Jazz singer Ellen Doty grew up in Okotoks. She released her first album, Gold, in 2014 and plans to release a second album this fall. Like her music, which is a fusion of jazz, soul and pop, Doty’s personal style is a fusion of eras. Her high-waisted skirts and tucked blouses would fit in at a 1950s Parisian café, her bobbed hair and bangs at a 1920s speakeasy. But Doty’s look isn’t just vintage-inspired, it’s the real thing, incorporating pieces she inherited from her grandmother. Doty also scours Calgary’s consignment stores for clothing from across the decades, creating a look best described as “modern vintage.”
Calgary jazz artist Ellen Doty is heading off on a new musical direction with her latest album.
Either one. That’s a fair description of what you’ll see and hear should you head to one of Calgary jazz artist Ellen Doty’s shows on her upcoming prairie tour, which kicks off Wednesday night at the Ironwood with a show that's part of JazzYYC's Illumin8 Series.
Ellen Doty believes rural Alberta is ready for a jazz renaissance.
The 27-year-old isn’t just blowing wishful smoke. She knows small town Alberta as well as anyone, growing up on an acreage in De Winton just outside of Okotoks.
“Jazz tends to have an audience these days where young people have not really been exposed to it,” said Doty, who now lives in Calgary. “It’s great to have young people coming out to shows and being introduced to jazz this way, mixed in with other things they’re more comfortable hearing too.”
Doty is playing the Bailey Theatre on March 3 as part of a 15-stop tour of Western Canada.