Fern Lindzon

Saturday July 21, 2018

Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz.”–Mark Miller, jazz writer

With the release of her third CD, Like a Circle in a Spiral, in 2014, Fern Lindzon has continued to put her own, unique spin on contemporary jazz.

Like a Circle in a Spiral is the culmination to date of a fascinating musical journey that began when Fern took classical voice and piano lessons as a child and continued through a degree in music history at the University of Toronto, studies with Frank Falco and Don Thompson and on, as a performer, into jazz and world music.

Since its launch in May 2014 at Toronto’s prestigious Jazz Bistro, Like a Circle in a Spiral has received extensive airplay and uniformly favorable reviews. Stuart Broomer, writing in The WholeNote, described Fern as “a rare jazz singer” and noted that her “strong identity [is] based on nuanced expression, a clear, almost silky voice, and a freedom from the collections of mannerisms that many jazz singers use to distinguish themselves.” Shelley Gummeson, commenting in !earshot, suggested that Fern “personifies a woman who lives confidently with her own instincts and artistry” on Like a Circle in a Spiral, and lauded her interpretations as “smart and smouldering” and “sublimely elegant.”

Like a Circle in a Spiral follows Two Kites (2011), which was nominated for a Juno Award in 2012 as Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The work of “a rare and fascinating talent,” in the words of Montreal writer Irwin Block, Two Kites features Fern with George Koller, Nick Fraser and saxophonist Mike Murley in a typically embracing Lindzon program that flies gracefully on the winds of contemporary jazz, soaring from Antonio Carlos Jobim to Norma Winstone and touching down in Eastern Europe and on Broadway and Basin Street along the way. Fern’s Juno nomination for Two Kites was foreshadowed by a juried Special Projects award from Toronto Downtown Jazz in support of the CD’s launch in April 2011 Toronto’s Lula Lounge.

Even as Like a Circle in a Spiral brings Fern new fans internationally, she remains vitally involved in the Toronto music scene as a performer and composer, a community event organizer and a voice and piano teacher, roles that she plays with an ever-inquiring mind and a wonderful generosity of spirit.