Up-and-coming jazz vocalist Adams hits Crofton

Jazz vocalist Susannah Adams returns to the Crofton Hotel pub Sunday, Jan. 15.

Jazz vocalist Susannah Adams, riding a rising wave of popularity in the wake of recent appearances around Victoria and the south Island, returns to the Crofton Hotel pub Sunday, Jan. 15.

With her engaging stage presence and adventurous stylings, she’s impressed local fans in appearances there over the past three years.

Adams takes a cue from mentor Sheila Jordan performing with just a double bassist, Sean Drabitt, and a trumpet/conga player, Miguelito Valdes.

Her additional musical influences range from Nina Simone and Chet Baker to Eva Cassidy and Diana Krall, and she has played to critical acclaim at such Victoria dining spots as Vista 18, O Bistro, and last year at a return engagement at the iconic Hermann’s Jazz Club, backed by a trio led by guitarist Wes Carroll.

In the Cowichan Valley, the young mother of two has played to a sold-out Valentine’s Day gala at the Maple Bay Yacht Club and at the Chemainus Jazz Festival.

“Susannah is a wonderful story-teller and an accomplished improviser who puts her own interpretation on the lyrics and melodies of the Great American Songbook,” said Crofton jazz series organizer Pat Selman.

The performance is part of the Jazz at Crofton series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the last hour.

The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton, a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal. Admission is $15.