member of the prestigious Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Having played the club circuit for the last three years, she now headlines shows at top jazz clubs in Toronto. The release of her debut album, Standard Deviation, earlier this year marked a leap forward in her musical career. The recording is receiving airplay across Canada and in the U.S., and features a seamless mix of pop and jazz material. Jordana succinctly describes the style of the record as "jazzy takes on pop songs and poppier takes on jazz songs. I am always attracted to new combinations, rather than strictly sticking to a genre."
Festival work includes the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival, Savour Stratford Arts Festival, Jazz on the Mountain at Blue, Markham Jazz Festival among others. Jordana looks forward to expanding her horizons and continuing the challenge herself as an artist.