Niagara Jazz Fest's Twilight Jazz Series Presents Brenda Lewis & Margaret Stowe Duo

By: May. 27, 2017
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DPLU Music, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and Mahtay Café and Lounge present the TWILIGHT JAZZ CONCERT SERIES - ROOTS, SOUL & STANDARDS featuring acclaimed jazz vocal and guitar duo Brenda Lewis and MARGARET STOWE.

Originally from the Ottawa region, Guelph-based jazz vocalist Brenda Lewis' versatility garnered its roots in R&B, country blues, gospel and folk music in groups with Ian Molesworth (Hurt n' Run), Eddie Douglas and Nonie Crete - and now, vocal harmonies partner Gayle Ackroyd.

For over two decades, Lewis has been captivating audiences across Ontario as a jazz vocalist, with some of Canada's cream of the jazz crop accompanying: Margaret Stowe, Tony Quarrington, Rosemary Galloway, John Zadro, Jeff Bird and others. In Toronto she has recently been featured in concert series at The Old Mill's Home Smith Bar, The Jazz Bistro, 120 Diner, Musideum and Flying Beaver Pubaret - as well as in series presented by The Jazz Room (Waterloo), McMichael Gallery, Halton Hills Cultural Centre, and the Midland Cultural Centre, and, in Merrickville's Jazz Fest, Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, and, The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook concerts.

For the Twilight Jazz Series, she will be joined by music partner of 15 years, acclaimed Toronto (originally from Hamilton) jazz guitarist Margaret Stowe performing an eclectic, soulful and even quirky mix of repertoire. David Kidney of Green Man Reviews, Hamilton, ON wrote: "Brenda & Marg work together like a finely-tuned machine."

Together and separately they are longtime favourites with their loyal audiences. Harry Currie, Waterloo Record wrote: "Guitarist Stowe is simply, amazing. She plays long fluid lines that never seem to stop, the ideas pouring out of her in an uninterrupted flow. ... At times as gentle as Bickert, she turns around and lets fly with the energy of George Benson, but always with accuracy and so, so tasteful." And of Lewis, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke of The WholeNote wrote: "Her adept jazz sensibility (as well as her variegated alto voice) is beautifully displayed. Lewis is refreshingly fearless, committed and transparent in her approach and taste; her consummate vocal skill shines throughout."

Brenda Lewis: Vocals

Margaret Stowe: Guitar Sunday, June 4 from 6 to 9pm

at Mahtay Café & Lounge

241 St. Paul Street, Saint Catharines, Ontario L2R 3M7

(905) 685-4040

Tickets: $10 in advance - Order online at:


$15 at the door.

Students: $5; Musicians + Arts Workers: $8 (at the door)