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For Immediate Release
February 4, 2014
AMY MCCONNELL & WILLIAM SPERANDEI
RECEIVE JUNO AWARD NOMINATION
FOR THEIR DEBUT ALBUM “STEALING GENIUS”
Just announced – Amy McConnell and William Sperandei receive a 2014 Juno Award nomination in the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category for their debut album“Stealing Genuis”.
“We are very excited about the nomination! We would like the thank the Juno Nomination Committee for considering our album for a Juno and we are hopeful for a favourable outcome. Thanks again!”
– William Sperandei
They are extremely excited to be recognized for this album and are looking forward to being a part of this year’s Juno Awards ceremony at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be getting this kind of recognition for ‘Stealing Genius.’ ~This is my first album, so for me it’s kind of surreal. ~We had so many talented people who worked with us on this album – Mark Kieswetter, our music director and piano player, our bassist Ross MacIntyre, our drummer Larnell Lewis, our guitar player Rob Piltch and our amazing producer Doug Romanow – that I felt pretty fortunate already! ~We’ve also had incredible support from the Canadian jazz community and that means so much to us. ~I guess happy and grateful describes how I’m feeling right now. ~And of course, my mind is moving on to the next big question…
What will I wear to the Junos?”
– Amy McConnell
Last year was a big year for McConnell and Sperandei. The pair reached the top of the Jazz charts across Canada, as well as received rave reviews in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Whole Note (to name a few).  To top it off, some even predicted this nomination!
“For its jaw-dropping chutzpah~‘Stealing Genius’~deserves a Juno… Sperandei’s playing is lush and well-matched to McConnell voice. Pianist Mark Kieswetter’s arrangements are intuitively right and Douglas Romanow’s production brings a big-money feel”
–Peter Goddard, Toronto Star
“If Amy had been better known in 2012~she would be up for a Juno this season – that’s how good~this debut is.”
– Jaymz Bee, 91.1 Jazz FM
“The trumpet work by Mr. Sperandei is exquisite.
Ms. McConnell has restored my faith in Canadian female vocalists.”
 Barrie Woodey, CHRW 94.9 FM
The album has no limits and the unifying thread is the artists themselves.  It features songs that the duo love that include Edith Piaf, Led Zeppelin, Elvis, some 1950s R&B, the Beatles, as well as some 1930s and 1940s songs that are more traditionally jazz.
When working on the album, the concept was simple.  Choose the best songs.  Then, SERVE THE SONG.  Before they interpreted a song, they asked themselves what it’s about, what’s the best way to express it?  Is there something there that hasn’t been brought out before?  They never changed a tempo or arrangement just to be cool and different.  It had to work with what the song is about.  Amy brings melody & lyrics and William provides harmony and improvisation and it’s all set to Mark Kieswetter’s inspired jazz arrangements.
Old fashioned idea, but it works.
To hear more about the record, watch ‘About their new album STEALING GENIUS with Amy McConnell & William Sperandei’ on Youtube:
Amy McConnell & William Sperandei will appear at the Jazz Bistro, Toronto
March 20/21/22
Both artists are available for interviews.
For more info, contact:
Jane Harbury Publicity • 29 Oxford Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1N8
416 960 1568 • jane@harbury.ca • bward@harbury.ca

For its jaw-dropping chutzpah Stealing Genius deserves a Juno. The nerviness begins with the Oscar Wilde aphorism used for its title. It continues as singer McConnell, who sings in French and English, and trumpeter Sperandei take on the A-list of musical egos: Elvis Presley (“Suspicious Minds”), Edith Piaf (“La Vie en Rose”) and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (“Thank You”). The pluckiness hits warp drive, though, when the pair bring an upstart brashness to “From Russia With Love” that’s entirely absent in Matt Monro’s original crooning of the Bond flick’s theme.

There are moments in this 13-song offering that leave you a little shaken, mostly when McConnell hits high notes; other moment can stir you, however. In “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” fromThe Fantasticks, she’s cool, calm, breathy and collected. Sperandei’s playing is lush and well-matched to McConnell voice. Pianist Mark Kieswetter’s arrangements are intuitively right and Douglas Romanow’s production brings a big-money feel.

Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/cd%20review/article/1286785–album-reviews

Roaring Girl Records is so proud to present three outstanding musicians in a showcase in conjunction with the TD Jazz Festival. Tia Brazda, Declan O’Donovan and Amy McConnell are unique and talented singers with diverse styles and approaches but all with the same respect for the music of the past and a desire to explore new sonic territory.

From Tia Brazda’s sultry songwriting to Declan O’Donovan’s roof-raising rootsy style to Amy McConnell’s velvety vocals, this showcase is not to be missed.

WHO | Roaring Girl Records Presents: Tia Brazda, Declan O’ Donovan & Amy McConnell

WHAT | TD Toronto Jazz Festival Presents: Roaring Girl Records Showcase

WHERE | The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave

WHEN | Friday, June 26

COVER | $10 AT DOOR

RESERVE TICKETS | $7 EMAIL miranda@roaringgirlrecords.com

DOORS | 6:00pm

MUSIC | 7:30pm

ABOUT THE ARTISTS|

Tia Brazda @ 7:30pm

Tia Brazda’s debut EP, “Cabin Fever” burst into the scene in February 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart, as well as receiving play on CBC Radio 1, Jazz 91.1 and college radio stations across Canada. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, Tia’s sassy songs and pin-up girl style have made a startling impression. Her music pays homage to the Golden Era, while still remaining daringly modern.

