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This rising jazz-pop star has roots in New West

Tia Brazda is launching her new album, Daydream, this week and starting a cross-continent tour
Tia Brazda
Tia Brazda is heading out on tour in support of her new album, Daydream.

A former NWSS and Purpose Secondary student who’s making waves in the music world is hitting the stage this week to launch her new album.

Tia Brazda is on tour starting Sept. 6 in support of Daydream, a jazz-pop album that’s earning her kudos from critics. (CBC Radio’s Fresh Air described it as “dynamite,” and the Winnipeg Free Press said it’s “as good as it gets.)

The singer, who still lives part-time in Sapperton, is a former student at Richard McBride Elementary, New Westminster Secondary and Purpose Secondary. She also studied music at Douglas College.

Her retro style and distinctive voice have garnered comparisons to such artists as Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. Her first EP, Cabin Fever, hit No. 1 on the iTunes Canada jazz chart, and her followup full-length album, Bandshell, also debuted at No. 1 on iTunes.

Her new, all-original album, Daydream, muses on various states of romance.

“She moves effortless from the bossa nova of the title track, to the pure jazz balladry of Irreplaceable, to the tango-infused French chanson of Un amour bohème – with the songs sounding as if they’ve been around forever,” a press release says.

The album features a host of acclaimed musicians, including Larnell Lewis of Snarky Puppy on drums, Shirantha Beddage on saxophone, William Sperandei on trumpet, Adrean Farrugia on piano, William Carn on trombone and Marc Rogers on bass.

She’ll be onstage Thursday, Sept. 6 at Frankie’s in Vancouver, followed by a Sept. 7 show at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria. She then heads out on a cross-continent tour that will wind up in Halifax on Nov. 30.

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