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The joy of jazz

The joy of jazz

nobile chJacquie Allan loves to sing jazz. “I come out of the swing tradition,” says Allan. “It’s a very democratic form of music. It’s all about getting together, working out the arrangements and having fun. It’s just such a joy.” While also working as a fitness instructor, Allan has been steadfast in her pursuit of a career as a jazz vocalist. She has studied with Nikki Weber, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordon who was a friend of Charlie Parker’s. “I’ve had the benefit of outstanding training in vocal jazz,” admits Allan. “One of the skills related to being a jazz vocalist is that when you are singing lyrics, you’re able to be understood. The diction is really important. [And] you need to be able to follow not just the melody line but the chord changes and be able to improvise overtop of line changes.”

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Jacquie Allan will be singing seasonal jazz favourites with a quartet Dec.4 at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons. Erin Campbell photo

Allan is teaming up with locals Anna Lumière on keyboards, saxophonist Graham Ord and Vancouver-based bassist Brent Gubbles for a seasonal concert on Dec. 4. The concert opens with the Elphinstone Jazz Band led by Tom Kellough who have been working on their repertoire throughout the fall. Allan’s quartet will be playing favourites like “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Christmas Island” and “Cool Yule.” “I search out compositions that have a story to tell in a beautiful way, like poetry, and that have been set to melodies that match that story line,” says Allan. “We’ve chosen music to celebrate the season of playfulness and fun, knowing that it’s also a reverent season.” Perennial local favourite Joe Stanton is also on the bill. “I really appreciate Joe’s finger picking style of guitar work,” says Allan. “He has such an engaging voice and delivery and his compositions are so beautiful.” The concert takes place at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Gibsons. “It’s a very comfortable venue in which to perform and host an event,” says Allan. “I’m just so taken with the acoustics there.”

Purposely scheduled as an afternoon concert to make it accessible for everyone, Allan looks forward to singing and sharing the afternoon’s music. “[We’re] coming together to present music of the season that is focussed on having fun and being together to share joy and love in the spirit of the season.”

Yuletide by the Seaside presented by the Sunshine Coast Jazz and Entertainment Society. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2pm at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Available at Strait Music, MELOmania, WOW Art Gallery and online at

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