Quarter to Nine is a musical act with Shari Vandermolen on vocals. We are a duo, a trio and a 5-piece band bringing in guest artists from the area to compliment our sound depending on the occasion and venue. Our name comes from the song "About a Quarter to Nine" from the musical 42nd Street.
Incorporating the sweet soft jazz feel of days gone by, Quarter To Nine can be the perfect compliment to your special occasion.
Influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday and big-band sound with Jazz Standards, well-loved showtunes, burlesque and torch songs spiced up with just the right amount of blues for good measure.
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Shari Vandermolen is the founder and driving force behind Quarter To Nine. Fans of local musical theatre have been treated to her unique vocal stylings in productions of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Etobicoke Musical Productions), COMPANY, HEART OF BROADWAY and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Hammer Entertainment), STAGE TO SCREEN (Hamilton Theatre, Inc.), BABY – The Musical, CURTAINS - The Musical, Hello Dolly! (Shooting Star Theatre Productions) and the Hamilton Fringe Festival production of I'LL BE SEEING YOU... a show she co-wrote with friend and local playwright Peter Gruner.
Steve McRae has been playing piano since he was 8 years old. Growing up in the small town of Erin, Ontario, he played in musicals and ensembles while in high school. Moving to Hamilton in 2004, Steve graduated, with honours, from the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College, studying jazz piano with Adrean Farrugia. Steve successfully completed his A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, also achieving honours status, in the summer of 2005 under the instruction of Irene McLellan, F.R.C.M.T. He is currently enrolled at McMaster University to further his music studies. Recently he was musical director, pianist, and synthesizer player for Hammer Entertainment’s 2009 production of “The Lucky Stiff”, for which the music was well received. Steve has performed at various venues in southern Ontario, from hip-hop, to country, to rock and roll, to jazz.
Keith Kindree has been playing trombone in the Hamilton/Burlington area for the last 30 years. He was a member of Burlington's Top Hat Marching Orchestra before co-founding the popular Peter Banting Swingtet. Keith also enjoys playing Rhythm and Blues in the 9 piece band, Tatervox. Tatervox donates most Friday evenings of the month of June to perform at local "Relay for life" walk-a-thons to raise money for cancer research. Keith met Shari Vandermolen last summer when he was a member of the band for Shooting Star Theatrics production of "Hello Dolly". During the day he is a professional salesman. He has sold cars, coffee and most recently, travel.
Lisa "Chops" Kiely has been playing the trumpet for over 20 years. Growing up in Burlington Ontario, Lisa was a member of the Junior Redcoats, the Halton Junior and Senior Jazz and Wind Ensemble. She was soon asked to join the Burlington Teen Tour Band which performed around the world, including an appearance in Japan, and Hawaii at the Hula Bowl halftime show.
Lisa attended Humber College's globally recognized Jazz Music program in Toronto, where she studied under some of Canada's top brass teachers and performers.
Following her graduation from Humber, Lisa went on to attend the Harris Institute for the Arts, and soon had a job working in the industry.
After taking some time off to raise her daughter, Lisa found herself living in Hamilton and it wasn't long before the city's burgeoning arts scene inspired her to once again pursue performing full time. Soon after joining the Burlington Concert band, the invitations started to flood in. Lisa has shared the stage with a well-known R&B band, has been asked to perform in various stage productions and it was through her involvement in Hamilton's music scene that she discovered Shari Vandermolen and Quarter to Nine. Since teaming up with Shari, Lisa has rediscovered her passion for Jazz.
Lisa continues to play with the Burlington Concert band and in case you were wondering about the nickname "Chops", it came from one of her bandmates who admired her powerful sound and soothing tone.
Urmas Soomet played guitar in rock bands during his youth in Montreal, where he also trained as a low brass player and played the tuba in concert bands. Later on, while working in the steel industry in
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A versatile and reliable bassist, James Gannett is currently working as a freelance musician and private instructor in the Hamilton area.
Since starting to play the bass at age 13, James has performed thousands of concerts in many different genres of music, including classical, jazz, rock, folk, and celtic. His ability to listen and react to his fellow musicians ensures that each performance is vital and unique, whether in a concert hall, or recording studio.
Having graduated from Hamilton's Mohawk College Applied Music program, James has played and studied with some of Canada's great musicians: Guido Basso, Adrean Farrugia, Barry Elmes, Pat Collins, Dave Young, Tommy Ambrose, and Lorne Lofsky.
At the age of 9 years old Steven started playing in a local drum and bugle corp. where he was first introduced to drums and percussion. By the age of 14 Steve was playing drum set in all the high school senior bands and was looking forward to a career in music. He went on to study at Mohawk College for three years receiving his Applied Arts Diploma in Music and from there another three years at McMaster University where he received an Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance. During this time Steve was performing in local rock and folk bands which included a six summer gig playing in the "Leilani Kimm" show at the Grand River Dinner Cruises. Since then Steve has performed with tribute bands, country acts, and original performers including "Smooth-the Sounds of Santana", "Fifth Avenue", "Darren Handcock", "Andre Lapointe" and the "Hammertones". At this time Steve enjoys performing with the "Quarter To Nine" sextet and "Meauxx Wilson".
Michael Yates is quickly becoming a main fixture on the Hamilton music scene. Whether he is driving a 20 piece jazz orchestra with his killer shuffle or accompanying a quiet piano trio, versatility is truly his forte. Born and raised in Brampton Ontario Michael had the opportunity to attend Mayfield Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program where he was instructed by Daryl Eaton (lead trumpet in The Buddy Rich Big Band) and John Chalmers (Head of Ontario Vocal Jazz Festival). After Graduating Mayfield, Michael furthered his education by attending Mohawk College for jazz performance. At Mohawk Michael was instructed by some of Canada’s finest musicians such as, Ted Warren, Kevin Dempsey, Pat Collins, Dave McMurdo, Mike Malone, Don Englert, and Darcy Hepner. After earning a performance diploma from Mohawk College Michael was accepted at McMaster University on scholarship to complete his Honors Bachelor of Music. In 2011, Michael graduated from McMaster with honors and has been performing and teaching steadily ever since. Throughout Michael’s career he has had the pleasure of performing with/for: Bob Brookmeyer, Rob McConnell, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, The Josephine Biundo Quartet, Mercedes Ellington (daughter of Duke), The McMaster University Big Band, The Loretta Hale Big Band and many other small ensembles.
Vincent Waters is an enthusiastic, up-and-coming artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. With over 15 years of recording and performing experience, Vince draws his inspiration from a variety of musical styles and backgrounds; from Pop/Rock, R&B and Funk, to Jazz, Classical, and Afro-Beat. In 2001, he was awarded the Art and Music award from St. Jean de Brebeuf after a successful four years of musical participation in the band, choir, and other school functions.
Upon successful completion of a Computer Network Administration program at Mohawk College in 2007, Vince decided to switch in to music. In April of 2011, he completed the 4 year Applied Music program at Mohawk College, under Kevin Dempsey in Jazz Performance on Drums. He also had the privilege of performing in the Mohawk College Big Band for the 2010-2011 school year and he studied Big Band Arranging, both under the leadership of the late, great, Dave McMurdo.
Vince has many aspirations and goals for the future, and plans to take his education to the next level so that he may enjoy a successful career, in playing and teaching.