Wild Blue Herons

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Between them, the members of Wild Blue Herons have shared the stage with Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Chet Baker, Michael Buble, Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, Ed Bickert and Rob McConnell to name a few.

Wild Blue Herons (WBH) are Bill Sample and Darlene Ketchum and a whole lot of incredible musicians.

Their music, a combination of jazz, funk, soul, blues with ‘smoky’ ballads, blends groove with complex chords, rhythms, and soulful melodies.

Some of their musical influences are Earth, Wind and Fire, Nancy Wilson, Doug Riley (Dr. Music), Steely Dan and, most recently, Snarky Puppy and Jacob Collier.

I had the great pleasure of getting to hear my dear friend and colleague Bill Sample and the band WBH a couple of months back – It was a treat from beginning to end – great vocals from Darlene – incredible musicianship from every one on stage and unique but very musical and thoughtful arrangements on every song!!
The album doesn’t disappoint at all and a perfect reflection of who they are live – If you get a chance – please give them a listen – you will thank me.
David Foster

About the players

Darlene Ketchum is a singer, composer, arranger, conductor and music educator.

Darlene performs solo and in collaboration with a number of artists singing Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B and Gospel.  She has worked with Shari Ulrich, Jane Mortifee, Ann Mortifee, both Leon and Eric Bibb and other Vancouver artists.

Bill Sample is a composer, producer, arranger and pianist.

Bill’s career has spanned four decades and his reputation is unsurpassed. Bill is a ‘first call’ musician and composer in Vancouver. As a jazz pianist, Bill has opened for Oscar Peterson and Monty Alexander. He has performed with Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Robben Ford, Art Pepper, Dee Daniels and Fraser MacPherson. In 2010, Bill received both a Lifetime Achievement Award and Most Influential Jazz Musician from the Royal Canadian Music Project.

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