Website | http://www.tiabrazda.com
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/tiabrazdamusic?fref=ts
Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=54&v=7VB2IvUhLcc

Declan O’ Donovan @ 8:15pm

Declan O’Donovan is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Whitehorse, Yukon. His music is influenced by the sounds of Americana, blues, folk and roots, finding inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan and Randy Newman. Informed by adept piano playing, an evocative voice, and skillful songwriting, O’Donovan’s music is at times dark, consistently poignant, and often underscored with twists of wicked humour.

Website |declanodonovan.com
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/declanodonovanmusic?fref=ts
Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdnrVX64EVg

Amy McConnell @ 9:00pm

Amy McConnell has been performing from the age of nine months when she appeared in her first television commercial. Amy continued her childhood career as one of the principals on the TfO TV series “Téléfrançais” and also performed in various professional musical theatrical productions. Amy has never been able to resist the siren song of… song and she splits her time between her film production and music careers. “Stealing Genius” is her first album and the reception from the Canadian jazz community has been outstanding. Despite her anglophone name, Amy comes from a francophone background, is fluently bilingual and frequently performs in French. Known for her beautiful voice, impeccable intonation and emotional approach, Amy’s style encompasses jazz, pop and musical theatre.

Website | mcconnellsperandei.com
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/amymcconnelljazz?fref=ts
Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=36&v=Gjkgi7ArJVM

Roaring Girl Records | http://www.roaringgirlrecords.com

Saturday, June 20 2015 at 7:30PM

Multiple award-winning vocalist, highly-rated JAZZ.FM91 host, ultimate entertainer HEATHER BAMBRICK

with Juno-nominated singing star AMY McCONNELL

with the all-star RUSS LITTLE QUARTET (TOM SZCZESNIAK, piano; SCOTT ALEXANDER, bass; BRIAN BARLOW drums; RUSS LITTLE, trombone)

lead off the star-studded Home Smith Bar ‘Festival Within The Festival’ at the Old Mill Toronto (www.oldmilltoronto.com)
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Full Menu – Ample Parking – Just Steps from the Old Mill Subway Stop

Tickets are $35.50 (plus applicable service charge)
Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketpro.ca or Call 1.888.655.9090
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. No Reserved Seating. Ticket-holders will be seated on a first come, first seated basis.

EASY TO LOVE:  THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK

Join JUNO nominees Amy McConnell & William Sperandei, along with JUNO winning pianist Brian Dickinson and bass player Ross MacIntyre in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series, the hour long concert will feature the witty, elegant lyrics and memorable melodies of one of the Great American Songbook’s most prolific and beloved songwriters, Cole Porter.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015, FROM 5:30PM – 6:30PM

The Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre @ Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts

145 Queen St West at University. Map & Directions to the Four Seasons Centre.
Admission is free, but arrive early to get a seat. Doors open at 5:00PM and seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Blue Colorphonic Cover TD Jazz 2014

Last year was a big year for vocalist Amy McConnell and trumpeter William Sperandei. The pair reached the top of the Jazz charts across Canada, received rave reviews in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Whole Note (to name a few) and ended up with a JUNO nod for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for their debut album “Stealing Genius.”

The pairing of McConnell’s musical theatre background with Sperandei’s deep roots in jazz and classical trumpet has produced an inspired sound that tells a story both lyrically and musically. Not content to stick to standards, McConnell and Sperandei mine the whole of 20th century music for their repertoire, which ranges from Edith Piaf to Burt Bacharach to Led Zeppelin.

Their rapport on stage is evident, as is their joy in the songs they are performing.  Catch them live while you can!

Date:  Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Time: Noon to 1PM

Place:  MainStage at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Admission:  Free lunchtime concert!

http://torontojazz.com/artist/amy-mcconnellwilliam-sperandei-quintet

gallery-lobbyAmy McConnell & Lyne Tremblay sing the songs of Paris.  Legrand, Piaf, Baker, Brel, Trenet… with Special Guests Miranda Mulholland on violin and Tom Szczesniak on accordion.  All in the gorgeous setting of the Woodland Gallery at the McMichael in Kleinburg.  Part of the McMichael Jazz Concert Series.

Preshow talk with Amy, Lyne and JAZZ.FM radio personality Jaymz Bee at 7PM.  Show At 8PM.

Fee: $49 A+ seating; $39 A seating; $19 students with ID; $169 A+ seating series of four concerts; $129 A seating series of four concerts. Fee includes gallery admission. McMichael members: $39 A+ seating; $30 A seating

Tickets

Purchase online:  https://www.mcmichael.com/apps/index.cfm?page=program.area&areaId=12

Purchase by phone:  905.893.1121 ext. 2209

Purchase via email:  bookings@mcmichael.com

Location

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada
L0J 1C0
(Islington Avenue north of
Major Mackenzie Drive on the east side)
Information: 905.893.1121
or toll free 1.888.213.1121

Located at 251 Victoria St., the recently renovated, three-level club includes a performance and dining area, wine bar, private event space and expansive rooftop patio. The open-concept design ensures guests on the second floor balcony have a perfect view of the stage, which features a magnificent red pop Steinway piano (the only one of its’ kind in the world). The warm and inviting space serves as an intimate setting for authentic, live jazz performances by some of the world’s finest jazz musicians.  Open for dinner at 5:30PM.  The first set is at 9:00PM.  The second set starts at 10:30PM.  The third set is at midnight.

Click on the link below for more information or call 416.363.5299 (JAZZ)

http://jazzbistro.ca/event/amy-mcconnell-william-sperandei-3/