Lance Anderson and Shamakah Ali are the country’s premiere Hammond organ and drum duo. With the release of Lance’s second CD, they are taking on the name of ‘The Joint Chiefs of Soul’ and expanding their music with a soul collective of players. But they will still continue to play as a duo, because it is the most versatile and flexible format. Wherever either of them wants to go …. they can. You will not believe that two people can make so much music and such a big sound. They will always be the foundation of any project that they are involved in.
Lance Anderson is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and ‘Maple Blues Keyboardist of the Year’ (2013). He has toured and recorded with Shakura S’Aida for the last 10 years, and performed with Tommy Castro, FATHEAD, Danny Brooks and Deanna Bogart.” His label (Make It Real Records) has produced CD’s by 2B3 the Toronto Sessions, Garth Hudson (The BAND), Blackburn and the Cameo Blues Band. Anderson also initiated and co-produced the Oscar Peterson Multimedia CD ROM and co-produced with Kelly Peterson ‘Oscar With Love’ a critically acclaimed CD that commemorated Oscar’s 90th birthday in 2015.” ”
He has played on and produced CD’s by FATHEAD, Roly Platt, John Mays, Al Lerman, Morgan Davis, Terry Blersh just to name a few.” ” Lance is one of the few people who still play bass pedals on a Hammond B3 organ. This is a rare art.” ” Lance is a well know musical director and producer with ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of THE BANDLive’ , ‘Genius+Soul=The Music of Ray Charles’, ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen – The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell’ ‘Soulsville – The Music of STAX’ and more shows in theatres across the nation.” ” Anderson has also written music for Film, TV and recently was commissioned to arrange Oscar Peterson’s CANADIANA SUITE for The Okanagan Symphony and Ballet Kelowna. The Premiere of this stunning piece was May 2017.” ”
Memphis-born Shamakah Ali has played and toured with some of that city’s most storied artists. He played with Al Green and toured for many years with the BarKays. Since moving to Toronto, he has been one of the most in demand studio drummers for his fat backbeat and southern feel.
He has been in a long residency with the A TEAM at the Orbit Room in Toronto and plays in Anderson’s ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ and ‘Soulsville’ Shows.” ” Two of the country’s most respected players, playing the music that they love at an incredible level of depth and feeling. They have played at: Mont Tremblant Int. Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Festival Int. de Jazz de Montreal, Kitchener Blues Fest, Beaches Jazz Festival, Orangeville Blues Festival, Orillia Spring Blues Festival, Wasaga Beach Blues Fest and more.
Don’t miss them, Anderson & Ali are The Joint Chiefs of SOUL.”