© 2016 by CHERYL FISHER

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Fisher is already recognized as one of the greatest female singers in the history of  Canadian Jazz.

-  FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTREAL


(Cheryl Fisher) is one of the best jazz singers we‘ve ever produced in this country.

- GABEREAU LIVE! 


Cheryl Fisher embodies the essence of jazz vocal.  She has a smooth, swingin style.. each  phrase, line and solo is flawless.

- JAZZNOW

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CHERYL FISHER

www.CherylFisher.com

 

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Hailed by the Montreal Jazz Festival as "one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz," Cheryl Fisher is also a composer and lyricist who has recorded six CDs under her own name.  A Global Music award winner for her latest disc, "Quietly There," and voted Best New Jazz Artist by the Alberta Recording Industry Association, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Education (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, where she also taught.  In addition to an international performing schedule Cheryl is a respected Jazz Educator and has been on the dais of several North American jazz scholarship committees.  Her live performances and recordings continue to receive glowing reviews for their originality, emotional depth and outstanding technical excellence.  Her recordings feature the cream of the Canadian Jazz scene including such luminaries as Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry,  Terry Clarke, Neil Swainson and Reg Schwager to name a few.  Her previous CD, "Moments Like This", pairs her with two genuine jazz legends:  Five-time Grammy Award nominee Ira Sullivan and the Canadian Juno award-winning pianist Oliver Jones.

 

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Hailed by the Montreal Jazz Festival as "one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz," Cheryl Fisher is recognized as an international jazz performer who brings authenticity and vitality to every song she sings. With 6 internationally acclaimed, nationally released CDs, Fisher is an Alberta Recording Industry Association award recipient.  Her latest CD, "Quietly There," has won a Global Music Award and is in contention for a Grammy nomination.

 

 Her live performances continue to receive glowing reviews for their originality, emotional depth and outstanding technical excellence.  The Toronto Star has called her music “sophisticated, "...with an “effortless air and subtle emotional control."  The Washington Post describes her as “one of Canada's best kept secrets getting harder to contain."   Downbeat portrays her as a “bona fide jazz singer."

 

It’s quite obvious she is totally at home as a live performer, immediately engaging her audiences with an innate ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is performing just for them. But these special gifts aside, it’s Fisher’s pure talent as a musician that is earning her rave reviews and a growing fan base around the world.  Cheryl Fisher may be compared to the greats - Blossom’s playfulness, Shirley’s attitude, June’s instincts and Joni’s flair, but she is unequivocally and undeniably an original. Don’t let her Canadian “eh” drawl, sweet as a Prairie girl neighbour cause you to make assumptions, because there is nothing shy or demure about Ms. Fisher’s control - of the stage, the music, her sound, and her audience.
 

Fisher holds a Bachelors Degree in Education (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, where she also taught voice.  In addition to an international performing schedule Cheryl is a respected Jazz Educator and has been on the dais of several North American jazz scholarship committees.

 

Her recordings and performances feature the cream of the North American Jazz scene including such luminaries as Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Terry Clarke, Neil Swainson, Reg Schwager, Dan Brubeck, Amos Garrett, Richie Cole, Sir Roland Hanna, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, John Stowell, and Randy Porter to name a few.  Her previous CD, "Moments Like This", pairs her with two genuine jazz legends:  Five-time Grammy Award nominee Ira Sullivan and the Canadian Juno award-winning pianist Oliver Jones.

 

Cheryl performs in venerated jazz clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has produced the acclaimed “JAZZ AT THE LAKE” Festival for the past 14 years with her husband, woodwind artist Eric Allison.   Fisher has represented Canada in several Consulate events in the US and has been cited as a rising star by NPR Radio Network, CBC, and Shaw Cable who all have done featured presentations on Fisher. Her music is regularly played nationally by Diane Donovan ("Women in Jazz" - CKUA), Ross Porter ("After Hours"), and Tim Tamashiro ("Tonic" – CBC).  Her work has been featured on film, radio and in Jazz publications in Europe, the United States, Canada and Brazil.

