Dave Paulson - Keyboards and Vocals
Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, Dave joined his first band at age 12. He soon began playing professionally in Vernon and Kelowna, working as a solo pianist and in small groups at local restaurants and clubs in the area.
His educational background included a music degree from Central Washington State University, studying with Robert Panerio and American composer Paul Creston followed by a stint teaching music in the public school system.
A move to Victoria in the mid-70’s, and a love for the piano, led to a diverse career in playing, teaching, and rebuilding pianos and to opening his own piano business, Dave’s Keyboard Centre. Gigs continued with local and visiting musicians including trombonists Bill Watrous and Ian McDougall, the Paul Mascioli Big Band, Grand Slam, Fraser McPherson, and a ten-year stint as musical director and conductor for the summer show at Butchart Gardens.
Selling their stores in 2006, Dave and his musical wife Linda now spend time developing their adult teaching program “Play Piano Today”, working as solo and duo pianists, and generally spending as much time as they can at the keyboard. They also helped form a new jazz society, U-JAM (Universal Jazz Advocates & Mentors), with a goal to promoting jazz and encouraging music making at all levels.
Dave’s musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, and many others, including vocalist Kurt Elling and composer/pianist David Frishberg. He is comfortable playing a wide variety of musical styles.
Rich Lang – Drums
Richard Lang started playing drums at age 10 and played in high school bands directed by Victoria teaching greats Rod Sample and Len Michaux. After graduation he played in various rock groups and in 1984 at age 19, joined a local pop rock group called The Wardells. This group was featured on MuchMusic and toured Canada twice. Upon leaving the group, Richard attended the University of Victoria from 1990-94 and earned a bachelor degree in percussion performance. At UVic he was mentored by the great Jazz legend Ian McDougall who became an important influence for him. He studied and performed jazz with Ian, Fraser McPherson, Hugh Fraser and many other great local musicians. In the 1990's, Richard freelanced in Victoria and Vancouver participating in various live and recording projects before joining the military in 2001. Under the encouragement of the late great Lou Williamson, Richard auditioned for and won a position in the Canadian Forces band branch and was posted to Edmonton until 2008. He returned to Victoria to be part of the Naden band and is enjoying his life as military percussionist as well as a rock and roll fool with Queenie and The Groove Kings.
John Ellis - Trumpet
John started playing the trumpet at the age of 11 in order to impress a pretty girl in school. Almost 30 years later a pretty girl married him in spite of the fact he plays trumpet. In between he earned a degree in music from McGill University, performed with a few Symphony Orchestras, a couple big bands, too many shows to remember and 2 cruise ships. Some highlights along the way include performing with Doc Severinsen, Dame Cleo Lane, Al Alberts (of the Four Aces), being on a recording with the Montreal Symphony (Berlioz, Les Troyens) and working with Ken Lavigne on several projects including a trip to Carnegie Hall in 2009.
Currently John performs with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Pinnacle Brass Quintet and recently joined Queenie and the Groove Kings. His last hope to impress a pretty girl lays with his 3 year old daughter (she's still not sure).
Joe Hatherills - Alto Saxophone
After studying music in England Joe Hatherill spent four years as a musician aboard various cruise liners travelling the globe. Settling north of London in 1991, Joe beacame a busy performer and educator in a variety of settings. Emigrating to Roberts Creek with his family in 2003 Joe's talents diversified with leadership of the Pender Harbour Choir and the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra. Since relocating to Victoria in 2009 Joe has become a busy member of the musical community. He currently leads the Hampton Concert Orchestra, the Chief and Petty Officers Band and the Groovin' Hard Jazz Band. He has performed with the Swiftsure Big Band, Cowichan Consort, the Savvy 6 and the Dream-a-Littles. Joe is employed as a woodwinds instructor at Larsen Music and Long and McQuade.
Bert Annear - Tenor Sax
Bert began playing sax in high school and went on to study classical music at University and Jazz
at various colleges across Canada. He has played with a number of Local Rock groups including
the Rhythm Toads, Soul Station, and the Waybacks. He continues to play Rock and Jazz
with various friends around town, most recently with the Commodores Big Band.
Bruce Ham - Trombone and Vocals
Bruce Ham grew up in Rossland, BC where he began his musical career at the age of 13 playing the trombone in the school band. It was Bruce's band director, Rich DiPasquale, who introduced him to the music of the emerging horn bands of the 70’s. He was soon found playing in several groups in the Rossland/Trail area including a 7-member jazz/rock band - JazzMen.
