Langley Performance Venue to Host a Jazz Concert – Aldergrove Star

Langley’s Bez Arts Hub wants to cheer up local residents on April Fool’s Day, and no, it’s not April Fool’s Day.

The local live performance facility will host a jazz music show featuring world-renowned artists Laila Biali and Jodi Proznick, as well as drummer Nicholas Bracewell.

South Surrey bassist Proznick and other artists will take to the stage to provide the audience with a mix of jazz and pop music.

Singer Biali will give the fusion performance with her voice and will also play the piano.

Proznick, a former teacher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, said the Langley community was “near and dear” to her heart and local audiences have always responded well.

Although this is Proznick’s first time performing in Bez, Biali has performed there twice in the past.

“I think it will feel like a homecoming. Brilliant artists themselves, the hosts are like family to the artists they host, and we look forward to returning to their intimate and vibrant space,” said award-winning singer, Biali.

Proznick and Biali’s high school bands were rivals, and although they hadn’t crossed paths until after they graduated from college, they both knew each other well.

“Jodi is one of the most exciting and generous musicians and mentors you will find on the Canadian jazz scene. His stage presence is as dynamic as his presence, his energy truly palpable. She suggested Nick Bracewell as the drummer for our April Fool’s Day show, and I’m sure the three of us will have fun sharing music with Langley listeners,” Biali added.

Proznick grew up in a musical environment and took piano lessons for the first time at the age of three. When her father’s band was looking for a bassist, she realized that few girls played the instrument at that time.

“Like a good girl, I jumped,” Proznick said.

Always fascinated by the arts, Proznick quickly took up dancing in elementary school. Later, the local star continued his studies in music at McGill University in Quebec.

“The music chose me. I didn’t choose the music,” said the 2019 Western Canadian Music Award Jazz Artist of the Year.

COVID-19 was “terrible” for the entire entertainment industry, and Proznic said its time during COVID was no different. His team could not perform in front of a live audience and many planned festivals had to be cancelled.

“It has been a long and difficult couple of years. I think we learned to be adaptable and open to different ideas.

Indeed, the Bez Arts team has adapted well since the April 1st show will be offered in person as well as online.

Tickets for the live show will cost $47 each.

Those wishing to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own home can purchase tickets to the live show for $20.

All tickets are available online at www.bezartshub.com.

Russ Rosen, artistic director and concert curator in Bez, is delighted to be able to welcome two world-renowned artists and see them perform together in his local venue.

“It’s going to be a high energy show, and I’m very excited,” he said.

He added that he had never seen the trio play together.

The two-hour event begins at 8 p.m. at the Bez Arts Hub, #102 20230 64th Ave.

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