Jeff landed in Vancouver in 2000 where he lucked a job cutting his musical molar's @ The Yale Hotel - Home Of Vancouver's Rhythm And Blues scene - Vancouver ... Jeff worked The Yale, jamming at jam sessions on stage with top notch musicians like the late great Robbie King, Rob Montgomery & many others... Jeff worked along side Gerry Doucette's son Gerry Jr. his friend & partner in training.
@ The Yale Jeff met all the established local celebrity & talent: Doucette, Robbie King, Bobby Taylor, Powder Blues Band, Lee Aaron, Headpins Tony Dellacroce, Tony Robertson, Rob Montgomery, Darryl Havers, Tom Lavin, Will McCulder, Rob Bracken & Brickhouse, Colin James drummer Darrell Mayes, saxophone Johnny Ferreira bassist's Dennis Marchenko, Billy Mandoza, ex-B.B. King bassist Russell Jackson, Lover Boy's drummer Matt Frenette, Randy Bachman, J. Geils… & others like movie celebs… Lou Diamond Philips, Julia Stiles, Matthew McConaughey, Nick Nolte, James Belushi… & many more
Hundreds of legendary blues performers have graced the stage at the Yale.
Here is a small sample, selected by staff as their top twenty all-time favourites:
John Lee Hooker, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Shemekia, Jeff Healey, Jim Byrnes, Buddy Miles, Long John Baldry, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins, Gatemouth Brown, Powder Blues, Canned Heat, Maria Muldour, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards, Chambers Brothers, Downchild Blues Band
Some other names of note who have played or jammed at the Yale:
John Candy, Supertramp, Jimmy Page, Tommy Chong, Colin James, Big Brother and the Holding Company, George Thorogood, Lee Aaron, Jim Belushi, John Savage, The Tea Party, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bryan Adams, Burton Cummings, Buckwheat Zydeco, Savoy Brown
And then there's the stars who come by to hang out and listen:
Otis Rush, Amanda Marshall, Sheryl Crow, U2, Glen Fry (Eagles), Steve Winwood, Paul Schaffer (Letterman), Patrick Swayze, Rebecca De Mornay, Lynyrd Skynyrd Band
By 2003 Jeff had CHASE BLACK STONE gigging the Vancouver Lower Mainland & Entertainment District with Tom Lehar from the Czech Republic on Lead Guitar / Vocals & Zolton Kollar from Hungry on Drums / Percussion & Back Vocals. You can catch a preview:
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Jeff played bass, sang, taught & studied music @ the ROYAL CITY CHRISTIAN CENTRE New Westminster B.C. for several years since arriving in British Columbia.
Jeff writes & performs along side a talented cast of professionals whom collaborate, work, perform, record with Jeff on his projects, that bring melodies created on piano, guitar, bass and/or vocals.
Together they bring… CHASE BLACK STONE