HANNAH BARSTOW is an up-and-coming pianist, vocalist and composer in the Toronto music scene. At just 25 years of age, she is firmly rooted in the tradition of jazz, and is strongly influenced by the classic trios and quartets of Shirley Horn, Ahmad Jamal and Blossom Dearie. As a composer, her jazz, classical, pop, and Bossa Nova influences come through. She composes and arranges for groups as small as her trio to large women’s choirs and big bands.
Hanna’s trio has regularly performed at the Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar since June of 2015, and they were featured as the student performers at the Ken Page Memorial Trust Fundraising Gala in October of 2015. She has also led groups at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival for the past twelve years, including the summer of 2016 when she was featured as the Rising Young Star.
She has performed with a number of renowned Canadian artists including Emilie Claire Barlow, Mike Murley, Steve Wallace, Pat Collins, the Brian Barlow Big Band, the Greg Runions Big Band with the Kingston Symphony, and most recently was commissioned to write and arrange for the Kingston women’s choir She Sings! led by Martha Hill Duncan. In November of 2018 she performed on a short tour in Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, with saxophone giant Mike Murley.
This evening’s all-star HANNAH BARSTOW QUARTET also features jazz masters CHASE SANBORN on trumpet, STEVE WALLACE on bass, and KEITH BARSTOW on drums, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.