Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra
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The band was formed by Jaymz Bee (current host of "Jazz In The City" on CJRT-FM), following the breakup of The Look People, and were quickly offered a spot on Molly Johnson's Kumbaya Festival bill. The band's best known album, 1997's Cocktail: Shakin' and Stirred, featured lounge interpretations of classic Canadian rock songs, ranging from Rush, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams to Crash Test Dummies and Alanis Morissette. Some of the vocalists featured on the disc were Tim Tamashiro, Frank Nevada, John Alcorn, Roger Clown, Big Rude Jake, Melleny Melody, Robbie Rox, and John Southworth.
The core of the band consisted of Bee, Jono Grant on piano and guitar, Great Bob Scott on drums, George Koller on bass, Sarah McElcheran on trumpet, Jim Bish on saxophone, flute and clarinet, Richard Underhill on alto and soprano sax and Collen Allen on tenor sax and flute. A vast array of guest vocalists have also performed with the band, including Molly Johnson, Kyree Vibrant, Monika Deol, Ed the Sock, Moxy Früvous, Greg Keelor, Albert Schultz, Sophia Perlman, and Ralph Benmergui. Many singers, such as Michael Bublé, Sophie Milman and DK Ibomeka, have also gone on to do their own recordings and tours since guesting with the band.
Current vocalists on the RJO roster include Julie Michels, Alex Pangman, Jef "Vegas" Farquharson, Marieve Herington, Heather Bambrick and Roger Clown, to name a few.
The Royal Jelly Orchestra rarely perform for the public. For the most part, the band perform at charity galas, corporate events, awards shows and big budget private parties. Current plans include an instrumental party album to be released in the summer of 2009.
- Jaymz Bee and His Royal Jelly Orchestra, 1995
- Cocktail: Shakin' and Stirred, 1997
- A Christmas Cocktail, 1997
- ClintEastWoodyAllenAlda, 1998
- We'll Be Right Back With More, 1999
- Life of the Party, 2000
- Seriously Happy, 2004
- Toronto Launch Pad, 2006
- "Jim Vallance/Jayme Bee Spaceship Superstar". www.jimvallance.com. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
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