Western Gold brings you WORDS OF LOVE, PEARLS OF NOTE. This podcast riffs, jams and lays down a classic track to lead us on a journey of love thru the ages. Created, compiled and performed by Tom Pickett and Wild Blue Herons. A special thanks to Dee Daniels for all her collaboration and creative input.
A bit of info on this episode's artists:
Tom Pickett, a Jessie Award-winning actor, has toured the US and debuted in London’s West End with the Hal Prince production of Show Boat. He has lent his voice to many Arts Club productions, most recently The Matchmaker. Tom portrayed Gerald in Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play and puppeted Winnie the Pooh in House at Pooh Corner (Carousel Theatre for Young People), and has appeared in several Vancouver Moving Theatre productions, including East End Blues/All That Jazz, Bah Humbug (co-production Simon Fraser University) and We Are the People. Tom's most recent TV projects were Hallmark’s The Angel Tree and Five Star Christmas, as well as an episode of the Turner and Hooch remake. Tom is a powerful vocal artist who can soothe the heart and arouse an audience with an eclectic repertoire of jazz, blues, R&B, funk, soul and gospel and is transitioning into spoken word artistry. He dipped his “Big Hairy” toe into an audio teaser for Carousel Theatre for Young People with an adapted reading of The Thing at the End of the Bed.
Wild Blue Herons (WBH) are Bill Sample, Darlene Cooper and a group of stellar Vancouver based musicians who play mostly groove-oriented jazz. It’s a little bit hip, a bit cool, a bit smoky, a bit bluesy. But very much ACCESSIBLE. They perform original songs and select standards, ranging from funk to blues to R & B but with a jazz twist and a definite gospel influence. Their songs are filled with themes of love and social consciousness.
Wild Blue Herons have played in numerous festivals (the Filberg Festival, Ft. Langley Jazz and Arts Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival) as well as various Jazz Clubs (Frankies Jazz Club; Pat’s Pub – Jazz at the Pat series, Vernon Jazz club, to name a few). They have been featured with such artists as Eric Bibb, Marcus Mosely and the Marcus Mosely Chorale (MMC), Shari Ulrich and debuted their show “The Great Ladies of Jazz” at the historic Columbia Theatre in 2019. Bill and Darlene began working together in 2011 as music directors for the Vancouver based MMC. In writing songs and arrangements for the choir, they discovered they had a unique affinity for song writing, and so began their musical partnership which gave birth to the ensemble known as WBH. In 2018, they released their first album, “On the Outside”, which they feel describes themselves - “in music and life, the ‘outside’ is where you are when you are different. Good things can happen there”. They have started preproduction for their 2nd album, which will be released to the world in 2021.
Here’s what David Foster had to say when he came to hear WBH at Frankies: “I had the great pleasure of getting to hear my dear friend and colleague, Bill Sample, and the band WBH a couple of months back. It was a treat from beginning to end - great vocals from Darlene - incredible musicianship from everyone on stage and unique but very musical and thoughtful arrangements on every song!! The album doesn’t disappoint at all and a perfect reflection of who they are live. If you get a chance - please give them a listen - you will thank me” - David Foster (Grammy award winning producer)