Date(s) - December 15, 2018
Christ Church Cathedral
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MAUREEN WASHINGTON, GUEST ARTIST
Echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, with an incomparable ability to make any work distinctly her own, Maureen Washington has been named ‘Best Jazz and Soul Artist’ by the Black Canadian Awards. One of the most sought-after vocalists on Vancouver Island where she is based, Washington has three-times been recognized by Victoria’s Monday Magazine as ‘Jazz and Blues Artist of the Year’.
With now nine albums to her credit, Maureen began her musical career in her home town of Prince George, British Columbia. Her vocal diversity lent itself to performances of blues, swing jazz and funk with BOP, a band widely acclaimed as the best dance band in the Prince George region. Their versatile repertoire, ranging from classics to lively originals, brought them sold out crowds. Now a Victoria local, Maureen continues to create new musical avenues and is blessed with a growing entourage of fans as she performs with duos, sextets, and solo artists, including singing back up on Canadian Folk legend Valdy’s 2011 album, Read Between the Lines.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Maureen has also worked as a singer-songwriter, vocal instructor, hosted and performed main stage for four years at the Prince George International Folk Fest, where she shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, Martyn Joseph, and has twice hosted festival clinics with Florida’s Lee Boys and Ruthie Foster and Canadian Indie rock singer and guitarist Amy Millan.