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Shirley Jackson & her Good Rockin’ Daddys have been fuelling the dance floor with a mix of horn-powered east coast blues. The Good Rockin’ Daddys hail to a sound inspired by the early years of Rock & Roll when horn sections were an integral part of the sound of a swingin' and rockin’ good time.
Shirley Jackson - Vocals & tenor saxophone; Dawn Hatfield - Baritone Saxophone; Dave Harrison - trumpet & flugel horn; Marc Doucet - guitar; Jef Wirchenko - bass; Ainslie Jardine - drums.
Toronto Maple Blues Award recipient - Horn Player of the Year (2003). Shirley has been a featured performer on the blues scene throughout Canada and the United States since 1997. Settling in the Maritimes from Western Canada in 1988, Shirley Jackson has been honing her craft on stage with The Good Rockin’ Daddys as well as The Dutch Mason Blues Band, Joe Murphy & The Waterstreet Blues Band, A.J. & The Redhots, Theresa Malenfant, Frank Mackay & The Lincolns, Glamour Puss Blues Band, The Twisters, and the annual “Ladies in Blue” concert in Halifax.
Ms. Hatfield has been performing professionally since 1988. During that time, her baritone sound has been the anchoring voice of many ensembles. She has received both a Juno and an East Coast Music Award as a member of the Johnny Favourite Swing orchestra. Dawn has played in bands supporting such greats as Chris Calloway, Natalie Cole, Lionel Ritchie and The Temptations. She is a member of The SideCats, Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddies, Frank MacKay and The R & B Allstars, A Love Upstream, BFN, Cocada, The Back Alley Big Band, and the Jubilee Swing Orchestra. Dawn has performed on over a dozen nationally released recordings
Dave Harrison plays trumpet and flugelhorn with Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin' Daddys and the Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble. He also plays guitar and flugelhorn with Moja Makani and The FOG. He has recorded his own music and has helped several musicians with their business and marketing needs. He is previously a member of the Jazz East Board of Directors (Atlantic Jazz Festival), Moments Notice Jazz Quintet, Royce Williamson Big Band and Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Marc Doucet started dedicating himself to his guitar after hearing Eric Clapton's guitar tone on Steppin' Out - a tune by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers.
Shortly after moving to Halifax, Lazy James Cody, a fine blues harmonica player in his own right, introduced Marc to local blues musicians Carter Chaplin, Garrett Mason and Joe Murphy, who all had a major impact on his playing. Marc counts Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Earl, Luther Tucker, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker and the 3 Kings as his main guitar influences.
Ainslie played with the Prime minister of the Blues himself Dutch Mason for over 25 years. He also played with Garrett Mason for 2 years and is recorded on Garrett's Juno award winning album. AJ is one of the finest Blues Drummers in the land and has shared the stage with legendary blues men such as Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Alvin Bishop, and Jeff Healey. He also performs with Halifax local stars such as Joe Murphy, Theresa Malenfant, Mike 'Shrimp Daddy' Reid, Mark Craven, Mike Trask, and he played with the amazing Rick Jeffery.
Jef James began his professional career as a musician, when he was 16 years old, with singer/songwriter Shirley Jackson. As a bassist he has had the opportunity to share the stage with a variety of great musicians in Halifax. Jef James continues to explore the Halifax Music scene as a member of Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin' Daddys, The SideCats, and Cocada.
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