By Dan Walton
During her Canadian summer tour, New Yorks Brandi Disterheft will be bringing a quartet through Invermere where her drummer Morgan Childs will feel right at home.
The two met many years ago when Brandi was living in Vancouver. The two are family friends, as Morgan used to drum for Brandis mother.
Morgan swings really hard, we hear the music the same way and we like the same type of jazz, Brandi said. Because were friends, its really easy to work together.
While she shares ambient vocals through her music, Brandi leads her band on double bass, which offers a strong presence amid her musics mellow moods.
Fans of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black may be familiar with one of Brandis songs, as she made a cameo in episode 11 of season two, Take a Break from Your Values. A scene in the episode features Brandi performing Blues for Nelson Mandela, which was on her latest recording, Gratitude the focus of her current tour.
Not surprisingly, Blues for Nelson Mandella was inspired by the man himself.
His perseverance really made an impression on me, she said. All odds were against him and he still came out on top even after 30 years in jail he still came through with his message.
Adding inspiration to Brandis career in jazz, she said Nelson Mandelas legacy has shown her new ways of creating emotion and tension in her music.
Shes taken those feelings around the world, having toured Asia, Europe and North America.
Its a beautiful thing to share your music with people, she said.
More recently, shes found herself touring the Great White North. Between jazz festivals throughout western Canada, Ms. Disterheft found a night off Tuesday, June 17th between stops in Regina and Banff. After being put in touch with Pynelogs Cultural Centre, she was able to make a concert out of the unscheduled evening,which will allow Mr. Childs to work from home. In addition to Mr. Childs on drums, the quartet will also feature pianist Joshua Goodman and William Sperandi on trumpet.
The show is happening at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17th. Tickets cost $20 at the door and the bar will be in service.