R&B Allstars
Vancouver, British Columbia







R + B Allstars.
(compiled by Colin Weinmaster)


In the early 80’s this group evolved from the band R+B Delivery which featured;

Jason Hoover; vocal
Bob Kidd; bass
Jim Harmata: gtr.
Al Davidson : B3
Rick Hill: drums
Al Lynch: trpt. and vocals
John Pearson: Tenor
 

At the time  I had a small studio and we were recording original instrumental material. The project was originally called Champion and included:

Russ Marsland: gtr
Glen Blackford; :bass
Ken Boychuck; keyboards
Rick Gittens:  drums
Colin Weinmaster:  trombone
Kim Nishikawara: tenor
Mark Akerstream: vocal
 

Soon after that Jason, Bob and Jim left R+B Delivery and both bands combined for the original R+B Allstar line up:
Russ Marsland
Dave Taylor
Al Davidson
Rick Hill
John Pearson
Colin Weinmaster
Bill Ward: trumpet and vocals
Al lynch; trumpet and vocals
 

The band was really a Blues Brothers kind of vibe with an original spin on classic R+B songs in our signature tuxedos and shades. Our first regular gig was at No.5 Orange Street Friday and Saturday nights. The line ups were long and we had a blast. We recorded Live at The Five on Orange Records, our own independent label that was financed by Harry Brandolini, the owner of NO.5.  Harry introduces the band on that album. Soon after, Willy Ward left to form his own group, Outa Hand Jive Band (version 2.) Hans Stamer, one of the most amazing singers to anyone who has heard him, joined us to replace Willy.

Recordings both original and covers include: Choo Choo, Crazy Mama, You've got to Make up your Mind, Ain’t that a  lot of Love, Satisfaction and an unreleased solo album project called “Stamer’ that was an all original effort with the band and many session players.

The band went on to play clubs, concerts, T.V. for many years.
By the early nineties we had evolved to a group that featured some of Vancouver's finest session players and singers:

That line up included:
Hans Stamer: vocals
John Ellis:gtr
Ken Boychuck: B3
Darryl Burgess; drums
Norm Fisher: bass
Joanie Bye: vocals/gtr
Kirsten Nash: vocals/tenor
Paul Baron: trpt
Al Michie: Tenor/Alto
Tom Keenlyside: Tenor/Alto/Bari sax
Colin Weinmaster: trombone
 

The group disbanded in the late nineties and awaits the return of drummer D.B. from Nashville to re form.

Other members have included over the years;
Dave Taylor: bass
Frank Dato: drums
Brady Gustafson: drums
Mike Skinner: sax
Duris Maxwell:drums
Fred Gass: trpt
Ken Chalmers: drums
Darryl Miller: drums
Glen Riley: bass
John Winterton: bass
John Furrara: Tenor
Pat Stewart :drums

Thanks to all the great sound guys over the years.
 

Colin Weinmaster.