A TOUCH OF COLE
Shelley Jones - Vocalist
Wes Yaciuk - Guitarist
Wes Caswell - Bassist
ABOUT THE BAND: A TOUCH OF COLE
Vocalist Shelley Jones, guitarist Wes Yaciuk and bassist Wes Caswell have teamed up together for a musical project called A Touch of Cole which features the timeless music of Natalie and Nat King Cole. Paying tribute to the “unforgettable” musical legacy of both father and daughter , A Touch of Cole weaves together a collection of classic “Cole” standards that take the audience on a musical journey that spans from Jazz and Latin, to modern Blues and Soul. With a vision to uplift and inspire their audiences, A Touch of Cole performance provides a captivating experience for music lovers of all ages.
A Touch of Cole show also includes timeless standards from artists such as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.
Blessed with a voice that can seamlessly fit into almost any musical genre, Shelley Jones brings a sense of authenticity and soul to every song she sings. Be it jazz, blues, pop, R&B, soul, groove, rock or country, Shelley has sang it all and made each style her own.
Growing up in rural Alberta listening and singing along to her four older siblings music collections, Shelley began performing rock, pop and blues music in various “cover” bands. She first discovered jazz after entering in the vocal music program at Grant MacEwan. Heavily influenced by the jazz vocalists and instrumentalists she heard on recordings and live performances, Shelley began jamming with her fellow music students and realized she had a natural feel for singing jazz. Upon graduating from the vocal program, she began performing jazz professionally, working in duos, trios, quartets and big bands as well as a few symphony orchestras. Besides working as a jazz singer, Shelley also sang in numerous pop, rock, R&B and soul bands and was part of a ten piece”house band” which performed several nights a week for over 3 years. Because of her versatility as a vocalist and ability to fit into any musical situation, Shelley is a “first call” singer for musicians and bands throughout the province. Some of her recent performance highlights include being a guest vocalist with Tommy Banks in his Tommy Banks and Friends show at the Winspear Centre , performing with Alfie Zappacosta in the 30th Anniversary show for the “Dirty Dancing” movie soundtrack and performing background vocals for Tom Cochrane at an Edmonton Oilers Benefit concert. Shelley continues to regularly perform with her band A Touch of Cole, where they recently performed a sold-out show at Festival Place Theatre in Sherwood Park. Shelley also regularly performs alongside some of Alberta’s top musicians such as PJ Perry, Sandro Dominelli, Andrew Glover, Don Berner and many others.
As well as being a performer, Shelley also developed her songwriting skills and has written, recorded, and released 4 solo albums as well as a Christmas CD with the Flextime Band. She has also appeared as a guest vocalist on numerous recordings from other artists and has sang several radio/television jingles.
As a highly experienced stage performer with a warm, personable and captivating stage delivery, Shelley continues to expand her fan base across the country.
ABOUT WES YACIUK
With a performing career spanning over four decades, Wes’ unwavering dedication to his craft has earned him the reputation of being one of western Canada’s most respected and in-demand musicians. Wes has played alongside several well known local, national, and international artists, including Dan Aykroyd, Ruben Studdard, Take 6, Brett Kissel and Tyler Scott Hamilton and has been the lead guitarist in the “Singing Christmas Tree” house band for the past several years. Wes has also been a band leader and musical director for several music productions including the CBC televised visit of Queen Elizabeth. A talented songwriter, Wes’ original music has been featured on several recordings and his talents as a session musician is showcased on dozens of albums. Wes’ passion for playing guitar, superb musicianship and unwavering professionalism is well known to all in the music community and to his many fans.
ABOUT WES CASWELL
As a first-call bassist, music producer, arranger and recording engineer, Wes Caswell has been at the forefront of the Alberta music scene for over 30 years. After heading the Bass Department at Grant MacEwan University for over a decade, Wes then branched out into producing recordings for dozens of artists as well as playing bass on several albums and musical productions. Wes has also served as producer on a many “live” shows including the Harvest Gala Foundation Fundraiser and is the bassist for John Cameron Productions and the “Singing Christmas Tree” house band. Wes is widely recognized as a top-notch bassist, producer and engineer and demand for his talents and expertise continues to grow.
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