2007/08 SEASON


September 21

Multiple Award Winner. Blues, soul, R&B & gospel sung with power & grace.

Danny Brooks
is one of Canada’s best blues/soul/R&B/gospel artists. His soulful vocals come straight from the heart. He also plays guitar and harp and is backed by a superb veteran 4 piece band from Toronto –, Papa John King on lead guitar, Ed

Zancowski on sax, Dennis Pinhorn on bass and Bucky Berger on drums. This Show is part of the release Tour for his new CD “No Easy Way Out”. Danny will be moving to Alabama later this year to further his career in the U.S. so catch him before he goes!

'Listening to Danny Brooks is like driving out of Memphis on a sunny Saturday morning
into the Mississippi Delta listening to WDIA - a dash of Eddie Hinton, Solomon Burke, Rev. James Cleveland and Howlin' Wolf - all ingredients in Danny's soulful musical stew” Greg Martin, The Kentucky Headhunters

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October 19


Righteous blues spiced with funk, reggae, country & jazz. New CD in Canada’s Top 10 Terry Gillespie (singer, songwriter, guitarist) was born in Edmonton, raised in London, spent time in the U.S. learning blues from the masters then moved to Ottawa in the late ‘70’s and helped establish the vibrant blues scene here. Many will remember his “Heaven’s Radio” recordings from that era. His fans include Sue Foley who used to sneak into blues clubs in her teens to catch his Shows.

Terry disappeared into the wilds of southeastern Ontario for a couple of decades but in 2001 he united with a great group of veteran blues artists from Montreal - Stephen Barry on bass, Gordon Adamson drums, Peter Measrock keyboards and Martin Boodman on harp – and released a superb comeback album in 2006 “Brother of the Blues” which received major critical acclaim in both Canada and the U.S.

A sweet tiramisu of liquor-soaked layers of blues, reggae, country, and jazz' . Richard Ludmerer, New York Blues & Jazz Society and a regular contributer to BluesWax.com

"Terry Gillespie is one of the most sincerely talented musicians in Canada. He's a bluesman to the core, but not in the traditional sense for he has range and influences that take it to a whole new level”. Sue Foley

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November 16/17 - GARRETT MASON BAND


Juno Award Winner, son of famous Canadian bluesman Dutch, young Garrett Mason started playing blues in local clubs near his hometown of Truro, NS in the early 2000’s. His first CD “I’m Just A Man” which features all original compositions came out of nowhere and blew everyone away winning the 2005 Juno Award for best Blues Album of the Year. With his unique vocals and powerful guitar – you’ll hear elements of Canned Heat, Buddy Rich, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan in Garrett’s playing – he is joined by Maritimers Mike Farrington on bass and Damien Moynihan on drums as a classic power trio delivering straight-up rockin’ blues. Since he doesn’t get up this way often we’ve booked him for two nights

so more fans can get out and see this blues legend in the making. Don’t miss him!

“Original songs, strong vocals, and fluid, rockin’ guitar style…at the tender age of 23 Garrett Mason is poised to be one of the brightest stars to emerge from the East Coast Blues scene in years”

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Another brilliant young Canadian artist, David Rotundo was inspired to take up the harmonica after seeing James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. He then traveled through the states for several years visiting blues hotbeds like New Orleans, Clarksdale, Austin, Memphis and Chicago learning how to play. On his return to Toronto in 1997 he formed David Rotundo & The Blue Canadians and proceeded to rip up the blues circuit. He has recorded two excellent albums with another on its way soon and has been nominated repeatedly for Maple Blues

Awards for Best Harmonica Player of the Year, won Best New Artist of the Year in 2002 and the CBC’s Galaxie Rising Star Award. He’s played in the bands of blues greats like Jack de Keyzer and Ronnie Hawkins and opened for many others. His band is extremely tight featuring having played together for years with David on vocals & harp, Dan Dufour on lead guitar, Des Brown on guitar, Shane Scott on bass & vocals and Chuck Keeping on drums.

“David plays the harp on "Blowin' For Broke" as if madly possessed by the ghosts of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and George "Harmonica" Smith..
.Blues Beat, Blues Society of Western NY.

"David Rotundo plays the blues the way the blues are supposed to be played " Ronnie Hawkins

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One of Canada’s best know, hardest-working blues artists Jack de Keyzer brings his killer guitar and band for a special night of blues, R&B, soul, funk and jazz at The Cove. With a professional career that has spawned over 32 years Jack has done session work (for which he is in high demand) with such notable artists as Etta James, Otis Rush, John Hammond Jr. and many more. With Jack on lead guitar and vocals, Chris Murphy on sax,Al Duffy on bass Dave Coulter on drums this band gets out an plays an average of over 120 gigs a year travelling across

Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe. Jack has won multiple Awards over his career including the 2003 Juno for Best Blues Recording of the Year, 8 Maple Blues Awards, two Real Blues Magazine and a Jazz Report Magazine Award. “Your pleasure is his business” to quote one of his songs and he’s really good at his job!

“6 String Lover runs the gamut from up tempo Rock ‘n’ Roll to slow old Blues, James Brown inspired R&B to Robert Johnson style Roots/Blues from the very beginnings of recorded Blues music... the whole CD is a winner from start to finish……we’re lucky enough to be witnessing live, the genius that is Jack de Keyzer and his very special band” J. Curtis, New York Blues & Jazz Society

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March 21


If you like boogie-woogie piano, west coast jump, Kansas City swing and New Orleans jazz/blues you will LOVE Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. Born 1944 in Spokane he moved to L.A. with his family in the early ‘60’s where he was introduced to the music of Fats Domino, Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, Pete Johnson, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed and others – all early influences. He started playing church organ (his dad was a Pastor) but graduated to foot tappin’ boogie-woogie very quickly. In the ‘60’s and early ‘70’s he was a session keyboard playerin L.A. backing artists like Billy Preston, Sly Stone and the Doobie Brothers before movingto C anada in the late ‘70’s eventually settling in Vancouver. He travels Canada,

the U.S. and Europe regularly playing to hugely appreciative audiences. Kenny has released 5 CD’s including his most recent “Let It Loose” which won the 2006 Juno for Best Blues Album of the Year. He was also nominated for the Juno three times previously and has won multiple Awards in Canada and Europe. We are very honoured to have Kenny and his fine band play Blues On The Rideau at The Cove.

