Mélanie E. with Erik Lawrence and Bram Kincheloe
Sets at 8:00PM and 9:30PM
“Melanie E.” is a French Jazz ensemble based in Ottawa, Canada.
Featuring the vocal talents of Melanie Hartshorn-Walton, this highly talented group of musicians (led by husband Keith) is entertaining audiences across Canada. Their sensational and romantically nostalgic exhibition of traditional French and Quebecois songs, splashed with a magical jazz appeal, provide an atmosphere that magically boasts a profound appeal to audiences of all languages and ages! “We’re introducing traditional French Songs to a new public by reaching out to all with funky jazz idioms, and awakening the senses of those familiar with the popular repertoire who may not have been introduced to jazz.
We’re thrilled to be bringing the best of our world, to the world around us.” Special Guest Erik Lawrence: Erik Lawrence has toured the world as a saxophonist, flutist and composer. He currently performs solo and with his own group, Erik Lawrence Trio and Hipmotism and co-leads a band with his Jazz vocalist sister, Marya Lawrence, featuring Cameron Brown on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums. Erik has often been found support of a wide variety of legendary artists, counting his time with masters from many genres as part of his foundation, among them: American music masters: Levon Helm, Chico Hamilton, Sonny Sharrock, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Miles, David Amram, Henry Butler; from the Spiritual music world Yungchen Lamo, Nawhang Khechog, Gabrielle Roth. He has gratitude for a more than 20 year association with modern jazz master Steven Bernstein and has played and recorded with Spin Doctors, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, Roger Waters, Joan Osborne, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Aaron Neville, Big Chief Russell Moore, The Levin Brothers (Tony Levin and Pete Levin), and with the Jose Limon Dance Company. In addition Erik has worked with tea masters playing Tea Ceremony meditation music.
Mélanie Hartshorn-Walton, vocals
Keith Hartshorn-Walton, tuba
Erik Lawrence, saxophone and winds
Alex Tompkins, guitar
Bram Kincheloe, drums