June 4, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Long revered as one of the great boogie-woogie piano players, Vest is also a prolific songwriter. He wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette, and his tunes have been covered by artists ranging from Paul deLay to the legendary Downchild Blues Band. (Downchild’s recent cover of Vest’s “Worried About The World” gave that legendary Canadian band its first number one song in its 48-year career.)
Vest is a five-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of The Year and a Blues Artist of the Year nominee (2016 WCMA). His recent albums have earned record of the year nominations and a four-star rating in Downbeat. Last October he released two live albums on the same day and both debuted in the top ten on Roots Music Report.
Since being asked to open for Roy Orbison in 1962, Vest has performed onstage with an astonishing range of artists, including Big Joe Turner, Bill Black’s Combo, Jerry Woodard, Floyd Dixon, Miss Lavelle White, Carey Bell, Red Foley, Johnny Dyer, Tammy Wynette, Don Helms, Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Janice Scroggins, Marcia Ball, and the Paul deLay Band, to name a few. He has contributed as a sideman to two Juno-nominated projects, Bill Johnson’s Still Blue and David Gogo’s Come On Down.
A headline artist at blues festivals across Canada, Vest is making his first appearance at Yardbird Suite. Joining Vest will be longtime band members Ryan Tandy (bass) and Tom Bowler (guitar).
Vest has sold out his hometown venue, Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria, over fifty times. Fans have learned to expect to be surprised. In additions to his own songs, he is known to slip in tunes by Dave Brubeck, John Lewis (MJQ), and Sun Ra.
“A huge blues and boogie talent.” — Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records
“He falls into the same class as the masters: Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller. Long live the Boogie Piano King!” — Cascade Blues Association
“He might be living in Canada now, but Vest is a pure bred southerner that was misspending his 1957 youth in the same chitlin circuit joints along the gulf coast as the august blues belters we all revere these days.” — Midwest Record
Venue Phone: (780) 432-0428
Venue Website: https://yardbirdsuite.com
Band membersDavid Vest, piano
Ryan Tandy, bass
Tom Bowler, guitar
Tickets will also be available at the door if not previously sold out online.
Doors open at 7:00 pm.