David Vest was born in Alabama. He grew up in Birmingham, not far from Tuxedo Junction and is a serious advocate of Alabama's place in blues history. David is also a tireless road man, performing either solo or with his all-star band. Between travel gigs, he has appeared at many major festivals to showcase his authentic Southern-bred boogie-woogie blues. He backed Big Joe Turner in the '60s, and later toured with Jimmy T99 Nelson, Floyd Dixon and Lavelle White as well as with the legendary rockabilly group Bill Black's Combo. David was also co-leader of the legendary Paul de Lay Band, sharing vocal and front man duties. He is one of the finest on barrelhouse piano, and rolls out the boogie like the players of old who'd tear up juke joints and turpentine camps. David's obvious influences include Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, and Amos Milburn.
With a history like that it only makes sense that David Vest continued to make news this year with his 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards Blues Artist of the Year nomination, and his extended 2013-2015 Maple Blues award run. With 2016 Maple Blues nominations for Blues Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year and Producer of the year for his cd DeVestatin' Rhythm, David's energy remains full throttle.
All of the above is exactly why Hornby Blues wants David back as our 2017 Workshop piano instructor. We know that an important part of any serious blues camp is blues piano in its infinite varieties, and quite frankly there is no one better than Mr. Vest when it comes to the laying on of hands as he is magically conversant in all forms of piano dialogue. Indeed, he is our man for the job. What students will take away from his classes will be one of those life-long learning episodes that will make any keyboard player just plain 'better'. Keyboard players - take advantage of this great opportunity.