The prolific Vancouver Island–based singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He is a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer-songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.
On his 2016 album No Filter, Kaeshammer takes the listener on a highly entertaining journey through refreshingly diverse musical terrain. It begins, fittingly enough, with “Letter from the Road,” a buoyant and upbeat romp with exuberant horns and Kaeshammer in top boogie-woogie form. “Nothing Seems to Reach You” has rich dynamics through the combination of horns, organ, and backing vocals; it also showcases his smooth and soulful voice.
Kaeshammer wrote these new songs at home, many on a grand piano he brought in for just this purpose. He arranged and recorded them in demo form, then had them fleshed out in the studio by his A-list touring band, consisting of bassist Devon Henderson, drummer Roger Travassos, trumpeter William Sperandei, tenor saxophonist Chris Gale, and trombonist William Carn.
Kaeshammer is now eager to add some of the material from No Filter to his live set list. Touring is a major component of his career, and his well-honed skills as a performer have placed him in real demand in Canada and beyond.
At home, he can headline such prestigious concert halls as Massey Hall and Koerner Hall in Toronto and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and he regularly performs in Europe. One welcoming new market that has opened for him in recent years is China, and Kaeshammer is breaking new ground for jazz there.
With his recording career now spanning two full decades, Michael Kaeshammer has emerged as a truly original artist at the very top of his game and one in love with the creative process.
“Right now I love playing and making music more than ever,” he stresses. “It has got to a point where it is a really important part of my life rather than being my life and I love it so much now.”
A little gem of boogie-woogie, R&B, jazz and pop. Kaeshammer’s silky vocals caress his impressive keyboard chops like a lover’s breath.