Esplanade Theatre

$40 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central


One of our favourite JazzFest performers is back.

Brooklyn born, Ranee Lee is now celebrating forty-eight years in Montreal, where she enjoys a successful, multi-faceted career as one of CanadaŐs most popular jazz vocalists. An award-winning actress, teacher and songwriter, she is a member of the Order of Canada and a proud author of childrenŐs books. Ranee has recorded 13 albums for the Justin Time label, winning the JUNO Award for 2010Ős Lives Upstairs. Throughout her career, Ranee has performed with many jazz notables, including Clark Terry, Terry Clarke, Bill Mayes, Herbie Ellis, Red Mitchell, Milt Hinton and Oliver Jones.

A Dora Mavor Moore Award winning actress, Ranee starred in Lady Day at EmersonŐs Bar and Grill, CanadaŐs first production of the musical portrayal of Billie Holiday. Her subsequent recording, Deep Song, featured label mate Oliver Jones and well as Milt Hinton, bassist with Billie Holiday. The recording was met with acclaim, bringing RaneeŐs voice to the attention of jazz fans and concert producers throughout the world.

Her latest touring show is the production Dark Divas, which Ranee wrote and performs in. It is a musical about the lives of some of the most compelling women singers of the century. The show honours the divas who have influenced her most in her career as a jazz diva herself, featuring songs that were sung by Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

Ranee received the International Association of Jazz Educators Award for outstanding service to jazz education, at the twenty first IAJE conference in 1994. As an educator, Ranee has been part of the University of Laval faculty in Quebec City and The Schulich School of Music of McGill University faculty for over twenty years. She was appointed as a Member to The Order Of Canada and in 2007 was given an award for her contribution to the development of the McGill Jazz Program by the McGill Schulich School of Music. Joining Ranee for her Medicine Hat performance will be Richard Ring on guitar, Dave Watts on bass, Dave Laing on drums, Taurey Butler on piano and Ron Di Lauro on trumpet.