Boise-born jazz, blues and soul singer Emily Braden is venturing back to Victoria, where she lived and studied under jazz pianist and vocalist Louise Rose, for A Sentimental Christmas, featuring the Victoria Symphony. The show promises straight up classics and straight ahead jazz, from holiday favourites like “White Christmas” and “Carol of the Bells” to a swing through Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas songbook.
Victoria performances are Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., with matinee Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., at The Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). An additional performance takes place Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan. Tickets start at $33 and are available from the Victoria Symphony box office at 250-385-6515.
After her concert with the Victoria Symphony, Dec. 9, Braden will hit up Metropolis Nightclub for a genre-mashing night of entertainment alongside some of Victoria’s best musicians. Braden will be fronting the DeepDowns, an all-star soul/jazz/R&B act featuring many of her original compositions. The DeepDowns are sharing the stage with indy-folk act Big Machine, ( featuring Braden, Josh Dixon, Patrick Boyle, James Whittall, Adrian Dolan, and Quinn Bachand) under the leadership of Oliver Swain. Tickets are $12 in advance at hightideconcerts.com, Lyle’s Place and Ditch Records, or $15 at the door (doors at 9:30 p.m.). M