VideoJazz Winnipeg Festival welcomes Erin Propp's folk-infused jazz style
Posted by Andrea Ratuski, SCENE Producer | Thursday June 20, 2013
WCMA nominee Erin Propp performs at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival on June 20 (Pauline Boldt)
I would say jazz speaks to me more but I know that I just sound folky and I can't get away from that and so I have to embrace it. I try to marry the two in what I do.
—Erin Propp, singer
Jazz singer Erin Propp was busy preparing for her performance at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival when she learned that her first album, Courage, My Love, was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year.
"I'm pretty pumped about it," she says. "I have high hopes and it's nice to have one of them met."
Winnipeggers will get the chance to hear lots of the music from that album she made with guitarist Larry Roy on June 20 during their show at the Rachel Browne Theatre. For that performance, she and Roy will be joined by Quincy Davis on drums and Julian Bradford on bass.
Propp is very excited about the concert. "The jazz festival is a fantastic week in Winnipeg. It's great to see everybody out and the local jazz artists getting exposed to a wider city audience who think that they don't like jazz and then change their minds this week. So that's really fun."
Propp really appreciates that the festival features such a strong contingent of local players. "That's a big boost to all of us, it really is."
But listeners to Propp's music will easily detect a very strong
folk sound to her clear and bright voice. Propp is aware of that and was even prepared
for the WCMA people to move her to a different category.
probably enjoy some folk voices better than jazz voices and folk lyrics
better than jazz lyrics, but the subtlety and harmony in jazz really
gets me excited and honestly it's like comfort food to me.
would say jazz speaks to me more but I know that I just sound folky and
I can't get away from that and so I have to embrace it. I try to marry
the two in what I do."
Erin Propp and Larry Roy (Pauline Boldt)
Propp is grateful for her musical partnership with Larry Roy. He was her professor at the University of Manitoba's Jazz Studies program. After taking one-on-one lessons with him, they started arranging things together.
They co-wrote a number of songs for the album with Propp coming up with lyrics and a melody and Roy working out the harmony and rhythm.
"Things just came together really beautifully between us. I think we were just at some kind of artistic point in our lives and our musical careers where what we were doing hit a sweet spot.
"Larry obviously has some years on me and you recognize that golden moment when it comes. We recognized it and hopped on the train and haven't gotten off yet."
Erin Propp and Larry Roy perform as part of the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival on Thursday, June 20 at 8:00. They will be followed by Royal Wood.