Biography

Photo Kathy Wolf

The eighth child in a family of eleven children, I was introduced to music at a very young age by my father who played accordeon and my brother, the guitar. At the age of 11, I knew for shure that I wanted to become a musician after being impressed by a drummer's performance.
At St. Stanislas High School, I had my first music lessons with the best teacher in that subject, Mr. Miville Bois. His enthusiasm and teaching method played a great role throughout my high school years and even in my music career.
I belonged to the school's  marching band, Les Ritmiks de Montreal. The first year, I held a flag. The following year, I played the baritone or euphonium. I was also part of the concert band, led by Miville Bois. I then played the trombone for three years. The last year, I played first chair in the school stage band and the third chair at Cégep St-Laurent.

 

It was at the age of 13 that I started to play drums. Two years later, a group of schoolmates and I formed the band, Screeming Blue, which became Relax afterwards. We played Beatles, CCR and a few originals. Then there was the group L’ Index, to which belonged the renowned saxophone player, Jean-Pierre Zanella.

When I entered College, I took courses in classical percussion. I played the drums in the big band and also in a concert band. In 1975 I secured my first professional contracts as a drummer:


-Performance on the soundtrack for theater graduates at Cégep Lionel-Groulx. The music was composed by the actor Robert Marien.
-Promotional tour of the drink, Pernod, with the group, Nolisé.

 

Since 1977, I have played for various Quebec artists and also participated in many events including the following:
-Performances and recordings with André Lejeune, singer and producer (8 albums), tour with Michèle Richard, Renée Martel, Pierre Lalonde, Michel Louvain.
-Studio album contracts and commercials for TV and radio.
-Telethons with the Jerry DeVilliers Big Band and Quebec City's Le Noël du Bonheur
-Corporate Big Band contracts in Montreal hotels and in James Bay with the Régis Bélanger's Big band.


1980: Tour with René and Nathalie Simard. Recorded two albums.
1980: Recorded a single and made ​​appearances on TV with the new wave group The Leotards.


1983: With the big band Gerry DeVilliers: Festival just for law with the french singer Charles Trenet, toured with singer Al Martino, Telethon of Stars, and an album.
1984 TV show Laprade, Pop, Pop et Pop, Canada Day show and an album with the Montreal Pop, a classical pop orchestra.
1985 Tour in Quebec and France with Edith Butler.
1985 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal with the Sweet Dixie Group (30 shows).


1985: Joined Bob Harrison, former drummer of the band Offenbach. Bob is regarded as the king of blues shuffle; he taught me that style.


1988-1992: TV show, De Bonne Humeur, hosted by Michel Louvain, with Robert Rail as a musical director. Artists like Michel Legrand, Céline Dion, Rock Voisine, Véronique samson, Claude Barzotti, Gerry Boulet and many more participated to that show.


1993: Started playing with bluesmen: Carl Tremblay, Bob Harrisson, Jimmy James, Jim Zeller, Jean Millaire and finally, Bob Walsh.
1994 Montreal Forum with singer Luba.
1996 Quebec Tour with Shawn Phillips.
1996 Blues tour with Marjo. That led me to play for Johnnie Johnson, the Chck Berry's piano player.
1997: Chuck Berry at Rockfest in Montreal.


1997: Started playing at Jewish weddings in Montreal and Toronto with the group, Zemer.


1999 I have joined the great bluesman, Bob Walsh, with whom I'm still doing shows at jazz and blues festivals in the Bob Walsh Blues Band and recorded six albums.

2003: Participated as a musician extra appearing in the film, Gaz Bar Blues and on the soundtrack.
2006: Mini Tour for Air Canada VIP clients with Celine Dion  and Bob Walsh in a blues repertoire in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Festivals with guests such as Nanette Workman, Angel Forrest, Breen Leboeuf, Kim Richardson, Martin Deschamps, Melissa Bel and others.


At the same time:
Several albums and DVDs, the Bell Centre with Michel Louvain and Richard Abel, (40 musicians) with Daniel Piché as a musical director, corporate events.

Judge at Jazzfest, Quebec and Stage band contest at high school, CEGEP and universities.


2013: Musician and singer with the band Les Pickups in the play, Un homme, deux patrons, at Monument National as part of the Just for Laughs Festival.
In 2012 and 2013: musical director for the FestiBlues international de Montréal benefit show and for Swiss singer, Bastian Baker, performing at the same festival.

Since spring 2014, I have joined the Adam Karch’s trio. Adam is a very talented guitar player and folk blues singer. We have participated in various festivals and other events. New dates will be coming for autumn 2014 and for 2015.

Since 2016 I am part of Barbara Diab and The Smoked Meat Blues Band Band, I toured sixty years of Michel Louvain's career, tours and albums of Bob Walsh, until his death, of the tour with Brian Tyler, Jim Zeller, Le Noel des Idoles, among others.


In 2006 I was approached by the MAPEX company to represent their products. Since then, I particularly appreciate the SATURN model for its sound.

My influences come from different styles: Danny Seraphine, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Pocaro, Harvey Mason, Lenny White, Chris Layton, to name a few. For the shuffle style technique, I had a good teacher in Bob Harrisson.

I was awarded five trophies "Lys Blues" (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014) in the category of musical performance, given to supporting musicians.

 

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