Jerome Godboo - Biography
“In this music everybody wins if anybody wins. I try to give the band just enough information to kick off their intrinsic responsiveness. I might express pain and they might respond with beauty. Anger and love are free to mix. All I ask from the band is careful attention to what I’m saying and an honest response. I believe that a fuller picture of things comes from this free movement.” - Jerome Godboo
Anyone who has seen Jerome live has the images seared in their mind. There’s the machismo and the mischievous grin, the low-slung leather belt of harmonicas, and there’s a tenderness and vulnerability as well. Based purely on first impressions, it's easy to make comparisons to Jagger and Morrison, but Jerome imitates no one.
If the respect of his peers is anything to go by, Jerome Godboo is a giant on the music scene in Canada. All in all, it’s a potent mix, one that combines the still vibrant musical legacy of more than a century of the blues with a passion and urgency that constantly renews itself.
Jerome Godboo is a singer, songwriter and harp player extraordinaire. He has released twelve albums over twenty years. He’s recorded and toured with the Phantoms, Alannah Myles, Dutch Mason, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack de Keyzer, Jimmy Bowskill and Suzie McNeil. Jerome headlined at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2005) and performed on stages across Canada, the U.S., France, Finland, Portugal, Ukraine, Israel and beyond. He’s played with Prince, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, the Tragically Hip, Levon Helm, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more.
Jerome has electrified audiences of all sizes. He headlined at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2005). He played the Toronto Air Canada Centre with Ronnie Hawkins. He played to a record-breaking crowd at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2004) and another 30,000 at Canada Day festivities with Jimmy Bowskill. Jerome wowed the crowd at the Vancouver and Victoria Jazz Festivals with Reuben Cherry.
Jerome’s network television appearances include CTV’s Open Mike and Canada A.M., Much Music, City TV’s Toronto Rocks and Breakfast Television, Global’s News at Noon, CBC’s Zed, TVO’s Planet Parent, and In Session. He’s also been showcased at Moses Znaimer’s Idea City and on numerous radio shows.
Jerome’s current band includes Shawn Kellerman and Pat Rush, alternating on guitar, Alec Fraser on bass and Al Cross on drums. Shawn has toured with Mel Brown, Deborah Coleman, Bobby Rush, Carlos Del Junco and Paul Reddick. Pat has recorded and toured with Jeff Healey and Johnny Winter and toured with James Cotton. Alec played bass with David Wilcox, Bo Diddley, the Drifters, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and has played with Jeff Healey for the past seven years. Al drummed on tour and in the studio with Jane Siberry, Bob Snider and Big Sugar.
About Humdinger…“There is a lovely, intimate ambience here with the feeling that these are four friends who just set up in your rec room to play some new songs for you… The songs are a well-sequenced selection of modern electric blues. Jerome is in excellent voice and this is one fine band with Kellerman being especially inventive.” - John Valenteyn (2007) www.torontobluessociety.com/0709johnspicks.htm
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