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Occurs on Friday June 28 2024

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver BC V7J 3H5

Event Notes

× Marois Vocal Project (MVP) redefines the boundaries of vocal jazz with tight precision and dynamic energy. Led by visionary arranger and music director Réjean Marois, MVP delivers an exhilarating fusion of instrumental jazz repertoire, where voices skillfully reproduce the nuanced tones of saxophones and brass instruments.
Drawing inspiration from the golden era of jazz (1955-1965), the ensemble showcases compositions by legends such as Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Count Basie.
The heartbeat of MVP's repertoire stems from the unique vocal technique known as ''vocalese,” for which jazz singers seamlessly adapt instruments to the human voice, transcending traditional small combo settings to deliver full big band arrangements. Picture brass and saxes replaced by voices, channeling the lyricization of jazz giants Jon Hendricks and Mimi Perrin. To top it off, MVP showcases some of the country's finest practitioners of scat singing — a testament to their mastery of vocal jazz soloing.

For this special Vancouver Jazz Festival performance, MVP will pay tribute to Dave Brubeck, including The Real Ambassadors, a collaboration between Dave and Iola Brubeck, Louis Armstrong and others — which used music as a vehicle to explore complicated issues like civil rights, war, and diplomacy.

The Marois Vocal Project includes:

Vocalists: Siri Olesen; Alisia Lyne; Karen White; Tess Meckling; Carman J. Price; Andy Rice; Steve Maddock; Matt Shipley
Rhythm Section: James Dekker (piano); Stephen Edwards (bass); Jamison Ko (drums)

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