Elisabeth Sheppard’s performance made possible in part by a financial contribution from Lori and Peter Gove.
“Soulful coolness” – USA Today
“Bound to intoxicate American jazz fans” – LA Jazz
“Une chanteuse que j’adore” – Alex Dutilh, Open Jazz France Musique
Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice.
Elizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.
Elizabeth is the only jazz vocalist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize.
Elizabeth Shepherd – piano and vocals
Mark Kelso – drums
Mike Downes – bass
Here are a number of terrific Elizabeth Shepherd videos.