You have to know the rules in order to break them. Andrea Superstein knows the rules. And she breaks them. Gleefully,taking swing, blues, Latin and ballad and subtly infusing pop, indie rock and other unexpected styles and elements, she as Tom Harrison, music critic for the Vancouver Province, said, is “redefining jazz.” Playing on her eclectic tastes and broad musical knowledge, Superstein takes listeners on a musical trip that starts in Tin Pan Alley and twists its way to today. Re-envisioning standards like I Love Paris, giving them a trip-hop facelift, while turning pop anthems like Venus into dark sultry film noir scores, she invites us to question genre and ask why music has boundaries at all. Yes, you can call Andrea Superstein a Jazz singer, but she’s redefining what that means. Think Amy Winehouse meets Portishead.
Superstein’s debut performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2010, earned her a nomination for a Galaxie Rising Star award and launched her into the limelight. She is an in-demand performer across the country, and has appeared at a variety of festivals, events, and venues. She shared a triple bill with Canadian female heavyweights Laila Biali and Brandi Disterheft at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. And during her most recent tour, she was featured at the Calgary all-Canadian jazz festival and the Yardbird Festival in Edmonton.
Her latest record, What Goes On was produced by Juno winner, Les Cooper (Jill Barber. The Good Lovelies) with funding through FACTOR. It not only debuted at #4 on the Canadian charts, but also at #1 on CKUA’s top 30, and remained in both spots for more than 8 weeks. It debuted in the US at #16 on CMJ, was officially chartbound for Jazzweek as of Jan. 16th, 2016, was listed as one of the top 5 vocal jazz records of 2015 on earshot, and was featured in BC Musician Magazine.
Superstein is currently in development on a new album, this time as a songwriter in an impressive 3 langauges. Working with 3 time Juno nominated artist Elizabeth Shepherd, she’s taking the idea of the disconnect that exists between people, places and things and using her ability to connect seemingly disparate concepts, forms, and genres, to create a collection of original arrangements. With Les Cooper back at the producer helm, this album promises to be Superstein’s breakout.
Super has been a guest on CBC’s Hot Air, CTV news, Sirius XM radio and her music has been played on a plethora of national and international radio stations. She has completed multiple successful cross Canada tours and has appeared at jazz festivals in Pender Harbour, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. She has studied with Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.