After high school, Bruce moved to the U.S. to study music at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wa. There he had the privilege of studying with Dr. Ralph Mutchler (nationally recognized arranger) and Floyd Standifer (a jazz legend in Seattle). Two years later, Bruce moved to Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Wa. to study with many great musicians such as Scott Reeves (trombone), Denis Smith (trombone), Bill Cole (trumpet) and Cole Biasini (conductor).
1979 saw Bruce moving back to Canada into his first teaching "gig" at North Island Secondary School in Port McNeil, B.C. There he spent 2 years building the band program before moving to Victoria. He has spent 29 years teaching band in School District 61 where he is presently holds a position at Lambrick Park Secondary. Throughout the years, Bruce has been an active musician in Victoria, playing with numerous groups such as Blue Champagne, After Eight, Eclipse, the Greater Victoria Concert Band, the Don Leppard Big Band, Dal Richards Orchestra, the Chris Millington Big Band, and the U.Vic Big Band. He formed the Island Big Band and was the musical director of the Commodores Big Band.
In “Queenie and the Groove Kings”, Bruce enjoys performing the music of some of his favorite bands Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Tower of Power.
Jill Galt - Lead Vocals
Jill began her career singing, dancing and playing music at the early age of four. Her father was a music teacher and her mother was an avid dance enthusiast so Jill had no shortage of support during her youth as she eagerly studied singing, dance and music. At seventeen Jill joined a 27 piece show band out of Calgary, Canada called Stratus Faction. Jill toured with the band performing in showrooms, clubs and hotels from Toronto to Las Vegas.
Two years later Jill returned to school to earn a Batchelor of Arts from University of Victoria but her true love was always in performance. Jill set out on her the road again performing her own Cabaret and appearing with various groups and in musicals and musical reviews. When she wasn't traveling she was busy in the studio recording jingles and background vocals for albums.
In the mid 1980's Jill began singing on board the ships of Princess Cruise Line. In 1992 Jill moved to Hong Kong where she spent a year singing at the Five Star Island Shangri La Hotel on Hong Kong Island and recording Radio and Television jingles in various studios there. During this time she recorded a CD entitled "Memories", her third CD recording.
She then returned to the sea and joined Seabourn Cruise Line performing her cabaret from Australia to Russia and from South America to China. Jill became Cruise Director on board Seabourn ships in 1996 and continued to perform as well as manage the Entertainment Department on board.
In 2001 she moved to Miami, Florida to become Entertainment Manager for Cunard Cruise Lines. Here she was responsible for hiring the entertainment and cruise staff for the fleet of luxury cruise ships including the world famous Queen Elizabeth II. Jill later moved to Key West, Florida and then to North East Pennsylvania where she performed and taught vocal lessons until returning to her home in Victoria, Canada in 2008.
Liam Arthurs - Guitar and Vocals
Having started life surrounded by Irish jigs and reels, he graduated to blues and rock, which was standard fare near Newcastle, England.
Liam shared jams, gigs and events with Northern Clubland budding stars such as John Miles; Brian Johnson, Hylton Valentine, Steve Jinski. He was a session bass player with UK’s first independent record label, HolyGround, working with Bill Nelson, later of BeBop deluxe.
Arriving in North America in the 80’s, big band and jazz became the focus. Queenie and the Groove Kings is the perfect home of the perfect mix of rock, blues, funk and smooth soul and jazz for tasteful, mature music-lovers.
Alec Lee - Bass Guitar
Picture this. It’s the 1960’s. You’re lying in bed listening to your transistor radio, picking up such great funky, blues based tunes as Honky Tonk, What‘d I Say, and Green Onions on one station and Getz, Brubeck and Kessell on another, getting excited about the music and wanting to be a part of it all. It was this experience that prompted Alec to make music a major focus of his life.
While studying music for several years through a host of lessons and workshops, Alec played in a number of Vancouver based r & b and rock bands, as well as with a couple of small jazz combos. They toured southern BC, particularly the Greater Vancouver area, playing wherever they could, from high schools to clubs, from outdoor venues to major theatres, and back again.
After a multi-year hiatus during which he kept his day jobs in the academic and business worlds, Alec has spent the past 15 years getting back into the Victoria music scene, through lessons with great local musicians, and through playing, especially with Friends of Music, as well as with several local cover bands, jazz combos and a power blues trio.
For the past four years, Alec has provided the bottom end for Queenie and the Groove Kings, playing great tunes in a fine band, and loving every minute of it.