Matt Dusk & Sara Gazarek
Matt Dusk is one of Canada’s most beloved male vocalists, forging a career in music that has resulted in 4 critically-acclaimed studio albums. Dusk’s latest release, My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook, pays homage to one of the most popular musicians of the twentieth century, Chet Baker. Dusk has been awarded two GOLD albums, had three number one radio hits, and studied under jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University.
Amongst a community teaming with startlingly gifted young singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers. With Blossom & Bee, her highly anticipated debut release on the respected indie label Palmetto, Gazarek turns over an exciting, glistening new leaf.
With five years between her acclaimed 2007 album Return to You (Native Language) and Blossom & Bee, it’s no surprise that Gazarek has grown considerably in the meantime. Working closely with the brilliant pianist/organist Larry Goldings, who produced the album, Gazarek and her band have crafted a program of emotionally expansive standards, inspired contemporary fare, and uncommonly memorable originals, all delivered with her insouciant sense of artistry.