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Up Jumped Spring

Ok, so maybe I’m a little ahead of the game with my title.  But I’ve got a lot to look forward to this year and am excited to tell you about it.

First off a big, BIG Thank You to those who came to see our Van Django Bells concerts.  They were a huge success and we just had our first planning meeting for 2015 which means I’ll be back this December – yea!  We are also working on creating a beautiful Christmas cd together which will be available on our 2015 tour.

I’m also in the initial planning stages for recording a cd as well as another concert with my quintet featuring the wonderfully talented Jon Roper – more info on that to come soon.

Looking back, 2014 was a great year musically speaking.  I had the opportunity to work with so many talented musicians including Jon Roper, Graham Howell, Billy Dixon, Van Django, Ron Thompson, Adam Rohrlick, Top City, Joel Fountain, Andrew Mockler, Bob Mahaney trio, and Melissa Howell and the Angelus Singers to name a few.  I want to especially thank both Keith Bennett and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, two very stellar musicians who gave me much encouragement and mentorship this past year.

I’ve got a couple of shows coming up in early February – I hope you can make it.  One is at the fab Ten Ten Tapas and it’s Dine Out that night so a great menu will be available.  As well, I’ll be a featured artist for Burnaby’s newest jazz vespers, Jazz Evensong.

As well, there’s talk of my joining Billy Dixon and the fabulous Soul Train Express at the Cottage Bistro for another Rossini’s Reunion in March.  It will be guaranteed to be a sell out.  And plans are underway for another great night of Soul, R&B and Motown music with Top City so stay tuned and all the best for 2015!


Rockin out in White Rock at Blue Frog!

Wow. Didn’t know that little ol’ Whiterock B.C. had a premier music venue!   Last night I was privileged to catch my dapper sax player pal Graham Howell (who’s played with the likes of The Powder Blues and Lee Aaron) playing in a David Bowie tribute band.

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Yes, that’s right, a tribute band.  Now typically I’m not big on tribute bands, unless they rock the house down with ear massaging musical feats of wonder.  And that’s exactly A Night of Bowie did.  Syl Thompson (Bowie) was fabulous and his entire backing band was drum tight!  Ground control to Major Tom baby…

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People, if you want to see and listen to great music in a world class music venue that understands the importance of sound and ambience you can look no further.  A state of the art studio awaits you with the latest gear and a beautiful decor and lighting.  An intimate amount of seating (100) guarantees a great view and sound. Not to mention the owners of the studio answer calls for tickets personally and remember talking to you when you show up.  How cool is that?

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Last but not least, hanging out in beautiful White Rock prior to the show at the Washington Avenue Grill drinking great wine and staring out at the sea and the beach wasn’t exactly onerous either (and WAG supports live music too!).

Check out Blue Frog here for their upcoming shows:  Blue Frog

Check out A  Night of Bowie – here (playing next in Nanaimo B.C. September 13)