Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band. This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues,folk roots, swing, and ragtime. A.W. Cardinal, a Metis of Cree heritage, howls with a distinctive thick and smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jazz Colette, aka Badlands Jazz, is the rhythm section who not only commands the upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette’s angelic tones lift A.W.’s beaten down “bukowski-esque” mystique is something that enthrals audiences from the back room bar to the public square. Now West-Coast based, they have been steadily touring for the last 4 years. They were the most requested Canadian band for the 2016 International Jazz festivals across Canada, and were invited to play 9 Jazz festivals across Canada ( Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Regina, Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Montreal, Lethbridge). They recently completed a 45 date CAN tour in support of the festivals, playing 15 Jazz, Blues and Folk festivals in total.
In Nov 2016 Blue Moon Marquee were nominated for a Maple Blues award for Best New Artist and received requests to return to every Jazz festival they performed at for 2017. They are currently on a two month tour of Europe and are looking to expand their audience in the USA, where they have had many requests to come down and play. Looking forward to hearing from you to discuss this further.