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Heather Bambrick

Biography

HEATHER BAMBRICK (vocalist) was born on January 19, 1971 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. She moved to Toronto in 1993 to begin her studies in jazz, graduating from the University of Toronto where she is currently a member of the Faculty of Music (Jazz Studies). She also teaches at the prestigious Humber College. As an educator and clinician, she has worked with groups all across the country at various festivals including the Labrador Creative Arts Festitval, the Ontario Vocal Jazz Festival, Edmonton Choral Fest, the Rocky Mountain Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede, and Musicfest Canada.

Bambrick has studied and performed with some of the world’s greatest Jazz talents including Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Guido Basso, Peter Appleyard, John Lamb, Jim Galloway, and Rob McConnell. In addition to her own successful record releases, she has recorded with numerous acts, including the Royal Jelly Orchestra, Carol Welsman, the Caliban Quartet, and The Beehive Singers of which she was a founding member. As a group singer and as a solo artist, she has toured Canada several times, performed frequently throughout the United States, entertained on jazz cruises for Regent Holidays, Princess Cruises, and Radisson Cruise Lines, and been featured at regional, national, and international Jazz festivals.

For the past several years, her voice has been heard throughout North America on a multiplicity of radio and television commercials, as well as on film and television soundtracks. Since 2001, Heather Bambrick has been a popular radio broadcaster with Canada’s only all-jazz radio station, JAZZ.FM91, where she hosts the weekday morning show "Wake Up ... with Heather Bambrick.

In 2013, Heather released Old Friends with the colaborative trio "Broadsway," which features vocalist Julie Michels and pianist Diane Leh.

AWARDS

2000 - Co-recipient (as a member of The Beehive Singers) of Jazz Report Magazine’s ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ Award
2004 - National Jazz Awards winner 'Vocalist of the Year'
2004 - East Coast Music Awards Nominee for "Jazz Recording of the Year" (debut CD ‘It’s About Time’)
2005 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'Broadcaster of the Year'
2007 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'Broadcaster of the Year'
2007 - East Coast Music Awards Nominee for "Jazz Recording of the Year" (‘Those Were the Days’ CD)
2008 - National Jazz Awards nominee as 'Broadcaster of the Year'

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