Wendy Bollard and Dominik Heins salute the jazz decades of the 1920s

Wendy Bollard and Dominik Heins salute the jazz decades of the 1920s

Heins and Bollard join forces for concert

Pianist and vocalist blend music and comedy in a salute to the jazz era

When pianist-vocalist Dominik Heins and vocalist Wendy Bollard first met musically, it was inevitable the partnership would continue.

Heins’ June showcase concert at Blue Frog Studios offered Bollard – artistic director of Peninsula Productions – a chance to get back to the microphone for a few enthusiastically received numbers with the boogie-woogie and jazz maestro and his bassist Sam Shoichet and drummer Alex Klassen.

The team returns this Saturday (Oct. 19) at 8 p.m. at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. for a full concert of some 23 classic tunes from the jazz era of the ’20s-’40s, showcasing Heins’ keyboard and singing styles and not one but three musical personas for Bollard – flapper, country-girl and Mae West-like diva.

“It’s something between a concert and a cabaret show,” Heins said, noting it’s an opportunity to utilize not only their musical skills and performance experience but also a similar sense of humour.

“We both have a lot of experience in how to talk to an audience, about the music, the background and the history – but it’s also important that everybody have a fun time.”

Developing a script has been an enjoyable challenge, Bollard said.

“He’s somebody I can throw out an idea to, and he’ll take the ball and run with it.”

“It’s new for me, but interesting,” Heins said. “To become a better actor – or even an actor at all.”

“I feel it’s a real partnership,” Bollard added. “I can do things I’m good at, and he can do things he’s good at.”

Tickets ($25 advance, $30 at the door) are available from Surrey Arts Centre, Tapestry Music, or through www.peninsulaproductions.org

 

Surrey North Delta Leader