Kimberley was born and raised in Lachine Quebec. Music has always been an important part of her life. She started piano lessons at the tender age of four and wrote her first song at five. She performed in local churches as a child and has always loved the stage. Kimberley studied jazz studies at Concordia University. She enjoys teaching music and conducting choirs. She currently resides in Pincourt with her husband and fellow musician Andrew Cabana and their two children.
Kimberley has been playing in Montreal and surrounding area for over ten years. She enjoys playing and learning with a variety of talented musicians but especially loves the intimacy and purpose of playing in duets.
Kimberley is a versatile, sultry, seasoned jazz singer and flutist. Known for her sense of rhythm and back phrasing, she has a sincere, romantic and creative approach to the standards.
Musicians Kimberley Works With
Andrew Cabana is owner and operator of Soundgrazer Music Services. Surrounded by a musical family, he has been playing instruments since his childhood. He received a DEC in Popular Music at Vanier College in 1996, a BFA in Integrative Music Studies from Concordia University in 2000 and a BMUS Sound Recording at McGill University in 2001. His Specialties include piano tuning by ear, sound engineering, electroacoustics, music composition, jazz trumpet , rock guitar and music lessons. His website can be found at www.Soundgrazer.com.
Barry Turner was born May 20th 1966 in Hamilton Ontario. HE took interest in the guitar in high school and never looked back. He attended Mohawk College in Applied Music where he worked with some of Canada’s top jazz musicians. Playing jazz, rock, pop, and blues in night clubs in Toronto and Hamilton.
In the early 90’s he moved to Montreal to work on his musical career. He discovered a deep love for brazilian sambas and latin jazz. Barry currently resides in Sainte Anne de Bellevue Quebec and is a member of the Jazz Collective.
Mark Rief had early music training on the piano. By his mid-teens, he was interested in rock and roll and played bass with a local band. He also started private instruction with Hansford Rowe and it was here that the passion for lifelong learning and playing really took off. Since those early days, Mark has played with musicians of all stripes in multiple musical genres. Music has provided him with opportunities to travel throughout the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and North America. He earned a BFA in Jazz Studies from Concordia University in 1998. Today, Mark is active in the Montreal music scene working with jazz, ska, and rock bands as well as taking freelance gigs.
I have been lucky enough to have had the great pleasure of experiencing Kimberley Beyea’s soulful and delicious vocals and flute-work at a number of live engagements over the past couple of years. She always brings a warm… No, make that a ‘hot’ and tasty depth to her interpretations of plenty of the best jazz standards, luring her audience into the heart of each one. Never leaving well enough alone, she is at once able to extract the soul from a song, make its tempo warp and flicker, and then hand it back its tonal center on a firm but shifting ground.
Whether keeping an arrangement pristine or curving it into something woolly, she courts both with full commitment, sometimes within a single phrase. This can be especially evident in ballads like her haunting rendition of “Autumn Leaves”, which she sings like she owns it… as if she had written it herself. Her austere and lugubrious interpretation of “Black Coffee” is seriously captivating, as she uses the stripped down and clean electric guitar sounds of Barry Turner, and Matt Cabana’s well-oiled and precise backing on bass guitar to secure a very firm lock on the listener. And, just to ensure her arrow hits home, her delivery of classics like “Take the A Train” and “Corcovado” always sends her audience into a swaying, and even foot-tapping trance.
With a smattering of original material well-blended within her sets, her talents at song-writing and arranging her own bittersweet numbers shows clear respect for the relationship between old and new… as if transported through time via a jazzy ‘worm-hole’ into the thick air of a small, smokey Harlem club on a cool Autumn night in 1954.
Do I enjoy Kimberley’s performances? Absolutely! Do I recommend her for your listening pleasure? Without a doubt! Do yourself a big favour and be there to hear her soon!
Alex Sandor Csank
“What a night!!!”
I went to see a performance there last week and what a great night!!! Kimberley Beyea was performing and what a talented trio they are… their Summertime got me from the get go and Kimberley’s original song, Moving On, I believe had my feet tapping, my fingers snapping and my head all bopping along to the same beat.
But Upstairs is a splendid venue in itself with its jazz cover menus and decor. The small intimate space harks back to the older jazz clubs and seems to be missing a thick fog of smoke and fancy ladies wearing long satin gloves. The food is also delicious, the cheese plate was wonderfully pungent and sated my friend’s love of all cheeses. As for the Litchi Martini, it had a delicious punch that made me yearn for more.
My goal is now to go back to Upstairs for a full sitdown meal with some jazz….
Unknown traveler (tripadvisor.com)
I didn’t think of myself as a fan of jazz until I started going to see The Kimberley Beyea trio, with KImberley Beyea singing, accompanied by Barry Turner on guitar, Mark Rief on bass, and as a guest on trumpet, Andrew Cabana. Always a great date night! Their recent album, Love Stories, is a nice reminder of that magical night when they launched the CD at Montreal’s Rialto Theatre. It was an entertaining show that had us tapping our toes from beginning to end. There’s a great mix of older songs and original pieces on the album, but my favourite is one that gave me and those I was sitting with goosebumps that night: St. James Infirmary.Kimberley Beyea’s husband Andrew Cabana Piano Tuner/ Musician plays trumpet on this piece, and the combination is perfection. Buy the album. Go see a show. Don’t miss the experience of hearing one of Montreal’s best jazz groups live!
Heather Grace Stewart
One of the things I love about the Ste Anne’s Farmers Market is the live music. From jazz to jug band, the musicians are drawn from a local pool of amazing talent. This week, one of my favourite returns, the Kim Beyea Trio. It’s jazzy, soulful, smooth and cool. Kim’s got great presence.