Read the OttawaJazzScene.ca review of Molly Johnson's Ontario Scene show on May 1, 2015.
Toronto jazz vocalist Molly Johnson was in Ottawa on March 2 to help launch the new National Centre festival, Ontario Scene. She'll be showcasing her new album, Because of Billie, at a scene concert on May 1.
It's a tribute to jazz icon Billie Holiday, but also to remember how Holiday surmounted many hardships in a very difficult childhood. Johnson will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the CD to the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, to help children living in poverty.
After Johnson sang at the Ontario Scene launch, OttawaJazzScene.ca editor Alayne McGregor interviewed her about the CD, what Billie Holiday meant to her, how she prepared for the CD, and what gives her even more joy than her recent Juno nomination for the CD.
Our video story includes an interview with Molly Johnson, and her and pianist Robi Botos performing "They Can't Take That Away From Me".
– Brett Delmage
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(OttawaJazzScene.ca's review of Molly Johnson's 2013 concert at the NAC)
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(Our video story about a local tribute to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald in 2013)
- Ontario Scene blurs the boundaries in wide-ranging jazzy shows (2015 jazz content)
- Robi Botos wins the 2012 TD Grand Prize at the Montreal Jazz Festival (video)