Vocalist, composer Cathi Marshall has maintained strong ties with her many friends over the years. It just happens that many of them are some of the best musicians on the local scene. She and her friends got together on August 25th for her show at Music in the Park. Her backing band included members of the Infectuals, Richard Graham’s Backbeats, Suz and Jonny, and her own project with Mike Turner called Leisure Suite. While many of the band members overlap, I think you get the idea that this was a talented assembly of musicians. The vivacious Marshall, mentioned that some of these musical relationships go back to her public school days in Kamloops. Her band consisted of Richard Graham on drums and vocals, Kris Ruston on keyboards and a couple of guitar tunes, Jon Treichel on lead guitar, Alexander Ward on acoustic bass and Mike Turner on electric bass.
Alexander Ward bass, Richard Graham drums and Kris Ruston keyboard
Marshall acknowledged everyone and their talents and had short personal stories about all of them. It is therefore no surprise that they gave such an excellent performance. Marshall, excels in the jazz/lounge genres and to that end has put out a number of albums with her musical partner Mike Turner, under the name Leisure Suite. She performed a number of tracks from their catalogue, including Swept Away and Astounded.
Mike Turner electric bass, Jon Treichel lead guitar
She showed that she can also get the R&B thing happening with covers from Amy Winehouse and Stevie Wonder. Jazz and blues? No problem! Her covers of Devil May Care and Stormy Monday had the audience in the palms of her hands. She and the band also played rock classics Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix and Steve Windwood’s Can’t Find My Way Home. They were very well received. Marshall gave credit to a mentor, Henry Small. He joined her for a couple of songs including Van Morrison’s Moondance, which has become his signature song.
Henry Small violin and vocals
It was another beautiful night for Music in the Park and the gifted Cathi Marshall and her friends, reminded us that variety is the spice of life, in music, too.
Jon Treichel, Richard Graham, Cathi Marshall