12:00PM — 1:30PM
Wednesday July 24Mackenzie House
Pianist Sean Stanley, and vocalist Miss Dior possess a special chemistry; it's not simply their warm, dynamic interplay, but their unique blending of influences that come together so effectively. This polished quartet bring early jazz and blues to life, mixing landmark standards with Sean Stanley's original compositions.
Miss Dior treads her own path as a vocalist, (also a talented world music percussionist) and her sound is the sum of her many diverse influences, spanning a broad spectrum of musical classifications: Bjork, Billie Holiday, Sade, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan are a few vocalists that inform her charismatic sound and presentation. Born in West Africa and raised in Toronto after arriving as a refugee with her family, Dior’s style is as eclectic and well travelled as her life.
Sean Stanley is a jazz man, living the life and filling each possible moment with a focus to deepen his knowledge of great jazz music and its leading, creative figures. Stanley's piano playing reflects his autodidactic jazz piano historian background. He summons the spirit of: Errol Garner, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and Earl Hines, among others in his piano technique. These and other classic jazz and blues inspirations commingle with his own jazz impulses as an evolving pianist, composer and bandleader. The duo is also capable of swelling to trio, quartet and sextet configurations when requested, a draw from a well of young, talented jazz musicians in the city.
Sean Stanley & Miss Dior have a robust resume, including performances at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival (as part of the Restaurant Host Events), Canada Day at Niagara Falls, finalists in the Toronto Blues Society’s Annual Talent Search, as well as more intimate performances at Jazz Bistro, Evergreen Brickworks’ “Thursday Night Jazz” series, The Senator Wine Bar, and their 4-year ongoing Residency at Harlem Underground. Sean Stanley & Miss Dior offer a consuming and elucidating jazz and blues experience.
Play the Parks is presented by TD Bank, produced by the Downtown Yonge BIA.