Just recently back from their 3rd UK Tour where we played some great festivals in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and an UK /Ireland Tour in August/September 2012 & 2013. Check out some video out from our tour. http://www.andreandthejtones.com/apps/blog/ They will be going to back to the UK in March & August 2014. We are working on a USA tour in May 2014. Looking forward to our tours this year!
Andre Bisson & The J-Tones perform in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, USA and hopefully more to come!
NEW CD 2013 www.cdbaby.com/andrebisson5
Recently Won Best Keyboard Player of the Year (Jesse O'Brien - B3/Wurlitzer) and was Nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year for the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards as well the CD and was nominated for another 4 Hamilton Industry Awards including, Tour Manager of the Year(Loretta Hale), Bassist of the Year (Brad Cheeseman), Recording Studio of the Year (Boxcar Sound Recording), and Special Instrumentalist of the Year (Darcy Hepner - Tenor Sax).
Andre & The J-Tones is a 5 piece Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Rock and Soul band that performs your favourites from the 60's and 70's. They are energetic with a funky horn section and a singer with the raspy and gutsy power of Wilson Pickett and the gentle sound of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. This Hamilton, Ontario band has been together for over 9 years performing all over Ontario and the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. This band will get you to dance the boogaloo, the mash potato, and the twist all over again! www.andreandthejtones.com
Wilson Pickett, The Commitments, The Blues Brothers, BB King, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robben Ford, The Commodores, The Beatles, CCR, The Guess Who, The Rolling Stones, Sam & Dave, The Temptations, Jimi Hendrix. Joe Cocker, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and James Brown
Online Promotional Package
Andre Bisson - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica
Loretta Hale - Trumpet, Cello
Francis Smith - Tenor Sax
Matt Burns - Drums
Kevin Beeby - Bass
"Bad Scene" - Andre Bisson August 2013
Andre Bisson - Till the Real Thing Comes Along 2012 on iTunes & CDBABY
Recently Nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year for the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards
Andre Bisson - A Rhythm & Blues Experience released April 2009 on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and more!
Andre Bisson - Rhythm & Blues Christmas (Dec 2010)
Andre Bisson - Beyond the Covers (May 2011)
Recently nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" for the 2009 Hamilton Music Awards. It was also voted Best Rhythm & Blues Album of 2009 by the Blues Underground Network.
Jan 29th, 2010 Andre's CD was Voted Best CD of 2009 by Hamilton Blues
Played on CBC Edmonton on Saturday Night Blues
- CFMU - McMaster Radio Hamilton
on Dusted off, and another show with Ric Taylor
- CKiA FM 88.3 with Richard Carr - Quebec
- KXCI Marty Kool's Blues Review in Tucson, AZ and more!
Many more reviews and radio shows listed @
Blues Revue Magazine on our UK & Ireland Tour
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A refreshingly, alternative musical experience was provided by the Canadian group Andre and the J-To...A refreshingly, alternative musical experience was provided by the Canadian group Andre and the J-Tones."
"A combination of clever arrangements, tasteful guitar work, and exceptionally talented saxophone and trumpet players"
New Andre Bisson CD (2012)
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If the latest CD from local guitar master Andre Bisson, Till the Real Thing Comes Along, doesn't get...If the latest CD from local guitar master Andre Bisson, Till the Real Thing Comes Along, doesn't get you movin', you better check your pulse. This is the kinda music that's perfect for groovin' and havin' a good time.
Andre is joined by a fabulous gang of music makers, including members of his J-Tones backing band (Loretta Hale, Matt Burns, Brad Cheeseman, Francis Smith) as well as Jesse O'Brien and Darcy Hepner. Together, they bring the swing, R&B, blues, soul, and rock to the masses
To top everything off, we have some great covers, including Otis Redding's Don't Mess With Cupid and a unique, slow, bluesy take on Bon Jovi's You Give Love A Bad Name.
The disc is available at his live shows and through cdbaby, iTunes, and eMusic.
Below are two videos of song from the CD, courtesy of Andre's YouTube page.
J-Tones deliver old soul and R&B
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Alan Parker’s 1991 film, The Commitments, made quite an impression on Andre Bisson, with its homage ...Alan Parker’s 1991 film, The Commitments, made quite an impression on Andre Bisson, with its homage to 1960's soul and R&B.
