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Fern Lindzon

“Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz.” – Mark Miller, jazz writer

JUNO Award nominee Fern Lindzon is a multi-faceted pianist/vocalist/composer with a technique that The WholeNote calls “intricate, yet commanding”, and her Juno nominated CD Two Kites, “breathtakingly beautiful.” Montreal critic Irwin Block writes that Fern is a “rare and fascinating talent”, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene’s Scott Yanow describes her as having “a warm and haunting voice along with excellent technique on the piano and an adventurous spirit.” From Jobim to Norma Winstone, with stopovers in Brazil, Eastern Europe and on Basin Street, Fern’s highly original arrangements fly gracefully on the winds of contemporary jazz.

In May 2014 Fern released her third CD, Like a Circle in a Spiral, which has met with rave reviews and airplay across Canada. Fern’s second CD, Two Kites (2011) was nominated for a 2012 JUNO Award as Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Its launch was supported by a juried Special Projects award from Toronto Downtown Jazz. Fern’s first CD, Moments Like These (2008), of duets with George Koller, vibraphonist Don Thompson and guitarist Reg Schwager, was also critically well received and led to a feature article in The Globe and Mail and a concert recorded for broadcast in 2009 on CBC Radio’s Canada Live.

Fern has been heard at leading jazz clubs in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Victoria and at jazz festivals in Ontario. As the music director from 2005 to 2011 of the klezmer-swing Sisters of Sheynville, she appeared at world music events in Canada, the United States and Poland; the Sisters won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2008 for Vocal Group of the Year.

Fern’s embracing vision of music has also inspired her to undertake a variety of special projects. In 2010 she led her own jazz/klezmer sextet in several performances of her original score for Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox. Fern has continued to compose and improvise silent film scores for TIFF, Vintage Film Festival and the Toronto Silent Film Festival.

In 2011, she introduced Forgotten Melodies, which brings the exoticism, unbridled energy and heartbreak of klezmer/Eastern European and Yiddish music to contemporary jazz, at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Also in 2011, she presented a concert in tribute to the American jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams at the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival.

Fern sits on the board of the Jazz Performance and Education Centre and teaches piano and jazz vocals at Toronto’s Havergal College.