Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley
We loved the Diana and Chris sound so much that we’re doing another album! GOLD CADILLAC, the new blues album from Toronto’s African-Canadian label G-Three features Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley on an exciting blend of electric blues classics and original songs from these multiple winners of the Maple Blues songwriter of the year award.
Diana Braithwaite is an award winning vocalist who has made blues her passion. As one of the very few Black blues artists performing the music in Canada, she makes a point of reaching out to share the history and beauty of the music along with her partner nine-time Maple Blues Award winner Chris Whiteley.
Chris is a multi-instrumentalist legendary musician on the blues scene who started out 50 years ago and has worked with many of the greats along the way; Blind John Davis, Leon Redbone, Chuck Berry, to name a few..
GOLD CADILLAC - Getting ready for the party, being at the party and then after the show.
From loud and humorous to touching and intimate it is always 100% blues!
I Was Telling Him About You
As the esteemed jazz bible DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE said about Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley: “it’s a rare and good thing when two talented performers join forces.” Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley have performed to tens of thousands over their vast careers, and audiences, critics and jazz lovers all over North America and Europe seem to agree.
Fans first knew Diana Braithwaite as one of the most authentic female blues singers in Canada. But the woman born in Toronto, as DianaLee Braithwaite grew up crooning jazz classics played by her elder brother jazz pianist, Victor Cornell.
When Diana Braithwaite sing’s, you hear passion, with sultry stories of life beautifully expressed through music.
Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in Florida, her ancestors escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario.
Growing up, Diana spent summer’s in Montreal, Quebec, in a place called “Little Burgundy”, the historic African-Canadian neighbourhood where her father and the great jazz musician Oscar Peterson were both born.
Dubbed “a national treasure” by JAZZ FM Radio host Danny Marks, Diana Braithwaite combines elements from Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Esther Phillips and others to create her own unique appealing and expressive jazz style.
Kansas born multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley has had an illustrious music career spanning some 40 years.
Whiteley’s extensive touring career includes working with many renowned jazz and blues legends such as Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and countless appearances on television and radio including a special guest appearance on Saturday Night Live with the international recording jazz artist Leon Redbone.
A multiple award winning international touring horn player, Chris Whiteley is also a sought after recording artist, and has appeared on over 250 recordings over his successful career as a trumpet and cornet player.
Whiteley, who blows his trumpet with a clear tone and a sublime unique jazz style, has received numerous Canadian Maple Blues Awards as both songwriter and horn player of the year, and a Jazz Report Magazine Blues Album of the Year Award.
In 2010 Whiteley was awarded the prestigious BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD, for lifetime achievement in the blues. In Canada, Whiteley has received the Blues with a Feeling Award, for lifetime achievement in the blues. In January 2014 Chris Whiteley won the Maple Blues Award for the top blues horn player in Canada--for the 7th time.
Most recently at the 21st Maple Blues Awards Diana Braithwaite was the recipient of the "Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) from the Maple Blues Society.