Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti
Singer/pianist/composer Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti have been featured in each other's projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth being the vocalist and pianist for Michael Occhipinti's The Universe of John Lennon, and Michael touring as a member of Elizabeth's group promoting her albums MONtreal and The Signal. They have just returned from the Jazz Crossings Festival in Poland (see photos here) and are pleased to announce they will be touring Canada's jazz festivals in June/July 2020.
2019 has seen Michael and Elizabeth tour across Canada and in Spain, Germany, France, and Italy. In June of 2019 the two entered the recording studio at the Banff Centre For the Arts and started recording a duo album of the songbook they've built up over years of touring as well as new original music they are composing inspired by a variety of celebrated living poets. Elizabeth and Michael have also recorded a version of Jackie Shane's "Any Other Way" for Michael's upcoming “The Longest Street In the World” celebrating Canada’s golden age of music on Toronto’s Yonge Street, where The Band, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and Blood Sweat and Tears launched their careers and Oscar Peterson, Bruce Cockburn, and Charlie Parker recorded some of their most famous live work.
Michael Occhipinti’s guitar work has been called “miraculous” and paired with Elizabeth’s unique cool and soulful delivery, the two have received a dozen nominations for Canada’s Juno Award. Able to perform intimate shows as a duo, or large festival stages as a larger group, Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti are now planning a tour of Italy for autumn 2020.
A rare gig! On Friday September 11th Elizabeth and Michael, joined by drummer Davide Direnzo, did a performance at Toronto's Jazz Bistro, only recently re-opened and doing safe, distanced, Covid concerned shows (notice the plexiglass on stage and no tables in front of Elizabeth). Here's the livestream they did for set 1: