On tour from NY – Melissa Stylianou

Toronto-born, Brooklyn-Based Jazz Vocalist Melissa Stylianou brings her New York band north for 4 city tour of Ontario and Quebec

“Melissa Stylianou has it all – a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship, and great taste.” -Fred Hersch


Melissa Stylianou Quintet

Saturday November 17, 2012 8:30pm – 11:30pm
The Huether Hotel, 59 King St. North, Waterloo, ON

Tickets $18 www.kwjazzroom.com/calendar

  • Jamie Reynolds – piano
  • Pete McCann – guitar
  • Gary Wang – bass
  • Greg Ritchie – drums


This November, Toronto-born, NYC-based jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou embarks on a 4
city tour of Quebec and Ontario to support her recent release “Silent Movie”. This one night
only engagement marks Melissa’s second time playing at The Jazz Room, but the first time
bringing up her NYC band, with whom she has a monthly residency at 55 Bar, another
favorite club of jazz aficionados and musicians alike.
Over the past twelve years, Stylianou has recorded five albums and found a musical kinship
with diverse composers and songwriters (her second album “bachelorette*”, released in
2001, features compositions by both Bjork and Fats Waller), as well as discovering her own
voice as a composer and lyricist. “Sliding Down”, released in 2006, features five original
pieces, and her fourth album “Silent Movie”, released Spring 2012 on Anzic Records,
combines her own music with a mixture of songs crossing many genre boundaries. Silent
Movie earned 4 1/2 stars in DownBeat Magazine among other critical raves, and Stylianou
was nominated as one of the Top 10 Rising Star Jazz Vocalists in the DownBeat 2012
Critics Poll.

About Melissa Stylianou
Between 1997 and her move to New York in 2005, Melissa established herself as a
formidable talent in Canada, earning three nominations as Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the
National Jazz Awards (2003, 2004 and 2006) and a nomination as Composer of the Year in
2006. She has headlined at major jazz festivals all over Canada, including the Toronto Jazz
Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Atlantic Jazz Festival in
Halifax. Melissa’s 2006 release “Sliding Down” won praise on both sides of the border from
The Toronto Star, JazzTimes, Downbeat and All About Jazz, as well as international airplay.
Since moving to New York with her partner, the pianist Jamie Reynolds, Melissa Stylianou has
won a loyal following and impressed critics and peers with her performances in some of the
city’s best venues, including: Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Jazz Standard, Birdland,
The Blue Note, Iridium, The Kitano, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub and a monthly residency
at the venerable jazz dive 55 Bar in New York’s Greenwich Village.