Selkirk Pro-Musica presents vocalist Melody Diachun in an evening of jazz standards and original music on Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall.
Melody’s musical journey has taken her from Nova Scotia to Montreal to Vancouver, with stints in New York and Banff. She now calls Nelson home, having recently been hired to teach singing and songwriting at Selkirk College’s contemporary music and technology program.
A Juno and National Jazz Awards nominee, the Victoria Times Colonist called Melody, “a jazz singer of the first order.” A warm and sincere performer, she offers her listeners grooving originals, standards, and jazzy takes on much loved pop songs with “that friendliness that makes listening a relaxing, joyous occasion,” according to Yorkton This Week.
A favourite of the CBC, Melody’s albums Lullaby of the Leaves (2002), Dreams & Places (2006) and EQ (2008) are all on regular rotation on national and local radio. Television appearances include Melody’s own episode of the series Jazzman, which airs on BRAVO!TV and The BET Network, and a guest appearance and performance on Joy TV’s P3: People, Places and Perspectives.
Melody will be performing with her husband and “musical accomplice,” Doug Stephenson on guitar, fellow Nelson newcomer Rob Fahie on bass and the Kootenays’ own Tony Ferraro on drums.
Selkirk Pro-Musica wishes to thank its generous season sponsors: Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.