For the second time in her rising career, emerging Canadian jazz singer Jaclyn Guillou will grace the stage at Strands Old House Restaurant in Invermere on Wednesday (May 9). The evening of live jazz will have a touch of local charm as Guillou’s standup bass player, Sean Cronin, is an Invermere local, born and raised.
“I’m really excited to play with him,” Guillou told The Valley Echo. “He was actually one of the first bass players I started working with about five years ago… we’ve always had a great friendship.”
Cronin, who is currently living in New York on a study grant, was Guillou’s top choice when the opportunity came up to select a bass player. She has flown him out from NYC for the western portion of her Canadian tour, which includes the Invermere performance on May 9.
Guillou first stepped onto the Canadian music scene in 2009 at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Awarded CBC’s Galaxie Rising Star Award with several sold-out Canadian tours to her name, Guillou has toured in some of the most recognized jazz club and festivals in North America and was invited to perform at New York’s world-famous Birdland Jazz Club. Most recently, the Vancouver-based singer has completed a European tour promoting her first full-lengh studio album titled “To the City” that was released last year and features her wide-ranging vocal talent and contemporary sound.
“It was really successful and we received really great reviews,” said Guillou. “We played a lot of shows.”
With a year of great achievements under her belt, Guillou said Wednesday night’s audience can expect to hear new songs and a more cultivated sound.
“I’ve really matured a lot as a singer in the last year,” she said.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. at Strands Old House Restaurant on 12th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 and call (250) 342-6344 for reservations. For more information on Guillou and her music, visit her website at www.jaclynguilou.com.