Toronto-based, Juno Award-winning, jazz singer Sophie Milman, whose unique style has captivated audiences worldwide, graces The Fredericton Playhouse stage on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30pm. A co-presentation with the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Milman will kick off both the 2011 Festival, as well as the 2011-2012 Spotlight Series, in this opening night gala.
Milman, a native of Russia who is fluent in Russian, Hebrew, French and English, was born in the Siberian town of Ufa and moved to the Israeli port city of Haifa when she was seven. At 16, her family moved to Canada and, as a teenager, she absorbed pop, jazz and gospel–her favourites being Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, and Stevie Wonder. Her self-titled debut was released in 2004, followed in 2007 by Make Someone Happy (Linus/Koch).
In 2008, the Canadian songstress performed around the globe, hitting landmark venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and New York’s Blue Note club, sharing stages with the likes of Chick Corea, Chris Botti, and the Manhattan Transfer. Her second album, Make Someone Happy, won the Juno Award for Jazz Vocal Album of the Year after it topped the iTunes jazz chart in the U.S. and Canada for months, and cracked the top 5 on Billboard’s jazz chart. Her most recent album Take Love Easy mixes pop into her classic jazz sound, with unassuming covers of songs by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell, as well as jazz greats like Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Johnny Mandel.
And the accolades are aplenty. JazzTimes referred to her as “Canada’s hottest young jazz singer”. NPR’s Weekend Edition praised her “classic jazz voice that evokes smoky lounges, softly clinking glasses and the cool of the night.” DownBeat simply said “she captivates.” The Los Angeles Times raved, “the sky’s the limit for this exceptional young talent.”
Tickets for Sophie Milman are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.
Visit artist website: www.sophiemilman.com