Fawn Fritzen Quartet: Jazz at the Griff

April 18 7:30 to 9:15 pm

The Jazz at the Griff series, presented by Trail & District Arts Council, brings you the Fawn Fritzen Quartet. Enjoy the jazz club vibe as you savour a glass of wine in a setting that is up close and personal with the band.

Raised on folk, classical, and musical theatre, Fawn Fritzen embodies Canada’s diversity with her mixed cultural roots of Chinese, French, and German, singing in her three ancestral languages as well as English. Joining Fawn are pianist David Restivo, guitarist/bassist, Doug Stephenson, and drummer Tony Ferraro.

"Fawn Fritzen takes the jazz vocal to another level..." - Memphis Marty, The Jazz Music Blog

Fawn Fritzen once disdained the label “feminist”, but time and experience reshaped her thinking. Reflecting on the crucial role of music in shaping society, her songwriting draws on themes of feminism, failure, conflict, and connection. Fawn embodies Canada’s diversity with her mixed cultural roots of Chinese, French, and German, and she performs in four languages. With a powerful belter's voice, she will growl out some gritty blues, then follow it with a tender ballad imbued with delicate nuance. Fawn's eclectic shows combine beloved jazz standards alongside originals, blending elements of roots and gospel into her singing, layered with candid storytelling. Fawn has two studio albums under her belt and is the winner of the 2014 Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Jazz Artists.

David Restivo is a JUNO award-winning pianist and composer, and the newest addition to Selkirk Music School faculty. Born in Lansing, Michigan, molded by the mountains and coasts of New England, and based primarily in Toronto since 1982, he has been a sought-after and influential figure in Canada’s jazz community since the late 1980s. Well-known for his work with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan, Restivo has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Dave Holland, Curtis Fuller, Mel Torme, Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hendricks, and David Clayton-Thomas. As musical and life partners, Fawn and David have a special and heart-warming chemistry in their duo shows.

Doug Stephenson has been an integral member of Western Canada's music community for over thirty years. The Calgary native is a guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and producer. He has performed with a wide range of artists including Melody Diachun, Charlie Rouse, Bob Murphy, Les McCann, Jay Thomas, John Stowell, Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Altered Laws, Barry Romberg, Bob Brough, Campbell Ryga, and Blues legend Big Miller.

Tony Ferraro is a diverse, musical drummer that is at home with all styles of music. After achieving Percussionist of the Year at Humber College in Toronto, his desire to immerse himself into many different genres has led his musical journey in a variety of directions. Whether playing rock with Juno Award winning Idle Eyes, Classic Canadian rockers Trooper, and The Spoons, or laying down the cultural grooves of Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael Occhipinti, Melody Diachun, or Argentinian pianist Gabriel Palatchi, Tony is an exciting player to hear and to watch, always bringing his passion and intensity to the music he is performing.

2 x 40 minute sets plus intermission.

Single tickets are $22. Or buy a 6-show series pass for Jazz at the Griff is only $110. Limited availability. Get your pass now!

All individual tickets available online at, by phone at 250-368-9669, and in person at the Bailey Box Office at 1501 Cedar Ave., Trail. Series passes available only by calling or visiting the Box Office.

All shows general admission. Groups of 4 may reserve a table at the box office.

The Jazz at the Griff series is made possible thanks to funding from McEwan Law, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, the Government of Canada, and Tourism South Kootenay. We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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Town: Trail, BC
Venue: The Griff at The Bailey Theatre
Address: 1501 Cedar Avenue, Trail