Hot Cottage at the Haven Social Club in Edmonton Alberta
Hot Cottage, based out of Edmonton, Alberta Canada has been in existence
since 1970. It is an extremely versatile group that is at home playing
everything from delta style to big band blues; from swing to slow blues and
from blues samba to barn-burning boogie. The group plays both re-arranged
and self-written pieces, with something for everyone. It is no wonder Hot
Cottage appeals to a wide age group.
In 1972, Willie Dixon and the Chicago Allstars toured through western
Canada, with Big Walter (Shakey) Horton on harmonica. Thanks to Holger
Peterson, who would go on to form Stony Plain Records and become a legend in
his own right, Hot Cottage teamed up with Walter Horton to record a 45 rpm
record “Joe Chicago”. Later that year, Holger brought Walter back to town to
lay down tracks for a full LP, which was first released by London Records
as: “Walter Shakey Horton with Hot Cottage”. Shakey Horton has since passed
away, but has been written up in blues anthologies for his important
influence and innovation in blues history. This album has been released in
Canada, the U.S., Britain and Europe and continues to be re-released. The
most recent re-release was through Stony Plain Records in Canada and it
continues to sell steadily.
Today, the Hot Cottage lineup consists of the three original members. Steve
Boddington on guitar and vocals, Brian Koehli on bass and Linsey Umrysh on
drums. The addition of more recent members Mike Yuzwenko (1994) on Hammond
organ and piano and Del Kunitz (1997) on lead vocals have made the group
versatile, tight and powerful. In 2000, they released their album, “Better
Late Than Never”. The group has recorded all sorts of original material as
well as some cover tunes, showing off the various styles they play. Besides
the more traditional blues sounds, they may incorporate jazz fusion, samba
and jungle rhythms.
Hot Cottage may also appear in their super size format. Adding the brass
wizardry of the Craft Horns, totals one powerful “big band” blues sound.
The original Craft Horns are ….Ken Hoffman on baritone sax, …Don Berner on
tenor and alto sax as well as clarinet ……and Joel Gray on trumpet and
coronet. This powerful trio cut their teeth playing funk and jazz in many
big band formats over the years. In addition to their work with the Edmonton
Jazz Orchestra, they have worked with artists such as P.J. Perry, The
Temptations, E.C. Scott, Tilo Paiz, Gary Guthman, Sunny Wilkinson, The
Edmonton Symphony and many more. Lennie Picket of Tower Of Power fame and
Saturday Night Live, used their expertise for a series of concerts given in
Edmonton in 2001. Don Berner has several Jazz albums under his belt and
hosts the program, “A Time For Jazz”, on the CKUA radio network. The newest
addition to the Craft Horns is Audrey Ochoa on trombone (2006). In addition
to the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra and her own trio, Audrey has performed with
such notables as Tom Cochrane, The Temptations, The Powder Blues, Colin
James and many others. Although they all also pursue solo careers as
educators and lecturers, the Craft Horns come together as a special treat.
The Craft Horns have been wowing audiences with Hot Cottage on a regular
basis since 1998.
When Hot Cottage and The Craft Horns join forces……….they rock!
As far as great blues and more is concerned, Hot Cottage and the Craft Horns
deliver the goods. If you want to experience a great sound, don’t miss them
next time they play.
steve boddlngton - guitar, vocals on
brlan koehli - bass
del kunitz - vocals
linsey umrysh - drums, percussion
mike yuzwenko - keyboards, vocals
nancy nash (szacha red sky) - vocals
rusty reed - harmonica
rob willmott - harmonica
the craft horns:
ken hoffman - baritone saxophone
don berner - tenor saxophone
Joel gray - trumpet