Nikki Yanofsky headlines Jazz on the Mountain 2015Renowned vocalist Nikki Yanofsky headlines Jazz on the Mountain at Blue Mountain July 3
The Festival offers an amazing musical experience in the heart of Blue Mountain Village, only 100 minutes from Toronto. Nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and the sparkling shores of Georgian Bay, it is the perfect backdrop to experience all that jazz has to offer. This pedestrian-only village, with its stone pathways connecting the resort’s plazas and squares, is an ideal setting for an intimate and highly interactive jazz festival that is designed for the whole family.
Brass Transit – Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute! The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high; Brass Transit transports its audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. The band includes veterans of hall-of–fame rock and soul acts like the drifters, Sam & Dave, Aretha franklin, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Del Shannon and The Mamas & The Papas.
Brass Transit Members
NEIL DONELL • LEAD VOCALS
CANADA’S MOST RECORDED VOICE
THIS CANADIAN IDOL REGULAR’S 4-OCTAVE RANGE AND GIFT FOR MIMICRY HAVE ENABLED HIM TO REMAIN ACTIVE IN RECORDS, FILM + TELEVISION FOR OVER 25 YEARS
TONY CARLUCCI • TRUMPET
VETERAN STUDIO MUSICIAN + BAND LEADER
COREY HART, SPOONS, FROZ EN GHOST, ZAPPACOSTA, FABULOU STHUNDERBIRDS, DRIFTERS, DON RICKLES, CANADIANIDOL, S YNTHETIC EARTH
DON BREITHAUPT • KEYBOARDS + BACKING VOCALS
JUNO AWARD NOMINEE, SOCAN AWARD WINNER
SASS JORDAN, KIM MITCHELL, RIK EMMETT, MARC JORDAN, CHUCK BERRY, MONKEY HOUSE, AMY SKY, WENDY LANDS, ZAPPACOSTA, SAM MOORE, DRIFTERS, PLATTERS
PAUL DELONG • DRUMS
JUNO AWARD WINNER, JAZZ EDUCATOR
KIM MITCHELL, DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS, TOM SCOT T, ROGER HODGSON, RENT, HAIRSPRAY, THE LION KING, TOMMY, TOM SCOTT, DOMENIC TROIANO, GOWAN
DOUG GIBSON • TROMBONE
LOW BRASS SPECIALIST
LIGHTHOUSE, NATALIE COLE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, MANHATTAN TRANSFER, FRANKIE VALLI, PAUL ANKA, 5TH DIMENSION, BOSS BRASS, SPAMALOT, DIRTY DANCING
BOB McALPINE • GUI TAR + BACKING VOCALS
VERSATI LE VETERAN ROCKER
GOWAN, RIKEMMETT, CANADIAN IDOL, WE WILL ROCK YOU, HAIRSPRAY, MARTHA REEVES, LITTLE ANTHONY + THE IMPERIALS, MARY WILSON, RICH LITTLE, JOAN RIVERS
PHIL POPPA • SAXOPHONES + BACKING VOCALS
MULTI -WOODWIND SIDEMAN
SPOONS, FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS, GLASS TIGER, ZAPPACOSTA, PARTLAND BROTHERS, FROZ EN GHOST, BOB HOPE, DINAH CHRISTIE, GEORGE OLIVER, REFLECTIONS
JAY SPEZIALE • BASS + BACKING VOCALS
RHYTHM + BLUES MASTER
SASS JORDAN, BEN E. K ING, DEL SHANNON, TOMMY ROE, MARVELETTES, FREDDY CANNON, MAMAS + THE PAPAS, PETER NOONE, ROBBIE LANE + THE DISCIPLES
Sweet melodies of summer will soon be floating through the air at Blue Mountain.
Renowned musician Nikki Yanofsky performs Friday night as the headline artist at Jazz on the Mountain at Blue, which runs July 3 to 5.
“I’m excited to play there,” Yanofsky said of the upcoming show, adding that she’s looking forward to enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings and the atmosphere of a relaxed summer concert.
“I know it’s outdoors and that’s always a huge plus. I love performing outside. It always reminds me of that first show I did. Especially at that jazz fest time of year everybody has their festivals in the summer and it’s just sort of nice and everyone’s so relaxed, everyone’s on vacation, everyone’s there to enjoy. And you definitely get that sense when you’re there to perform like that.”
From a young age Yanofsky, now 21, has wowed audiences with her raw talent and compelling vocal style.
Yanofsky’s professional career started in her hometown of Montreal. While singing around the city in support of various charities, she was discovered by an important aficionado of musical ability.
“The founder of Jazz Fest heard me and asked if I would open the whole Jazz Fest, so that was when I was 12,” Yanofsky recalled. “That’s how I got into the professional world of singing and I haven’t stopped since then.”
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the biggest jazz festival in the world, and being given such an opportunity at such a young age had a big impact.
“That actually full-on affected the way I listen to music, because when I got invited to the Jazz Fest when I was 12 I was only singing Motown, like a ton of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and stuff like that, just stuff that was really ‘60s-oriented still,” she explained. “But then once I got asked to the Jazz Fest I thought ‘I should probably learn some jazz.’ So, actually, Montreal opened my eyes to jazz — opened my eyes and ears.”
After searching around a bit on her computer, Yanofsky discovered one of her musical idols, Ella Fitzgerald.
“The rest is history as they say,” Yanofsky said with a laugh.
In 2010, Yanofsky recorded the official anthem of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics “I Believe.”
“It was a huge honour and it was also a huge opportunity to get heard by millions of people,” she said, adding “I was really blessed to be a part of that.”
Despite the song “I Believe” being a pop ballad, Yanofsky says she was pleased by fan mail and messages she got saying how looking up her name then led fans of the Olympic hit to discover soul, jazz and the other genres Yanofsky performs.
So, what is her style?
“I would just say my style is very classic. I’ll sing a lot of just classic oldies songs, my own original music always tries to have that kind of feel and aspect to it. I never want to do something that’s too against — it’s just not me to be super like ‘trendy’ like try following the trends,” Yanofsky said. “I like good music and I like to have my voice front-and-centre and have my song extremely melodic. So I guess to describe my sound I would say kind of classic and timeless.”
Yanofsky’s first album Ella…Of Thee I Swing was released in 2008, followed by Nikki in 2010 and Little Secret in 2014. She’s currently at work on a new album with a single expected out in the next few months.
“I don’t have a specific release date, but it’s coming along really quick and really well,” she said.
Yanofsky says there has been a real progression of her music and writing through the course of her albums.
“I always say ‘you can’t really hold someone to what they’ve done when they were 14,’ because you change a lot between 14 and 21, a lot. Physically, mentally, everything,” she said. “I started writing when I was 15, 16 and I think that that has changed a lot. I’ve gotten way more confident in my writing and more competent just to be able to write alone. I love co-writing still, but I also write a lot of my songs solo. I think my sound has sort of evolved from imitating other people to finding my own thing and just being myself.”
Yanofsky and her band, comprised of a bassist, guitarist, pianist and drummer, is excited about bringing that music to fans July 3.
“It’s going to be a really fun show for everybody,” Yanofsky said. “We have a lot fun, my band and I.”
Jazz on the Mountain at Blue features 25 concerts in total, including 100 musicians and performances by main stage artists Countermeasure, KC Roberts & The Live Revolution, Naturally 7, Brass Transit and 5 After 4.
To find out more about Jazz on the Mountain at Blue or purchase tickets visit www.bluemountainjazzfest.com.
To find out more about Nikki Yanofsky visit her website at www.nikkiyanofsky.com.