Fifth Element breathes new life into the Great American Songbook and familiar jazz standards in live performance, bringing audiences a listening experience that entertains and delights. This ensemble featuring vocalist Nina Richmond backed by Ron Johnston on bass, Jack Gelbloom on piano, Glenn Anderson on drums and Dave Coules on tenor sax, highlights the diversity of this music with arrangements that engage jazz fans at all levels through both individual and collective artistry.
Performing regularly since its formation in 2016, Fifth Element is packing concert venues adding new fans each time it hits the stage, including performances at the Jazz Lounge in Old Mill Toronto, The Jazz Room in Waterloo, Reid's Distillery and West End Jazz in Oakville!
“FIFTH ELEMENT” - Winner of Best Jazz Album 9th Annual OWMR Awards 2021
WHAT AUDIENCES SAY ABOUT FIFTH ELEMENT LIVE SHOWS:
CONNECTING WITH THE AUDIENCE: In the words of Spike Wilmer (proprietor of Smalls in NYC), “Some jazz musicians treat music and art as if it is above the audience…but I believe the essence of jazz is that it is a shared experience between the musician and the audience”. Fifth Element is dedicated to connecting with our audience beyond the performance of each tune. As part of the experience, listeners are drawn in to jazz that is not only musically accessible but enhanced by delivery of the story behind each song. The energy, joy and fun the band brings to each performance gives authenticity to this commitment.