What happens when you take some traditional New Orleans Stomps, Rags and Blues and mix them with Classic Stride, 1920’s Swing, a little Boogie, a little Bop and some Effervescent Ballads for good measure?
You get a Tornado! Two Piano Tornado hails from Whitehorse, Yukon where they have one of the most active and prolific music careers in the country. They have toured from Prince Rupert to Toronto and back again. They’ve played on trains, trolleys, festival stages, concert halls and even grain elevators.
No matter where these two set up pianos they are guaranteed to delight and edify as they spread the joy of music.
Annie Avery finds that making music gives joy that is unequaled in any other format. While studying for an honours degree in music composition, she was able to pursue jazz studies with Jerry Coker, which resulted in an influence that led to many years of playing all over North America. The Yukon’s Gold Rush atmosphere is a perfect fit for someone who loves ragtime as much as Annie. Equally competent at piano and organ, Annie has played in many combos, summer shows, and often accompanies Yukon’s visiting musicians. Annie maintains a busy teaching studio, and believes that children with a developed love for music will grow to lead our future world.
Born at an early age, Grant Simpson deduced that earning a living as a musician and vaudevillian is preferable to working. He has been a full time professional musician and vaudevillian for over 30 years. Studying classical piano and guitar in his teens, his energy and focus soon veered to blues, traditional jazz and stride piano. Grant also adds guitar and banjo to the show and a good dose of vaudeville folly.
Together, they are a Tornado of music, laughter and joy.