 

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Cheryl's is a voice that is an intermingling of Stacy Kent, Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughn, with a bit of Bonnie Rait thrown in.  Her range and her sonority have been compared to that of Miles' jazz trumpet.  Her phrasing is highly individualistic and makes any rendition of a standard into an instant modern interpretation.  Her voice can be strong, vulnerable and "sexy without trying" which enables her gifts as a storyteller.  She is a gifted composer and lyricist in her own right which gives all her performances a personal feel and direct connection to her audiences.    MORE MUSIC     DISCOGRAPHY

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THE WASHINGTON POST  Look Out  - One of Canada’s best kept secrets is getting harder to contain.  With her fourth CD Joyride: Life In The Jazz Lane, Alberta born Cheryl Fisher sweeps out of western Canada to claim new musical territory and to extend a vocal command that deepens with each new recording.  Joyride is a vocal portrait of an evolving artist (…) a memorable recording that can stand proudly beside any other recent vocal disc, whether from Canada or anywhere else.

TORONTO STAR  Sophisticated singer Cheryl Fisher‘s great sense of time, bold phrasing and subtle emotional control are  talents that lend an effortless air to the music though she seems in full charge.  … her fourth disc (Joyride:Life in the Jazz lane) is likely to spread the appreciation nationwide.

JAZZNOW  Fisher is an extraordinary vocalist who cunningly uses her instrument in such a way as to delight the senses with her exquisite phrasing.

 

DOWNBEAT  ...it is safe to say the Cheryl Fisher is a bone fide jazz singer, one who approaches her material, whether standard or self-composed, with the ear of an improvising hornman.  Indeed, given her range and sonority, her voice could easily be taken for that of an alto-sax endowed with the gift of speech.

CADENCE  She‘s a real jazz singer with a sultry, bluesy sound capable of working through the intricate melodies . . . as well as belting out sassy numbers . . . in a direct, take no prisoners, style.

JAZZ NOTES  Cheryl is an exotic bird, perhaps the closest female singer yet to a mellow trumpet, and has a feeling for rhythm few singers share . . . [She creates] the same kind of excitement that Miles created with the most ordinary of tunes . . . 

VOX  ultimately her music has a universal appeal which steps outside and around the generic boundaries of category and formula, into authenticity.

CRESCENDO INTERNATIONAL, LONDON  The discovery for me was the band‘s vocalist, Cheryl Fisher . . . she has a beautiful voice and that special feel for a tune that enables her to bring it alive.

JAZZNOW  Cheryl Fisher embodies the essence of jazz vocal.  She has a smooth, swingin  style wrapped in an apparently strong grasp of melody and jazz theory.  Each  phrase, line and solo is flawless.

JAZZ ON CD, LONDON  She will play with a melody in a way that makes you wonder why nobody has ever phrased it in that manner before . . . you immediately realize you‘re in the presence of a musician for whom singing jazz is as natural as breathing.

GABEREAU LIVE!  (Cheryl Fisher) is one of the best jazz singers we‘ve ever produced in this country.

SENATOR TOMMY BANKS Now on her fourth CD, Joyride, we have another lovely batch of ‘nobody-else-sounds-like-Cheryl’. Take a ride in the jazz lane.

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Notable Achievements

"Quietly There" album is in contention for a Grammy Nomination for BEST JAZZ VOCAL.

2016 Global Music award winner for "Quietly There"

Best New Jazz Artist by the Alberta Recording Industry Association. 

Composer and lyricist who has recorded six CDs under her own name. 

Hailed by the Montreal Jazz Festival as "one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz"

Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami

Jazz Educator on the dais of several North American jazz scholarship committees. 

Her recordings feature the cream of the Canadian Jazz scene including such luminaries as Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry,  Terry Clarke, Neil Swainson and Reg Schwager to name a few.  Her previous CD, "Moments Like This", pairs her with two genuine jazz legends:  Five-time Grammy Award nominee Ira Sullivan and the Canadian Juno award-winning pianist Oliver Jones.

