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Songbird of May

Grammy Nominee
Kate McGarry (USA)
with Keith Ganz

May 31/2015 - doors 7:00, show 7:30

The third show in the series will feature the acclaimed American jazz vocalist Kate McGarry and her husband guitarist Keith Ganz in their first ever Canadian appearance. It is a thrill and indeed a true pleasure to know that audiences will be able to hear Grammy nominated Kate and Keith perform in the acoustically warm and inviting environment of St. James Hall. Kate is an absolutely exceptional vocalist who sings with truth and soul and freedom. This is a must see event for fans of vocal jazz!!

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"Anyone who believes that the Great American Songbook has been drained of any new interpretations should hear Kate McGarry's version of "The Man I Love". McGarry examined Ira Gershwin's lyric and found it was "such a sad song, with this idea that you couldn't be complete as a person without finding a man". McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz recast the song in a slow tempo with reduced harmonies, and McGarry's haunting performance, which focuses on the words "I'm waiting", gives an entirely new feeling to the song. It is precisely this type of scrutiny that makes McGarry one of the great jazz vocalists of our age..." - Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online April 04, 2012

"I'm inclined to call McGarry the Kurt Elling of female jazz singers. (Elling, by the way, makes a cameo on Girl Talk so that O Cantador, the lovely Brazilian ballad, is a gorgeous duet.) Like Elling, McGarry has a charismatic, distinctive and appealing voice, an eclectic embrace of jazz and non-jazz, and timbre and delivery that are informed by folk and pop but nonetheless don't detract from the jazz feeling of the performance."
- Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen June 07, 2012

"Heartfelt and elegant, Genevieve & Ferdinand is simply perfection." - Celebrity Cafe

"A sublime partnership..their organic purity is truly magical." - Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"Heartfelt, intelligent, and unforgettable." - Dr. J. Schlesinger, All About Jazz

"Absolutely enchanting, lyrical and true from the first note to the last"- Ottawa Citizen

"..No greater beacon of sincerity, honesty and emotional purity" - D. Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"Her deceptively homespun style makes the covers feel acutely personal, as though the borrowed words were written for her alone."  - B. Howe, Indy Week

"One is left a bit breathless yet wanting more." - Andrea Cantor, Jazz Police

"a truly eclectic and forward thinking duo that create magic." - Bop-n-Jazz

"Genevieve and Ferdinand is a clear, sweet, yet no-nonsense recording" - Velvet Park

"The voice is instantly recognizable  strong, muscular.. Her technique is just about flawless, and it's all of a piece with her artistry  personal and peerless." - Jon Garelick, Giant Steps



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