Jill Stella Richards (B.Mus.) is a Toronto based trombonist, singer and song writer. With tribal folk melodies and real raw vocal expression, Jill's music draws from nature and the collective beauty. Having graduated from Humber College with a Bachelor's Degree in Music & Trombone Performance, Jill has also studied vocal technique with Christine Duncan, Fides Krucker and throat-singing-bassist, Scott Peterson. Her experience working with the voice holistically inspired her to study Sound Therapy in 2014, at the Transformational Arts College.
Jill first got her feet wet in music performance while still in high school, when she toured with the Toronto All Star Big Band for 4 years. She performed over 90 gigs a year on trombone, with renowned jazz artists and composers such as Benny Golson, Peter Appleyard, Cleo Laine, Eddie Daniels, Jackie Richardson and Howard Cable.
While completing her undergrad at Humber, Jill strived to actively stir up community change and student involvement, while nominated as the class representative for 2013 and 2014. She also volunteered for the International Brass conference for several years and was the recipient of the Al Kay Brass Award for performance excellence. While at Humber, Jill performed with such luminaries as Bob Mintzer, Dave Holland, and Danilo Perez.
In 2009, Jill connected with artistic visionary R. Kelly Clipperton, and performed for 6 years in his theatrical power pop group, Kelly and the Kelly Girls. Playing trombone in a sparkly fabulous all girl horn section, wearing flashy dresses from every era (and dangerously high heels) she joined the band on two tours across Canada, in 2009 and 2013.
In the summer of 2013, Jill travelled to Cognac France with R&B pop soul artist ColinResponse, after being crowned the winner of Hennessy's International Artist Talent Quest. They represented Canada and performed alongside Erykah Badu, Sinead OConnor and Wyclef Jean in one of Europe's largest festivals, the Blues Passions Festival.
In 2014, Jill shared the stage with Adrian X, Kellylee Evans and Kardinal Offishall at the Cavalcade of Lights Show, performing for a crowd of thousands. Jill also performed with Tanya Tangaq that same winter at Toronto's Great Hall, singing in Christine Duncan's Element Choir. Jill continues to sing with the Element Choir and has performed on Tanya Tagaq's latest album, Animism.