Podcast Episode

Amber Tsang – Autumn Nocturne [EP.17]

Amber Tsang on the Rhythm Changes Podcast

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, jazz vocalist Amber Tsang talks with me about her eventful year 2021, including her album Autumn Nocturne with Alvin Brendan.

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The music

Rhythm Changes has reviewed this album.


Rhythm Changes Podcast topics

photo by Saphren Lise Photography

  • I might be playing trombone in Noxious Obs
  • The Leading Ladies Big Band, led by Casey Thomas-Burns
  • Studying a secondary instrument (jazz piano) as a vocalist at Capilano University with vocalist-pianist Jennifer Scott
  • Singing in the Vancouver Youth Choir under the direction of Carrie Tennant
  • Amber’s experience at the University of Toronto and how to deal with feeling “behind” as a young music learner
  • Friends who go with you into multiple projects and groups, like Sofia Avelino
  • Getting your butt kicked by good instructors — Mary-Jo Bischoff and Réjean Marois
  • Do we agree with previous guest Will Clements that the late-2010s cohorts at Cap were special?
  • Me missing the cut for my high school musicals
  • Making the album with Alvin Brendan
  • David Sikula’s great work at the Water St. Café 2nd Floor Gastown
  • Appreciative takes on more venues including Queen’s Park in New Westminster and Deep Cove Coffee House
  • How I booked gigs with my former band Early Spirit, where bassist Aidan Goheen replaced me
  • Me having the best experience leaving a band
  • Learning about stage presence and not forcing it

“I don’t need to have this on-stage persona that’s not me”

-Amber Tsang
  • Amber & Alvin’s video performance at VSO’s Day of Music 2021
  • What we remember listening to as students — one of Amber’s is Diana Panton (mine were heard in the car with Madeleine Elkins and Meghan Gilhespy)
  • I attempt to make a song request for Amber & Alvin’s gig at the Fort Langley Jazz Festival

Top highlight

My top moment is Amber’s perspective on how she grew into the role of a vocalist and how she thinks about role models. A role model I named was Jodi Proznick. Stick around for that!

Find our guest on Instagram @ambertsang.

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By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.