Rooster Davis Group with Ann Vriend
The Rooster Davis Group with Ann Vriend blew our minds with the music of New Orleans, ranging from jazz standards to gospel. This will be a dynamic dynamic performance that will have you unable to resist the urge to dance.
The Rooster Davis Group were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee. Two hundred bands showed up from all over the world to compete in Memphis, and they were so proud to have represented Edmonton and the Edmonton Blues Society. Recently, they have been nominated for Blues Recording of the Year for the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards.
As a piano player David specializes in the New Orleans piano traditions of players such as Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Alen Toussaint, and has created his own style that combines their influences with aspects of jazz, country, and rock, as heard on his playful yet soulful Christmas album “My Chestnuts, Your Fire.” It is because of this style that he earned the moniker, Rooster Davis, which he records and performs under as a solo artist.
Edmonton-based Ann Vriend (pronounced “Vreend”) was born in Vancouver, BC. When her parents discovered their 3-year-old could play nursery songs on a Fisher Price xylophone, they encouraged her musical development by enrolling her in violin lessons. At age nine, when Vriend sought to accompany herself as a songwriter, she took piano lessons from an elderly woman down the street who charged $5 per visit. In high school, in order to be able to do submit her home-made recordings for a school project, Vriend was coerced into performing 3 of her compositions at the school talent show. Accolades from her fellow students translated into projects with older students in bands, scholarships at music college, 1st place in a songwriting contest which paid for her debut album, and praise from critics and loyal fans around the world.
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