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Ken Whiteley’s Sunday Gospel Matinee
November 29, 2015 @ 2:00 pm$10 – $22.50
Have you ever wished you could participate in a gospel performance where the rhythm is rocking, the organ is wailing and the singing is full of soulfulness and sincerity? That’s what you’ll get on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:00 p.m. at Hugh’s Room. George Olliver and Jeremiah Sparks will join me, Ken Whiteley, in leading the singing with the superb support of Lance Anderson on Hammond organ, Bucky Berger on drums and Ben Whiteley on bass. Click on pictures for music videos.
George Olliver first came to my attention in the late 1960’s as Toronto’s blue eyed soul brother #1. With Mandala and at the Club Bluenote, George set a high bar for impassioned singing and fancy dance moves. For a number of years now, his primary love has been singing gospel music which he does superbly. The song, “He Saved Me” from his Look Up CD won Gospel Song of The Year at the MAJA Awards (one of Canada’s leading Gospel music organizations).
Last fall we had a special celebration of Nova Scotia African/Canadian gospel and I said that we had to have the wonderful pianist and singer Jeremiah Sparks back soon. Jeremiah is from the culturally rich, African Nova Scotian community. He came to Toronto some years back to be one of the stars of the “Lion King”. He currently performs in “Stand By Me: The Music of the Brill Building” and he plays music regularly at the Grant AME Church, among others.
Lance Anderson is one of the premier organ and piano players of the roots, blues and gospel scene. Over the years he has been associated with people as diverse as Oscar Peterson, Shakura S’Aida and Mr. Dressup. I have played with Lance many times and he is a living example of R.A. Dickey’s now famous line, “It’s not who gets the credit, but what we accomplish as a team.”
Rounding things out will be my favorite rhythm section. Bucky Berger on drums is famous for his great grooves, positive passion and 100 mega watt smile. Perhaps you’ve seen him with his band, the Juno Award winning blues ensemble, Fathead.
This may be Ben Whiteley’s only appearance at the Sunday Gospel series this season. He has become a most in-demand bass player – since September 1st he has toured Europe with The Weather Station, and toured with Sarah Harmer, Lindi Ortega, Old Man Luedecke and Doug Paisley among others. His presence could be reason enough to get you here on the 29th.
I plan to supplement my usual Laskin acoustics guitars with the old Telecaster and Mr. Whale, my 50 year old Dobro electric resophonic that I bought new as a teenager. I’ve done over 60 of these Hugh’s Room Gospel Sunday afternoons now and each one is unique. On the last Sunday of November we look forward to rocking your soul.