And though he’s only 25, his band, Andre & The J-Tones, specializes in your James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, etc., while also covering classic rock (The Beatles, The Guess Who).
“It did (have an impression) on me, definitely. Before that I was really big into Elvis; he was the main influence on me growing up,” says the Hamilton singer/guitarist, whose band plays its monthly show at Cuchulainn’s this Saturday. “I just really loved it, and I watched the movie like 25 times. It’s music that really spoke to me. I loved that soul/rock edge.”
Bisson's six-piece group has been stirring up the dance floor at this Streetsville pub with its sweet grooves and clean playing. The lineup also includes Kevin Matthews (saxophone), Loretta Hale (trumpet), Mike Rowell (bass), Dan Rodrigues (guitar) and Anthony Giles (drums).
He says people are always commenting on the horns.
“When you play soul songs, you need those lines,” Bisson says.
“You start playing a song, and down the road it sort of takes on a life of its own. The horn line, or the melody, will change a lot. On (Percy Mayfield’s) Hit The Road Jack, it kind of ends up differently every time.”
By age 15, Bisson was gigging with a Steeltown band playing 1950's rock (Elvis, Little Richard), and at 18 he joined an R&B act in Sault St. Marie. He went on to study jazz at Mohawk College, where he met up with the rest of the J-Tones.
While he likes jazz, he wouldn’t be a purist.
“That influence has helped when I’m writing and arranging the music,” he relates. “I just basically use the tools.
“(Our) being able to read charts has helped a lot. It really speeds up the process (of learning the covers). I can just write out the music. We only have to run through a song twice.”
They gig five or six times a month, and they all teach music on the side. Bisson works at the Royal Ontario Conservatory of Music in Hamilton; Giles heads up the percussion department at the local Merriam School of Music. Beyond that, they all have little side projects.
Bisson has cut 10 of his own tunes, and hopes to have an indie CD out by the fall. While keeping his expectations "in stride," between his MySpace site, internet radio, CBC and college stations, he expects his music will get heard.
Recorded live off the floor, the arrangements have been left tastefully raw. While several of the songs are upbeat, the slow blues ballad, Second Chance, is the obvious highlight. His vocals are quite good, unashamedly recalling the soul greats.
“I try to keep it within that retro sound. I find the modern stuff, they almost make it too perfect,” he offers.
“Right now, there seems to be more of a market for it, because of the Boomers. They’re retiring and they have some money, and they want to go out and dance.”
There’s a 9:30 p.m. kickoff at Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub on Queen St. S. in Streetsville.
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Andre Bisson - Review
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I will be the first to admit that when it comes to blues, the more soulful jazzier kind is not my fa...I will be the first to admit that when it comes to blues, the more soulful jazzier kind is not my favorite, but on the other hand I will have to admit that Andre Bisson's "Rhythm and Blues Experience" was nothing less than thoroughly enjoyable to listen too.
"Rhythm and Blues Experience" consists of a virtual powerhouse of musicians, in fact Andre features 9 other superb musicians on this album, all working in perfect harmony together, producing both a soft and a big band feeling depending on the nature of the song.
Andre Bisson shines through, on this, his debut release, which shows that his early intro in the music industry, playing bars etc., at only 15 and joining a R&B band at 18, certainly has paid off and has brought him now to the forefront of the blues genre, especially R&B, in Canada.
As mentioned earlier, I found this Album to be very enjoyable and one that will certainly be making the trip from my CD rack to my CD Player on a regular basis.
Thank you Andre for stretching my boundary a bit concerning R&B.
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
Rhythm & Blues Experience
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If soulfully sung blues, backed up by hot rhythm, with a full, and very funky, horn section do the t...If soulfully sung blues, backed up by hot rhythm, with a full, and very funky, horn section do the trick for you, then "Rhythm And Blues Experience" by Andre Bisson will surely work some magic for you.
Backing up Andre on Vocals are: Mark Kelso on Drums, Collin Barrett and Marc Rogers on Bass, Dan Rodrigues on Guitar, Dave Murphy on Piano & B3 Organ, Jason Logue on Trumpet, John Johnson on Alto Sax, Steve Bijakowski on Tenor & Baritone Sax, and Rob Somerville on Trombone.
