David Vest is here to feed your live-music jones with a double dose of sound: The simultaneously released albums Live at Hermann’s and Live in Calgary — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Featuring two uniquely different performances, setlists and approaches, the albums are unified by one distinctive element: The multi-talented and much-celebrated blues singer and keyboard player’s mastery of his craft. Live in Calgary kicks up its heels with a slate of high-energy fare. In contrast, Live at Hermann’s showcases the savvy showman who has sold out the Victoria club over 50 times with intimate, captivating shows drawing from jazz, blues, rock and gospel.
Vest lives on Vancouver Island these days, but the winner of five Maple Blues Awards (including 2017 Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year) started his life and art steeped in Southern boogie-woogie. Growing up in Birmingham, Ala., put him in the right proximity with the right talent to jam with the likes of Ace Cannon, Bill Black’s Combo, The Jimmy Dorsey Band, Big Joe Turner and to open for the legendary Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day in 1962.