Winterjazz with Chris Kirby February 8th at a special time of 8-10:30 pm
Back for its 13th season, the popular winter concert series has not only brought amazing jazz and blues acts to PEI, but has also given away thousands of dollars in Scholarships to Island students heading off to study jazz. Past performers include: Kim Dunn, Don Ross, Erin Costelo, Paul Tynan, Coco Love Alcorn, Ian Sherwood and Island performers Joey Kitson, Tara MacLean and Amanda Jackson to name a few. The series offers a supper jazz opportunity, with an early show from 8:00-10:30PM and a great venue. The Pourhouse offers the perfect fit for the series, as they offer a great atmosphere, great food, and a fantastic reputation for live music, with packed shows all last season.
This month guests are in for a real treat. Soulful Newfoundland singer/songwriter Chris Kirby is stepping out from behind the curtain. The award-winning producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is back with his first album in seven years, What Goes Around, featuring the hot singles “Pot of Gold” and “Better Not Let Me Down”.
Why the long gap? The fact is, Kirby has been too busy and too successful to get his own music out. He has been on the road with Matt Andersen, playing keyboards and co-writing two songs on the singing sensation’s latest, Halfway Home By Morning. Then there’s all the song writing for the likes of Juno-winners The East Pointers, Stephen Fearing, The Once, Tim Chaisson and more. He’s produced East Coast Music Award-winning albums for Charlie A’Court and Beauwater, plus hot new Folk act Quote The Raven, Country/Americana artist Chris Ryan and lots of others.
But enough waiting. Kirby has too many great new tracks to share. What Goes Around is a rich soul album, with thick grooves and passionate vocals, funky keyboard parts, huge hooks and sly, sexy lyrics, tunes that reflect his love of all things Aretha, Stevie Wonder and Al Green. From being everyone’s secret weapon, this East Coast all-star is taking centre stage with What Goes Around, the album he’s being dying to make, and the one you need to hear.
Anchoring the Winterjazz concert series for the past 13 seasons is the house band of Alan Dowling, Ian Toms, Glen Strickey, and Deryl Gallant. This group have been busy hosting the Winterjazz series and performing regularly on the Island. Some highlights for the group include winning both Best Jazz Recording and Achievement in Classical or Jazz at the Music PEI Awards. The group has also recently been nominated for a 2020 Music PEI Award for Achievement in Jazz or Classical. They have hosted the Jazz and Blues stage at the ECMA’s, and have been nominated for two ECMA’s. The group was also selected to perform as part of the Galaxie Rising Star competition at the Halifax Jazz Festival. The group is now in the process of writing and recording a CD featuring new material and several special guests. Drummer Alan Dowling, bassist Deryl Gallant, and guitarist Ian Toms have also been former Doug Riley artists at the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival, and Alan Dowling has won Music Educator of the Year at the Music PEI Awards, with Deryl winning Musician of the year.The Show will take place at The Pourhouse, 89 University Ave., Charlottetown on Saturday, February 8th from 8:00-10:30PM. Admission for the show is just $20 for adults and $10 for students, with the profits going to a scholarship for Island students entering a jazz program. Reservations are strongly recommended, as tables fill early. For reservations please call (902) 892-5200. For more information on the concert series please call or text 902-393-4536 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org