JODI PROZNICK SUN SONGS PROJECT
From Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton
Jodi Proznick – bass
Katherine Penfold – vocals
Jerrold Dubyk – tenor saxophone
Jon Day – piano
Jon McCaslin – drums
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in 2008 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2004.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Guido Basso, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali.
She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, Michael Feinstein, David “Fathead” Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD “Sun Songs” as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over forty recordings as a side person.
“Sun Songs” presents music in the land where jazz and pop meet, two genres that have always been intrinsically woven together and becomes the template for a new weave. Every track is an exquisite tapestry of modern harmonies and rhythms, layered with memorable melodies and potent lyrics. Jodi shines an even brighter light on the album with the addition of singer Laila Biali, whose luminous vocals lift the songs to unparalleled heights. For this Yardbird Suite concert, Vancouver vocalist Katherine Penfold is Jodi’s special guest.
Jodi has been described as “… armed with an arsenal of talent sure to develop recognition as one of the finest bassist in the jazz world today” (Ejazznews), “… (playing with) an infectiously in-the-pocket sense of groove” (Cadence Magazine), “… a jazz bassist with great time and a rock-solid sound” (Katie Malloch, CBC Radio), “a great player, who plays with intoxicating passion” (RivitingRiff.com), and “a wonderful bassist who really digs in and plays from the heart” (David Fathead Newman – Coda Magazine interview).