Bluestime Band Bio
Frank Alexander is a powerful lead vocalist and charismatic front man for the Alexander’s Bluestime Band who touches audiences with his smooth and soulful sound. Frank started singing in rock and blues bands in the late 60’s alongside many of Victoria’s finest musicians. Frank is a direct descendant of one of Victoria’s Black Pioneer families and he traces his love for the blues through his rich family history. When Frank steps on stage he gives a passionate performance that always gets people out of their seats and onto the dance floor.
Trevor Manuel started drumming at the young age of 7 and began his professional career early on as the drummer in his father’s band and High School rock bands opening for acts including Trooper and Idol Eyes. Trevor is a versatile drummer with a contemporary edge and has worked throughout Western Canada with popular country artists including Aaron Pritchett, Gord Bamford, Rachel Matkin, Damian Marshall and Rick Tippe. These high profile engagements led Trevor to be nominated for drummer of the year by the BCCMA for the last 3 consecutive years. Trevor can be heard locally performing at Vancouver Island blues festivals and popular blues venues with blues favourites (Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners, Mark Crissinger, Alexander’s Bluestime Band).
Saxman Scott Ramsay grabs audiences with his creative style and sound that’s full of soul. Scott plays tenor, alto and baritone sax. Scott began performing in rock bands in the late 70’s and moved into the blues during the 80’s. Scott co-founded The Beach Byrds (1994) and over the following years opened for acts including Long John Baldry, Powder Blues Band, Prism, Trooper, and Head Pins. Scott has played with numerous West Coast blues bands including Elmore’s Bar & Grill, Soul Shakers, Groove Kitchen, and West Coast Blues Doctors. Scott’s fun and engaging personality is a perfect fit with Alexander’s Bluestime Band and he gives a great musical performance every time he steps on stage.
Marisha Devoin is an upright and electric bass player, vocalist, composer and arranger fluent in numerous styles of music. Since graduating from Vancouver Island University’s Jazz Degree Program she has toured the world in cruise ship orchestras and lounge bands, worked steadily as a studio recording session musician including tracks on David Gogo and Sara-Jeanne Hosie albums. Marisha has performed in numerous musical theatre productions with notable companies such as Arts Club Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, Theatre K, and Patrick Street Productions. Marisha can be heard live in the Andrea Smith Band, BoodAbooM, the Hub City Rambler, jazz trios and wherever bass is needed! She looks forward to teaching more music lessons in her Nanaimo studio and developing as a music engraver and transcriber for clients worldwide.
Vince Pollitt has played trumpet for over four decades and has been a fixture on the Victoria jazz and blues scene since 1990. He spent 18 years as entertainment coordinator for the Great Canadian Beer Festival. Vince enjoys teaching a small but select group of music students and spends his off hours playing with a variety of Island bands. A devoted father and husband, Vince spends his work hours as a writer and educator in the field of wellness, aging and spirituality.