A Valentine for Saanich jazz lovers

The Susannah Adams Quartet will perform at Sunday's Spirited Jazz session at Saanich’s First Unitarian Church

Susannah Adams will bring her quartet to Saanich’s First Unitarian Church Sunday for the Valentine’s edition of the Spirited Jazz series.

Susannah Adams will bring her quartet to Saanich’s First Unitarian Church Sunday for the Valentine’s edition of the Spirited Jazz series.

Susannah Adams’ love of jazz will be on display for the Valentine’s edition of the Spirited Jazz series at Saanich’s First Unitarian Church.

The Susannah Adams Quartet – featuring Adams on vocals, Gary Theal on guitar, Richard Moody on violin and Sean Drabitt on bass – will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Rd. Admission is by donation.

Despite not being introduced to jazz until she was in her 20s, Adams sings timeless jazz standards as if she wrote them herself. Her delivery is cool, nuanced, yet deeply personal.

Two albums sparked her love affair with this endlessly creative genre. Adams credits Miles Davis’s Kinda of Blues and Billie Holiday’s The Best of Lady Day for sparking her love affair with the creative genre of jazz, captivating her with their endless beauty. Over the past decade Adams has travelled the globe to be mentored by jazz legend Sheila Jordan, whose pure and bold innovation in the world of jazz has been profound inspiration.

Born and raised in London, England, Adams now calls Victoria home. She will be bringing an impressive lineup of musicians for the final Spirited Jazz session for the winter season. The jazz vespers series promises to return in September.

Spirited Jazz vespers are constructed around a theme, reinforced by the songs chosen and words spoken. The series is led by the musicians involved along with Rev. Shana Lynngood, a minister whose backup career choice would be jazz singer.