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Karin Plato’s jazz evolving on stage

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A special, last minute show at Ric’s Grill features Vancouver based jazz vocalist Karin Plato, who is touring with pianist John Roney and cellist Bryan Holt in support of her new double Cd “Out of Town.” takes place Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Ric’s Grill.

 Karin Plato plays Ric’s Grill, Nov. 3. Photo submitted“I’ve never been to Lethbridge before, so I don’t know what to expect. I’ve got my fingers crossed that things go well,” Plato said on the road from Edmonton to Medicine Hat, where she had an afternoon workshop followed by a concert in the evening.

While the event isn’t officially a Lethbridge Jazz Society event, Jazz Society member Donald Robb helped her get the gig at Ric’s Grill after she was accidentally double booked at the Slice. 

“I’m just thrilled it’s going to work out and we found some place to play. Because it’s better to play for some jazz and blues fans than take a night off,” said Plato, who is  a classically trained pianist.
“I do play piano, but if I played piano for a jazz gig, I’d get fired. I’m a jazz vocalist,” she said adding she wanted to  focus on becoming proficient at one instrument — her voice — rather than trying to multi-task.

Her CD is a pretty laid back set  of jazz standards, which have evolved in a live setting.
“It would get boring for the musicians and the audience if we just played the songs exactly as they are on the CD,” she said, adding she is enjoying watching the music  from her CD evolve live on stage, especially because of  Bryan Holt’s cello playing.

“I love the sound of the cello. It has a special sound quality and timbre. So it’s been really fun to take these extra sound colours of the cello and put them together with my voice and the piano,” she enthused.

“I really wanted the cello to become more integral to the music,” she said adding the tour is going well. It included 10 eastern dates, a break and another 10 out west.

Karin Plato will be playing two sets beginning at 7:30 p.m., plus there may be a few guest musicians playing as well.
 There is no cover for the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:15 )  
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