The name “Jim Dan Dee” comes from the expression “Everything is just Jim Dandy”, an old cliché
often used with expletives inserted. Jim Dan Dee (affectionately known as ‘J.D.D.’ by their fans) is not only a Blues band, but also a character; an idea that embodies the spirit of the music and Jim Stefanuk’s frontman persona. On stage Jim’s intensity is like a man possessed, his soulful baritone voice juxtaposed against cutting vintage guitar tones. Tying the melodies together is the silky-smooth saxophone of Bobby Sewerynek, veteran horn player and former big-band sessionist. The backbeat is solidly held down by Brian McCarthy’s growling basslines and Shawn Royal’s unmistakably solid meter and slick groove. When you see Jim Dan Dee, you get it, and their electric energy on-stage will leave you craving more.
Upon the release of their first EP “Five Stiff Shots”, JDD’s talent and hard work paid off when they were selected to play WTFest. They shared the main stage with such famous Canadian Rock icons as Big Wreck, I Mother Earth and The Trews. This opportunity helped expose the group to a bigger fanbase and make some new friends in the industry. The band continued to push their music through extensive touring, gigging at all levels from the grungiest clubs to major festivals like TD JazzFest, NXNE and CMW. Jim Dan Dee became a live-music-machine, and before they knew it they had over one hundred shows under their belt.
Enter Canadian legend and icon Jeff Martin (The Tea Party). Jeff had taken notice of the band, especially their song “The Silence”, which he had some unique ideas for. Mr. Martin produced Jim Dan Dee’s first stand-alone single “The Silence”, which was recognized for its originality and legitimate Motown feel. The song and video were great, everybody loved it, but there was still one problem: The people wanted an album.
Two years later and with hundreds of shows under their belts, JDD had amassed a huge catalog of songs with well over sixty original pieces. Many were performed live to gauge crowd reaction, and by 2018 the votes were in and the songs were chosen. The new album contains a mix of fan-favourites and the songs closest to JDD’s road-worn hearts: Songs of struggle, loneliness, love and lust. Yet it is far from a typical Blues album. A heavy dose of Motown and just enough gritty Rock & Roll is there to keep the listener’s heart pumping.
Jim Dan Dee’s self-titled inaugural album is set to release in October of 2018. This collection of songs clearly portrays the evolution of JDD’s signature sound, a fluid blend of Blues, Rock and Motown. Destined to catch the ears of industry and fans alike, Jim Dan Dee is set to make an indelible mark on Blues in North America and beyond.