Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson

Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson
CD Fundraising Concert
Saturday August 18th. 2012
6:30 pm – Doors open for early silent auction bidding
7:30 pm – Concert
Tickets $35 in advance and $40 at the door (includes concert, pre-order of the upcoming album, a silent auction, and refreshments served at intermission).
Tickets are available in advance at Alcorn Music Studios between 3 pm and 9 pm Monday through Thursday or at the door the night of the event. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Renée at info@reneeyoxon.com.  To find out more about the campaign and to donate online, visit www.indiegogo.com/yoxon.

For about a year, Ottawa jazz vocalist Renée Yoxon has been collaborating on a co-composing project with Mark Ferguson, Ottawa pianist, trombonist, composer, and arranger. This fall, Renée and Mark we will be going into the studio to record the new songs.

On July 1st of this year, a fundraising campaign was launched on Indiegogo with a goal of raising $10,000 toward production costs. So far, over $3000 has been contributed. The campaign will continue online until August 31st. The money raised will make it possible to afford the studio time, mixing, mastering, artwork, production, and all the other things that go into making an amazing CD.

On Saturday August 18th, Renée and Mark will be performing in a very special fundraising concert to help raise funds for the CD campaign and in which they will preview the new material from the album. The event will also include a silent auction with some fabulous prizes (including bronze passes to the 2013 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, passes to the 2013 Children’s Festival, and a stay for two at the Lord Elgin Hotel).

Renée Yoxon
Young vocalist Renée Yoxon is a central figure in Ottawa’s jazz scene thanks to her grace, captivating presence and beautiful voice. In only a few short years, Renée has firmly established herself as a musician dedicated to the art of jazz singing. In 2005, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in physics, Renée began her jazz studies with acclaimed Toronto jazz vocalist Tena Palmer. In 2009, Renée was awarded her B.Sc in physics, with minors in math and music. In 2010 she participated in the National Arts Centre’s Manhattan on the Rideau master classes led by Theo Bleckmann and Peter Eldridge. Renée received an Astral Emerging Artist Award from the National Arts Centre and Astral Radio which helped to fund a summer in New York studying with John McNeil, Janet Lawson, Peter Eldridge, and Karen Nimereala. In the fall of 2010, Renée released her first album entitled Let’s Call it a Day, a minimal and intimate, jazz-inspired guitar/voice duo with veteran guitarist René Gely. This work showcases her clear and unembellished lyrical delivery, poignant song choice, and emotionally charged performance. Copies of Let’s Call it a Day sold out within the first year of its release. Since the release of her first record, Renée has been garnering notice at the national level with several of her tracks receiving airplay on such radio shows as CBC Radio 2’s Tonic with Katie Malloch, Planète Jazz’s Les Lève-Tards with Annie B, and Dinner Jazz on Jazz.FM91.

Mark Ferguson
Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator.  He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Funk Brothers of “Standing in the Shadow of Motown” fame, and the nine member world beat band Manteca.

Mark’s most recent recording project is a collaboration with Mike Tremblay.  Mike plays saxophone, Mark is on piano for their debut CD entitled “Home”. The album is available at CDBaby. Mark currently leads his own big band, and tours North America with The Big Band Broadcast starring Holly Larocque & The Mark Ferguson Orchestra. An album featuring songs from the stage show is available at CDBaby. Recently, with the help of drummer Peter Beaudoin, Mark re-united Los Gringos, a 9 piece latin jazz ensemble. Rumour has it there might be more gigs in the near future. Keep an eye on Mark’s Calendar.

As a composer his credits include the CBC television series Life & Times, Cottage Country, and On the Road Again. Mark has written a film score entitled Transformation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and created the music for Corel’s video editing software Lumiere. His original compositions are featured in Treehouse Television’s series Toy Castle, advertising jingles for radio and T.V. and in the recordings of various artists. Mark has written musical arrangements for a wide range of groups including the RCMP Band, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, the HMCS Stadacona Band, the Edmonton Armed Forces Band.

As a music educator Mark has taught trombone, piano, arranging, and jazz improvisation at the Chelsea Bridge Summer Jazz Camp. He has directed the University of Ottawa Jazz Ensemble, and has served as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada. Mark is presently teaching in the jazz program at Carleton University.