'A sultry silky style with wonderful light and shade, quite stunning' PBS FM, Melbourne Australia. Miranda Sage and her band are three musicians united by Norma Winstone. Not literally, but each shares a notable connection to the highly-regarded English jazz vocalist. The British born, Victoria-based Sage studied with Winstone in the late 90s in Belfast, and cites her as her most influential voice teacher. Bassist Rick Kilburn produced Winstone's 1993 recording 'Well Kept Secret', and pianist, Don Thompson has performed with Winstone on numerous occasions. It makes sense then that Sage's new CD is titled Timeless Places, a nod to ' A Timeless Place,' the song Winstone co-wrote with Jimmy Rowles. Sage's own version of the song is something of a centerpiece for the mostly-standards album, which has it's own subtle, 'winstonesque' quality about it. The moody, tastefully spare piano-bass-vocal arrangements showcase Sage's voice, which has been described by Monday Magazine as being 'of thrilling flexibility and range, making jazz singing sound like it's the easiest thing in the world.' The repertoire includes sultry covers of 'You'd be so Nice to Come Home to' and 'I'll be Seeing You' and one Sage original: 'Thank you.' Sage has done extensive vocal training, both at the University of Victoria and the Royal Conservatory of Music and at numerous jazz workshops in North America and Europe. In addition to Winstone, she has studied with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Louise Rose. The Times Colonist once wrote that her 'horn-like phrasing is a delight.' Sage began her musical studies at four and, along the way, picked up piano, guitar, lute, harp, sax and clarinet - though she now concentrates on voice and guitar. In the 90s, Sage was championed by Hugh Fraser and released two CDs on his Boathouse label. She's performed with his Hugh Fraser Big Band and with the Port Townsend Jazz Festival Big Band. Other performance highlights include the Ile of Wight Jazz Divas Festival and Scotland's Mid Argyle Annual Gala. Sage performs regularly around Victoria with the Swiftsure Big Band and smaller ensembles. She's also performed several times at the Victoria International Jazz Fest. Timeless Places is Sage's third CD. It's also the third release from Vancouver's own Chelsea Bridge Records, the imprint belonging to veteran bassist, Rick Kilburn, who spent the 70s playing with Chet Baker, the Brubecks and Mose Allison. Back in Vancouver since the mid 80s, Kilburn devotes much of his time to teaching and mentoring emerging artists. He still performs regularly and produces albums for other artists. Kilburn plays bass on Timeless Places, while piano is provided by Don Thompson, whose own CD, Ask Me Later, won this year's Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the year. Thompson also picked up three National Jazz Awards this past April: Musician of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year and SOCAN Composer of the Year. Sage launches Timeless Places August 11th at the Cellar in Vancouver and August 12th at Hermann's in Victoria, featuring Thompson on piano, Kilburn on bass and Craig Scott on drums.