The name Jim Dan Dee comes from the expression “Everything is just Jim Dandy”, an old cliché often used with expletives inserted. Toronto-based Jim Dan Dee (affectionately known as ‘J.D.D.’ by their fans) is not only a blues band, but also a character; an idea that embodies the spirit of the music and Jim Stefanuk’s frontman persona. On stage Jim’s intensity is like a man possessed, his soulful baritone voice juxtaposed against cutting vintage guitar tones. Tying the melodies together is the silky-smooth saxophone of Bobby Sewerynek, veteran horn player and former big-band sessionist. The backbeat is solidly held down by Brian McCarthy’s growling bass lines and Shawn Royal’s unmistakably solid meter and slick groove. When you see Jim Dan Dee, you get it, and their electric energy on-stage will leave you craving more.
Following the 2015 release of their EP Five Stiff Shots, JDD’s talent and hard work paid off, having shared the stage with such famous Canadian Rock icons as Big Wreck, I Mother Earth and The Trews. This opportunity helped expose the group to a bigger fanbase and make some new friends in the industry. The band continued to push their music through extensive touring, gigging at all levels from the grungiest clubs to major festivals like TD JazzFest, NXNE and CMW. Jim Dan Dee became a live-music-machine, and before they knew it they had hundreds of shows under their belt, and show no sign of slowing down.
Jim Dan Dee’s self-titled inaugural album is set to release on October 19, 2018. This collection of songs clearly portrays the evolution of JDD’s signature sound, featuring 11 gritty, bluesy and soulful tracks that walk the line between classic blues and modern blues-rock.