Born: March 10 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
A major jazz singer and educator based in Toronto, Brenda Carol has built an important career that has touched the ears and hearts of a countless number of listeners and young singers. Her open-minded approach has found her often interpreting songs drawn from the rock, pop and folk music worlds, transforming them through improvisations and arrangements into jazz without losing their essence, while also performing her own highly personal versions of jazz standards.
Born in Sudbury (a small town in Ontario), she grew up in nearby Brantford, which is in a very rural area. “I had a lot of time to listen,” she remembers. “ Toronto was the big city that I would visit to go see concerts.” Brenda sang often as a child, took piano lessons from age nine, and played saxophone in school. She switched her focus from tenor sax to voice when one of her high school music teachers began to offer singing ensemble lessons. “The teacher regularly introduced jazz songs to me. I did not appreciate them that much then but I learned them and later on it really helped me because I knew so many songs.”...
Jazz musicians who also have roots in progressive rock, especially the music of Yes, seem a very unlikely prospect, but with vocalist Brenda Carol, pianist Stephen Gardner, and their group ClaireVoyance, this is what we have, and it works beautifully. Make no mistake, this is a real jazz group, using acoustic instruments,... and not playing fusion or any of that watered-down cool stuff. - Bill Martin, associate professor of philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago author of Music of Yes and Listening to the future
This bright new singer is a welcome addition to the Canadian jazz scene and carries on the tradition of such luminaries as Chris Connor and June Christy. The young lady is a pure jazz singer in every sense of the word. - Richard Bourcier, JazzReview.com
Carol has a well-rounded set of pipes.... [her] feathery croon wraps the lyrics in a warm caress. Carol's contributions on [Lucky Seven] respectfully recall shades of Joni Mitchell. - Derek Taylor, Cadence Magazine
[Brenda Carol'] refreshingly makes the lyrics of a tune become like seeds flowering into a new life, vision, vitality and dimension. Whether wistful or joyous, she relays the many moods of each song directly, powerfully, yet beautifully. - Joanne Brackeen, jazz pianist/educator
With her beautiful voice, creative explorations, and joyful desire to continue stretching the boundaries of jazz, Brenda Carol promises to be a major force in modern music for many years to come. - Scott Yanow, jazz writer/critic
Tracks: Everything I've Got; God Bless The Child; You Must Believe In Spring; I'm Hip; Summertime; Old Devil Moon; Nefertiti; Bye Bye Blackbird; Lush Life; The Man I Love.
Personnel: Brenda Carol : vocal; Stephen Gardner : piano; Ted Quinlan : guitar; Lorne Lofsky : guitar; Stephen Crowe : trumpet; Igor Romanyk : violin; Steve Wallace : bass; Daniel Barnes : drums; Art Avalos : percussion.
Brenda Carol & ClaireVoyance
Live At HotHouse Cafe
Brenda Carol & ClaireVoyance
Tracks: What Is This Thing Called Love; Everydays; Willow Weep For Me; Lucky Seven; You're Everything; A Sleepin' Bee; Little Sunflower; Hot House; What Is This Thing Called Love.
Personnel: Brenda Carol: vocals; Stephen Gardner : piano; Steve Wallace: bass; Daniel Barnes: drums; Bill McBirnie: flute; Paul Mifsud: saxophone; William Sperandei: trumpet.
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Willing to teach:
* Bachelor of Arts, Psychology York University, Toronto, ON Canada
* 28 years of formal and private study: vocal, guitar, theory and piano.
* Instruments: voice, guitar, clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone, piano, and percussion.
* Producer and professional recording artist - Independent Releases: "brenda carol" 1998 and "Live At HotHouse Cafe" 2000 (see discography)
* Songwriter, music composer, artistic director, musician, event organizer.
* Over 20 years of professional singing experience in established and private venues, internationally.
* Over 20 years of experience teaching music within the Board of Education and Early Childhood Education settings.
* 20 years of professional vocal instruction and teaching experience - all ages, all levels.
* Co-owner and operator of the independent record label, DARWYN RECORDS.
* Member of the Toronto Musicians Association (T.M.A.) and Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians (A.F. of M.).
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Brenda Carol Master Class Series Brenda Carol Master Class: Singing For Your Supper Saturday, February 6, 2010 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm) For Immediate Release: September 10, 2009 A JAZZ/PROG MASTER CLASS PRESENTED BY ACCLAIMED VOCALIST BRENDA CAROL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 , 2010 (1 pm - 2:30 pm) Toronto - Jon Long of Long & McQuade and Brenda Carol Vocal Lessons are pleased to present a FREE Jazz/Prog Master Class with internationally acclaimed singer Brenda Carol. Ms. Carol will be highlighting jazz and progressive music repertoire as it applies to performance and recording. She will be accompanied by a pianist to be announced closer to the date. Please bring along appropriate charts for piano/voice for your chance to sing. This jazz master class lecture coincides with The Fourth Annual Brenda Carol Renaissance Jazz Fair held Saturday, February, 6th, 2010 at 8:00 pm. Brenda Carol is one of the finest jazz singers of recent times. Her master class will give young singers, students, jazz fans, Rock/jazz artists, progressive singers and music lovers a rare opportunity to gain valuable information from an important vocalist. This informative, educational and entertaining master class will be held at Long & McQuade, 925 Bloor Street in Toronto on Saturday, February 6, 2009 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and All Ages. Limited General Admission seating. For more information call (416) 588-7886 or E-mail info@long- mcquade.com or Call: Brenda Carol: 416-467-7959 and email me at: darwynrecordsatyahoo.com for more details. Email: BRENDA CAROL MASTER CLASS SERIES