Singer, guitarist, harmonicist Jeff Coates is from the Eastern Townships of Quebec where he started performing at 17. He eventually partnered with Kevin Groves and shared guitar and vocals for 15 years in a Rock ‘n’ Blues outfit under the name KGB. This 4 or 5 piece band became on the blues circuit in Quebec appearing at festivals with such artists as The Powder Blues, Bryan Lee, and Colin James. KGB also opened for Lonnie Brooks and twice for Jeff Healey (where they received a standing ovation as opening act!) as well as backing up Kathi McDonald with friend Butch Coulter then of the Long John Baldry Band.
Jeff and Kevin also put Blue Fuse together in Vancouver from 1986-1989 and performed throughout B.C. and into Alberta.
In 1994 KGB released “Call it What You Want”, a 10 song all original album and in 1997 KGB had well received 5 week tour of Germany, Belgium, and France.
In more recent years Jeff has played around Nova Scotia where he now lives. He was with Flat Fifth, a 5 piece pop/jazz group from 2006-2010. Flat Fifth were nominated for a NSMA and had a main stage showcase appearance at the ECMAs.
They were given the opportunity to record in “Studio H” at CBC Halifax with Glen Meisner producing and came out with “Alfalfa Honey” in 2010.
Last summer Jeff played solo and also sat in on harmonica with the Darren Arsenault Trio at the Atlantic Blues Festival on South Shore N.S.
With a reputation for performing lots of emotion, Jeff will likely evoke much of yours.