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Blue Moon Marquee ( Formerly A.W. Cardinal) is a Canadian "Gypsy Blues" band that stem from the dusty Hoodoo’s of the Alberta Rocky Mountain Badlands. A.W. Cardinal (vocals, guitar, harmonica.) and Jasmine Colette (vocals, bass, drums.) primarily write and perform original compositions. Influenced by artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Charley Patton, Bill Jennings and Django Reinhardt.

In the winter of 2012 A.W. met with Jasmine Colette, within two weeks they recorded the album and ever since then Blue Moon Marquee was formed. They toured for the first time as a band in the winter of 2012 through the rocky mountains and back, then again in the summer of 2013 they did a cross Canada tour that involved being part of the International Vancouver Jazz Festival. They were asked to return in 2014 and played the festival as part of a 50 date cross Canada tour, including five shows at Victoria International Jazz Fest.

Blue Moon Marquee have perfected a live style of playing, a duo that sounds like a full band. Jasmine Colette (the rhythm section) not only sings with an alluring and elegant voice and masters the stand up bass, but also keeps the swing with her feet by playing a kick drum with one foot, a snare and high hat with the other. A.W. is a large man, with sharp eyes often hidden under the shadow of a faded black Hutterite hat with his guitar in stow. He is soft spoken and warm natured, with a singing voice as thick and as black as coal smoke that barrels out like a Raging bull. Blue Moon Marquee’s chemistry transcends the music itself and the way Colette’s angelic tones lift Wesley’s beaten down Bukowski–esque mystique is something that will surely stay in your head for a while and make a lasting impression.

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Home Base: British Columbia


The Jeff Turner Entertainment Group
Jeff Turner
1104-207 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H7
604-662-4144 ext 221

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