Who We Is!
All About ALL(most)JAZZ
ALL(most)JAZZ is a professional vocal jazz ensemble.
We've been singing, playing and performing in and around Edmonton as soloists and members of other groups for years!
Our repertoire includes a variety of jazz standards, pop songs, traditional tunes and jazz-pop fusion to suit any tastes.
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Gail Olmstead - our fabulous gailforce jazz pianist & arranger
Gail has a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Performance (piano) from the University of Alberta and a Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance from MacEwan University. She has freelanced as a musician in a variety of styles and situations for over 25 years, performed, music directed, taught and conducted for various musical theatre companies including Leave It To Jane, Opera Nuova, Catalyst Theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, and the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School. Gail played and arranged music for the folk/swing band, Triphoria, which toured throughout Alberta culminating in the CD, The Speech of Angels. She composed a jazz-based score for the Orchesis Modern Dance Company as well as various choral works for Edmonton choirs. She also volunteered for 10 years at the iHuman Youth Centre and co-produced the rap musical, The Avenue, written and performed by the ‘youth at risk’. Gail also directed the adult jazz choir, Joy Spring, for which she arranged a number of vocal jazz arrangements.
Deanna Clee - Soprano
Deanna is a performer and educator (Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) and has been teaching singing and piano in West Edmonton for many years with a focus on musical theatre, pop and jazz. As a professional singer, she toured Western Canada with Alberta Opera and worked in various Edmonton theatres. Credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), HMS Pinafore (Josephine), Mikado (Yum Yum), The Fantastiks (Luisa) and she loved being Clare in the children’s TV series Be Alert Bert. She has two CDs, I Hear a Song and The Elves and the Shoemaker, with an accompanying book based on the latter. She has written several children’s musicals, taught musical theatre camps for kids as well as voice in the Theatre Arts Faculty at MacEwan University, directed the Young at Heart Senior’s choir, been President of the Edmonton Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and adjudicated at several music festivals across Alberta. She is excited to be working with this talented group of musicians.
Angela Flatekval – alto, ukulele & other stuff
Jermiah was a bullfrog, and Angela told the story of his friend and their joyful sharing of wine in performance when she was still in grade school. Performing with song, dance and story has never stopped. From choirs and cheerleading in high school; the Arthur Murray years; Theatre Arts at MacEwan; working with local theatre houses such as The Mayfield Dinner Theatre and Workshop West; founding, producing and performing with independent theatre company The Unconscious Collective; through weekend-warrior-rock-stardom with The Hacks; to, now, parenting and working with the wee-est of artists as a Kindermusik educator, expression and storytelling through music and movement have been second … perhaps even first… nature. The ALL(most)JAZZ endeavor with this glorious group of people is simply the latest blessing in a life filled with the performing arts. Angela is filled with gratitude and wishes joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, and joy to you & me.
Kevin McCann - tenor, guitar, ukulele bass
Kevin McCann was born and raised. Growing up in Edmonton, he was immersed in music and theatre, attended Victoria School, and after graduation, the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. Kevin loves music, and during his school years received training in classical guitar, piano and voice. He had many wonderful experiences, from competing in local music festivals to singing "Bring Him Home" with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. He is obscenely excited to be part of ALL(most)JAZZ and can't wait to perform with and learn from amazing people! He is also really handy with electricity.
Geoff McMaster - baritone, guitarist, percussionist, video/sound
A video producer, news writer and editor at the University of Alberta, Geoff McMaster is a jack of many trades. A university brat, he holds two English degrees (specializing in American and African American literature) as well as a degree in journalism from Ryerson. He has been a university instructor and an instructor at YouthWrite®. As a freelance video director, he works closely with Jeff Allen Productions, Inc. He is also a photographer and an accomplished musician who has volunteered as a bedside musician for the Artists on the Wards program of the University of Alberta Hospital, performed at Winterfest with the UpTown FolkClub, and performed and co-led the Edmonton FolkFest after-festival party jams.
Gail Sidonie Sobat - soprano/ alto, egg shaker
Gail is an award-winning author of eleven books for adults and young adults, and many educational and academic articles. She is the creator/coordinator of YouthWrite®, camps for kids who love to write…just about anything!© and has conducted high school choirs as well as the Spoken Word Youth Choir. As performer, speaker, workshop presenter and writer in residence, she has toured across Canada, the US, and has worked in Helsinki, Finland; Doha, Qatar; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Istanbul, Turkey and with Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries. Gail has studied voice for most of her life and performs as a soloist. Past jazz ensembles include Twist of Lime, Powell River Vocal Jazz Ensemble, U of A's Happnin' and Joy Spring.
Stephen Fong - baritone/bass, trumpet, best laugh in ensemble
Stephen has a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Victoria where he studied trumpet with Lou Ranger and orchestral conducting with Ajtony Csaba of Romania. In addition to touring across North America, Europe and New Zealand, he has been an active teacher, soloist and ensemble musician in Alberta for over a decade where he has performed with groups such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Altius Brass and Alberta Winds. In addition to his work as a trumpet player, Stephen has performed as a baritone in numerous vocal jazz and Afro-Cuban groups in Western Canada, and is thrilled to be singing with the wonderful musicians of ALL(most)JAZZ!