On Sunday, July 27th at 4 pm, pianist Jamie Reynolds and vocalist Melissa Stylianou join forces to deliver "An Afternoon of Jazz" at The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, New York.
Jamie Reynolds, a Canadian pianist and composer, has resided in New York City since 2005. A student of master pianists Fred Hersch and Craig Taborn, Mr. Reynolds has performed with some of New York's top musicians, including Billy Hart, Cameron Brown and Branford Marsalis. He has played at nearly all of New York's top jazz clubs and has toured extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Vocalist Melissa Stylianou, a native of Toronto, is a two-time Jazz Vocalist of the Year nominee in Canada and has headlined at major jazz festivals throughout the country, including the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax and the Festival International de Jazz in Montreal.
The program planned for The Sembrich features standards from the Great American Songbook including "It Might As Well Be Spring," "All of You," "Always" and "On the Street Where You Live." The line-up also features original compositions by the pair; the title track from Stylianou's critically-acclaimed album, "Silent Movie," an original piece by Mr. Reynolds entitled "The Water," inspired by the family cabin on Sturgeon Lake in Ontario and a brand new, as-yet-untitled composition.
"Jamie and I are both from Toronto and met at a jazz club there, The Rex Hotel," comments Ms. Stylianou. "We each had a steady, weekly gig and admired each other from afar before finally playing together in a recital in 2003." The pair's collaboration extended into their personal lives as well with marriage in 2008 and the birth of their son, Bayly, sixteen months ago.
"Sunday's program is the result of a chance meeting last summer," says Sembrich artistic director Richard Wargo. "The couple, en route to a performance in Canada, paid a visit to the museum. I invited Jamie to play Madame Sembrich's piano and I could tell right away that this was a performer that our audience would appreciate and should hear."
"From the moment we stepped inside The Sembrich studio, I felt the energy of all the music that has been made there in years past," states Ms. Stylianou. "Jamie and I are very excited to be performing in such a beautiful space as a duo; a rare occurrence these days. Not many of our regular gigs have pianos, let alone a Steinway once owned by an internationally celebrated opera star!"
Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling (518) 644-2431.
Also sponsored by The Sembrich this week; the Seagle Colony's children's opera, "Hansel and Gretel," performed at The Sagamore Resort on Friday, July 25th at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
The Sembrich is located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, New York. The Sembrich Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Sembrich office at (518) 644-2431. For more information, visit the website at www.thesembrich.org.