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Gillian Margot

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa


Having an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, Gillian Margot possesses a gift of storytelling and stunning lyrical delivery. A native of Toronto (Canada), Margot started in jazz the hard-working, old-fashioned way. Performing several sets a night and leading a wide variety of ensembles, she also studied under jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, and Norman Simmons, and has performed with artists worldwide, including rock icon Sting, famed soprano Kathleen Battle, jazz voice Kevin Mahogany, New York trumpet star Jeremy Pelt, the Strickland Brothers, and now multiple award-winning pianist, Geoffrey Keezer. Her critically acclaimed CD, Black Butterfly (2015, Hipnotic Records) is “an impressive album which has her honey-toned voice deliver hints of a young Aretha Franklin… This lady needs to be heard” (L.A. Weekly). Equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop, Black Butterfly speaks to the singer’s passion for diversity and is an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted musicality.