An Intimate Evening “Heart to Heart”
Carol Welsman – Jazz Vocalist/Pianist
Saturday, February 17, 2018
A special evening of ballads, bossa novas and boleros with a six-time Juno Award nominee.
Like many other successful musical artists, singer/pianist Carol Welsman was surrounded by music from an early age.
Music was “all over the family,” she recalls, reminiscing about her childhood in Toronto, Canada. Then, with a laugh, Carol adds, “The family story I always heard was that the members of the family who came over from Italy were all musicians.” In fact, her family roots were also English and Irish, and the music that was “all over the family” embraced them as well.
Her mother was a piano teacher, an uncle was a violinist, and her father, Carol recalls, “played clarinet and saxophone quite well.” But the family member who had the highest visibility, many decades prior to Carol’s musical successes, was her grandfather on her father’s side. “His name was Frank S. Welsman, and he was the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.”
Photo: Julie Enfield