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Fern Lindzon

Biography

Fern Lindzon (pianist, vocalist) has appeared at jazz clubs and festivals throughout Canada and abroad.

Her first recording, “Moments Like These,” was released in 2008 and features duets with bassist George Koller, vibraphonist Don Thompson, and guitarist Reg Schwager.

In 2011, Lindzon released her second CD, “Two Kites.” The album features saxophonist Mike Murley, bassist George Koller, and drummer Nick Fraser.

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 group won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2008 for Vocal Group of the Year.

In 2010, she led her own jazz/klezmer sextet in several performances of her original score for Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. In 2011, she introduced Forgotten Melodies, which combines klezmer/Eastern European, Yiddish music, and contemporary jazz. Also in 2011, she presented a concert in tribute to the American jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams.

Lindzon released, Like A Circle in a Spiral, in 2014. The recording contains a broad range of repertoire and features saxophonist David French, flutist Bill McBirnie, vibraphonist Michael Davidson, bassist George Koller, and drummer Nick Fraser.

Fern teaches at Havergal College and sits on the advisory board of the Jazz Performance and Education Centre.

Awards:

2012 - JUNO nomination - 'Vocal Jazz Album' for "Two Kites"