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Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series presents Melody Diachun – Can I Be Frank?

By Contributor
January 10th, 2018

The 2017-2018 Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series continues with a tribute to one of the greatest performers ever to grace the stage. Kootenay songstress Melody Diachun presents Can I Be Frank? – an homage to the timeless voice of Frank Sinatra.

Diachun performs Monday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall at the Selkirk College TenthStreet Campus.

A Juno and National Jazz Award nominee, Melody moved to Nelson in 2012 to join Selkirk College’s music faculty. She has an appealing and friendly voice, a subtle but exciting improvising style, and is open to the influences of many styles of music.

She was the first vocalist to be admitted to the Jazz Performance program at McGill University and then moved to New York City to study with the great Sheila Jordan. She really honed her craft during a seven-night-a-week residency at the Banff Springs Hotel—a gig that lasted an incredible three years! Melody has recorded three albums as a leader, including her latest, EQ, which features joyful singing, blazing solos, and fresh arrangements.

Diachun is joined by four great musicians for this evening’s presentation. Doug Stephenson, her long-time collaborator (and husband) is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and producer and joined the Nelson music scene when he and Diachun moved here.

Arriving shortly after, bassist Rob Fahie has also been in Nelson for five years, making an indelible mark on its cultural scene with performances in a myriad of styles. As a special treat, these musicians will be joined by two artists from the coast — Tony Foster is a world-travelling, Seattle-based pianist with many recording and performing credits to his name, including engagements with David Liebman, Kenny Werner, Dee Daniels, Sheila Jordan, and Jeff Hamilton. Rounding out the quintet is Joe Poole — a Vancouver-based drummer who has performed in over 25 different countries with a long list of Canadian and international jazz greats.

Tickets are $15 and available at Otter Books and at the door.

The Selkirk Concert Society gratefully acknowledges the generous grants from the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives Program that has made this concert possible, as well as grants from the BC Touring Council and the Osprey Foundation who support the society’s Youth Engagement Program.

For more information about the performance and the concert series, please visit

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