Kellylee Evans - voice
Clayton Connell - keyboards
Caylan Penny - bass
Steve Adubofuor - drums
Seamus Blake - saxophone
An unexpected benefit of this unique era is the freedom creative musicians have found when they’re forced to exist apart from one another. Without having to face the rigors of travel, many have discovered new means of expression and an opportunity to explore beyond their usual repertoire and performance habits. The drive to create and collaborate across time zones is strong, and new possibilities are open wide. Ottawa-based singer Kellylee Evans is no stranger to adversity, so she’s put this time of lockdown to great use, crossing musical boundaries in a safe and socially distanced way. For this special performance, she invites listeners to join her, Clayton Connell, Stephen Adubofour, Caylan Penny, and special guest, Seamus Blake in a boundary-breaking collaboration.
Animated by Natalie Nehlawi | edited by Sarah Jasmine Hodgson
About the Artists
Kellylee Evans is a Juno-winning Canadian jazz and soul music vocalist. After gaining recognition as the runner-up in the 2004 Thelonius Monk Competition, it was clear that she had a bright future ahead. However, in 2013, Evans was put into a hiatus after being struck by lightning while inside her home. After some time away to recover, Kellylee has rebounded stronger than ever, as evidenced in her latest albums Nina – a tribute to Nina Simone that earned her a Juno, and Come On.
New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake is recognized as one of the finest champions of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger". As a leader/co-leader, Seamus has released 16 albums and is featured as a sideman on over 70 CDs. In February 2002, he took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D.C and as the winner, performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Seamus has also played on six of the GRAMMY nominated Mingus bands’ albums and continues to play and record.