"Rhythm And Blues Experience" consists of nine Bisson originals and a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". The disc wasted no time getting my limbs in motion and in no time at all, "Free Ride Blues" had me funkified. Everyone's in on this one. Mark, Collin and Dave on rhythm are perfectly fanning the fire that's coming from the horns, while Dan adds to the heat with some very hot licks on guitar. Great first impression.
From beginning to end, Dave's fancy piano playing sets - and maintains - the fast pace on "I'm Leaving". With the rhythm and horn sections locked into a smooth and relaxed groove, he - along with Andre's singing - highlight this one.
The movers and the shakers will pack the dance floor once "Four Shots" starts to play. This swingin' tune features hot rhythm and great piano & guitar highlights, along with several sharp alto sax and trumpet solos from John & Jason.
On this very slow and soulful ballad, Andre's wishing he had "One More Chance" at saving a failed relationship. It's not gonna happen and that's quite evident by the pain and sorrow in his voice. Andre is flawless on this obvious perfectly penned song for his voice. Of course, what always highlights torch songs of this type are the sultry saxophone highlights and Steve is all over them on this one, which is easily the discs best.
The fantastic horn section is most prominent on "I Gotta Move On". Together they're powerful and on their individual solos they're all sharp. There's an amazing 90 second stretch of this track that features the rhythm guys backing a lead change between the tenor sax and the B3 Organ that's phenomenal. This is one hell of an ensemble Bisson has put together.
Other tracks on "Rhythm And Blues Experience" include: "Hooked On Love", "I Gotta Feelin", "Heart Of Gold", "Slave To Your Love" and "One More Gig".
Check Andre Bisson out at www.andrebisson.ca. If, as I said earlier, Soul & Funky Blues are your bag, then you're gonna want to get your hands on this disc - and that's the place to do it. You're also gonna tell him Pete the Blewzzman sent ya, right?
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com
Andre Bisson - Rhythm & Blues Experience
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Andre Bisson - Rhythm & Blues Experience www.myspace.com/andrebissonmusic www.andrebisson.ca ...Andre Bisson - Rhythm & Blues Experience
Andre Bisson has a love for old school rhythm and blues. This CD was recorded in Toronto Canada complete with a very soulful horn section and I do mean soulful.
The session takes off with the Wilson Pickett like 'Free Ride Blues'. 'Hooked on Love' has some great horn arrangements, fine vocal, nice guitar and a fabulous sax solo. 'I'm Leaving' features some excellent piano in the Joe Cocker 'Feeling Alright' sounding tune by Dave Murphy.
The band swings on the jump blues 'Four Shots'. This cut is a real fun listen. The horns are great! Andre brings it down on 'Second Chance' which sounds more like Tom Waits then Otis Redding but that ain't bad. Real cool song.
'I gotta a Feeling' is a straight ahead up tempo blues progression. I love the drums on this track by Mark Kelso. Andre also does a fine soul version of Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' which is a smart business move when looking for airplay. Give the DJ's something familiar to listen to.
He takes you out grooving with 'Slave to Love' and 'I Gotta Move'. Andre sings "he needs one more gig to make his troubles go way", on the final cut 'One More Gig'. Well this session of Canada's finest musicians must have made Andre's troubles go way.
This is an impassioned effort by Andre Bisson. He put together a great ensemble of musicians. I wish however, he had added some female backup singers. It would have made the CD more potent. The mix on his vocal was a little too up front for my liking but all and all a very enjoyable listen.
Reviewer Michael Packer is a singer-guitarist from NYC who fronts his own band "The Michael Packer Blues Band". He has been performing for over 40 years and has recorded on major labels Atlantic and RCA.
Andre Bisson: R&B Experience
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Since coming to Hamilton six years ago for Mohawk College’s Applied Music program, Andre Bisson has ...Since coming to Hamilton six years ago for Mohawk College’s Applied Music program, Andre Bisson has added a little rhythm and blues to the local landscape. The band he developed with fellow students, called Andre and the J–Tones, has spiced up the local club scene with some heavy duty Motown covers while honing his originals. This weekend, he offers his debut original recording, Andre Bisson: R&B Experience.
