"We’re very excited to be presenting the extraordinary singer and pianist Carol Welsman, as part of our Sunday afternoon lineup. Carol was born into a musical family, and her grandfather, Frank Squire Welsman, was the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Carol is a six-time JUNO nominee and she has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, a rare feat for a jazz artist. Carol is a captivating performer who is not to be missed!"
-Renee Rosnes, Artistic Director
Carol performs February 18 with the Canadian Jazz Lions.
Carol Welsman, a six-time Juno Award Nominee, is an internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world.
Her recordings have earned her high critical acclaim, including being named one of the Top 5 albums of the year by USA Today (for her album “I Like Men: Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee”).
For her newly released album For You Carol turned to social media and her fans to choose the 15 tracks to be included in the recording, her first solo/piano vocal release. Over 5000 votes were tabulated and those who participated in the contest were given an executive producer credit in the liner notes. The tracks that were selected were originally recorded for an album conceived by renowned jazz promoter/producer Takao Ishizuka based on a decade of promoting Carol’s tours and witnessing her success in Japan. Originally titled as This Is Carol, it was released on Muzak Records in October 2016, followed by a sold out 10 concert Japanese tour. The album was the #1 selling CD at jazz retail in Tokyo for six months and reached #5 on their Jazz charts and remains in the Top 20.
Carol is the granddaughter of Frank S. Welsman, founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a “Distinguished Alumnus” of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and in 2010, Carol’s Peggy Lee Tribute CD was voted Top 5 Album of the Year (all genres) in USA Today. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, and she sings in all of these languages as well as Portuguese.