For the Love of Jazz
by: Andrea Kowk
On June 8th, the sweet sounds of Jazz came together in an intimate show at the Magnolia Café in Guelph. The jazzy groove was the work of two amazing musicians, Brenda Lewis and Margaret Stowe.
The soulful duo’s hometown show comes off their recent concert at the prominent McMichael Gallery.
Brenda Lewis is not new to the music scene, having been jazzing up the stage for 20 years. Originally from eastern Ontario, she moved near Toronto where she started performing with some of Canada’s top jazz musicians including Juno Award- winning producer Tony Quarrington and Pianist John Zadro. She also met up with her long time music partner, guitarist Margaret Stowe.
In 2010 she released Jazzlike, a CD that celebrates all the rhythmic sounds of jazz and includes cover songs by some of her favourite jazz musicians. The album also pays tribute to some of Canada’s great songwriters like Colleen Peterson, Rick Fines, Chris Whiteley and Canada’s most iconic musical legend Neil Young.
Stowe has also worked with many national and international artists, performing all across Canada and Europe. She has recorded with many artists including Jane Bennett, Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder, Amos Garrett, just to name a few.
For more on Brenda Lewis, her music and upcoming shows check out her reverbnation site.by