After a few delays due to Covid19, the Blues Project is gearing up for a livestream concert as part of the Shadbolt Centre's "Soulful Sundays" series. With all that's happening in the world these days, there's no better time for some soulful blues! Happy blues, sad blues, angry blues, you name it, we got it! Featuring Steve Maddock (vocals), Chris Gestrin (piano), André Lachance (bass), Dave Robbins (drums), Brad Turner (trumpet), and Cory Weeds (tenor sax). For info and tickets, visit https://tickets.shadb…Read more
I'm very excited to announce an upcoming duo concert with jazz pianist Bruno Hubert. Bruno is an incredible musician, a master collaborator, and a dear friend. We both came to BC in the fall of 1990 to study jazz at Capilano College. We became roommates in second year, jamming regularly and discussing at length this music that we both love. For whatever reason, Bruno and I haven't played together for nearly 20 years. Needless to say, I'm so excited to share this event with him! For more info and to book…Read more
Voting has begun to determine the top three entries in Canadian Family's Got Talent, which is being produced by Breakfast Television and America's Got Talent. If you'd like to vote for the Maddock family, simply go to https://www.breakfasttelevision.ca/contests/canadian-familys-got-talent-2/ and click the "vote now" button at the bottom of the page. Thanks so much!
My family has been selected as a finalist in a national family talent search produced by City TV's Breakfast Television! The contest is called Canadian Family's Got Talent and the winning family will be chosen by none other than Simon Cowell (America's Got Talent, American Idol) To watch our appearance on Breakfast Television, click here. Voting for the top three families begins May 14th! For more info, visit www.breakfasttelevision.ca.
This past weekend, It was my pleasure to share some of my favourite Gershwin songs via Müzewest Concerts Facebook Live Stream. As we all know, COVID-19 has turned the arts and entertainment industry upside-down, so it was a joy to still be able to share music with an engaged and appreciative audience. Thanks so much to those of you who tuned in and left comments. I love you all!
In early March 2019, I was part of a weekend engagement at Frankie's Jazz Club featuring the music of blues legend Joe Williams. Joining me on the bandstand was an all-star cast of west coast performers: Brad Turner (piano; trumpet) Cory Weeds (tenor sax) André Lachance (bass) and Dave Robbins (drums). This show was a rousing success! So much so, that we're currently exploring other performance venues, and considering expanding the show to include the music of other prominent blues vocalists, especially…Read more
"My Broadway Jazzography"
My first love is jazz. As a boy, I’d spend hours on our living room floor in front of my parents’ record player, listening to Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Louis Armstrong, and the Tommy Dorsey Band. I’m not even sure why my parents had those records; they never listened to them. When I was ten, I bought my first jazz recording: a cassette tape of Count Basie’s Greatest Hits. My second love is musical theatre. As a teenager, I was bitten by the bug when I auditioned for a… Read more
Here's a review of my recent album that was published on EJazzNews.com:
Steve Maddock just happens to be, as the promotional one-sheet states “... one of Canada's most versatile vocal talents,” and one listen to the music in “Memory Cafe,” is more than sufficient to affirm this statement. Maddock let's it all hang out here whether singing solo, with a small combo or a 20-piece big band, the vocalist provides a shining performance on what turns out to be a gem of an album. Involved in jazz music, his…Read more
I was fortunate enough to get my new CD into the hands of three jazz icons - pianist Ellis Marsalis (Ellis Marsalis Trio), bassist Ron Carter (Miles Davis Quintet) and drummer Ed Thigpen (Oscar Peterson Trio). Here's what these men had to say about Memory Cafe:
"What a refreshing vocal album! From the quick tempo of How Did We End Up Like This, to the bossa nova groove in I've Got A Secret For You, to the ballad When You Were Sent From Heaven, and last but certainly not least, the treatment of Autumn…Read more
Reviews of my new album are slowly starting to trickle in. Here are a few that were published this past week:
"Anyone who gets out at night on the West Coast knows Steve Maddock is a terrific singer who can tackle different musical forms. But who knew about his arranging skills?
Check out Memory Cafe, his latest release, a collection of original songs by Craig Salkeld (the arrangements of which aren't credited), and standard jazz tunes, carefully mapped out by the singer. One of these, opening track There…Read more