If Cleo Lane, Jobim and Serge Gainsbourg all got together and jammed, they might sound like what Mimosa has to offer – gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations.
The Vancouver quintet draws on jazz, Brazilian sambas, French ’60s pop and cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound.
With three critically acclaimed CDs and festival appearances all over Canada, they have become radio darlings, selected as the subject of a one-hour documentary, and more recently as one of four western bands featured on TV, radio and the web, on the popular Mai de la chanson d’ici.
In September 2011, they also appeared on the French CBC show, Bien au show, for their final episode.
The band is comprised of Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Anna Lumiere (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Adam Thomas (bass) and Bernie Arai (drums).
They have developed a unique show that takes the listener on an unforgettable journey into time and sound. The Thursday Night Jazz performance is at 7 p.m., March 22 at SAGA Public Art Gallery. Admission is by donation.