Noon Concert: PSU Vocal Jazz w/ Heather Keizur & Steve Cristofferson
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:06pm
Noon Concert: PSU Vocal Jazz w/ Heather Keizur & Steve Cristofferson

Noon Concert: PSU Vocal Jazz w/ Heather Keizur & Steve Cristofferson

Thursday, November 2 | 12:00 PM
Lincoln Hall 75
Free and open to the public

The PSU Jazz area presents a concert with the PSU Vocal Jazz ensemble and special guests Heather Keizur & Steve Cristofferson. 

Heather Keizur is emerging as one of the most unique and gifted singers on the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene. Shades of Dalida, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Edith Piaf, Blossom Dearie and Billie Holliday color her vocal style whether she’s singing classic ballads, jazz standards or authentic French chansons.. Born in San Jose, California, Heather grew up in British Columbia, Canada where her passion for music and the French language began. Throughout her life, she has performed as a soloist, and with a variety of jazz bands, country and pop music duos, and in churches in Canada, Oregon, Washington and California. In 2008, she hit the vibrant Portland, Oregon jazz scene with her unique, timeless and bi-lingual style. She has sung with some of the Northwest's premier jazz musicians, including Steve Christofferson, Tom Grant, Vince Frates, Dave Captein, Dennis Caiazza,  and Ron Steen, as well as bay area pianist David K Mathews who is currently touring with Santana and Seattle's Milo Petersen, formerly with Eartha Kitt. Heather who earned an honor's degree in French at Portland State University in 1992 is a certified and devoted Montessori teacher and the proprietress of The Happy Children's Montessori in Hillsboro, Oregon. She shares the joy of music and French with the children in her school every day.

Steve Christofferson has been described as "one of the Northwest's most inventive pianists," (Willamette Week) with "a deft, lyrical touch and fevered imagination." (Victoria Times-Colonist) David Frishberg says "Steve gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste; he's one of my favorite piano players." He also excels at one of the most valuable, but not the most glamorous, jobs in music: accompanying singers. He plays piano with exemplary depth and warmth, and creates his signature sound by doubling on melodica, which he makes a surprisingly poignant tool for improvisation as well as for lead lines. He is probably best known for his years serving as both harmonic foundation and lyrical foil for iconic vocalist Nancy King with whom he has toured nationally and internationally. He has also toured with the Alan Jones Sextet, and performed at the PDX Jazz Fest with Kurt Elling. He's taught workshops and masterclasses at home and abroad, and worked with Jim Pepper, Karrin Allyson and many others. Steve is heard on recordings with Nancy King, The Metropole Orchestra and Skol Brothers, the electric quintet that features his original compositions,"among the best compositions you'll hear on the local scene," (Dan DePrez)  Steve started out as a garage-band guitarist & singer who picked up the keyboard after hearing the Beatles' 'White Album'. He and Keizur are celebrating the release of their most recent CD Moon River. 

Link to Heather Keizur singing “One More for the Road” with Steve Christofferson, Dennis Caiazza, and Ron Steen