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Aimee-Jo Benoit

I am a vocalist, collaborator and thinker based in Calgary, Alberta. Over the past decade, I have become well- known for my uncommon tone and unique approach to the jazz genre. As a solo artist and a sought after back-up singer, I work in multiple genres; pop, rock, indie, and folk and have been a part of various projects including Woodpigeon, Aaron Booth, Spreepark, The Summerlad, and Hermitess. Growing up singing in church choirs, I have a deep appreciation for harmony, major chords and the unity of voices in choral settings while finding joy in melancholy as well. I continue to be a student of my practice as well, currently working with renowned tenor and vocal coach Leon Leontaridis (Canadian Tenors, Destino). I do this all through the lens of motherhood, juggling a music career with three young girls.

Jazz is the nest I am always happy to return to as my ideal medium of expression. My love is rooted in structure and the rich traditions the genre has to offer. As an artist, it is my role to explore that structure and play with those traditions through improvisation. For me, improvisation is using what you know to go where you have never been and currently, the jazz ensemble, Trio Velocity is my vehicle for this exploration. Joined by Simon Fisk on bass, Robin Tufts on drums and Sheldon Zandboer on piano, in our collective experience of improvisation, every note chosen is a reaction to the note before. One of my goals as a performer is to draw audiences deeply into this immediate experience of shared creation.

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“ Aimee-.Jo. Benoit embodies a purity of spirit in her singing that is the essence of inspired vocalists I have encountered. Her singing is full of passion, focus and creativity.”” — cheryl fisher, vocalist, educator, festival curator for jazz at the lake “Aimee-Jo Benoit’s approach to Jazz, particularly Joni Mitchell’s songbook, is heartfelt, whimsical, fresh and creative. She’s an artist whose beautiful humanity and sensitive approach to life cannot be separated from what she brings to the music, on recording and in performance. ” — laila biali, juno-winning musician and host of cbc music's saturday night jazz “Aimee-Jo is a gifted artist

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