Nikki Yanof­sky

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Tues­day, Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Part of the Negev Gala Tick­ets start at $80, avail­able through the Jewish Na­tional Fund, 204-947-0207 and as a per­son,” she says. “With this al­bum, I re­ally trusted my gut and it’s the first time I wasn’t will­ing to com­pro­mise mu­si­cally. I’m so proud of it.” When you be­gin your ca­reer at the ripe old age of 12, a lot changes in eight years. Yanof­sky’s no longer a girl, and her mu­sic re­flects that. “I feel like my voice has ma­tured with age and so has my writ­ing,” she says. “I’m much more con­cep­tu­ally driven in my songs than I was be­fore. When­ever I write, I al­ways try to tell a story and now I al­ways try to have a theme that runs through an en­tire song.” Most artists don’t have such a pub­lic doc­u­ment of their for­ma­tive years, but she’s happy to have it. “It’s nice to be able to go back to my very first record, Ella... Of Thee I Swing, and hear how young my voice sounds,” she says. “It’s hi­lar­i­ous — I al­ways say it sounds like I’ve sucked in some he­lium. I think it’s also great be­cause the pub­lic has re­ally been on this jour­ney with me from the be­gin­ning.” Born and raised in Mon­treal, Yanof­sky grew up lis­ten­ing to Mo­town and clas­sic rock. “I only re­ally dis­cov­ered jazz when I was told I would play­ing the Mon­treal Jazz Fest in 2006,” she ad­mits. “I looked up ‘jazz’ on iTunes, and Ella’s name popped up.” Dis­cov­er­ing she had a voice that could eas­ily wrap around the stan­dards, Yanof­sky fell hard for the genre — and she wants her peers to do the same. She proves that jazz doesn’t need to be es­o­teric, im­bu­ing it with enough pop sen­si­bil­ity to make it palat­able for even the least ad­ven­tur­ous lis­tener. “I want to bring jazz to a younger gen­er­a­tion,” she says. “That’s why when­ever some­one asks me what type of al­bum Lit­tle Se­cret is, I al­ways say ‘ac­ces­si­ble jazz.’ I def­i­nitely think people can re­late to it.”

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