June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$15
Jazz chanteuse Kinga Heming was born to sing. “My career began while being baptized
as a baby,” she says. “When I screamed out, the attending priest predicted that I would
become a singer.”
And so, she has. Today, her vocals are as smooth, heady and sophisticated as a
well-matured brandy. She describes her style as “jazz, with a twist of soul and R & B.”
When she appears at Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub with guitarist
Loni Moger and bassist Bernie Addington, she will pay tribute to the jazz classics.
Some of the songs she has selected include Almost Like Being in Love, Nature Boy,
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, No More Blues and That Old Black Magic.
Heming credits her parents for gifting her with an appreciation for music, especially jazz.
Her father played in a jazz cabaret while her mother constantly played vocal pop and
jazz records by The Platters, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and others.
Steeped in the music of Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole and
especially Ella Fitzgerald, Heming originally studied classical piano and voice before
fully exploring the world of jazz while at Toronto’s Humber College. In her final year
there, she won the Duke Ellington Honoree award.
She has gone on to perform with pianist Renee Rosnes, flugelhornist Guido Basso and
Don Thompson’s jazz ensemble.
She has also sung anthems for the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, the
Toronto Raptors and the Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.
For her debut release Guess Who I Saw Today, Heming says she selected music that
reflects a time or point in her life when she experienced an emotional roller coaster —
whether it was love, happiness, heartache, anger or frustration.
It includes new interpretations by Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo and songs associated
with Nancy Wilson, Bill Withers, Mose Allison and Randy Newman. Her
produce/arranger Bill King says “I could tell during our first practice sessions, [that] the
voice fit comfortably around the rich melodies and could deliver a heartfelt interpretation
of the lyrics.”
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