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Vancouver, Canada (1978 – present)

“Powder Blues” is a Canadian band from Vancouver, BC. They started in 1978, performing in the trendy Gastown clubs. Their music is influenced by jazz, swing, r&b, rock and roll, and of course blues. They are still performing and released their latest CD blues + jazz = BLAZZ! in 2004.

Some of the Powder Blues:
Tom Lavin, band leader, vocals
Willie MacCalder, piano
Bill Runge, bass
Jerry Cook, tenor sax
Bill Clark, trumpet
Daryl Bennett, drums

Popularly, they are also known as The Powder Blues, The Powder Blues Band and Powder Blues Band.


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  • MusicMagic77

    For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s premier blues band. They mix Swing, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and R & B into their unique sound. This has resulted in an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured ceaselessly throughout Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading the joy of a music that makes people smile and dance. Though fads come and go Powder Blues has stayed true to its roots. When they first hit the recording scene in late 1979, with their debut album, ‘Uncut’, after nearly two years of wood shedding in Vancouver’s then flourishing nightclub scene, the big record labels shrugged their efforts off as ‘not commercial’, saying there was ‘no market for the blues’.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Undiscouraged, the band pressed the album and proceeded to sell it off stage and deliver it to radio stations. Switchboards at the radio stations lit up with calls asking ‘who’s that?’ and other stations followed suit. After selling nearly 30,000 copies in a matter of weeks, the major record labels entered a bidding war for the right to distribute this ‘non-commercial’ product nationally. RCA won the contract and to date Powder Blues albums have gone on to sell over a million copies worldwide.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mil3nko

    Man, These guys so should be more popular than they are ! Hardly anyone has heard of them over here, maybe that's because there music is soo hard to find or buy (outside of USA).

    10 Apr 2010 Reply

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