Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Bess Durey carving out her own unique space as an impressive singer, composer and bandleader on the Canadian Jazz scene.
Bess’ debut release Artic is a beautiful collection of 11 original compositions that captivate the listener from track one through to the haunting final phrase. A winding reflection on staying hopeful through adversity, each song evokes a different groove from bebop to rock and merges them with modern jazz harmonies and lyricism.
With a “fluid and pitch-perfect voice”, Bess is on the forefront of a new generation of Canadian Jazz singers. Her refreshingly natural soprano tone is backed by the powerhouse of her talent; ranging from her astute abilities as an improviser to her thought-provoking capabilities as a lyricist and composer. Bess performs with a genuine emotional authenticity that enamours her audiences, singing from the heart “with a knowing that bellies her youth”.
A graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program, Bess is a singer who is also a great bandleader –a musician's musician. Her band is made up of some of the brightest up-and comers on the Canadian jazz scene, and is a relaxed yet sophisticated new breed of original jazz. Their love for the music is heart-warmingly evident at every show, peeling away at categorization to reveal an intimate merging of music and message.