Fri. Feb. 11: Jazz pop sounds of the Paisley Jura Quartet at Phog

Posted: February 11, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Live Performances, Previews
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For those used to Phog Lounge’s more traditional sounding bands – indie pop or Canadian roots – you’re in for something a little different this Friday night. The multi-talented songstress Paisley Jura of Halifax brings her Paisley Jura Quartet (and 200-year-old double bass) to Phog Lounge as she tours across Canada in support of latest album, Time Is How You Spend Your Love. Her sound is difficult to define – somewhere between Joni Mitchell jazz years, Emmylou Harris and Holly Cole and even that isn’t entirely accurate. Let’s see if her press bio can shed a bit more light:

Paisley’s songs are hooky vignettes with twists of sophisticated harmony and subtle orchestration that steadfastly refuse categorization. She flips easily between Canadian folk, cabaret, jazz, Celtic, country and pop, tying it all together with her compelling lyrics and rich vocals. You can hear the wide palette of Brahms, Sibelius, Bach, Stravinsky, Mahler, and Kurt Weill contrasted with the simple stories of Johnny Cash or Emmylou Harris. Her voice has the innocent quality of a young Ella Fitzgerald; her songs can mimic the open acoustic jangle of Pat Metheny Group; the rawness of Tom Waits; or the directness and later experimentation of Jane Siberry, Joni Mitchell and Bjork. She is, according to The Globe & Mail, “an old-soul chanteuse with savvy pop sensibilities.”

Opening up the show will be the sounds of Windsor’s own Kevin Echlin, a multi-instrumentalist who broke on the music scene about a year ago, and immediately impressed people with the maturity of his ear and crafting.

The Paisley Jura Quartet (Halifax) with special guest Kevin Echlin, Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), 9pm,


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