An Evening with Deep Blue; The Most Complete Band in Montreal!

Johnny Beaudine & DEEP BLUE

One of the most exciting nights on the Montreal jazz and blues scene can be found whenever Johnny Beaudine & Deep Blue take the stage with their smoking menu of Chicago style jazz, blues and soul fusion with touches of New Orleans funk.


A veteran of some of the most famous and infamous south-side Chicago blues clubs,the young Beaudine was tutored by masters like Jr. Wells, James Cotton and A.C.Reed. Beaudine and the band have developed a repertoire that ranges from Chess records classics to New Orleans versions of Duke Ellington and updates of jazz classics from artists like Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Sonny Stitt.


Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue hold down the regular Monday night slot at Montreal’s legendary House of Jazz and have done so for over two years, drawing an audience of jazz and blues fans from the US, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Europe and China.

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Johnny Beaudine on tenor & soprano sax, harmonica and vocals leads a band containing some of the most talented and experienced musicians in Montreal. Adept at sophisticated jazz, blues, ragtime and stride piano styles reminiscent of Fats Waller; Peter Mika’s piano generates a wall of sound that transforms any club into a concert hall.

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The great R&B veteran Ben Comeau plays electric bass. Ben’s sheer enjoyment of the music is a pleasure to behold as his bass smolders cool and smooth on the jazz numbers and cuts loose on the funky bluesier material.

Jeff Simons rounds things out on drums. His powerhouse drumming drives the band through his varied repertoire. Jeff is also an excellent vocalist and his renditions of Ray Charles’ hits – bring the house down!

Their Motto is “We Come to Play” and Deep Blue creates that authentic Chicago sensation every night they play.

Please listen below as Johnny and Peter talk about their band which uniquely blends Jazz, Blues and New Orleans Funk  into the only genuine unit of it’s kind in Montreal.

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Eleven

He is the man of all seasons; Winter, Summer, Spring  and fall down.

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Dave the Bartender is available to listen, to talk and to give advice to the most lost of souls. He is also open for the biggest tips.

Please listen as Dave the Bartender disperses his wisdom as quick as he delivers shots.

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Johnny Beaudine; History of Chicago Blues – Part Two

How many times has someone brought you to their car and showed you a double barrel shotgun in the trunk?

How many times was it a legendary musician who used it to show strength?

Well – Sax player and Chicago -born Blues player Johnny Beaudine may be one of very few who can answer in the affirmative.

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Please listen to find out who the musician was and many more great tales from the South Side of Chicago …



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Ask Dave the Bartender … Episode Four

The man who knows everything. The man who serves everything. The man known simply as …

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A Conversation with Tom Gimbel of Foreigner

Tom Gimbel, the multi – instrumentalist for the band Foreigner – is no stranger to music.

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Hope you enjoy. A great guy and a true music lover.






I Think I Busted a Button on my Trousers … I Hope Muddy doesn’t see!

The Stones – the Rolling Stones,  turned fifty years of age last week. Without Chess records and the founder; Marshall Chess – the Stones would never have hit the scene. Heck – without Muddy Waters, the first ‘star’ of Chess, BrIan Jones’ group would never have had a name …

The year? 1952. The place … ? Chicago, Illinois.


Muddy Waters was the city’s newest citizen. Playing his acoustic guitar on the street corner to earn some money. It was a long way from Mississippi and even further from stardom.

Thanks to the assistance of a ‘ lady friend’,Muddy plugged into an amplifier to ensure his guitar outgrew the traffic noise which circled him like vultures on wheels.

People placed money into his case. People placed adulation into his heart.

The came Little Walter … the biggest harp player the blues will ever know. Along with Jimmy Rogers on guitar- the trio were known as the Headhunters. A name bestowed upon them by Mr. Chess himself following an incident at Marshall’s club; the Mocambo …


Waters, Walter and Rogers were doing their thing when another harp player joined the tune they were playing. Little Walter took exception to the competition and almost blew the terrified harmonica player’s head right off. Walter had a gun – the other harp player had quick feet.

The rest as they say; history with a capital ‘W’ as in Willie Dixon.


Dixon was brought into the studio by Chess to not change Muddy – to enhance him. Dixon was a master songwriter and with Water’s cooperation, a long hit parade took place with Chess himself as the Grand Marshall.

‘Rollin’ Stone’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘ Mannish Boy’, ‘ I just want to make love to you’ and ‘You shook me’. Some of the songs which were covered by the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Foghat and Humble Pie to name a few. The song “Come Together” by The Beatles contains the lyrics; “He roller coaster/he got Muddy Waters.”

His 1958 tour of England marked possibly the first time amplified blues was heard. His backing was provided by Englishman Chris Barber’s trad jazz group. The master of the Blues, Jazz, Country, R and B, Rock n Roll and considered the forefather of heavy metal – Waters did it all …

He penned over sixty songs in a career which spanned forty years. Sixteen were number one hits and these songs influenced Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Angus Young of AC / DC among many, many others.

McKinley Morganfield or as he is better known; Muddy Waters, continued playing to his death in 1983 of congestive heart failure. He was seventy years old.