Director: Charles Officer, 2009
Singer Divine Brown grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey. But when she was turned away from a theatre audition as a teen and told to go learn the standards, she decided it was her job to master every genre of music. She later joined a fusion band, but it was at Queen Street West's Rex Jazz and Blues bar where Divine encountered the "old jazz cats" that would let her get up and hone the voice and improv skills that would soon set her apart from all the other young singers in the city. Now a Juno-Award winning R&B/soul star and successful theatre performer, Divine returns to the low-key environs of the Rex to explain how jazz has influenced her pop music career and show her former teachers what she's learned.