Jazz from Victoria BC
Instruments: Vocals details
Contact DetailsHeather Ferguson
The day I met the late Trudy Desmond and heard her sing jazz, I knew I wanted to do that too. It felt natural and fun but making a career in music was a scary proposition so I just hung on to that feeling and started a career in non-profit management. Fast forward to 2010 when I was finally able to pick up my music again.
Determined to make the most of this gift, I took vocal classes with Elaine Overholt in Toronto and when we moved to Victoria, began lessons with Aidan Miller through the new Contemporary School at the Victoria Conservatory. Then I started a band, first with Aaron Scoones as our coach and then bassist, Joey Smith.
I kept up my vocal training with Maureen Washington and in 2018 she encouraged me to attend the Port Townsend Jazz Workshop where I learned from Grammy nominees, Jean Baylor,and Jazzmeia Horn, and New York Times Critic’s pick, Sachal Vasandani. All of my teachers have helped me build my sound and deepen my understanding of the music I sing, and I am so very grateful to them.
This year I took workshops with jazz vocalist Jennifer Scott and I continue to work with Joey Smith in the Adult Jazz Combo at the Victoria Conservatory. Joey has been such a superb and dedicated mentor to me and I am deeply grateful to him.