Jack de Keyzer, Paul James And Danny Marks Perform At The Revival Bar & Venue

Jack de Keyzer, Paul James And Danny Marks Perform At The Revival Bar & Venue

Music Express Entertainment Presents
Blues Revival Concert Series
Friday, September 20th, 2019
7:30pm Doors | 8:30pm Show
$39.50 Advanced $45.00 At the door
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Performances by award-winning veteran Blues performers Jack de Keyzer, Paul James and Danny Marks in a state of the art sound – performance venue. 

Expect exciting live performances from three of the finest blues guitarists and performers in Canada and beyond.

Jack de Keyzer - Photo by David McDonald
Jack de Keyzer – Photo by David McDonald

About Jack de Keyzer 

Jack de Keyzer is a performer, soulful vocalist and world-class songwriter and performs an average of 120 shows per year. De Keyzer has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). A much-celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards), first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World-class.

“The finest blues guitarist in Canada” Jeff Healey
“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” Bob Dylan
“Electric Love…a rock blues album with nods to guitar influences Clapton, Hendrix and Page… a disc of excellent new songs by a bluesman who should be considered their equal.” Maple Blues

A coveted super-hero in Canada… blends blues with elements of jazz, soul, r&b and early rock’n’roll.” Blues Revue, USA

“All’s right in the world as long as Jack de Keyzer keeps on making records. His latest is simply superb.” Hamilton Spectator
“A powerhouse record fuelled by de Keyzer’s impeccable virtuosity” Scene Magazine, London
“Blues bands would kill to sound as good as this crew” Edmonton Journal

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Bo Diddley and Paul James
Bo Diddley and Paul James

About Paul James

He is the winner of a Juno Award, multiple Toronto Music Awards, The Maple Blues (Lifetime Achievement Award for Blues Music in Canada), the London Fire Hall Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has many more music awards to grace his mantle. However, winning the respect of his musical peers always rated more highly than winning any awards for Paul.

Bo Diddley asked Paul to open his show and to back him up over 100 times between the years 1973 and 2007. Paul co-wrote a song with Bo, recorded with him and helped him to create the whole soundtrack for the movie, ‘Diary of a Sinner’. Bo Diddley played on Paul’s first vinyl album,’ Almost Crazy’, and wrote the liner notes for his second album, ‘The Paul James Band’. In 1986 Bo wrote: “From the beginning of his young career, I predicted that Paul James would be a big star one day and that time is now! The man is a true professional and dynamic! Listening to Paul James is listening to the building of a new thing, and he is a new thing. Paul James is a great musician, He’s a great tribute to Rock’n’Roll.”

Bob Dylan sat in with Paul’s band and came to see Paul perform on numerous occasions. In 1990, Dylan invited Paul James to play an acoustic set to open his show at Canada’s Wonderland. Dylan further invited Paul to sit in with his band many times in Toronto, London, Oshawa and Buffalo. In 1986, when they first met, Dylan advised Paul that if he would move to L.A. and just do what he does in Toronto there, he would make it big for sure.

Friday, March 19, 1999

Sometimes it does pay to play the clown. Just ask Toronto bluesman, Paul James. Way back when, in 1986, James was hamming it up in his trademark style at a Nag’s Head North gig. Wearing a crazy, ruffled, purple tuxedo shirt, James boogied over to the bar. He was playing with one hand and drinking a beer with the other when, lo and behold, Bob Dylan jumped up right in front of him. Yes, that Bob Dylan. The legendary folk-rock star was impressed. James, a Dylan fan since he “first heard him,” thought he was hallucinating. Dylan joined him on stage. “Just introduce me as the hitchhiker from Vancouver,” he told James.

A few weeks ago, Dylan returned the favour — summoning James to a concert at Buffalo’s Midland Arena. Near the end of the show, Dylan announced that he had a friend in the audience. Would Paul James care to join him on stage?

“Uh, oh,” James recalls saying to himself. “That’s me.” Together they performed Highway 61 and Like a Rolling Stone, then came back for an encore of Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat and Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. After the show, Dylan told James he’d like to give him a call when he’s recording his next album.

“Well, do it,” said James, who’s still walking around in a daze after his “dream come true.” Kind of makes it hard, one would imagine, to go back to the dingy barroom circuit.

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Danny Marks
Danny Marks

About Danny Marks

In 2006, Danny was given the “Blues with a Feeling Award” for lifetime achievement in music and
This iconic rocker’s roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group,
Edward Bear. After a span as a journeyman session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled into the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre-bender in music and humour.
A house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show,
Stormy Monday. Through the eighties, Danny starred in CBC radio’s hit series the Hum Line.

Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True,
before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005.
Danny’s in his thirteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, As a child, young Danny would lock himself in his room with a stack of 45’s, an old
Seabreeze record player, and a fantasy of having his own radio show. More than a few years later this pre-pubescent propensity paid off.

“As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to play guitar. Since we didn’t have one, I just
plunked on my Granddad’s old violin – until my parents bought me a ukulele.”

This wasn’t just any uke, it was a Mousegeetar. Franchised by Walt Disney, the instrument was supposedly capable of only one song via a windup handle. The tune was “Hickory Dickory Dock”.

Young Danny discovered another hidden song within his instrument’s limited capacity simply by winding it backwards: something like “Dockery Dickery Hick!”

By the Nineties, Danny is just hitting his stride as a guitarist, vocalist and host, as a triple threat he’s formidable, if you haven’t seen his sense of humour in a live situation you’ll never know what it’s like to see a man who can pull on your heartstrings one moment, and slay you with a one-liner the next. And he is deadly on the mic. Danny’s not one to be typecast. “Mostly, for now, I’ve backed off on the bar work. Sure I miss the social life but, I need to concentrate on other things.”

Some of those other things include radio and TV jingles, where Danny’s voice and guitar are in big demand, and, a new album needs to be written, recorded, and released. Guitarchaeology spent one whole year on the Top Ten on Sam the Record Man’s Indie chart. With the next album, Danny takes aim at the mainstream, and why not, in the pre-millennium, it’s all alternative.

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