Old School, Motown, Soul and Rock "n" roll
"The Man Is Back"....Billy Dixon,
A native of Vancouver B.C. started singing at the age of 10 and hasn't stopped amazing audiences since then.
A front man for many Vancouver groups, Billy electrified the stage with the unforgettable Night Train Revue...
He then formed a Big Horn band called New Breed another very popular show band.
During the Disco invasion Billy took some time off to work on other projects
but still made time for the occasional gig at the Arts Club, Commodore,
Richards On Richards, the Fairview and the Yale.
1986 Billy returned to his place in the Vancouver Music Scene as one
of the most gifted and charismatic entertainers. He reunited with the
Night Train Revue at Club Soda for an Expo tribute to Vancouver's rock
classics and again at the celebration of the Dance Party 20th Anniversary.
Billy Dixon is a legend in his own time, a phenomenal singer, and a
He picked the best of the best of talented musicians for "Soul Train Express".
They've performed at The Yale, Fire Fighter's Club,
LuLu's Lounge -River Rock Casino, Lion's Den-Boulevard Casino,
plus many Private Functions.
He's developed a very devoted following and is grateful to his audience for their love and support.
The man is back, and in a big way! "The man is back... and right on track."
Amanda Dean- Vocals
One of the things most frequently noted about Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Amanda Dean is that she makes the listener really believe the message in a song. Amanda digs deep down to bring the heartfeltness with a voice that has been described as gravelly and rich yet somehow smooth, soulful, old school and impactful.
Her powerhouse vocals and astonishing vocal range (which spans over four octaves) are
evenly matched by her energy-filled, charismatic stage presence which successfully connects with and draws in the audience.
She was heavily influenced by Soul music as a child, and has since had the honour of sharing the stage with a number of Motown artists such as Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, (Does Your Mama Know About Me) The Elgins, (Heaven Must Have Sent You) Charles Davis and the Contours, (Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) The Undisputed Truth, Thelma Jones, Almeta Lattimore, (former background vocalist for Aretha Franklin) Pat Lewis, (background vocalist on many Motown hits) and many others. She was also equally influenced by rock and counts Led Zeppelin and the Beatles as some of her earliest influences.
Peter Sweetzir - Keyboards
My musical education started in 1959, with piano lessons at the age of six.
My music 'career' started in 1968, as a 14 year old playing piano/organ/ left hand bass,
in the rock band 'Shametree", in Edmonton Alberta.
In 1977, I joined a recording act led by Jim Foster the band "Fosterchild", I did three albums,
from 1977- 1980, with them.
I move, from Alberta to Vancouver in 1979, playing casual gigs for ten years, before joining
The Long John Baldry Band in 1990, while I was a Baldry ketboardist, I also recorded two CD's with Gaye Delorme 1993 and 1997, more recently I have performed with "Incognito, a blues based band in Vancouver.
Over a forty year pediod, I have grown to love Blues, Soul, R&B and Funk. I love to play and live for the opportunity to do so.
I was Country Music's "Aaron Pritchett keyboardist, from 1995 to 2000 and played on Amber Nicholson's debut CD in 2007
I love all kinds of music, but my main influences are Ray Charles, Floyd Cramer, and Oti
Brock Miller - Sax
Brock has shared the stage with acts ranging from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Jeff Healy and many others,
and continues to move audiences with his red hot and evocative sax solos.
Brock established his career with a long successful stretch in the very popular and celebrated Rubber Soul; a Vancouver Island R&B, funk band based out of Nanaimo
which toured extensively throughout western Canada in the 90's.
Brock’s passion is the tenor saxophone and has performed both locally and internationally.
His talent grows and evolves as he thrives on collaborating with original artists along with playing in cover or show bands in festivals,
major hotels, on cruise ships, in nightclubs, theatres, restaurants, pubs and dance halls.
Brock also works extensively as a freelance session musician but cannot deny the luring vibe of performing on stage, entertaining audiences.
Langston Raymond - Trumpet
Langston is a local musician based in Vancouver born in Kingston Jamaica.
His musical journey began in Bella Coola, where he picked up the trumpet in elementary school and played in the jazz and concert bands throughout high-school.
Upon graduation, Langston travelled across Europe with the Canadian National Honour Band which helped gel his passion for music.
After studying at the University of Michigan, Langston started focussing more on trumpet and guitar,
studying with local and international musicians and attending the University of Stanford and Port Townsend Jazz programs.
As a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger,
Langston keeps busy with many local musicians and artists recording and playing vario samba, reggae, jazz, classical, hip-hop and RnB.
Recently Langston has release an album titled “Doc Ramone and Corduroy Kid present Dirty Bottom”.
Langston plays trumpet, guitar, bass and sings with the album’s “live” band.
The band has produced two western Canadian tours, supported a film soundtrack and played numerous festivals.
Olaf de Shield - Guitar
Olaf de Shield is an established musician residing in Vancouver B.C., Canada.
His main musical bags are Soul, Ryhthm & Blues, Jazz, and Pop.
He is an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, and arranger, and has played and recorded with a host of local and international artists over the years
He currently performs with many of Vancouver's top local artists and bands including
The Night Train Revue, Mike Henry, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Soultrax, Sibel Thrasher, and Jayleen Stonehouse -
playing in venues such as The Yale, River Rock Casino, Chateau Whistler, Boulevard Casino, Rossini's, and so on.
He also works in several other formats - in his Jazz duo, as a Single act (playing Pop, Motown, Blues, and Jazz),
and in a collaborative Rock/Funk Power Trio; "This, That, & The Other"...next page
Brian Scott- Bass
I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1953. Moved to Canada in 1956,
And have been playing bass guitar since 1966.
I currently live in the Vancouver area and have toured Canada and the United States with such artists as:
: Long John Baldry
: Dutch Mason
: Jack de Keyzer
Shawn Soucy Drums