Rooster Davis Group
Calgary International Blues Festival (2016)
Rooster Davis Band were semi-finalists at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
David Aide, aka Rooster Davis, is an Edmonton based freelance piano and Hammond organ player.
The Rooster Davis Group is based on the piano traditions of New Orleans; a fun, danceable mix of blues, jazz, and New Orleans folk, heavily influenced by the likes of Dr. John, Allan Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Harry Connick Jr. Rooster's music has all the bounce and drive the music of New Orleans is known for, and is as much fun for the audience as it is for the musicians to play. Rooster's philosophy is to deliver an energetic performance with a high level of musicianship and respect for the authentic New Orleans piano tradition, and as a result has been successful in all types of venues from folk to jazz and blues. Rooster is joined by vocalist Ann Vriend, trombonist Audrey Ochoa, and drummer Peter Hendrickson.
As a piano player David specializes in the New Orleans piano traditions of players such as Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Alen Toussaint, and has created his own style that combines their influences with aspects of jazz, country, and rock, as heard on his playful yet soulful Christmas album "My Chestnuts, Your Fire." It is because of this style that he earned the moniker, Rooster Davis, which he records and performs under as a solo artist.
As an organist David has appeared on many albums and tours as an Americana, country, soul, and blues player. He has seriously studied the Hammond organ, having worked in this regard with Hawksley Workman, country star Adam Gregory, Adam Cohen, Americana/roots artists Jack Marks, James Murdoch, soul/folk songwriter Ann Vriend, The Wheatpool, and others.
David is currently the Musical Director/Bandleader for Canadian country music star Adam Gregory, whom he has toured with for seven years in Canada and the U.S., including opening for Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, and other country legends.
David also freelances with many independent Canadian artists including Foxworthee, Dave Babcock, Blue Montegos, and countless others. His 20 plus years of professional experience as a keyboardist, in genres as diverse as reggae, electronica/house, jazz, funk/R&B, and pop, including being a founding member the legendary Edmonton bands Feast and Rameses Soul Revival, makes him a sought after musician in Edmonton and beyond, including in Nashville, where he was based while touring with Adam Gregory.
In addition to work as a sideman, David works as a solo keyboardist and appears regularly at one of Edmonton's finest restaurants, Sabor Divino, as their featured pianist, where he airs out his New Orleans piano stylings.