Terra Hazelton and Her Easy Answers

Terra Hazelton and Her Easy Answers

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She's not just a singer, she's your stunning host who will lead you back to a world of arch-top guitars, heartthrob sidemen and the classy dames who ruled them. It's throw-back to the jazz and blues of the 20's and 30's, renewed. And it's Her Easy Answers on the bandstand.

Biography

"She did one chorus and the whole place fell to pieces, screaming, stamping and clapping. I knew she had a great singing voice, but I had no idea the impression she could make on an audience with everything she can do."
- Jeff Healey

Described by some as a "Renaissance Woman", the multi-talented Terra Hazelton is a Canadian singer, actor, and radio personality. Best known for her years touring as the front-woman of Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards and most recently, for her 2010 Genie nomination, Terra is now diverting the attention with her unique throw-back sound and her stellar band, Her Easy Answers.

Originally from B.C., Terra grew up mostly in Calgary. Terra became involved in professional theatre and comedy at the ripe age of 14, studying with Keith Johnstone (Theatresports™) and Dennis Cahill at the Internationally acclaimed Loose Moose Theatre Company. She went on to study at the American Muscial and Dramatic Academy in New York.

At 20 Hazelton moved to Toronto in pursuit of a career in improv and theatre. One night she was handed a guitar and asked to fulfill the show's musical component by writing and performing three funny songs. Three chords later, she was on a career path she had never anticipated. Terra moved from performing silly songs in a cabaret setting to forming her own band, leaning towards being a rock chick extraordinaire. She began sitting in with the long-running Melody Ranch afternoon matinee at the Brunswick House in Toronto, where famed singer/guitarist Jeff Healey happened to hear her sing one lucky Saturday. Healey himself was moving into new musical territory after opening a night club and following his love of traditional jazz with his own Saturday matinée band, the Jazz Wizards, with whom he played trumpet as well as guitar. He hired Terra to be the group's permanent featured vocalist which gave her the opportunity to tour nationally and promote her debut record "Anybody's Baby" (Healeyophonic, 2004) which Healey produced himself.

Now a staple on the Toronto Jazz Scene, Terra Hazelton leads her own band, 'Terra Hazelton & Her Easy Answers', and is also a member of other notable ensembles. These include The Hogtown Syncopators where she sings and plays snare drum along with violinist Drew Jurecka, bassist James Thomson, guitarist Jay Danley and pianist Richard Whiteman. The Hogtown Syncopators are the only band that can be found every week at Toronto's premier jazz venue, The Rex, appearing Fridays from 4-6pm. You can also catch Terra singing with the fabulous Royal Jelly Orchestra of Jaymz Bee (Jazz.Fm) fame, and with the 10-Piece Jivebombers featuring Alex Dean and Chuck Jackson. In February of 2009, Terra joined and toured with with Juno Award winner (2008) Brandi Disterheft's band. The tour was across Canada including up to the glorious Yukon; Terra was pleased to tour more with Brandi in the summer of 2009, hitting just about every major Jazz Festival across Canada, including opening for Dave Brubeck in Toronto.

Terra's latest solo jazz album "Gimme Whatcha Got" was released on May 30th 2009. Devoted to the jazz and blues material she loves so dearly the album was produced by veteran John Sheard and features a host of Canadian jazz luminaries including George Koller, Michael Kaeshammer, William Sperandei, Drew Jurecka and special guests Alex Pangman, Russell DeCarle  and the Polyjesters.  Music from this album and "Anybody's Baby" can be heard on the new digital comedy series "Crazy/Sexy/Awkward".  Co-created, written, and directed by Jerome Sable who's latest credit is "Legend of Beaver Dam" a short film screening at TIFF this year, starring Sean Cullen.
In 2010, Terra was thrilled to be given a voice on Canada's Premier Jazz Station, JAZZ.FM91. Along with being an occasional guest host, she was given her own program as inspired by mentor Jeff Healey. Terra's "Timeless" program was devoted to celebrating classic compositions from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Many of the tracks selected for this program were transferred directly from her 3000+ collection of 78rpm jazz records from this era.

Terra's feature film debut, FUBAR 2, made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2010. Directed by Michael Dowse, the long-awaited sequel to the Canadian headbanger mock-umentary finds Terra in the role of local waitress ‘Trish’, the film's principal female role which rounds out the classic headbanger duo of Terry and Dean. Terra has since been nominated for a Genie for the role.

Discography

Gimme Whatcha Got (2009)
Featuring: Michael Kaeshammer, Alex Pangman, Russel DeCarle and The Polyjesters.

Anybody's Baby (Healeyophonic, 2004)
Produced by and featuring the late, great Jeff Healey

Terra has been featured on the following albums:

It's Tight Like That - Jeff Healey and The Jazz Wizards
S'Cat Got My Tongue - Ori Dagan
Christmas Gift - Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats
Canadian Dance Hall - The Bebop Cowboys
G Marks the Spot - The Grafenberg All-Stars