David Priest - Piano Sandy MacKay - Drums Rick McLelland - Bass
David Priest is well-known as a jazz pianist in Ontario where he performed for several years before moving to Vancouver in 1989 where he produced his first CD entitled 'SMILE'. He formed a jazz trio in Vancouver which was invited to play in the top jazz clubs in the city as well as in the Vancouver Jazz Festival for 7 consecutive years. David returned to London in 2010 where he and his new trio continue to perform for appreciative audiences in London and area.
Drummer Sandy MacKay has been part of the SW Ontario music scene for almost 50 years. Originally from Ingersoll, he moved to London in 1969 to play with the rock group Truck and subsequently with the groups Persuasion, Tanis and Terry Dee's Flying Rock and Roll Circus. These groups opened for some of the big acts of the day - Alice Cooper,Lighthouse,Deep Purple,George Clinton and Emerson,Lake & Palmer.In the mid seventies, Sandy started drumming with Jazz players, playing with the locals: Ken Foster,David Priest,Jim Winter, John Noubarian, Grant Graham, Oliver Whitehead, Chris Robinson, Paul Fleming, Chris Norley ,Charles Rallo, Stephen Buck and John Bond. He was a regular participant in the fm96 "Live from the Marienbad" jazz radio broadcasts 1980-1983 hosted by Janice Zolf. He has appeared on stage with Peter Appleyard, Norm Amadio, John Sherman, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald, Hagood Hardy, Alex Dean, Dave Dunlop and Pat Collins. From 1984-1989 he held the drum chair position with the Juno-nominated (1985) Oliver Whitehead Quintet and appeared at : Montreal Jazz Festival,Ottawa Jazz Festival, Toronto DuMaurier Jazz Festival, Montreaux-Detroit Jazz Festival, Edmonton's Jazz City and Vancouver's World Expo '86. From 1983-1998 he played for the dance band Hawthorne. Sandy has been the Artistic Director of the JAZZ FOR THE PEOPLE concert series at the Wolf Performance Hall in London,Ont. for the past 31 years. He is also a frequent host of the "Jazz Junction" radio show heard Sundays 9 AM - 1PM worldwide at www.1069fm.ca.
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