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Jack de Keyzer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE | AFM

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE | AFM
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"Jack de Keyzer"

"A coveted super-hero in Canada. 6 String Lover blends blues with elements of jazz, soul, r&b and early rock'n'roll." Eric Thom Blues Revue

"Killer tunes...one of the last true-blue rock'n rollers"
Andy Grigg Real Blues

"Blues bands would kill to sound as good as this crew"
Peter North Edmonton Journal

Jack de Keyzer has a mystique about him that is rare among even the best known musicians. “Jack de Keyzer is in town” — the statement tingles with expectation, with the sense that something good is about to happen.
Bob Liddycoat Hamilton View Magazine

"'Engine Trouble' is a masterpiece, invoking feelings of the late Muddy Waters at his best...sure to become a classic."
Stuart Blower Live on Stage

"Stepping in for MIck Taylor, the ex- Stones guitarist, didn't faze de Keyzer. Playing hot tunes from his latest album, 6 String Lover, he shone."
James Reaney (London Free Press)

This CD has it all....a very nice mix of blues, groove, funk and even a couple of delta blues type cuts. "Funk This" great funk track, "Rock 'Til We Drop" neat rockabilly feel to it, "Soul Lover" and "Engine Trouble" are powerful blues tracks. This whole CD is awesome. Actually one of my favourite CD's. This album is highly recommended.
Luc Vanderdonckt WinnipegBlues.com

"There's a line-up of people wanting to borrow it. (6 String Lover) It's that good. He's b-b-bad to the bone. Get your own!"
Gary Curtis Hamilton Spectator

"The songwriting and artistry are this disc's greatest strengths. A stomping house party...mind-blowing guitar solos."
Tim Holek Blues on Stage

6 String Lover runs the gamut from up tempo Rock ‘n’ Roll to slow old Blues, James Brown inspired R&B to Robert Johnson style Roots/Blues from the very beginnings of recorded Blues music... the whole CD is a winner from start to finish. This is also true anytime we’re lucky enough to be witnessing live, the genius that is Jack de Keyzer and his very special band. J. Curtis New York Blues & Jazz Society

"Jack de Keyzer's guitar playing and singing both have a commanding presence and he pulled out all the stops on this CD. I hope one of the 'major' labels pick up this CD." A+ Christopher Michaels (London Scene)

"6 String Lover...exudes spirit, class, stlye and the ever-present de Keyzer wit. This could be the album to finally garner the recognition long overdue."
Gary 17 T.O. Nite

"De Keyzer displays the mastery of straight-ahead blues, funk and soul that has earned him a reputation as one of the best musicians in this country." Cam Hayden, Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
"A genuinely great and talented musician...his finest work to date...bound to be another award winner."
Stella Ducker (Oshawa Life)

"I’m gonna keep on sayin’ it until he’s a superstar worldwide; if you love the smooth, smouldering guitar, soulful singing and the rockin’ blues then you MUST check out de Keyzer now." Colin Bryce Mohair Sweets

Multi-talented Jack de Keyzer, a gifted songwriter, a mean guitarist and a smooth, sultry singer. Ruth Schweitzer Maple Blues

"Hot Stuff.." Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

"Possibly the greatest guitarist Canada has spawned in the genres of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll" Andy Grigg REAL BLUES 1999


"Down in the Groove should take de Keyzer's career to the next level. The songwriting is excellent...great guitar solos. Some of the tunes have the potential to become blues classics...a mature artist who has found his voice. I'm betting this album will garner a Juno nomination." Christopher Michaels London Scene Magazine 1999


"De Keyzer is at the top of his form...wicked, awesome, true blues. A brilliant channel of positive musical energy. This album will be constantly spinning on my CD player for a long time." Luca D'Addario Tandem News Toronto 1999

"A guitar-slinger of rare talent" Kerry Doole MapleBlues/Toronto Blues Society

"Smoking ...wicked...de Keyzer's track record of being one of Canada's best guitarists is NOT hype!" John Emms Timmins Daily Press

"Canada's definitive roots rocker" Peter North Edmonton Sun

"The guy's a killer!" John Mackie Vancouver Sun

"One of the premiere guitarists in Canada" Nick Krewen Hamilton Spectator

"If you think the hippest, hottest bands are coming out of Los Angeles, you are mistaken! More power to Jack de Keyzer, come show the Americans what we've been missing!" Kathy Pellizzi Los Angeles Film & Music

