Versatile Jazz Affair opens Lillooet Music's 23rd season

Prepare to be wowed by the versatility of Jazz Affair, a Quebec-based a cappella ensemble singing six-part harmony.

As one enthusiastic reviewer wrote: “The only instruments they have is their voices and the only thing they carry is a tune.”

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Their show on Friday, Nov. 9 is an opportunity to tap your feet and clap along to their original songs, jazz standards and catchy pop covers – Bjork, Van Morrison, Blondie, crooner Charles Aznavour. The six singers sing in both French and English and sometimes in a mix of the two languages.

The members of Jazz Affair are Jean-Francois Aubin, Christian B. Poulin, Luce Belanger, Marie-Pier Deschenes, Louise Laprise andCamille Legault Coulombe. The blend of their voices offers a colourful and energetic whole.

This is the first concert of the season for Lillooet Music and kicks off its 23rd season. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s United and St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

Influenced by Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, two flagship bands of American jazz, Jazz Affair is one of the few professional vocal jazz bands in Canada.

Formed at Quebec City’s Laval University in 2009, Jazz Affair stood out from the beginning by winning the Université Laval record competition two years in a row, in 2010 and in 2011.

In April 2012, the band was selected at the Harmony A Cappella Festival Sweepstakes in New York where they won the prize for the best arrangement and for best soloist, awarded to Marie-Pier Deschênes.

Check them out on YouTube at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxrsBq0LAck

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