Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Bess Durey carving out her own unique space as an impressive singer, composer and bandleader on the Canadian Jazz scene. With a “fluid and pitch-perfect voice”, Bess is on the forefront of a new generation of Canadian Jazz singers. Her refreshingly natural soprano tone floats above the backdrop of her many talents as an improviser, lyricist and composer. Bess performs with a genuine emotional authenticity that dazzles her audiences, singing from the heart “with a knowing that bellies her youth”. A graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program, Bess is a singer who is also a great bandleader
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“One of the city’s (and Canada’s) best new talents” -Vancouver International Jazz Festival
“This is the best Vocal disc I have heard in years”.
Steve MacLeod - Host of Jazzology, CJSR
“Artic is the epitome of everything that is ensconced in gentleness and mystery; and in the art of writing and singing a song. This is what makes a record such as this a rather brave adventure. No one can really predict how songs as seemingly personal and embedded with secret references and meanings as these will turn out. Beauty and perfection is always the expectation, but those are like rare and transient moments