R&B Organ trio...funky, blusey, jazzy, churchy...tenor sax, Hammond organ, drums...powerful, soulful, captivating.
"Gene Hardy is a master showman and a superb musician. Whether on CD or on stage, he delivers the goods!"
Mick Martin - host / NPRs "The Blues Party"
(KXJZ, Sacramento; KKTO, Tahoe City/Reno; KUOP. Stockton/Modesto)
Chances are, youve heard him play.
Since the mid 90s, Gene has become the horn player of choice for many of Canadas best known exports & domestic successes. Hes recorded and performed in the US & Canada with Michael Bublé and is the latest addition to Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Hawkins band, The Hawks. In fact, Gene has recorded and performed with hundreds of acts - pop & rock, jazz & blues, country to punk and everything in between with the likes of Barenaked Ladies, Big Sugar, Colin James, Esthero, Rheostatics, Downchild Blues Band, Veda Hille, Kevin Quain & The Mad Bastards, Big Daddy G, Colin Linden, Bruce Cockburn, Ford Pier (of D.O.A.), Dutch Mason, Prakash John & The Lincolns, Bocephus King, The Big Band Trio, Tabarruk, Michael Kaeshammer, Dr Hilly Sands Esq. and Jamaicas Third World...thats just the tip of the iceberg!
(Want the complete list? Visit http://www.genehardy.com and click on BANDS)
In 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and again in 2005, Gene was nominated as Horn Player of the Year at the Canadas Maple Blues Awards in recognition of his extensive contributions to the blues genre, both live and in the studio.
His current CD, Blow!Blow!Blow! is receiving extensive airplay throughout Europe on both commercial & public radio. 2006 finds Gene busy writing & recording a follow-up CD featuring a killer band (including an 8 piece horn section!) and lots of surprise guest musicians.
Gene Hardy - Blow!Blow!Blow!
Gene Hardy & Sparkjiver - Funky Bluesy Jazzy Churchy
Gene Hardy & Sparkjiver - Sparkjiver
Gene has performed on hundreds of recordings - for a partial list, visit www.genehardy.com and click on SESSIONS.
Our performances translate equally well on a concert stage, a festival tent or an intimate club setting.
We offer a killer 90 minute concert set, two powerful 75 minute show sets, and three 1 hour club sets that will knock you out.
Our large & always growing show sets include familiar & obscure covers of soulful funky music, swinging blues and organ-driven powerhouse gospel numbers.
Songs like Eddie Harris' COLD DUCK TIME and The Crusader's PUT IT WHERE YOU WANT IT mingle with Percy Mayfield's gospel plea SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE along side a rambunctious reading of Bill Doggett's HONKY TONK Part2.