Boogie-woogie honky-tonk hero an incomparable pianist

Vest’s impressive credentials match his talent

Alabama-bred blues shouter and honky-tonk pianist David Vest has been named Piano Player of the Year in Canada five times in the past seven years at the Maple Blues Awards.

He’s also a Songwriter of the Year nominee.

His latest recording is titled, simply, David Vest.

Vest, who now lives in Victoria, is bringing his band back to Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, May 26 for another session by what the Oregon Music News calls “one of the greatest living boogie-woogie pianists.”

The Victoria Jazz Society calls him “a honky-tonk hero and world-class entertainer.”

Vest’s first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year.

Vest grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, near Tuxedo Junction, playing his first paying gig in 1957 at age 14. By the time he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day, 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky-tonks.

About the time he turned 21 he found himself on stage with legendary bluesman Big Joe Turner, who said that Vest’s playing made him feel like he was back in Kansas City.

Vest wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette, dated a sister of the Louvin Brothers and toured with Faron Young, who Vest says once threatened to kill him.

Sunday’s performance is one of the Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented each Sunday at 2 p.m. by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society in the all-ages Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Reservations are recommended for this show. Call 250-324-2245 or visit http://osbornebaypub.com for more information. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15.

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