Maple Blues Award Winner: Piano Player of the Year!
"Who would have thought you could be a buzz act when you’re almost 70 years old?" ~ Brian Blain, Toronto Blues Society
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer.
His first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year. In 2014, newly signed to Cordova Bay Records, he will be touring widely to promote his highly anticipated new release, Roadhouse Revelation.
He played his first paying gig in 1957, and by the time he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky-tonks.
At the age of 17, David went on tour with Jerry Woodard and the Esquires, some of whom later became key members of the Muscle Shoals Swampers. He jammed with Ace Cannon, Bill Black’s Combo and the Jimmy Dorsey Band in clubs along the Florida Panhandle, where fellow Alabaman James Harman would soon make his mark.
David received the “direct laying on of hands” from Texas piano legends like Big Walter The Thunderbird, Katie Webster and Floyd Dixon. He toured with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Miss Lavelle White, when he wasn’t jamming with Arnett Cobb, Milt Larkin, Jimmy Ford and Straight No Chaser in Houston.
He was co-leader of the Paul deLay Band, reaching the Top Ten on Billboard’s national blues chart with The Last of the Best. David’s many festival appearances under his own banner or with other artists include Waterfront (Portland), Winthrop, Edmonton, Calgary, Trois-Rivières, Houston Juneteenth, and New Orleans Jazzfest.
Time has done little to diminish David’s energy, skill and creative drive. Working solo or with his band, he continues to bring audiences to their feet and to demonstrate why he has been called “one of the greatest living boogie-woogie piano players.