May 28, 2004: Jazz Studies grad wins new CBC Jazz award

      May 28, 2004
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Twenty-three-year-old vocalist/pianist, Shannon Thue, a recent graduate of the Capilano College Bachelor of Jazz Studies program, is the winner of CBC Radio-Canada’s first JAM Award.

      CBC Radio-Canada created this new award to encourage young jazz students to follow their dreams. Named the CBC/Radio Canada Jazz Award of Merit - or JAM – the award recognizes exceptional performance and academic achievement by a musician studying jazz at the College level.

      As the winner, Thue will receive a showcase performance at the CBC/Radio-Canada Studio One Jazz series, as part of the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. She will also receive a studio-produced demo CD and the $1,000 Galaxie Rising Star Award of the CBC.

      Thue grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began studying piano and voice at an early age. She discovered jazz in high school and eager to learn more, she moved to Vancouver in 2000 to study jazz piano and voice at Capilano College.

      Over the course of her four years of study, she had the opportunity to study with and draw inspiration from local jazz greats Chris Sigerson, Ross Taggart, Lorne Kellett, and Alan Matheson, and also enjoyed playing piano in the school’s top big band, A-Band, and singing in the top vocal group, NiteCap, both under the direction of Réjean Marois.

      Last year she performed with two groups at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and was featured on Radio-Canada. Her influences include Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Gene Harris. In addition to playing, she enjoys writing and arranging music. Other interests include juggling, hiking, kayaking, tennis, cooking and creating visual arts projects.

      Jazz fans can see the Shannon Thue Trio in concert Saturday June 26 at 1 p.m. at CBC Studio One, 700 Hamilton Street. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

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      For more information, please call Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596.