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If John Lee Sanders doesn't know how to put together a feel-good evening of high energy gospel, rocking blues and classic Christmas songs, no one does.

John Lee is a veteran of the East Bay California Gospel Scene, as Hammond Organist at one of the largest African American Churches in Northern California.
 
He grew up surrounded by blues and roots music, from a childhood in Memphis, Tenn. (his uncle and aunt lived only a few doors down from Elvis Presley) with Gospel and Soul Queen Aretha Franklin living a mere 4 blocks from his Grandmother's house in Memphis, He spent his formative teen years in Birmingham, Ala, whose great Gospel Quartet traditions later help form the Motown Vocal Sound.

In some 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area, he built a matchless reputation as a west coast session player, working live and in the studio with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Huey Lewis, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. He's an Emmy nominated songwriter, and was the Opening act for Bonnie Raitt's Western Canada shows on her 2012 tour, where she told the crowd in Vancouver, "John Lee's one of my musical heroes, a quadruple threat, Louisiana's loss is Canada's gain"

He's travelled to major blues festivals across North America and Europe and became a fixture on the Canadian blues scene replaced Elton John as musical director for the late Long John Baldry in the 1980s.








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St Andrews Wesley Church,
7:30 PM December 20, 2012
1012 Nelson at Burrard
Vancouver BC
Tickets $25.00, Seniors, 65+, 20, Students, $15.00 Children under 12, free
Tickets available at the door. and on
Ticketweb
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Prepare to be spellbound by the rhythmic vocal talent of jazz and blues singer/songwriter, Sibel Thrasher. This well-known Vancouver artist has been performing for several years in both the music and theatre scene. Once named ‘Entertainer of The Year” by the Vancouver Sun, the singer has recorded with well-known artists such as The Platters, Long John Baldry, Rocket Norton, and Donna Summers. From 1984-1994, Sibel performed in the popular jazz broadway musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” This production showcased the music of jazz singer Fats Waller which fused ragtime and the big band sound.
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Chris Nordquist Drums
is regarded by many of his peers as one of the greatest drummers ever in the genre. Affectionately nicknamed "The Wrist" many years ago by his admirers, he has performed with countless blues legends, including Big Mama Thornton, Jay McShann, Robert Lockwood Jr., Taj Mahal, Shuggie Otis,  Pine Top Perkins, and John Hammond Jr.. He was featured on the Juno winning album "National Steel" by Colin James and Colin Linden, as well as on recent releases by Long John Baldry, Schuld & Stamer, Kenny Wayne, and Big Dave McLean.
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Tim Porter
is one of the most sought after guitarists in Vancouver. As a rock musician, he performed regularly with the popular Vancouver band Brickhouse. He has also worked with a diverse array of other performers including The Canadian Tenors, Long John Baldry, The Powder Blues Band, John Lee Sanders, Joani Bye & the Homewreckers, Jim Byrnes, Dal Richards & Carol Welsman
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BrIan Newcombe Bass

Performance Credits include:
DAVID FOSTER., CELINE DION , RICHARD MARX
Royal Gala for PRINCE CHARLES and PRINCESS DIANA of Wales, BRYAN ADAMS, PAUL ANKA, MICHAEL BOLTON, PETER CETERA, CHICAGO, SHEENA EASTON, KENNY G, DAN, KENNY LOGGINS, NIGEL OLSEN, KENNY ROGERS, BOZ SCAGGS. RAY CHARLES, and BO DIDDLEY!
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Mike Kalanj Hammond B-3 “Mike Kalanj’s Hammond organ oozes sweetness”. Read reviews of Mike’s mastery on the Hammond B-3 and you’ll read of a musician who stands out in the musical world of the Blues, Gospel and R&B. Whether kickin’ it up with spirited solos, or providing a solid foundation for singers and bands, Mike is the real musical deal. His artistry on the Hammond will take you from a “mild purr” all the way up to a wicked “overdriven growl.” His understanding and knowledge of the music and how to bring it to life on the one of a kind Hammond B-3 keeps him in constant demand. Mike plays for the Powder Blues Band, Jim Byrnes and played for the late Long John Baldry as well as countless other musicians on stage and in the studio.
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Guest Star and Vancouver Roots Music Star, Gary Comeau, takes the rhythm of the Maritime Acadian music, season well with Louisiana zydeco blues, add a twist of Highway 61 era Dylan, serve it up with great showmanship, and you’ve got a potent musical cocktail that will have your head spinning. He's a singer-songwriter and musician of unusual diversity and talent.
Playing a range of instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and piano he delivers originally crafted, high energy, New Orleans-style rockin' roots and blues.  Although Gary’s own roots are French-Acadian-he was born and raised in Nova Scotia-- his soul seems to have taken a long and inspiring detour through Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. And while Gary does not consider himself to be a cajun or zydeco artist per se (“it’s just the vibe that runs through the tunes I write”) he’s probably the most southern-sounding player in town. The Georgia Strait states without hesitation that “Vancouver’s roots-music scene has immensely benefited from Comeau’s presence.”
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