Pianist and vocalist Diane Lines will bring her love of jump blues to Genesis Theatre in Ladner tomorrow night.
Her show, Jump!, is a celebration of post war, early 1950s era swing, boogie-woogie and jump blues music.
"I have always loved music with a beat, with clever, fun lyrics, and that describes jump blues," she says. "It's hard to listen to this music and not feel great."
Lines says there is a cast of wonderful musician/performers in the show, including guitarist Tim Porter.
"The jump blues era was the precursor to the whole rock and roll genre, and the show follows that evolution, not only with music, but with behind the scenes stories that inspired the music," she explains.
Lines, who has released two albums, was introduced to the style of music by her dad.
"My dad was a big band jazz fanatic so we always had that music in our home, but when he introduced me to Louis Jordan, the king of jump blues, I was hooked," she says.
"Then I heard Jane Vassey with the Downchild Blues Band. She was a great boogie pianist and it was unusual at the time to find really strong female pianists in that style. She inspired me."
Lines, who's based in Vancouver, debuted Jump! last year and has brought the show to Las Vegas and Florida.
Lines was the pianist for Grammy-winner Michael BublÃ© for two years.
She has performed on six continents and has appeared with a variety of entertainers, including Jim Byrnes, Kenny Wayne and Les Brown.
Diane Lines' Jump! is at the Genesis Theatre, 5005-45th Ave., Ladner, on Saturday, May 12. Doors are at 7: 30 p.m. and curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $20 for seniors and students, and $35 at the door.
Tickets are available at Sharkey's Seafood Bar and Grille (which is offering a special pre-show menu for ticket holders) in Ladner and eventbrite.ca.
Visit www.dianelines. com for more on Lines and to see some video of the show.
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