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Sound Clips and Information on their CD "Small Steps"

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Steve Pettafor, Bandleader and TrumpetSteve Pettafor, Bandleader and Trumpet

In 1997, Steve started a "rehearsal" band.  It soon became clear that the music they were making was too good to keep to themselves.  His leadership has created one of the hottest big bands working today.  His vision of blending classic and contemporary styles has produced an award-winning sound.  Inspired by Steve's enthusiasm and sense of fun, these accomplished players clearly enjoy themselves.

 

Arlene Zock, VocalsArlene Zock, Vocals

Arlene passed away  July 28, 2011 after giving breast cancer the fight of its life.  Click here or on her picture to read more and see a slide show of pictures celebrating her life.

 

Kathy Thompson, Vocals

Since her first performance at age 16, Kathy has been a professional singer, getting her roots as a voice major and learning jazz at Humber College in Toronto, and studying with various private voice teachers. Kathy was the vocalist for the Royal Canadian Air Force 55-piece Central Band where she was also a staff copyist / calligrapher. In Toronto Kathy is well known for her performances at clubs, festivals, corporate events, private functions, television, film & recordings working with Toronto’s finest musicians.

Kathy has performed the principal role of the groom’s mother for 7 years in the hilarious musical comedy improv show “Joey & Gina’s Comedy Wedding” as the tipsy “Hot Mama” Giovanna Prosciutto.

Today, Kathy enjoys coaching pop singers, seniors and vocal groups, giving private singing lessons in her studio, Pure Voice Power in east Toronto.

 

Rena Gaile, Vocals

Rena is no stranger to the Toronto music scene.  She has delighted audiences with her singing for almost two decades. She has performed with her band all over Toronto in clubs, shows and at hundreds of weddings, parties and corporate events and is well known for her rich vocal styling. She performed with world renowned Flugel horn Maestro Guido Basso for fifteen years, creating musical groups to perform at Toronto's most high profile events and fundraising Galas. Her recordings and videos received extensive airplay across Canada in the 90's and garnered her many nominations recognizing her as one of Canada's top female vocalists.

 

Sharon Smith, Vocals

After graduating from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance, Sharon embarked on a performance career that included musical theatre, nightclubs, family and corporate parties, radio and television commercials, live television appearances and liturgical Jewish repertoire in the synagogue.

With the birth of her children, she became interested in early childhood music and trained to become a teacher. Sharon is currently very active as a professional singer, teaching children music using the Orff method for the Toronto District School Board, and running her own private music classes for young children.

 

Vincent Wolfe, Vocals

Canadian jazz crooner Vincent Wolfe has spent the last decade carving out a reputation as one of the most original and promising interpreters of song on the recent music scene. His captivating warmth and vocal expressiveness have been described by Manhattan Transfer founding member Laurel Massé as “somewhere between Chet Baker and Mel Tormé… a wonderful place to be!” According to jazz legend Marlena Shaw, Vincent has been “blessed with a golden sound”. With three critically acclaimed albums (Trust the Vibe, Until Tomorrow, Weaver of Dreams) and hundreds of club, concert and festival dates under his belt, Vincent has built a reputation as a charismatic performer with a fast-growing fan base. In late 2010 he released his long-awaited third CD, "Weaver of Dreams” that features a hip, chilled-out mix of jazz standards, pop tunes and lesser-known gems mainly from the 40s and 50s. Presently, Vincent is making waves in the swinging big band scene, as lead male vocalist with the renowned Bob Cary Orchestra and frequent guest singer with the fabulous George Lake Big Band.

 


The George Lake Big Band Performers

Trumpets:
John Chaplin
Dave Locke
George McCormick
Noel Methven

Trombones:
Jeurgen Kalzer
Ron Robbins (Arranger)
Allan Jaffray
Jim Nevins
Christopher Hunt

Saxophones:
Gary Magill
Paul Schofield
Dave Coules
Diana Roy
Chris Szydlowski

Rhythm:
Ken Cory (Piano)
Chris Burrell (Drums)
Mitch Wallace (Guitar)
Sean Bray (Guitar)
Bruce Griffin (Bass)
Paul Catalano (Percussion)


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