"Full of rhythm, alive, swinging and joyful. Blues that gets you up dancing. Universal, ageless, a Master!" G Loiselle La Frontiere Rouyn Noranda

"Jack de Keyzer plays guitar like a man with his pants on FIRE!" Liam Lacey The Globe & Mail

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Discography

A selected Discography
2009 The Corktown Sessions
2007 Blues Thing
2006 Silver Blues DVD
2005 Silver Blues
2003 6 String Lover
1999 Down in the Groove
1994 Wild at Heart
1991 Hard Working Man

With others:
King Biscuit Boy: Richard Newell AKA King Biscuit Boy, Mouth of Steel
Bop Cats: Bop Cats ,Wild Jungle Rock
Rock Angels: Rock Angels
Rita Chiarelli: Just Getting Started
Art Bergman: Sexual Roulette
Chris Houston: The Field Recordings,Evil Twang
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith: Nothin' But The Blues Y'All, Blues From The Heart
Juke Joint Rockers/ Bluesin' It
Big Daddy G: Topless
John Mars: Whasup? (Producer)
David Rotundo: Blues Ignited
Blues Approved: Shane Scott/Pete Schmidt
Mark Bird Stafford: HarpSpace
Sam Myers: Coming from the Old School
Kevin Mark: Rolling the Dice (Producer)
Chris Murphy: I’m a Happy Guy
Jimmy Bowskill: Old Soul
Bob Walsh: A Canadian Blues Rendez-Vous
Harmonica Shah: Listen at me Good 2006 (co-producer and guitarist)
Tracy K and the Right Hand Band 2006
Cheryl Lescom: High Heeled Blues 2006
The Shaftmen: Mining the Blues 2006
The Shaftmen

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Bio

Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada's Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. De Keyzer has released 7 CD's and 1 DVD as a leader and appeared as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings. As a session guitarist he has appeared with many artists including Etta James, Otis Rush, John Hammond Jr., Ronnie Hawkins, Duke Robillard, Robert Gordon, Willy Big Eyes Smith, Bo Diddley & Blue Rodeo. Jack de Keyzer’s songs have also appeared in video; rock & blues radio charts; other artists CD's (Prairie Oyster's Platinum CD Everyone Knows); TV soundtracks and in Motion Pictures.

In 2010 and 2003 de Keyzer was awarded Canada's highest musical honour the Juno award for Blues Album of the Year, for "The Corktown Sessions" (2010) and "6 String Lover" (2003). In addition to the Juno, de Keyzer has won 7 Maple Blues Awards and in 2007 won the International Songwriting Competition's first place prize for the song "That's the Only Time". Jack's most recent accolades came from two very Canadian institutions. First, Prime Minister Steven Harper's son Ben received a guitar lesson from Jack at the request of Canada's first lady Laureen Harper (a fan) at the Prime Minister's residence in January of 2009 . Jack was also awarded Great Canadian Blues Artist of the year from a poll of CBC radio listeners in 2009.

Jack is currently touring and in the midst of writing songs for an all new original CD slated for a late 2010 release. He performs across Canada and internationally (US, Mexico, France, Portugal, Greece) over 160 shows per year. Juno Award winning artist Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and song writer of the first order. His new live CD "The Corktown Sessions" is out now on the blue star imprint.

For more information and music clips www.jackdekeyzer.com
For interview scheduling please contact bluestarrecords@rogers.com
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"The finest blues guitarist in Canada" Jeff Healey
"If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he'd be famous" Bob Dylan

AWARDS
Juno
Win: 6 The Corktown Sessions/ Blues Album of the Year 2010
Win: 6 String Lover/ Blues Album of the Year 2003
Nomination: Blues Thing/Blues Album of the Year 2007
Nomination: Down in the Groove/Blues Album of the Year 2001

Maple Blues Award
Guitarist of the Year 2007
Guitarist of the Year 2005
Guitarist of the Year 2004
Entertainer of the Year 2004
Electric Act of the Year 2004
Down in the Groove/ Blues Album of the Year 2000
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement) 2001

International Songwriting Competition
Honourable Mention "The Way That I Love You" 2010
1st place Win " That's The Only Time" 2007

Great Canadian Blues Award
Winner CBC listeners vote 2009

Jazz Report Award:
Down in the Groove/Blues Album of the Year 2000

Real Blues Magazine Award
Live Act of the Year 2001
Guitarist of the Year 1999 -2004 (tie with Mel Brown)

Durham Region Music Award
Silver Blues/ Blues Recording of the Year 2005

Website
http://www.jackdekeyzer.com