Jim Dan Dee

There exists both a fine line and a huge chasm between The Hammer and Hogtown, the grit and the polish, the slick and the greasy. Musically speaking, both Hamilton and Toronto share so many common roots and spurs born from the TH&B railroad of yesteryear. So many great blues, jazz, country, soul and rock n roll icons visited the clubs and venues between Stoney Creek and Streetsville that the Golden Horseshoe became an incubator for some truly great home-grown music with these genetic markers. Growing up in Southern Ontario, guys like Jason Sewerynem saw first hand the mojo that filtered down to the British Invasion icons and traced back the lineage to arrive in Toronto fronting a completely honest evolution for the blues in the form of The Jim Dan Dee band. 

Now, we don’t get cats from T.O. Calling us up to book an appointment very often, so after insuring it wasn’t a trick, we looked up these guys and were duly impressed by the sheer professionalism of this unit – sharply dressed and tight as a drum head. Their style of smokey, dangerously sage storytelling is set in a combination of blues styles by hooking up with mates Shawn Royal on drums, Jim Stefanuk on guitar and Scott Morris on keys to put together a sweet package indeed. Marked by the tight syncopation and sly musicianship, the message is one of hazards and good fortune, deceit and redemption set to a rhythm that you can drink to. 

Dropping in on a Wednesday evening in June, these finely attired lads drove all the way down the mighty QEW from the 416 to pay their respects and inhale a little bit of that Steel Town spirit while at BOXO Studio, telling tales and hitting the right note all night long. Spinning tunes from their latest CD “Five Stiff Shots”, the Jim Dan Dee Band made some sweet music and some new friends.

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