Constantly bringing audiences to their feet, the energy and musicianship that Guelph quartet Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra exudes on stage calls to life the swing jazz era that made dance-hall music popular for all ages.
Playing high energy swing jazz, jump blues and dance-hall standards and styles from the 1920s to the 50s, Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra’s music reaches audiences in a way that gets people dancing, singing along, and calling for more. This quartet from Guelph, Ontario features saxophones, piano, guitar, drums and upright bass, with true three part vocal harmony all decked out in fancy shoes and crisp button downs. With club owners posting comments like “Not to be missed!” (Thomas Aldridge, Manhattan’s Music Club) and “Totally blew me away! These guys rock… or should I say swing?” (Arthur Harkins, Red Brick Café), Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra has become the local jazz band people will travel to see.
Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra provides a niche style of music that appeals to all ages. Playing high-octane swing jazz, jump blues, and dance-hall standards and styles from the 1920s to the 50s, Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra’s sound and energy is infectious. People know the songs and can’t help but move to them. Top that off with four guys who are obviously having a great time playing and are true entertainers, and audiences keep coming back for more.
EVO has played packed venues across Southwestern Ontario, including the CN Tower restaurant, the Sip Club, the ANAF club, Manhattan’s Bistro and Music Club, Elora Brewing Company Pub’s ‘Under the Same Sky’ Syrian refugee benefit concert, the legendary blues room Ethel’s in Waterloo, and the internationally-known Guelph Jazz Festival’s ‘Jazz Around Town’ where there was standing-room-only at the Red Brick Café.
Stu Peterson leads the band on piano and guitar. In 1980 Stu wrote and sang “I’ll Cry For You” which reached #26 on the Billboard Dance charts. In 1982, he co-wrote seven songs for singer Mary-Lu Zahalan’s debut album “Think of Me” which garnered her the 1983 Juno nomination for ‘Best Female Vocalist’ of the year. In 1983 the Canadian rock band Toronto recorded his co-write “All I Need” for their album “Girls Night Out” which is also on their “Greatest Hits” album and still receives extensive radio play.
Jim Duffield is the virtuoso horn player in the band who constantly wows audiences with his improvised solos on a number of different saxophones, or clarinet, or even piccolo. Jim has led jazz ensembles all over Toronto including the groups ‘Out of the Blues’ and ‘Jazz Unhinged’, and he played as a member of The Queen’s Own Rifles Regimental Band when they performed at the opening ceremonies of the Juno Beach Centre in France.
Kerry Mullen of ‘The Bill Quigley Band’, ‘King Neptune and his Tridents’ and ‘The Monster Show’ is the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra’s swing man, creating unmistakably infectious grooves on drums that people can’t help but dance to. His groove is always in the pocket and he’s the only drummer around who can solo on glockenspiel while laying down a heavy rhythm on the rest of the kit!
Matty Cooper is the boogie bass-man who puts his years of performance (Toronto’s Swift Kick and Guelph’s The Ragged Bankers) into a swing jazz energy that gets audiences moving. Having shared the stage with Serena Ryder, and Neil Sanderson of Canada’s rock phenoms Three Day’s Grace, and being an elementary school music teacher, Matty’s animated stage presence brings the band’s energy level even higher.
For more information on Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra, visit their website at www.eclecticvo.com. The band has gained quite a following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; especially after the launch of their video Saved, which garnered thousands of views within the first day it was released. Check it out at https://www.eclecticvo.com/media-evo/.