Canadian jazz vocalist, Julie McGregor, got her start in music at age of four listening to her father’s old jazz 78’s. She always had a strong leaning toward music and writing. She loves modern day singers but it was the influence of her father's old record collection of jazz greats however, that most greatly influenced her and her love of jazz. She has a comedic style and a great energy on stage. She sings swing, latin, waltzes, ballad, blues and jazz.
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Julie works with many great jazz musicians and performs locally in Toronto. She has performed three times at Toronto Parkdale Arts Festival and last year, she performed with Bernie Senensky one of Canada's most sought-after jazz pianists, has been nominated for three Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy), was twice named Best Acoustic Pianist by The Jazz Report Awards, and has won the Socan Award for Best Jazz Composition. In 2004, Julie won the Best Jazz Vocalist at the Burlington Jazz Festival. In last year’s Luminato’s Art of Jazz Festival at the Distillery she performed in a Jazz Choir with guest soloists Kevin Mahogony and Barry Harris. In 2006, Julie was on stage with the Real Divas at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival in Nathan Phillips Square. Julie has also organized two very successful musical fundraising events to help save a church in her neighbourhood that now has been designated as a historical site. She also works a great deal with piano player Mark Kieswetter who work with Jon Hendriks, the late Zoot Simms and many other jazz greats.
"Caught jazz vocalist Julie McGregor’s act in Toronto.
I have listened to Julie perform over the last decade and her voice has matured and mellowed into a very real and personal sound. Her phrasing in her up-tempo version of ‘Speak Low’ was impeccable. Standards like ‘End of a Love Affair’ and ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ had distinctive styling. And, for a steamy, humid Friday night, the club was packed and most people stayed for the entire evening. Julie, hat on backwards and perched on a high stool, ended the night with a memorable rendition of ‘Good-Bye Pork Pie Hat’ by Charlie Mingus. The crowd loved it.
Julie McGregor is definitely a jazz vocalist to watch."
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