Singer jazzes things up in Streetsville

Mississauga News
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Toronto singer/songwriter Zoe Chilco and fellow musician John Deehan are making an encore appearance at The Franklin House in Streetsville this Sunday.

The duo performed this past Sunday at the Queen St. S. bar and have teamed up again to deliver jazz and blues standards between 3-7 p.m.

Chilco, who’s been performing for 20 years, will play keyboards and sing while Deehan, who’s recorded with Tony Bennett, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey and Leslie Gore, plays saxophone.

They’ll perform songs that include Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Lullaby of Birdland, Fascinate and Rhythm, Fly Me To The Moon and a few Patsy Cline tunes.
Chilco, who hosted a two-hour weekly blues radio show called The Blue Canoe on 100.9 Canoe FM for eight years, says she loves singing and performing for a crowd.
In 1992, while living in Haliburton, she became lead vocalist for country band Kidd Kountry. She did that for five years before pursuing her own music.

“I wanted to do other styles of music than what we were doing and I was interested in blues and jazz,” said Chilco, who regularly performs with other musicians at Toronto venues including the Home Smith Bar in The Old Mill, The Black Swan, Hugh’s Room, Lula Lounge, The Silver Dollar and Chicago’s.

She recently made a tribute album, Zootcase, which featured original songs and narrative. Chilco says it was inspired by Zoot Sims, a well-known American jazz musician she knew personally.


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