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David Vest, blues piano

27 Jul Posted by in Schedule | Comments
David Vest, blues piano

They don’t make them as real as David Vest anymore. Son of an Alabama sharecropper, the longtime Victoria BC resident is still going strong 50 years after he first stepped on stage with the likes of Big Joe Turner.

Long revered as one of the great boogie-woogie piano players, Vest is a five-time winner of Canada’s national Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of the Year.

Although he now lives in Canada, David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer. 

His first Canadian recording,  East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year.

In 2014, newly signed to Cordova Bay Records, he released  Roadhouse Revelation , which went to Number One on the Roots Music Report chart for Canada and won a four-star rating from Downbeat .

2016’s Devestatin’ Rhythm brought another Record of the Year nomination, and in 2018 Cordova Bay Records released David Vest , which led to a Songwriter of the Year nomination and David’s fifth Maple Blues Award.

2021 saw the release of not one but two new albums, Live in Calgary, recorded at the Calgary International Blues Festival, and Live At Hermann’s, recorded at David’s home base, Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria, BC. Both live albums quickly landed in the top ten (Roots Music Report, Canada).

Time has done little to diminish David’s energy, skill and creative drive. He has said that he intends to continue performing “as long as the flavour lasts.” Whether working solo or with his band, or appearing in spectacular “pianorama” shows, he continues to bring audiences to their feet and to demonstrate why he has been called “one of the greatest living boogie-woogie piano players.”

“A honky-tonk hero and a world-class entertainer”.

This concert is a proud community co-presentation with the Calgary International Blues Festival July 25-31, 2022