Sue Newman will be in the spotlight during the Sunday, Jan. 28 Pat’s House of Jazz performance at the Osborne Bay Pub. (Photo submitted)

Sue Newman will be in the spotlight during the Sunday, Jan. 28 Pat’s House of Jazz performance at the Osborne Bay Pub. (Photo submitted)

Newman sure to hit a high note at Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton

Multi-talented Salt Spring Island performer offers interpretations from the Great American Songbook

Effervescent songstress Sue Newman lights up the stage at Pat’s House of Jazz with her high-energy interpretations of Broadway hits and gems from the Great American Songbook on Sunday, Jan. 28.

The multi-talented singer, dancer, producer, director and performance art instructor from Salt Spring Island has built a legion of fans since she first performed at the Crofton venue four years ago.

And she’s performing with her regular crew of Salt Spring musicians — trumpeter Derrick Milton, guitarist Tom Martin, bassist Ian Van Wyck and drummer Laurent Boucher.

Newman grew up in a musical household with jazz musician parents, touring Southern California with her siblings as a child variety act.

Since moving to Salt Spring almost 40 years ago, she has taught ballet, tap and jazz dance, music, voice and theatre, and has produced, directed and choreographed extensively for a variety of productions in Vancouver and on Salt Spring and Vancouver Islands.

She has studied with celebrated jazz singers Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan and performed with such artists as Monik Nordine, Hugh Fraser, Randy Bachman, P.J. Perry, Karel Roessingh and Valdy.

Newman calls music “a truly timeless joy to enjoy through the ages with family and friends.

“There will be original tunes that speak the universal language of love, sorrow and grapefruit, well, they’re juicy, sweet and tart with emotion, with rhythms to make you want to tap your glass or get up and sashay on the floor.”

Newman’s performance is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. It runs every Sunday from 2 p.m. at the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Admission is $15. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://osbornebaypub.com.