Tom & Don Vickery

Tom & Don Vickery photoAlthough individually Don and Tom Vickery can be heard on dozens of recordings, “Double Take” is the first CD they have recorded together. The project was the result of a dream-finally-realized when the Vickery twins met up for a musical reunion at Toronto’s Montreal Bistro & Jazz Club last summer.

Tom Vickery remains a leading figure on the West Coast jazz scene. Equally talented on both trumpet and piano, in 1993 he participated in a national tour of Canada with the Canadian Forces Jazz Quintet for the Department of National Defense.

For the past 10 years, he has played with the award-winning Dixieland Express Jazz Band, host band for the annual ‘TerrifVic Jazz Party’. The Tom Vickery Trio has been the house band at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria for more than 14 years. He played in Hugh Fraser’s (international) Jazz Workshop Orchestra for two years, and has been the featured pianist with vocalist Barbara Blair’s “Jazz Affair” group for the past 10 years. He is also a member of the Chris Millington Jazz Quartet, the resident band in the Bengal Lounge of the renowned Empress Hotel in Victoria.

Pictured above: Tom and Don's first professional band. Tom played trumpet, Don played drums

Don Vickery has been performing professionally in the Toronto area since his arrival from Halifax in 1959. A graduate of the prestigious Oscar Peterson School of Music, Don has worked with the world’s leading jazz artists, entertainers, and big bands, on recordings, radio and TV shows, touring, and in countless live performances.

He has played with a lengthy list of some of the ‘who’s who’ among the world’s leading jazz performers including Ralph Sutton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Benny Carter, Joe Williams, Jay McShann, Buddy DeFranco, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, The World’s Greatest Jazz Band, Art Farmer, Doc Cheatham, Zoot Sims, Ed Bickert, Norman Amadio, Rob McConnell, Buddy Tate, Moe Koffman, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Tony Bennett, and Mel Torme.

Don has been a member of the Music Faculty at Humber College since 1974, and currently plays drums with the Canadian Jazz Quartet, the Jim Galloway Wee Big Band, The Spitfire Band, and the Ian Bargh Trio.