“Blue Moon Marquee has harnessed the best of vintage music that’s practically a century old and brought it into modern times. It’s part haunting, part joyous, and sneakily infectious.”
—Jim Hynes Elmore Magazine
Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled jazz band that plays a beguiling mix of old Delta blues, swing, and ragtime. This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by anything that jumps or grooves. They received nominations for 'Best Indigenous Act' at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Award and for "Best New Artist" at the 2017 Maple Blues Awards, and their new album reached #1 on both jazz and blues charts. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with distinctive smoky vocals while playing a jazz-tinged blues guitar, and Jasmine Colette commands the rhythm section with an upright bass, swinging with both feet and singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee's passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark.
This special evening at Hermann’s Upstairs is a fundraiser for the duo to go to Memphis and perform as finalists in the International Blues Competition, a world-wide annual blues music gathering showcasing the top blues artists. Blue Moon Marquee won in the finals for the Pacific Northwest, held in Everett, Washington State in August. The December 6 performance will feature the duo A.W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette for the first set, with the second set including Torben Holm Pedersen on keys and Morgan Onda on tenor saxophone.