Easley/Stevenson/Arsenault
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“That Bill has an incredible set of pipes!”. ” Yeah, incredible”
Judy and Daisy Prince


“I was just going to watch a few minutes of the show, but I just couldn’t leave!”
Hal Prince Broadway Producer(Phantom of the Opera)


“Great…. tasteful, tasteful, tasteful. Is all this out on disc? I am gonna bookmark your site.
George Boyde, Montreal Playwrite


- Various


Discography

East Coast Music Award Nominee
"Shall we call it a night"

East Coast Music Award Winner
"For the Record"

Available at www.cdbaby.com

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Bio

Tom Easley, Bill Stevenson and Geoff Arsenault are three of
Canada’s top musical talents. Their impressive credits as
sidemen include a myriad of performances and recordings with
a list of greats that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of roots, blues and
jazz icons. They have, as individuals and together, been
nominated for and received multiple East Coast Music Awards
and Canadian Maple Blues Awards.

For years, the trio has shared an uncanny ability to compliment
each others musicality. It was only a matter of time before they
would create a stellar collection of songs that represent their
writing and shared collaborative talents.

Nine Steps, an energetic blend of blues-based jazz, was
produced by Tom, Bill and Geoff along with Charles Austin. It
features eight original songs and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just
Like a Woman”. Bill’s revered urban piano blues, Tom’s upright
bass mastery and Geoff’s unique and consummate rhythmic
approaches give life to a collection of music and lyrics reflecting
years of playing together and a deep-rooted friendship as
members of a distinct musical community.

TOM EASLEY (double bass/backing vocals)
Tom has earned a reputation as one of Eastern Canada’s first-
call bassists. Throughout his successful career as a performer
and session musician he has played with many of the top jazz,
blues and folk acts. Tom co-leads the ECMA winning group, Hot
Toddy Trio, with whom he has co-produced and released seven
CD's. With Hot Toddy, Tom has performed at most major jazz
and blues festivals across Canada, Europe and the United
States. Tom received the 2007 ECMA for Jazz Recording of the
Year and has been nominated three times for Bass Player of the
Year by Toronto’s Maple Blues Society. He has a Music Degree
from St. FX in Honours Jazz Performance and holds a faculty
position at NSCC's Music Arts Program.
BILL STEVENSON (piano/organ/vocals)
In over 40 years as a musician, Bill recorded for Elektra Records
while still in his teens, opened for the Doors, backed up John
Lee Hooker, performed and recorded in bands behind some of
Canada’s best loved musicians, including Amos Garrett, Colleen
Peterson and Linda Carvery. He has hosted his own National
radio series for CBC. He has been a contributing side man to
multi-award winning albums by Garrett Mason, Thom Swift, Hot
Toddy Trio and now includes his own win with a 2008 ECMA for
Jazz Recording of the Year. His participation in the Jazz/Blues
idiom has earned him a respected place in the national music
spectrum.
GEOFF ARSENAULT (drums/backing vocals)
Geoff started playing dance halls in rural Nova Scotia at age 14.
He travelled the blues and jazz circuit in Halifax and Ottawa in
the late 70s and by the mid 80’s he moved to Toronto and
began to tour the country and world with artists such as Rita
MacNeil, Morgan Davis, Carlos del Junco and Collin Linden, Ray
Bonneville, Mary Jane Lamond, Hot Toddy Trio, Thom Swift and
more.