Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues”, multiple-award winning blues & boogie-woogie pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the late 1950’s and has continued to flourish for over 60 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.
Born in Spokane, Washington, raised in New Orleans and now based in British Columbia, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has built a stellar reputation within Canada and abroad for his lively attire and energetic concert performances. The zoot suited Wayne has toured North America, Russia, South America, and Europe, where he regularly sells out 800 to 1000 seat venues and headlines many international concerts and festivals. In fact, he performed at the very first Edmonton Blues Festival, way back in 1999.
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne released his first solo album “Alive & Loose”, which featured Shuggie Otis, on Andy Grigs’s Real Blues Records in 1995. It marked the start of Wayne’s blues journey and was followed by four albums for Canadian label Electro-Fi Records: “88th & Jump Street”, JUNO Award winning “Let It Loose, Can’t Stop Now” and the live recording “Piano-Rama”. Wayne also recorded in Paris for Isabel Records at the same studio that Memphis Slim frequently recorded. Since joining Stony Plain Records in 2011, Wayne has released “An Old Rock On A Roll”, which earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Award, and “Rollin’ with the Blues Boss”.
“Jumpin’ and Boppin”, released last year to rave reviews, is his third recording on Stony Plain Records. “While I’m making this wonderful journey through life and having the opportunity to record my own songs, I try to make every recording better than the last”, says Wayne. “This most likely won’t be my last but I am very proud to present this recording to the world and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did writing, recording and producing this album.”
As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and jazz met the roots of rock and roll, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is an artist who’s got it all: talent, charisma, and showmanship. Oozing with class and sophistication, Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues while offering a fresh approach to the genre.
For his performance this time ’round at the Edmonton Blues Festival, Kenny will be joined by harmonica ace Sherman “Tank” Doucette, whiz kid guitarist Charlie Jacobson and a rhythm section that boasts B.B. King alumnus, Russell Jackson.
Sherman Doucette a former thirty-year staple of the Vancouver music scene from 1969 till 1999 started his musical career at age fifteen playing on Water Street in Gastown – by age seventeen he was playing the skid row clubs and it was not long before he was well established in the Gastown Clubs, Pubs and all night Booze cans in a variety of bands. In 1981 started the Incoginito Band – the house band & host at the Yale Hotel & The Fairview – they were one of the City’s most popular blues bands.
Career highlights for Sherman include guest appearances with John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins at the Commodore Ballroom – several shows sitting in with old friends Long John Baldry, Powder Blues, Jim Byrnes, Pine Top Perkins, Sunnyland Slim and most recently his gig with Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne.
You’ll be “Jumpin’ and Boppin” and “Lettin’ it Loose” with this group of incredible Canadian musicians Saturday at The Edmonton Blues Festival!