"Pounds the keys with conviction like no other – he stakes his claim as successor of the boogie-woogie 88’s” - Jeff Johnson, Chicago Sun Times

"Kenny Wayne was definitely the BIG HIT of the Rhythm Riot festival and one of the hottest blues entertainers around" - Blueprint, UK

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April 18/19
with Special Guests

Lance Anderson
, besides being a great songwriter, producer and record company President is also one of (if not THE) best Hammond B3 organ players in the country playing bass runs on the foot pedals with his feet while his hands dance on the keyboards. He formed a duo with well know roots drummer Mike Sloski and produced an album aptly named “Footwork” that garnered two Maple Blues Award nominations and praise from many sectors of the music industry. It’s hard to believe that two guys can lay down such a big sound. They are joined by two very Special Guests for this Show: Shakura S’Aida - born in Brooklyn this beautiful singer has been a mainstay of the Toronto blues, jazz and R&B scene for over 20 years and finally has her own CD “Blueprint” out to showcase her talent. Brooke

Blackburn is a fine guitarist from Toronto who often accompanies Shakura. This is a very talented, power-packed quartet to say the least!

"On Footwork, drummer Michael Sloski and organist Lance Anderson mine heavy grooves with a dancer's touch. This wonderful mix of Blues, R&B and Funk is mostly instrumental and completely enjoyable." Jeff Calvin - Blues Revue

“Shakura was the next performer and Lance Anderson joined in. She had the whole audience under her spell and her backup band was unbelievable. In all my years of going to Tremblant (been going right from "The Canadian Blues Summit" in 1993), I have never seen a performer enthrall an audience the way she did on Sunday night. If she performs only half as well at The Cove you certainly have a treat in store for everyone!”
Mike Oxley, BOTR attendee comments after seeing Lance & Shakura at the 2007 Tremblant Blues Festival

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To prove that blues is now a global genre we bring you Julian Fauth – German born, Kensington Market trained - a superb piano player, guitarist and harpist with a voice that reminds you of the old field holler blacks in the Mississippi Delta. Julian plays blues, roots and barrelhouse jazz with abandon and “occasional flights of insanity”. His love for the blues, study of the old masters and constant playing has honed him into one of the best new young artists in the country. He travelled to

Russia in 2002 with David Rotundo (whom he has played with for many years) and Cuba that same year where they were very enthusiastically received. His debut CD on ElectroFi in 2005 “Songs of Vice & Sorrow” earned praise from many quarters and a new CD should be out in time for this Show. Julian will be backed by two very accomplished Toronto musicians - Bob Vespaziani on drums (who played with Mark Bird Stafford at The Cove last December) and Jay Danley on guitar (and possibly another Special Guest

“I heard another John Mayall… he merges strong, jangle piano and field holler vocals, built around lyrics depicting an urban mythos of midnight mist and loneliness, somehow spiced with humor and flirtations with much deeper blues and jazz than one would expect of a bandstand act. One cannot overpraise this release..”
Arthur Shuey, Bluesource.com

“Fauth is a killer on the keys, an extraordinarily convincing singer, an impressive harpist, and an outstanding songwriter whose familiarity with the entire blues canon allows him to appropriate bits and pieces at will - lyrics, hooks, rhythms - and blend them into a whimsical, lopsided, sinister, occasionally comic, and utterly original whole
. Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

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June 20

What a way to close out the 2007/08 Season! Finis (pronounced finest) Tasby is blues royalty – one of the best vocalists in the business today. Born in Dallas in 1940 he started his own band The Thunderbirds in 1962 backing famous bluesmen Z.Z. Hill, Clarence Carter, Lowell Fulson and Freddie King as they toured throughout Texas and Oklahoma. He moved to L.A. in 1973 and quickly meshed into the west coast blues scene opening for major acts like B.B. King, Percy Mayfield and Big

Mama Thornton. He also met and formed a life long friendship with John Lee Hooker. In the mid ‘90’s Finis cut his first album “People Don’t Care” on Shanachie and has recorded several since including his most recent on ElectroFi (2005) entitled “What My Blues Are All About” - a true gem. He is also part of the great band The Mannish Boys. To get an idea of the treat you are in for if you are lucky enough to get a seat for this night check out “Save A Place For Me” on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0WdflUCdk8 - a beautiful song with Finis on vocals, Julian Fauth on keyboards, Enrico Crivellaro on guitar, David Rotundo on harp, Alec Fraser on bass and Jimmy Boudreau on drums. For this Show Finis will be backed by 3 excellent Toronto area players – Bob Vespaziani (rapidly becoming a fixture at The Cove) on drums, Shane Scott on bass and Pete Schmidt on guitar. It may sound clichéd but his will be ANOTHER great Blues On The Rideau night to remember at The Cove. Reserve your seats now!

“Finis Tasby sings every song from the position of the truth. His leathery vocals are born from livin’ the blues, so when he sings, you can’t help but listen”
Art Tipaldi, Boston Blues.com

“Finis Tasby is unquestionably one of the most soulful and dynamic blues singers working today” Scott Dirks, cdbaby.com

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