Love will be in the air, along with some longing, heartache and reflection, when singer Kinga Heming takes the stage Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts for a show celebrating the release of her latest CD.
Heming will be backed by some of B.C.’s finest jazz musicians, including Miles Black (piano), Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (trumpet), Loni Moger (guitar), Bernie Addington (bass) and Tony Ferraro (drums).
Together, they will perform songs from Heming’s new album, Forever in My Heart, which features a collection of jazz and pop standards, including Almost Like Being in Love from the musical Brigadoon, the bossa nova No More Blues, Benny Golson’s Whisper Not, and Here’s to Life, Shirley Horn’s signature song.
As well as songs from Forever in My Heart — Heming’s third CD — the band will perform other favourites such as What a Difference a Day Made, made famous by Dinah Washington, Marvin Gaye’s How Sweet It Is and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Carole King).
When asked to describe her favourite thing about performing, Heming says it’s “capturing the audience and engaging with my band; telling a story from experience and having the audience feel what it is I’m feeling in the moment.”
Born in Poland, Heming’s first musical influences as a child were her parents. Her mother would play Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and other great jazz artists around the house, and her father played in his own cabaret.
After moving to Canada, Heming was accepted into the vocal program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa, a government-funded school for the arts. On her musical journey, she found her own favourite jazz singers who helped shape her sound. These were legendary voices such as Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall and Ella Fitzgerald.
Later, Heming studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto. It was in this musically vibrant city that she shared the stage with Renee Rosnes, Guido Basso and Juno award winner Don Thompson. She also sang a duet with the late Jeff Healey at the bar he owned.
Heming has toured throughout Canada with Bill King’s group, The Real Divas, and has sung the national anthem at NHL, NBA and AHL games.
Her CD release show starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Tickets, $30, can be purchased through the RCA box office.
To learn more about Heming and her music, visit her website at kinga-jazz.com.