@ the Queen’s Hotel, 34 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo
When a former class mate told John that his band wanted him to cover a rock song at their 40th school reunion, he immediately said “NO Way, It’s been 40 years since I sang anything”
But after a few weeks, he thought “If it’s that scary, I’ve got to do it!” That experience was so much fun, he decided that learning songs would be a good pastime and after a few years of practicing on his own for fun, found a professional voice teacher, mentor and a friend in Jona Kristinsson,, Nanaimo’s premier vocal coach at West Coast Vocal Academy and owner of Indie Entertainment.
At his first lesson, she asked ”who’s your favorite singers?” Ray Charles, James Brown, Tony Bennett, B.B.King, Howlin’Wolf and …Frank Sinatra.
After a few songs, Jona realized the talent she was working with and said “Let’s go with the Chairman of the Board, Frank!”. And so the training started.
Here we are today armed with an amazing 6 piece band, of highly sought after musicians and one hell of a show.
What keeps John going is the respect for the Music that Sinatra recorded: the clever lyrics, the arrangements of Nelson Riddle, and the fabulous sounds of the Count Basie Orchestra, the intriguing tones that make Sinatra’s voice so compelling .
Some of the songs are light hearted love songs, but favorites are darker and deeper, where you can hear the years of life’s ups and downs come through.
Lady Sings the Jazz with Jona Kristinsson
Most people know Jona from Wunderbread, The Femme Fatales, Moonshine Mollys, Jona Kristinsson band, The First Ladies of Country, Miss Peaches & Me: tribute to Etta James and many more bands.
She has been a staple in The Island Music Scene for over 20 Years.
This is also her first time singing Jazz/ Jazz fusion live other then her Etta James Show.