Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.,
Tickets: $20 (available from the NAC box office with no fee, or online via Ticketmaster)

  • Brian Browne - piano
  • Steve Berndt - vocals

A CD release event

Steve Berndt releases a recording of 12 jazz ballads produced in the minimalist style of the famous Bill Evans and Tony Bennett albums. Named Déjà Vu after the title track (the one original song on the album), the album features Steve on vocals and the incomparable jazz master Brian Browne on piano. Recorded in joyful sessions at Ottawas' Shine Studios by musician/engineer Eric Disero, Déjà Vu is an album of sensitive love songs performed in the same dynamic and improvisational manner as this live performance.

Originally from Montreal, Browne moved as a teenager to Ottawa, where his musical career soon began. By the age of eighteen he was playing in local clubs and soon had his own CBC radio programme. He studied at the Berklee School of Music and later won a scholarship to study with Oscar Peterson in Toronto. In 1986 he opened Zoe's Lounge in Ottawa's Chateau Laurier hotel and remained there for a year as musical director. He subsequently moved to New York City, where he spent several years actively in the music scene. With his return to Ottawa, long-time fans of Browne's soulful, swinging piano sound are once again delighted by his local appearances.

A fixture on the Ottawa jazz scene as a solo act and with The Steve Berndt Quartet, Steve has played concerts and festivals with The Jivewires and Rudeboy across Canada and the UK and throughout the northeastern United States.

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Rescheduled from the original February 25 date. Tickets for the original concert will be honoured on this date.

National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage
53 Elgin Street