BEVERLY TAFT . BIO
Although she loves the sweet melodies and hot rhythms of this music, Beverly's main goal is to communicate the essence of the song and its story to audiences. She's always learning more about the music and lyrics of the jazz age, and what they have to teach us about life and love. These ideals - and 21st century life experience - inform her own lyric writing, and her song-writing partnership with guitarist Nathan Hiltz.
Described as "charming," "delightful" and "100% pure beautiful jazz" by various arts journalists, Beverly has performed at a wide range of venues including: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, The Dominion on Queen, The Distillery Historic District, The Gladstone Hotel, Jazz Bistro, The Montreal Bistro, U of T's "Friday Jazz at Oscar's" Series, and jazz festivals in Barrie, Markham, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Peterborough, Port Hope, Southampton, Warkworth, and beyond, as well as Toronto City Hall, The CNE, The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, to name a few. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, Beverly has performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco California as well as Sarasota, Florida and several cities in Japan.
Beverly's repertoire spans five decades and a few continents, and in addition to leading her own "straight ahead and swingin'" jazz combo, she's involved in several different musical ventures, including "The Bossa Nova Project", "Murata, Quarrington and Taft", "Beverly and her Swell Fellas", and a french music group that she calls "Les Chansonnettes". Her most recent recording is “Beverly Taft Meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra", featuring ten original jazz and blues songs played by an all-star eight-piece band. The CD was launched over three nights at Toronto’s premiere venue, Jazz Bistro, in April 2014 with the support of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Special Project Initiative. The group will open the main stage at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival July 19th, 2014.
In addition to public performances, Beverly is busy providing entertainment for private and corporate clients as well as charitable organizations throughout the city. Read more about Beverly's entertainment services here, You'll also find photos, audio and video here, but the best way to experience Beverly's interpretations of this music is to come to a live show.
"If you're a fan of the jazz standard and swing era, love a voice that envelopes you like a warm embrace, and music that's executed perfectly by some of Toronto's finest jazzers, pick up the new record.”
Errol Nazareth, CBC Radio’s Big City, Small World