“I love it when the audience feels what I feel when I’m singing… Music touches people on such a deep level, both entertaining and transforming them… It is through music that life is expressed so beautifully”. Joyce Aldrich
Joyce Aldrich grew up surrounded by musicians, artists and actors listening and learning from singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, Billy Holiday, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, anything Broadway, as well as Nana Mouskouri, early 1960’s jazz, Peter, Paul & Mary and, of course, The Beatles! This eclectic interest shaped her style, today, which Terry Clements, lead guitarist for Gordon Lightfoot calls, “Gentle Jazz at its Best”!
Joyce is passionate about her music and loves the audience, establishing a relationship between the two through her performance.
After her studies at Toronto’s Seneca College and York University, she studied voice with Marjorie Sparks. Joyce started to work as a professional singer and songwriter performing everywhere to spread her music and talent. Her voice has fresh energy and her series of compositions show passion in an innovative blend of Jazz, Latin and Afro-Cuban melodies.
In 1998, Cuban bandleader Pablo Terry invited Joyce to join his band, Sol de Cuba, expanding his repertoire by adding her ‘gentle jazz’ feel to his Afro-Cuban rhythms. He was impressed by her ability to sing traditional Cuban boleros with exact intonation, metre and sound.
Joyce’s major objective is to expand her music, touring with her original compositions and interpretations, which are a result of close collaboration with Canadian-born musicians and those of other ethno-cultural backgrounds… an innovative expression of Canada’s great multicultural heritage.
Joyce’s gigs include performances at the unforgettable Du Maurier Jazz Festival, The Taste of the Danforth, The Taste of Little Italy, Corso Italia Festival, Corporate events, private parties, Nathan Phillip’s Square; CHHA 1610 AM Voces Latinas Radio Station events, Canadian Cuban Friendship Association events, the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville hotel, along with working as a local singer in clubs and venues around the city of Toronto and Southern Ontario.
Gentle Jazz was produced after Joyce’s long collaboration and work with Cuban musicians. Joyce’s quintet musical format offers a new repertoire, full of expression and energy, blending original compositions with different rhythms and styles. From traditional Cuban songs to Bossa Nova, Jazz and Gospel elements, she crosses over from one culture to another in an impeccable interpretation of the music.