Wild Blue Herons
*We have moved to our Salons (1018 Nelson St.)
Wild Blue Herons (WBH) are Bill Sample and Darlene Ketchum and a whole lot of incredible musicians. As the Ketchum and Sample Quintet, they played Frankie’s Jazz Club, Pat’s Pub, Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and the Vernon Jazz Club.
WBH has recently been formed by co-writers Bill Sample and Darlene Ketchum to perform their songs. Their music, a combination of jazz, funk, soul, blues with ‘smoky’ ballads, blends groove with complex chords, rhythms, and soulful melodies. The songs are broadly accessible and are filled with themes of love and social consciousness. Bill and Darlene have been working together since 2011. Their song writing partnership grew when they both began working for the Vancouver based Marcus Mosely Chorale (MMC) as directors, composer/arrangers, and performers.
They recently released their first album, “On the Outside”, which they feel describes themselves – “in music and life the outside is where you are when you are different. Good things can happen there”. They perform with a stellar group of seasoned musicians.
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.