Bio

Backroom 11 recreates the powerful, classic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s featuring such artists as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and Joe Cocker... our sound is vintage R&B and soul infused with rock, blues, and jazz influences.

The band, originating with the collaboration of keyboardist Dave Thierry and guitarist/vocalist Mike Blackborow, has expanded to include 2 female vocalists, 3 horns, and a 4 piece rhythm section. 

 
Backroom 11 is available for private and corporate events, weddings, clubs, and festivals. For smaller venues and receptions, we have the professional experience to provide you with the entertainment you require in ensembles of all sizes. Call us for a quote.


MEET THE BAND


MIKE BLACKBOROW lead vocals/guitar Influences : Allman Bros., Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn
Experience: fronted Blackwood Pointe, The Michael B. Band opened for Dave Wilcox, Kim Mitchell, and Johnny Winter 



DAVE THIERRY piano/organ
Influences : Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarret, Lyle Mays, Tony Monaco
Experience : performance grad from Toronto, W.L.U. toured with R.C.C.L./ Carnival cruise lines. Performed as a piano soloist and in many bands for over 25 years across Southern Ontario. 




GEORGE BEHR Trombone/vocals  Influences : J.J. Johnson, Carl Fontana (all my instructors) Experience : McMaster University music program Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Ralph Carmichael




RITCH THOMAN Tenor/Bari Sax/Vocals  Influences : Miles Davis, John Scofield, Charlie Parker
Experience : Humber College music program, toured across North America with Nik and the Nice Guys, Jam Central Station, The Platters, Carnival cruise lines 



JOHN LOMBARD  Trumpet
Influences : Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Findley
Experience : University of North Texas Lab Bands, The Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles Orchestra, Tony Bennett Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan




STEVE JAMES drums
Influences : Buddy Rich, Antonio Sanchez, David Garibaldi
Experience : performed with Peter Appleyard, Stardust Big Band, Carnival cruise lines 



                 
   AMANDA LABATT vocals/percussion
Influences: Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy, Stevie Wonder
Experience: Humber College vocal jazz program /B. Mus. in Jazz , sang with several jazz, top 40, latin, motown and wedding bands throughout Niagara/Toronto region, lead vocalist in a Commitment's tribute band             
Patricia Labignan vocals/percussion
Influences: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Joni Mitchell
Experience: Mohawk College vocal jazz program, Berklee College (songwriting), has performed for several years as a pianist/vocalist in the GTA/Niagara region.
                               
              
CLARK JOHNSON bass
Experience: Professional bassist since 1994, has performed with such artists as Don Thompson, Peter Appleyard, Diana Panton. Clark holds a masters degree (York) in composition and is on the music faculty of Mohawk College and McMaster University.