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Heidi and the El Cats / Bio

I was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up listening to the sounds of Motown in my basement. Went to NYC became a designer....Music came late for me, I didn't start really performing until well into my 30's when I met Cliff and had to get over stage fright and other things. We began playing blues after being inspired by bluesman Keith Brown at The Bamboo Room in Lake Worth, Florida. The blues finds it's way into your life, no matter who you are or where you came from. I've had the blues, big time. Been up, been way down... Our songs feature the harmonica playing of Jason Ricci, our good friend and harmonica superstar.

Cliff Guest has been a musician as long as he can remember. From the moment he got his first Kent Hollow Body Electric guitar, at the age of 14, the magic of music would always intrigue him.

The only son of a Miami cop, Cliff honed his skills coming up in the Miami club scene in such clubs as The Wreck Bar, The Inner Circle, Art Stocks Playpen South (where he played drums in the house band for four years) just to name a few. While playing at the Wreck Bar, Cliff was spotted by Ray Munnings of Funky Nassau fame and was offered the drum gig on Ray’s worldwide tour. He took it!

When he returned from the road Cliff branched out into studio work,
producing and engineering for local bands. After honing his skills, Cliff got a gig engineering the record “Downtime” for artist “Slap” in New York City. He returned back to South Florida to engineer a record for Latin singer Alberto Guerra which produced a top ten hit “Provoca Me”

Moving on, Cliff then formed the Miami Film Mafia with other talented filmmakers and began producing and directing independent films. He went on to win Madonna’s “Make My Video” contest in 1986 and as a result landed a job at Geffen Records in Los Angeles heading up Geffen’s newly formed in house video department. While there, Cliff worked with many well know Geffen artists. Cliff returned to South Florida to direct his feature film “The Disturbance”, now a cult classic among horror fans worldwide.

Today Cliff plays guitar, bass and drums at venues in South Florida. His versatility is an asset to bands such as Heidi and The El Cats, the Southside Blues Band and others.

Discography

2000 "Volume" Produced by Cliff Guest
2005 "Utopia" Produced by Cliff Guest
2009 "Steady Rollin Woman" Produced by Cliff Guest

Credits: Heidi Jacobsen/Vocals, Cliff Guest/Guitar/Keyboards, Jason Ricci/Harmonica, Brooks Reid/Bass, Wayne Hood/Production

Festivals
1999 Fort Lauderdale International Blues Festival Backwoods Stage

2001 Fort Lauderdale International Blues Festival Backwoods Stage

2003 Fort Lauderdale International Blues Festival Backwoods Stage

2009 Fort Lauderdale International Blues Festival Flight Deck Stage (show cancelled)

Heidi and the El Cats signed with EOS Music Corp and our songs are being played in retail stores and restaurants.

Winner 2009 Best International Blues Song "Louisianna" by Toronto Exclusive Magazine

Music Store
www.amazon.com
www.darkjam.com
www.itunes.com
www.napster.com
www.youlicense.com
www.reverbnation.com

Events

Annual Delray Beach Chili Cookoff (City of Delray Beach)
Riverfest (Friends of the Loxahactee River)
Diva Show (South Florida Blues Society)
Annual Celebrity Dog wash (Sage Harbor Animal Rescue Clinic)
Delray Greenmarket (City of Delray Beach)
Private parties and weddings.

General Info

Band Members
Heidi Jacobsen/Vocals Cliff Guest/Guitar (Special Guest Jason Ricci on harmonica) Bobby freeman on hammond B3 and Matt La Pira on drums
Artist Name
Heidi and the El Cats
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/heidiandtheelcats
Active Since
01/98
Genres
Blues / R&B / Acoustic

Contact Info

Location
Delray Beach, FL
Manager
Cliff Guest