“What attracts me to R&B music is that it is very up–beat and danceable,” says Bisson who grew up on ’50s and ’60s music in Bruce Mines, a small town near Sault Ste. Marie. “When the whole band really gets into a song, it really becomes something special.
“Playing the cover songs attracts the listener, and once you have their interest you can throw an original song into the mix,” he adds about exposing his own material. “If they keep dancing and tapping their feet along with the original music then you know you have something that works.”
With some road–tested material, Bisson has put together a solid selection of songs any Motown fanatic would love in their collection. With a solid cast of musicians to perform the tunes, what shines is the almost live, edgy vibe of the CD and Bisson’s powerful voice – not far off from influences like Joe Cocker – gritty and soulful.
“We wanted to create music that was upbeat and positive – music that puts you in a good mood,” offers Bisson on the recording. “I was going for a more of a vintage R&B sound – music with a good groove. I also tried to capture the live sound in the studio.”
For the CD release, Bisson has enlisted Kevin McConvey (alto saxophone), Loretta Hale (trumpet), Mike Rowell (bass), Dan Rodrigues (guitar) and Caleb Moroz (drums), Steve Mcrae (piano), Chris Imrie (trombone), Steve Bijakowski (tenor sax), and Jackie Chalmers (baritone sax) to bring the music to life on the stage.
While his days are spent teaching with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Bisson is planning a Northern Ontario tour that will take the music to stages all the way back to his old stomping grounds in Sault Ste. Marie. With hopes to get more attention in the future, the immediate concern for Bisson is simply continuing pursuing his lifelong love affair with rhythm and blues.
“It will be an upbeat dance party for all ages,” smiles Bisson on the CD release party. “Most of the musicians playing the gig also teach music – and because most of our gigs are in bars starting around 10 pm, this was a great way to play a show where all our students could attend so they could see their teachers play.
“Right now, the future of my music career it to just keep making music,” he adds. “I will continue promoting the CD, booking gigs, and playing the music I love.”
Andre Bisson celebrates his CD release this Sunday April 19 at The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (at the foot of McNab St. N.). The show gets underway at 7:30 pm and Adults get in for $10 or $17 with a CD and children under 10 get in for $5.
We usually have 3 x 50 min sets, 2x1hr and 15 min sets, or 2x1 hour sets for festivals and we include covers or Andre Bisson's original songs http://www.andrebisson.ca.
Some of our song repertoire:
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (James Brown)
Jump from Six to Six (Colin James)
Uptight (Stevie Wonder)
Soul Man (Issac Hayes (David Porter)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young/Bettye Lavette Version)
Flip Flop and Fly (Lou Willie Turner/Jesse Stone[aka Charles Calhoun]/ Downchild)
Get Ready (Smokey Robinson)
Long As I can See the Light (John Fogerty/CCR)
Down On The Corner (John Fogerty/CCR)
Use Me (Bill Withers)
Feelin' Alright (Joe Cocker)
Hey Jude (The Beatles/Wilson Pickett Version)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
Takin' Care of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Get Back (The Beatles)
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Domino (Van Morrison)
Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
634-5789 (Steve Cropper)
You've Really Gotta a Hold on Me
Living for the City (Stevie Wonder)
Spooky (Middlebrooks & Shapiro)
Land of 1000 dances - (Wilson Pickett)
Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker)
Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa, (Sad Song) (Otis Redding)
Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Dark End Of The Street (The Commitments)
Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper)
Mr. Pitiful (Otis Redding/Steve Cropper)
Try a little Tenderness (Otis Redding/The Commitments)
Bad Moon Rising (John Fogerty/CCR)
Same Old Song
Lets Get it On (Marvin Gaye)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
Hit the Road Jack (Percy Mayfield)
Gimmie Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood, and Muff Winwood)
Hold On I’m Comin’ (Sam & Dave)
I Got the Feelin' (James Brown)
Vehicle (Blood Sweat and Tears)
Reconsider Baby (Lowell Fulson)
Jump Jive and Wail (Louis Prima/Brian Setzer)
Some Kind of Wonderful (John Ellison)
Share the Land (Guess Who)
Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Start it Up (Robben Ford)
Suzie Q (CCR)
Pass the Peas (James Brown)
Shake Rattle and Roll (Jesse Stone/Elvis)
Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
and so much more...
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