Mike Bell, Calgary Herald
On this week’s episode of Bandwagonish, my guest is rising Calgary jazz star Ellen Doty.
It’s a fitting and timely conversation for a number of reasons, notably the fact that the city just celebrated International Jazz Day, a new summer jazz festival was just announced for Calgary and Doty, herself, just released a new song and has a pair of shows coming up at Fort Calgary, May 8 and 9.
Over the past few years the vocalist and songwriter has become a fixture on the scene, performing regular gigs around town such as a past, longtime Friday night residency at the Fairmont Palliser’s Oak Room, releasing an album last year titled Gold that also took her across the country and now, that recently released single with special meaning to her.
During the lively and enjoyable conversation we discuss such topics as: her decision to pursue music for a living over a more practical career; the opportunities and struggles that have followed; the comical yet somewhat dark side of being a female performer in the spotlight; her use of social media to get support for her music; her first foray in clubs across the country; the health of the city’s jazz scene thanks in great part to new organization JazzYYC; the inspiration behind her new song Just So You Know and accompanying video; the positive side of populist jazz artists such as Diana Krall and Michael Buble; and, of course, she tackles the regular 5 Questions and Doty shows she, unlike the host, knows the difference between two Canadian songs of the same name.
Also embedded in the podcast are two of the artist’s songs for your pleasure, Just So You Know and Wait For Your Call.
So, once more, for your leisurely weekend listening here’s another episode of Bandwagonish.