2015 Maple Blues for Maple Blues nominee for Electric Act of the Year
Jack DeKeyzer has said that he thought he was born with the music inside him. To let it out, he scored his first guitar at when he was eight, began a ritual daily practice when he was eleven, played with neighbourhood groups when he was twelve, local bands when he was sixteen, and joined King Biscuit Boy when he was eighteen and Ronnie Hawkins Band when he was twenty. Then the Blues came looking for him through Motown, The Animals, The Stones. Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, BB King and eventually Hendrix. Hearing Jack play today bundles all that history and experience into the Jack DeKeyzer sound. Perfectly at ease in the Blues, Jack can step into the improvisational twilight zone and back into the familiar refrain without breaking a sweat. He is a master.
So, When Jack DeKeyzer returns to the 2017 Hornby Island Blues Workshop in May, he will once again take on the roll of a guitar instructor and park his many other skills as a songwriter, vocalist, and music producer, but that doesn’t mean that all that insight is shelved. The students who take his class will have the benefit of all he brings with him. This legendary Canadian musician is a road warrior and has a lifetime of playing experience and shared stages with Blues giants like Etta James, Otis Rush, John Hammond Jr., Ronnie Hawkins, Duke Robillard, and Bo Diddley. As a multiple Juno and Maple Blues award winner Jack’s own work as a guitarist and entertainer has been recognized dozens of times which makes him totally equipped to offer students insight into how the commitment to practice and the different ways to manage our own creativity can lead to really good musical adventures.