On Sunday, May 26, Jazz Vespers will feature the Mandy Lagan Trio! Join us for an hour of great music, poetry, and prayer, followed by a wine and water social.
Mandy Lagan – Vocals
Ted Quinlan – Guitar
Julian Anderson Bowes – Bass
Admission is free, though we gratefully accept your goodwill offering.
Music has always had a significant place in Mandy’s life. Her mother was a piano teacher, organist and choir director. Mandy grew up learning to play the piano and singing in church choirs. As a teenager she picked up the guitar and learned a few chords so that she could accompany herself while she sang the music of some of favourite artists.
She moved from Ridgetown, a small town in southwestern Ontario, to Hamilton to study music at Mohawk College as a classical piano major. She then went on to McMaster University to obtain her BA in music. It was during these years that she began teaching piano in the community music school at Mohawk College as well as night school classes in piano, ear training, and music theory. She also began exploring the world of vocal jazz music as well as singer/songwriter material.
Mandy began taking herself seriously as a singer in 1990 when she moved from Hamilton to Toronto and formed a band in order to play songs of Joni Mitchell’s as well as her own writing. In 2002 she released her first CD, “I Thought About You”, a collection of jazz standards and two originals. In 2003 she released her second CD, “You See Me”, a selection of five jazz standards and five originals. In 2007 she released her third CD, “Verses”, a collection of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry which she collaboratively set to music. The “Verses” project awarded her financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council.
Most recently Mandy has released her fourth CD, “The Joni Book”. This is a collection of Joni Mitchell songs that she has creatively and imaginatively arranged along with the members of her band, ORIGINS. Band members include Dave Restivo-piano, Ted Quinlan-guitars, Kevin Turcotte-trumpet, Andrew Downing-cello, Jim Vivian-bass, and Blair Mackay-percussion/drums.
Mandy has been performing around Ontario at various venues and festivals, working with some of Canada’s finest jazz artists; David Braid, Nancy Walker, Dave Restivo, Keiran Overs, Jim Vivian, Barry Romberg, Kevin Dempsey, David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, Kevin Turcotte and Ted Quinlan.
Mandy now lives in Toronto with her family, teaching, writing, recording and performing.