Next to my dad, Ernie Britton has been my biggest influence. In todays episode we learn about Ernie’s early years as a piano prodigy and how the small town of Chilliwack B.C. holds a large key to the heart and soul of the West Coast music scene.
Enjoy this episode with one of the regions all time greats and please check out all of the links below to add more context
Ernie, My Dad Manfred, Jerry Doucette, Pete Sweetzer, Geoff Ayre, Terry Berg all star jam
Spotify Playlist of songs mentioned in the episode
Some of Ernie’s bands mentioned in the episode
The Jones boys
One of the best theory books for someone who is serious about learning the language of music.
The Basis of Music: Book | Alfred Music
Steve Newton Article on some of the rich musical tapestry from Chilliwack.
Back in the 'Wack Vol. 2: The Lakers say "booking agents are parasites"
Youtube links for those without spotify access
Jeff Beck Group with Nikki Hopkins - Blues Deluxe (Greatest blues piano solo)
A Tribute to musical mentor Lloyd Abrams from Gary Comeau
Lloyd Abrams (jazz piano/jazz harmony instructor) died
Dec 20, 2019....
Here's a shout out to a man that through his patience & generosity changed the course of my life & rekindled the passion for music that continues to flourish to this day.
I studied with Lloyd for 5 years around ten years ago now.
He was always a joy to be around, talkin' music, retelling stories of his younger years in Toronto & California... In my early time with him I argued about why something was a #9 instead of a b3, memorized instead of reading, but he was always patient. Sometimes I would say.."I don't think I'll ever get this"..and he would come back with.."Don't worry, it will come".
.. Took years to digest the concepts
he was teaching. His lessons were 1 hour in length but sometimes the lesson would run 90 minutes. He saw that I had the love & fire for the piano & he norished that. He let me take his cd's
home and digest them. He would reminisce about the great flood of '48 & his boyhood time on the beach in White Rock. I learned a lot from Lloyd & I think of him every time I go near a piano...