2013: NOIR - Jazz mit Adi Braun und Sheldon Zandboer


Adi Braun and Sheldon Zandboer invite you to an evening of delicious and dangerous music from the era of the Film Noir. Let the words and music transport you back to a time where Marlene Dietrich wraps you in the arms of "The Blue Angel" (1931), Doris Day sings of Ruth Etting's woes in "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955), where you become seduced by the haunting beauty of David Raskin's melody "Laura" (1944), and you taste the bittersweet reality of life in "The Man That Got Away" (1954).


"Noir" is a show filled with songs and repartee from this truly unique period in film-making where, as Fay Helm said in "Phanton Lady", there are "no names, no addresses - just companions for the evening".


The event poster may be viewed here.

ADI BRAUN has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. She has performed in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto, has toured Canada, the United States, and Europe. In the fall of 2010 Adi released her fourth CD – “Canadian Scenes I” which marked her singer/songwriter debut. “Canadian Scenes I” follows Adi’s three, critically-acclaimed CDs - “Delishious” (2003), short-listed for a 2004 Juno Award nomination, “The Rules of the Game” (2006), from which the song “Show Me Yours” was featured on an episode of the hit U.S. TV series “The “L” Word”, and “Live at the Metropolitan Room” (2007), recorded off-the-floor at New York’s acclaimed jazz/cabaret venue.


Born in Toronto, Adi Braun grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers, and her father, Victor Braun, was one of Canada’s leading baritones. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at the age of six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Following family tradition, Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and on-stage in operas and operettas alongside her brother, baritone Russell Braun.


Adi started “singing sideways” in the late ‘90's and returned to the music she loved, which she calls “cabarazz”, drawing on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, she was catapulted to centre-stage as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists. In 2007, Adi was nominated as “Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year” by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).


Her sophisticated style and subtle delivery evokes such vocal greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Elizabeth Ahlfors of New York’s Cabaret Scenes describes Adi as "A tad Dinah Washington, a hint of Lena Horne, the enveloping warmth of Doris Day, all gift-wrapped up in a unique sound that is singular Adi Braun!" Adi’s repertoire ranges from the Great American songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend’s Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. Whether she is singing in English, French, Spanish or German, Adi Braun is “a power-frau who gives jazz standards a unique touch, telling stories that are miniature life moments” (Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany).

SHELDON ZANDBOER is Western Canada’s “best kept secret”. He’s been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks. Making a living as a professional musician since 1975 and living in Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver has enabled him to be one of the most experienced and accomplished keyboardist/pianists in Western Canada. He has performed publicly as well as before members of the British Royal Family, dignitaries, Heads of State internationally.


Whether it’s playing jazz or in a Broadway show he’s equally comfortable in just about any genre available. His songwriting has extended into the European pop market and has composed music for a film that is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. His new ground breaking jazz-training book “The Tao of Improvisation” adopts eastern philosophy and training techniques, which enables the young professional to reach a higher level of performance and creativity. Sheldon performed at the Winter Olympic Villages for the athletes, and has just been nominated for an Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association award for best live soundtrack. Presently Sheldon is a Jazz Faculty Instructor at Mount Royal University in Calgary and still performs throughout western Canada.