194 Queen West, Toronto

Fern Lindzon

Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz.
-Mark Miller, jazz writer and former jazz critic for The Globe and Mail.

Fern Lindzon's long-awaited debut jazz recording, Moments Like These, has been received with rave reviews. It can be heard across the country on CBC, Jazz-FM and numerous campus radio stations. This CD of duets with, in turn, Don Thompson on vibes, George Koller on bass and Reg Schwager on guitar, features her as a pianist, vocalist, composer, lyricist and arranger.

Over the past several months, Fern appeared on two other new and critically-acclaimed CDs: the Lithuanian Empire's self-titled klezmer CD, which has been described as "pickled herring, bagels & lox, and kugel meet Led Zeppelin, margaritas, and Nils Landgren," and Sheynville Express by Toronto's "premiere all-female Yiddish/Swing/Klezmer sensation," the Sisters of Sheynville.

Fern was born in Toronto and educated there at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. She continued her studies privately with such jazz musicians as Don Thompson and Frank Falco. Fern's eclectic musical interests have kept her extremely busy and much in demand with her jazz ensembles, in several klezmer bands and as a freelance musician. Her classical education has contributed to her rich, lyrical pianistic sound, and her interest in contemporary music has led to her arrange standards with an exploratory spirit.

Fern frequently performs with Don Thompson, George Koller, Andrew Downing, Quinsin Nachoff, Nick Fraser, and Reg Schwager. She is heard in all of Toronto's premier jazz rooms, including the Opal Jazz Lounge, Rex Jazz Bar, Lula Lounge, Mezzetta Café, and the Trane Studio. She performed on several occasions at the Montreal Bistro and has appeared at the Leah Posluns Theatre and Toronto Downtown Jazz, Distillery Jazz, and Beaches Parti Gras jazz festivals. Her work in klezmer music has found her in Toronto at the Free Times Café, Gladstone Hotel, Al Green Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts and Harbourfront's Ashkenaz Festival of Yiddish Culture. She has also performed at Sala Rossa in Montreal and the Avant Garde in Ottawa, and has appeared at the Buffalo Jewish Music Festival and Winnipeg Mamaloshen Festival. Future klezmer engagements include appearances in Washington and San Franciso and at Shalom Quebec and KlezKanada in Quebec.