Andre & the J-Tones Rhythm & Blues Experience

Why book Andre & the J-Tones Rhythm & Blues Experience?

We are a Classic Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Swing, Funk, and Rock band playing The Blues Brothers, The Commitments, Otis Redding, CCR, The Beatles, The Temptations, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and more. Instrumentation: Vocal, trumpet, saxophone, guitars, bass, and drums. We do a lot of our promotions as well through radio, local cable, newspapers, magazines and more to help make each a successful event if that's what is needed. We love to travel, these past 2 summers of 2012/13 we performed for festivals and events in the UK and Ireland and will be going back in 2014.






I have not seen this group live but have their latest CD and have reviewed all of thier posted live audio & video recordings. Wow! Bands are a dime a dozen but real talent like this is much harder to find. Every musician has talent well above average and the 5 piece group has a sound as tight as it gets. Andre is gifted as a guitar player and singer. The horns are especially good and add a very special (and often missing) sound in in a small group that makes ALL the difference. Don't overlook this group!
John T. - Akron, OH, USA

Reviewer: John T.
Event: Other in Akron, OH
Event Date: Nov 25, 2012

Review by Marc J.

Reviewer: Marc J.
Event: Wedding Reception in Hamilton, ON
Event Date: Jul 17, 2010

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for more information
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: AFM, SOCAN


Everyone in the band brings there own unique twist to the bands sound allowing the band to have a great following. Andre’s vocals have the power of Wilson Pickett as well as the gentle sound of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, his guitar playing is influenced by Colin James and the dirty blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The band also includes a horn section of 2, trumpet and tenor saxophone as well as a solid and funky rhythm section with bass and drums.

This combination of skilled players allows the band to have tight horn lines as well as a heavy groove in the rhythm section making anyone in the room sit up and listen.

-3 x50 minute sets or 2 x 1hr and 15 minutes
-Music for during dinner and the breaks
-5 Professional Musicians dressed in black
-We arrive 1 hour before guests arrive to do a sound check and set up.
-Fantastic dance music

Additional Booking Notes

We have our own gear!

We can play 3x50 minute sets or two larger sets of 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on your event.

Andre & the J-Tones Rhythm & Blues Experience

Andre & The J-Tones is a Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Rock and Soul band that performs your favorites from the 60's and 70's. They are energetic with a funky horn section and a singer with the raspy and gutsy power of Wilson Pickett and the gentle sound of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Playing the music of The Blues Brothers, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Commitments, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, CCR, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Beatles. This Hamilton, Ontario band has been together for 9 years performing all over Ontario.

Our singer Andre Bisson released a new CD in August 2013 and another one in 2012 that was Nominated for 7 Hamilton Music/Industry Awards and Won Best Keyboard Player of the Year. His first original CD was voted Best Rhythm & Blues Album in Canada by The Blues Underground Network, Nominated for "Blues Recording of the Year" for the 2009 Hamilton Music Awards (Rhythm & Blues Experience), and Voted Best CD of 2009 by Hamilton Blues. He also released a Christmas CD on December 4, 2010, A Rhythm & Blues Christmas. We also released a cover album in Spring 2011 "Beyond the Covers" which is a great collection of cover songs in the style of Rhythm & Blues from the 60s and 70's.

Recent Events: We just arrived home from another tour in the UK in August 2013. We have also toured there in August 2012 and an Ireland Tour in September 2012. We have also just released our NEW 2013 CD in the UK & Ireland this summer and will be releasing in Canada this Fall 2013

All of the members are full-time independent and professional musicians playing all over and outside of Ontario. Events we have performed for are: Burlington/St. Catharines/Niagara Falls Rotary Ribfests, Porquis Blues Festival, Perth Garlic Fest, Mississauga Lobsterfest, Bread & Honey Festival, Bruce County Blues Concert Series, Hamilton Food & Drink Festival at Copps Coliseum, The Caledonia Fair, Mustard Festival, Royal Botanical Gardens for various events including the Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues Concert Series, Bruce Mines and Sault Ste Marie Canada Day, and much more!

The team providing the talent:

Andre Bisson

Band Leaders, Frontman, Guitarist

Loretta Hale


Brad Cheeseman


Matt Burns


Francis Smith

Tenor Sax

Set List

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Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Money (Motown)
Treat Her Right (The Commitments - Hood/Kurtz)
You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Flip Flop and Fly (Performed by Downchild Blues Band)
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (The Beatles and Joe Cocker)
Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
634-5789 (Steve Cropper, performed by Wilson Pickett)
Leave Your Hat On (Joe Cocker)
Spooky (Middlebrooks & Shapiro)
Land of 1000 dances - (Wilson Pickett)
Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker)
Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa, (Sad Song) (Otis Redding)
Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Dark End Of The Street (Moman/Penn, performed by The Commitments)
Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper)
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (James Brown)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
Mr. Pitiful (Otis Redding/Steve Cropper, Performed by The Commitments)
Try a little Tenderness (Henry Woods, The Commitments)
Soul Man(I. Hayes/Porter, performed by The Blues Brothers)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett, The Commitments)
Hit the Road Jack (Percy Mayfield, Performed by Ray Charles)
Gimmie Some Lovin’ (S.Davis/S.Winwood/M.Winwood, The Blues Brothers)
Hold On I’m Comin’ (Issac Hayes - David Porter - Sam & Dave)
Drive My Car (Beatles)
Vehicle (Jim Peterik, Blood Sweat & Tears)
Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
Reconsider Baby (Lowell Fulson)
Jump Jive and Wail (Louis Prima, Brian Setzer)
Some Kind of Wonderful (John Ellison)
Share the Land (Guess Who)
Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Suzie Q (Dale Hawkins - CCR)
Pass the Peas (James Brown - John Starks - Charles Bobbit)
Shake Rattle and Roll (Elvis - Charles Calhoun)
Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
reams To Remember (Otis Redding)
Night Time Is The Right Time (Napoleon Brown/Ozzie Cadena/Lew Herman Performed by Ray Charles)
Takin Care of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Get Back (The Beatles)
What I say (Ray Charles)
Lively Up Yourself (Bob Marley)
Hard To Handle (Otis Redding)
Long As I can See the Light (John Fogerty)
Down On the Corner (John Fogerty)
Hey Jude (The Beatles)
Sitting at the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Get Ready (Tempations)
The Letter (Joe Cocker)
Stand By Me
Brick House (Commodores)
and much more listed on our website

Influences & Inspiration

Wilson Pickett, The Commitments, Ray Charles, The Blues Brothers, BB King, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, CCR, The Guess Who, The Rolling Stones, Sam & Dave, The Temptations, Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix. Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and James Brown

Setup Requirements

Electrical Outlet