Lance Anderson, writer, composer, producer, director, performer

By NextHome Staff
March 06, 2020
By Cece M. Scott cecescott.comLance Anderson, 66, is considered to be one of Canada's finest record producers. A highly accomplished musical director, he has the innate, intuitive ability to recognize and nurture the talent and musical dexterity that the legendary blues singer, Long John Baldry, was famous for.
Oscar Peterson and Lance Anderson in Barbados
Anderson co-produced and performed on Oscar With Love. The critically acclaimed three-CD package celebrated Peterson's 90th birthday, and featured top jazz pianists including Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Michel Legrand and Oliver Jones – all playing compositions by Peterson.At the age of 65, Anderson formed a new band called Matchedash Parish, with Matt Weidinger. Though still in his 20s, Anderson claims that Weidinger outshines many of the big marquee performers. Their debut, self-titled album was nominated for two 2020 Maple Blues Awards, including New Artist or Group of the Year and Recording/ Producer of the Year.Married to Kathy Hunt for the past 40 years, the couple have three children and three grandchildren. "The fact that I write and play so much music keeps my mind and memory active. I can't imagine retiring," says Anderson. "My kids say that at some point I will just fall off my piano bench. I'm good with that."Anderson continues to perform at Toronto's Hugh's Room, at events for the Mariposa Folk Foundation, and he has a popular series in Orillia called An Evening of Blues and Gospel. In 2020 Anderson will be playing at the Kitchener Blues Festival in August, as well as the Orillia Jazz Festival in the fall.

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