Melody Diachun – voice, percussion
*Chris Andrew – piano, keys
Clinton Swanson – saxes, flute
Mark Spielman – bass
Tony Ferraro – drums
Doug Stephenson - guitar
*Special guest Chris Andrew is an award-winning, virtuosic pianist and composer from Edmonton, AB and a recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award.
“Get Back to the Groove” EP release concert | Part of the "Get Back to the Groove” Tour 2018
Shambhala Music & Performance Hall
June 21, 2018
Doors 7:00 pm
Show 7:30 pm
Tickets $15 | Available at the door and Otter Books
Artist: Melody Diachun
Title: Get Back to the Groove
Label: Third Beach Records
Catalog #: TBR01
Online release: June 1, 2018 on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, etc.
Celebrating two decades of writing and performing music together, the nucleus of the recording is vocalist-songwriter Melody Diachun and guitarist-bassist, co-writer, mixing engineer, producer, and husband Doug Stephenson. “Get Back to the Groove” marks the premiere recording of the couple’s newly formed label, Third Beach Records.
Since moving to the Kootenays in 2012, the couple has developed the cohesive sound and camaraderie of a true band with the musicians heard on the recording: Clinton Swanson on tenor sax, Mark Spielman on electric bass, and Tony Ferraro on drums. The recording is augmented by long-time collaborators Chris Andrew on keys and Chris Gestrin on Hammond B3, and by one of Melody’s former Selkirk voice students, Andrew Matthews, on background vocals.
Melody Diachun is an ideal jazz singer for the 21st century. She has a very appealing and friendly voice, a subtle but exciting improvising style, and is open to the influences of current pop and r&b music. The JUNO-nominated singer’s brand of groove-jazz is both creative and accessible, appealing to a wide audience while being joyfully unpredictable. In 2009 Melody was nominated “Female Vocalist of the Year" at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. An increasingly significant singer with her own sound, style and approach to creating new music, Melody Diachun is just getting started.
Full bio available at melodydiachun.com