Hornby Island Blues Workshop

David Vest - Piano and Keyboard


When you hear David Vest roll on the 88’s you might guess that he was born with 12 fingers as his music just floods the room. Born in Alabama, and growing up in Birmingham, not far from Tuxedo Junction has made David was imbued with great tradition and became a tireless advocate of Alabama's place in blues history. After moving to Canada, we didn’t wait long to invite him to our Blues Workshop. We already knew that David Vest was a tireless road man, who knew how to bring it and teach it. Now each year that we have been fortunate enough to have David return to our Workshop, we continue to understand how talented David Vest really is. The bonus is that you will not meet a kinder, gentler, more authentic boogie-woogie piano ambassador. As a great story teller with an inviting smile, twinkle in the eye, and laugh out loud sense of humor, he makes our Workshop really inviting. And, as a player who backed Big Joe Turner in the '60s, and later toured with Jimmy T99 Nelson, as well as with the legendary rockabilly group Bill Black's Combo, David brings real blues experience to his work. If you know some basic blues chord progressions and love the energy they create, or already working out with a band, you must take some classes from David Vest. His affinity for the essentials of barrelhouse and boogie woogie will have you conjuring the old players who'd tear up juke joints and turpentine camps. David’s enthusiasm for playing it forward and sharing his command and mastery is bound to make you a better player. It’s all there the influences of Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, and Amos Milburn and the relentless desire to capture the energy. As a student, you will find that learning from David will do wonders for your playing in whatever genre you want to explore. David Vest is the “real deal”.

Major Class

Blues Piano

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