RazzamaJAZZ promises showcase of great musical ladies

Justin Crann
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RazzamaJAZZ's musical background is as unorthodox as its name.

Heidi Munro, who shares frontwoman duties of the performing group RazzamaJAZZ with Gillian Snider, said she is looking forward to performing at the Mae Wilson on Saturday. Tickets to the show are available. 

"I think I've always found it hard to be put in a box," said Heidi Munro, one half of the female duo that fronts the group. "People try to pigeonhole your music and what you do, and it's always easier to market someone that way for sure, but I have such a great love and appreciation for all music."

Munro has a diverse musical background featuring work with country, alternative and blues bands. 

She is joined by Gillian Snider — who has a background in choral music — to create the act, which sings jazz standards as covered by some of the greatest female vocalists of the past: Ella Fitzgerald, Petula Clark, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Julie London are all among their repertoire.

It's a virtual rogue's gallery of female talent, according to Munro.

"To put this show together as just a collection of great standard jazz songs recorded by legendary women was a whole lot of fun," she explained. "I've always loved early jazz and the blues. I'm a huge fan."

Munro said she's looking forward to performing in Moose Jaw at the Mae Wilson Theatre, a venue she's never performed in.

"I think the last time I played in Moose Jaw was 20-some years ago," she said, noting her last performance in the Friendly City was at the Royal Hotel.

"I'm so looking forward to being down in Moose Jaw (again)," added Munro. "It will be very good. I hope to see a couple folks who I know … and I'm looking forward to the theatre. I've never performed in it, but I've heard it's absolutely amazing."

Munro and Snider take the Mae Wilson Stage March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre box office.

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Organizations: Mae Wilson Theatre, Royal Hotel, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly

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