“There are great vocalists, from Sinatra to Bublé, who effortlessly straddle the border between jazz and pop; there are plenty of great songwriters; and the annals of great interpreters stretches from Bing and Billie to Dee Dee and Diana. But Steven Taetz is one of a rare breed, seamlessly succeeding across all three. Whether tender and romantic or sharp and sassy, he is a unique, arresting talent, blending the charismatic charm of Harry Connick Jr. with the mischievous postmillennial élan of Jamie Cullum.”
Christopher Loudon, Vocal Jazz Critic: JazzTimes
This week we released a new EP of Christmas swing and Adult Contemporary material co-written and recorded with leading Canadian jazz artists. The material highlights classic standards as well as newly-written seasonal hits that showcases my new co-writes, live performance sound, and feature Canadian-created Christmas tunes for anyone wanting to swing with their holiday tunes.
The 4-song EP includes an uptempo big-band-style title track “Cool Yule” made popular first by Louis Armstrong, followed by a dreamy ballad co-written with Montreal’s Caracol called “Lovers in the Snow.” Another original, “Come Christmas,” provides a contrast to every sickly-sweet carol, this one about getting over a broken heart at Christmas, and finally an updated jazz rendition of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” with leading horn player Kevin Turcotte. Upcoming performances to support the EP release see our quartet headlining at The Distillery’s Christmas Market festival’s main stage on December 1, 6:30pm; this event reaches capacity in the Distillery District each year, and is a festive place to showcase the material. Other performances as part of this EP launch include an intimate evening at Royal York’s Epic Wine Bar (November 23rd, 5:00pm), a special preview for JazzFM.91 at the Jazz Safari in Lula Lounge (November 29, 7:00pm), and culminating in an artist feature concert for TD’s Music Fridays at Union Station (December 22, 5:00pm), amongst many other events included on in the Tour Dates page on this site.
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“Christmas is coming, the geese are gettin’ fat”…and we have new holiday material to share with you starting next month. We’ve had some recording time in studio over the last couple months, and have a 4 song winter EP to share; 2 new songs and a couple Christmas standards. See the dates in the tour calendar for some wonderful performances coming up, including a JazzFM.91 Jazz Safari at Lula Lounge donor event, Royal York Hotel’s Epic Wine Bar, headlining at the Toronto Christmas Festival at the Distillery for the 5th year, and as featured artist for TD Music Fridays at Union Station.
As we head deep into the heat of summer, the writing sessions heat up with some amazing collaborators, including Denielle Bassells, Nathan Hiltz, wrapping up a tune with Tia Brazda, and Collin Simmons. Spoiler alert; some of these have Xmas/holiday lyrics, and we’re stoked to be working towards an EP/album for this winter, or if the grant gods permit, a feature album/double EP. Stay tuned for more info later this summer!!
A brilliant start to the spring collaborating with some talented singers and songwriters. Highlights coming up include sitting in/duets with Alex Pangman, Denielle Bassels, Melissa Lauren, Katya Ramu, and Joanna Majoko. Duets album someday, perhaps? One can only hope… New music in progress, to be shared in the coming months.
Upcoming dates in Montreal and Ottawa, with more to come!