Contact Info

 

 

U.S. Distribution:

CITY HALL RECORDS
101 Glacier Point, Suite C, San Rafael, CA 94901
ph. 415-457-9080 fax. 415-457-0780

www.cityhallrecords.com

 

Europe / Asia Distribution:

NEW ARTS INTERNATIONAL
Veluwezoom 32, 1327 AH Almere, The Netherlands
ph. (+31) 33-7676-110
fx.  (+31) 33-7676-121

www.newartsint.com

 

Spain / Portugal Distribution:

DISTRIJAZZ
Mont d'Orsa 57, baixos 08017 Barcelona, Spain
ph. (+34) 934-069-512 fax. (+34) 934-069-076

info@distrijazz.com 
www.distrijazz.com

 

For US & International Bookings, contact PMI - Performance Management International, info@pmiarts.com 

Florida or Alberta bookings, call 403-506-4003 or Jazz@CherylFisher.com

Label:

OA2/ORIGIN RECORDS
8649 Island Drive South, Seattle WA 98118
ph. 206-781-2589

info@originarts.com
www.originarts.com

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Discography
 
QUIETLY THERE 
(2016)

Featuring:
Eric Allison - Wodwinds 
John Toomey - Piano, Keyboards 
John Stowell - Guitars 
Jeff Johnsom - Bass 
John Bishop - Drums 
Burnis Stubbs - Percussion 
Bob Tildesley - Trumpet & Flugelhorn 

Moments Like This
(2009)

Featuring:
Oliver Jones - Piano 
Ira Sullivan - Woodwinds & Brass 
Eric Allison - Woodwinds

JOYRIDE (Life in the Jazz Lane)
(2007)

Featuring:
Terry Clarke - Drums 
Neil Swainson - string bass 
Phillip Strange - piano 
Reg Schwager - guitar 
Eric Allison - woodwinds 

GOD BLESS THE CHILD
(2000)

Featuring:
Tommy Banks -Piano 
P.J. Perry - Alto Sax 
John Stowell - Guitar 

TOO LATE TO HURRY
(1997)

Featuring:
John Stowell - Guitar 
Randy Porter - Piano 

SLOW HAND JAZZ
(1996)

Featuring:
Tommy Banks - piano 
Tommy Doran - drums 
P.J. Perry - Alto Sax 
Mike Lent - Acoustic Bass 

 

 

Cheryl’s 6th recording ‘Quietly There’ gives listeners a softer side to the singer, along with the opportunity to hear her interact with such greats as John Stowell, John Toomey and Eric Allison.

‘Moments Like This’ is an historic CD since it is the first meeting on record by Oliver Jones and Ira Sullivan. It is creative in the way it casts a fresh light on a variety of vintage standards. But most of all, it is notable for featuring Cheryl Fisher fulfilling the potential that she showed at the 2001 Montreal Jazz Festival when she was billed as “one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz.”

‘Joyride (Life In The Jazz Lane)’  features Canada’s best jazz musicians including Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke, Reg Schwager, Eric Allison and Japan’s jazz piano giant Phil Strange.

 

The tour for ‘Joyride’ included one of the last performances at the Montreal Bistro and culminated  with a sold out performance at the 600 seat Broward Center For The Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale .

 

With the release of ‘Too Late To Hurry’ featuring jazz luminaries, pianist Randy Porter and guitarist John Stowell, Fisher’s reputation has spread further into the international markets.

Her work continues to receive regular airplay across North America, and has been featured on film, radio and in jazz publications in Europe, the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Eastern Europe. 

 

Her performance work and original jazz compositions have earned her a twice-aired live hour long feature on the American NPR Radio Network. 

Since Fisher’s debut CD, ‘Slow Hand Jazz’ featuring Canadian jazz legends P.J. Perry on alto sax and Tommy Banks on piano, she has been a regular performer on the international jazz circuit.  Both her live performances and her recordings continue to receive glowing reviews for their originality, emotional depth and outstanding technical excellence in both national and international jazz publications. 

Fisher was honoured at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (1996) where she was billed as “Canada’s New Diva of Jazz”

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