Five Minutes With: Vancouver Jazz Musician Andrea Superstein

Andrea Superstein stands out as one of the most versatile voices in contemporary Canadian music. The Vancouver Province aptly dubbed her as “redefining jazz,” a reputation she earned during her debut performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This remarkable debut not only garnered her a nomination for a Galaxie Rising Star award but also propelled her into the limelight. Sharing a triple bill with Canadian heavyweights Laila Biali and Brandi Disterheft further solidified her presence in the music scene. Superstein’s performance style is a testament to her vocal prowess, seamlessly navigating from gentle to powerful, from deep blues to pop confection within the same song. Her latest work, “Oh Mother,” is a multimedia musical experience rooted in the stories of motherhood, showcasing her evolving creativity and sensitivity as a songwriter and arranger. With a formidable female-dominated creative team, including Jane Bunnett and Elizabeth Shepherd, Superstein’s music, though inspired by motherhood, resonates universally. Notably, her singles have received acclaim, with “Lay Your Head Down” securing the #1 spot on Apple Music Soul Jazz Cafe playlist and “So in Love” topping the Amazon Ultimate Jazz playlist. Her eclectic approach is evident in the creative reimagining of Weezer’s classic anthem “Say It Ain’t So” in her 2023 single. Previous releases like “Worlds Apart” and “What Goes On” showcase her prowess as a vocalist, composer, and arranger, earning critical acclaim and impressive chart positions. Superstein’s impact extends beyond music charts; she has been featured on national TV and radio shows, including CBC’s Hot Air and CTV News. With a roster of collaborations with notable artists, Superstein continues to captivate audiences on the touring and festival circuit, cementing her status as a crowd favourite in the Canadian music scene.

Andrea Superstein
Photo by: Brandon Elliot

Name:

Andrea Superstein

Genre:

Contemporary jazz, indie jazz

Founded:

2010

# of Albums:

3

Latest Album:

Oh Mother

Latest Single:

So In Love

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Sinead O’Connor, thievery Corporation

Favourite musician now:

Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula

Guilty pleasure song:

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Live show ritual:

Nothing really but one tour we had Indian food every night before the show

Favourite local musician:

Jack Garton

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Road or studio?

Road

Any shows or albums coming up?

Yes, Oh Mother just came out Feb 9, 2024

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Youtube | Facebook | TikTok

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

East is East, St.Lawrence

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

I love Main Street. So many great independent businesses – amazing restaurants, great shops.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Whytecliffe Park. I love the drive out there, the windy roads as if you’re driving into a secret location. It’s great for hiking and I love walking along the cliff’s edge. The beach there is a great bonus and sometimes you can see seals on the rocks. It’s a magical oasis. Plus the concession stand!

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

I love seeing shows at Pyatt Hall. Small and intimate, amazing acoustics. A real listening room. Guilt and Co. is always a great vibe too.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

I only ever go to Long and McQuade these days for gear. I miss Blue Dog Guitars where I bought my precious ukulele.

 

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