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A Gypsy-Blues Jazz band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta, they currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jazz (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin' Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.
Blue Moon Marquee delivers the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, commands the upright bass, and brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal is of the screaming and hollering blues ilk, with distinctive thick and smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz-tinged blues.

They are a 2016 Maple Blues Award nominee for New Artist of the Year and the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada. With a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings, they cross many genre, age and cultural boundaries. It's an infectious mix of early blues, jazz, country, and pop. Passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and they will have you listening and dancing. From back-room bars to festival stages, to velvet seated theatres, this band will fit in anywhere.

“The spirits of Memphis Minnie, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bukka White and many others haunt the musical offerings of Blue Moon Marquee.” – BC Musician

"Gypsy Blues plucks the danger from a Tom Waits melody, dances it a little further over the line with dark magic, teases the rhythms & and raises a toast to back alley Jazz" The Alternate Route

Showcase Artist: Pacific Contact 2018

Home Base: British Columbia

Touring Schedule: Click here


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