Sunday July 17th, 2:30pm
Part of the Halifax Jazz Festival free daytime programming.
Zoe Leger is emerging as one of the brightest new talents on the Canadian jazz scene. A composer, arranger, vocalist and pianist with a strong background in chamber music, choral singing and jazz, Zoe has taken on a new role, as producer of her debut album: The Girl From Yesterday.
Zoe grew up immersed in the vibrant musical scene in the Halifax area, being exposed as a young singer to both classical and choral music. She discovered jazz as a teenager, pursuing her studies in the jazz program at St. Francis Xavier University before taking a Masters degree in jazz composition at Birmingham City University in the U.K. Zoe’s music is a distillation of influences from Joni Mitchell to Bill Evans, Norah Jones and Billie Holiday. “I like to think these influences are coming through me with brand new material that falls somewhere in the world of contemporary jazz, chamber and popular music,” Zoe says. Zoe’s warm, haunting vocals and evocative piano are at the centre of her distinctive sound, which while clearly in the jazz genre, also betrays influences of pop, classical chamber music and folk.
For this year’s TD Halifax Jazz Festival, Zoe will perform with backup vocals and her trio, featuring trumpet great and frequent collaborator Paul Tynan.