Teddy Leonard (Fathead)
Gary Kendall (Downchild)
Mike Fitzpatrick (Downchild)
EAST MEETS VEST is a unique encounter between an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano pounder and some of the most celebrated blues musicians in eastern Canada.
Bassist Gary Kendall and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick, both members of Downchild, make up arguably the best rhythm section in Canadian blues. Fathead’s amazing Teddy Leonard plays guitar. As for the front man, it was Jimmy T99 Nelson who called him “a piano player like no other.”
David Vest is the real thing. Raised in Birmingham and in juke joints all along the Gulf Coast. He played with Big Joe Turner in the early 1960s and toured with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Floyd Dixon. He was co-leader of the legendary Paul deLay Band.Played with Big Joe Turner in the early 1960s. Toured with T99 and Lavelle White. Co-leader of the legendary Paul deLay Band.
After he moved north of the 49th parallel, he entered the western Canadian blues scene like a piano falling out of the sky, with incendiary performances at the Edmonton and Calgary blues festivals. His first venture into the studio helped Victoria’s Bill Johnson land a Juno nomination for STILL BLUE. By early 2012, David was touring Ontario as a Maple Blues Award nominee and recording his first all-Canadian album.
What came together in Toronto on Mardi Gras Day 2012 wasn’t just history, it was magic. And now it’s on tour, starting at the Tremblant International Blues Festival and going wherever the road might lead, “as long as the flavor lasts.”