Saturday July 15th, 12:00pm
Dartmouth World Peace Pavilion
As part of the Halifax Jazz Festival free daytime programming.
Jazz vocalist Karen Myatt has appeared on stages in New York, Mexico, and throughout Canada. She has trained at the Randolph Academy in Toronto and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her most influential mentors include Canadian soprano and new music interpreter Janice Jackson, and New York City Opera star Eileen Schauler. In NYC, Karen was named one of Broadway’s Rising Stars and performed in the Broadway Summer Series at the Town Hall under the direction of Tony-Nominated Emily Skinner. She has written and performed cabaret in Mexico, New York, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax and is a co-founder of Halifax's Wild Abandon Productions.
Karen recently wrote and performed "Songs of the Silver Screen" on Neptune Theatre's Fountain Hall to rave reviews. In 2016, "Ladies of Song", another show written and conceived by Karen, played to sold out crowds at Neptune's Studio Theatre. She has sung with the highly acclaimed Rhapsody Quintet in such venues as Halifax’s Jazz and Nocturne Festivals. Karen plays regularly with pianist Scott Taylor, bassist Chris Churchill, percussionist Craig Jennex, and trumpeter Matt Myer as well as her trio of Holly Arsenault (piano), David Langstroth (double bass) and Brock Caldwell (drums). The trio collaborated with Karen on her debut album Enchanté.
Karen Myatt Theatre Credits: Highlight theatre credits include; Songs of the Silver Screen, conceived written and performed, Neptune Theatre's Fountain Hall, Ladies of Song, conceived written and performed, Neptune Studio Theatre. Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, Elf the Musical, and Sweeney Todd (Neptune Theatre), Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes, Mary in Norm Foster's The Melville Boys and herself in the self-written Broadway Without Borders (Chester Playhouse), Françoise/Madame de Carpentier/Mimi's Mother in Allen Cole's Mimi (TheatreSpeak/Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Studio), Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Arts Guild), Rita La Porta in Lucky Stiff (Sage Theatre NYC), Simone Cixous in Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path (Vocalypse Productions/CBC National Broadcast).
Scott Taylor: Scott Taylor studied organ music at Dalhousie University. He has been playing at churches and accompanying vocalists for over 25 years. Scott enjoys his part time musical endeavors when he's not working for the public library system in Halifax. His last two musical projects were Music Directors for Dartmouth Players production of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and most recently Neptune's 2017 production of "Songs of the Silver Screen" with Karen Myatt.
Chris Churchill: Music has taken Chris to over 85 countries. He freelances regularly on double bass and electric bass in a diverse range of styles. Chris has been active in the Canadian music industry as a bassist, producer, composer, arranger, and educator for over 20 years. He has worked with recent Grammy, Juno, and ECMA award winners. He’s led his own groups at many music festivals and has performed on over 30 cruise ships. Chris has written and performed music on HBO, APTN, CBC, and CTV television as well as playing for over 25 musical theater productions across Canada. www.chrischurchill.net
Matt Myer: In 1992 Matt Myer struck a deal to be excused from elementary school choir on the condition that he join band in the seventh grade. Since that time he has won an ECMA and a Juno with the Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra, and been involved with numerous Halifax groups, including Verbal Warnin’, Scott ‘n’ The Rocks, and the Synchronics. He has a well earned reputation as being one of the most versatile, hardest swingin’ musicians in Nova Scotia. Matt’s dynamic trumpet playing, hammond organ chops and composing/arranging skills have quickly made a deep impression on the group.
Stephanie McKeown: Stephanie J McKeown graduated from Dalhousie university with a Music Education degree in 1994. She Studied percussion with the late James A Faraday and drumset with Creighton Doane. She was an instrumental music teacher in HRSB for nearly 20 years and is currently the Lessons Coordinator at Long and Mcquade and Director/Conductor of the Jazz, Showband and Percussion Ensemble with the Second Chances Community Band Progam. She has also been a percussion clinician for The Halifax Community Band Festival (2015, 2017). She has performed percussion/ kit with The Neptune Young Performance Company; Urinetown, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening and the Chester Playhouse Summer Festival; Broadway Without Borders, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Ruthless and with the St. Luke's Players; Annie, The wizard of Oz, Fiddler On The Roof, The Music Man. She also performs with The Matt Snow Trio, The Geordie Brown Trio and Karen Myatt. She has also Musically Directed; DGM INC production of RENT (2012) and Broadway Atlantic's production of The Sound Of Music (2015)