Tom Easley (bass), Bill Stevenson (piano, vocals) and Geoff Arsenault (drums) are three of Atlantic Canada’s most in-demand and original artists. With over twenty years of playing together the trio are releasing a new CD called “9 steps”. This recording is a “live off the floor” approach and captures a very powerful trio digging hard into the very roots of jazz and blues. This CD is a follow up to the award winning CD “For the Record” that captured the 2008 ECMA for Best Jazz Recording.
About Bill Stevenson (piano/organ/vocals)
In over forty years as a musician Bill has recorded for Elektra records while still in his teens, opened for the Doors, backed up John Lee Hooker, put performing and recording bands behind some of Canada’s best loved musicians including Amos Garrett, Colleen Peterson and Linda Carvery. He has hosted his own National radio series for CBC. He has been a contributing side man to multi award winning albums by Garrett Mason, Thom Swift ,Hot Toddy ,and now includes his own win with a 2008 ECMA for best Jazz Album. His participation in the Jazz/Blues idiom has earned him a respected place in the national music spectrum.
About Tom Easley (double bass/backing vocals)
Tom has earned a reputation as one of Eastern Canada’s first-call bassists. Throughout his successful career as a performer and session musician he has played with many of the top jazz, blues and folk acts. Tom co-leads the ECMA winning group, Hot Toddy Trio, with whom he has co-produced and released seven CD’s. With Hot Toddy, Tom has performed at most major jazz and blues festivals across Canada, Europe and the United States. Tom received the 2007 ECMA for Jazz Recording of the Year and has been nominated three times for Bass Player of the Year by Toronto’s Maple Blues Society. He has a Music Degree from St. FX in Honours Jazz Performance and holds a faculty position at NSCC’s Music Arts Program.
About Geoff Arsenaullt (drums/backing vocals)
Geoff started playing dance halls in rural Nova Scotia at age 14. He travelled the blues and jazz circuit in Halifax and Ottawa in the late 70s and by the mid 80’s he moved to Toronto and began to tour the country and world with artists such as Rita MacNeil, Morgan Davis, Carlos del Junco and Collin Linden, Ray Bonneville, Mary Jane Lamond, Hot Toddy Trio, Thom Swift and more.
Geoff's website: www.geoffarsenault.com