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Image from film-maker Peggy Burkhardt's documentary of The St. Louis Blues and Heritage Festival

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Born in New Orleans, raised in Louisiana & Arkansas, by his teenage years Gaptoof was calling St. Louis, Missouri his home. His music career has taken him through most of the U.S. and into Canada. Some noteworthy highlights are performances in St. Louis with Chuck Berry, a U.S. tour with blues legend Albert King, playing organ alongside "Rock & Of Hall Of Fame" pianist Johnnie Johnson, concerts w/ the St. Louis Symphony and even playing a for a nationally broadcast TV special under the St. Louis arch with Glen Campbell & John Hartford. Gaptoof has also opened shows for singer Phoebe Snow, jazz innovators "The Yellowjackets", pop jazz band "Spyrogyra", comedian David Brenner, country singers Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee and more.

Some Highlights:
Performances with nationally and internationally known musical artists: Chuck Berry, Albert King, John Hartford, Johnnie Johnson, Glen Campbell, Larry Davis, The Saint Louis Symphony, Chris Cain, Michael Kelsey and more...

Performances for:  film-maker Ken Burns, Hillary Clinton, George Walker Bush, George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Tory Holt (St. Louis Rams), National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM), Rudolph Giuliani, John Ashcroft, and many more...Please see "client list" page for more info... 


Performances with these St. Louis musical artists:

Willie Akins, Jeannie Trevor, Oliver Sain, Pennsylvania Slim, Hudson & The Hodoo Cats, Gerald Declue, Samba Bom, Billy Peek (former Chuck Berry & Rod Stewart guitarist), The Soulard Blues Band, Kim Massie, Bob Case, Brian Clarke, Larry Griffin, Erskine Oglesby, Renne Smith, The Albert King alumni band, Bob Kuban, Dawn Weber, Farshid Soltanshahi (Farshid EtniKo), James Warfield, Mary Dyson, Leslie White, Ted McCready, Cryin' Shame, Bennie Smith, Denise Thimes, Charles (Charlie) Glenn, The Legendary Heaters, Sherry Drake, Gene Lynn, Marsha Evans, Blake Travis, Mae Wheeler, Sandy Weltman, Maury Jannett, Mike Newman, Anita Rosamond, Swingset, The Poor People Of Paris, Gene Lynn, Bobby Nickeson, Daryl Darden, Boo Boo Davis, Jesse Gannon, Brian Casserly, Stan Musial (Stan The Man plays harmonica!), Jackie Smith (he sings!) and many more...    


perform most years at the St. Louis "Blues and Heritage Festivals" as a headliner and as a "sideman" backing various artists.


Corporate clients include: Anheuser Busch, Novus International, RE/MAX International and the St. Louis Zoo. Please see "client list" page for more info...


Recordings: 

Yes, Gaptoof has been recording for years, & some samples appear on this website. Hopefully I'll select & compile some of this material and release something for sale. Currently there is no commercially available "product". However...

Gaptoof does appear on some currently available CDs by other artists, including:


Brian Clarke  "As You Believe" 

Al Ox (Oxenhandler)  "Something's Gotta Give" 

Peter Queal  "Wild Hair" 

Bennie Smith  "All-Star Session"   

Shimmy Shack  "Shimmy Shack"


Q: Does Gaptoof appear on an album with Grammy award winning violinist Vassar Clements, Keller Williams, members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, Disco Biscuits, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Particle, The Sam Bush band, Old & In the Way, Zen Trixters, Dark Star Orchestra?


A: How odd that you would ask...I've never been asked that before... but the answer is "Yes"! Through the magic of the mysterious "Vortex", Gaptoof (using the stage name of "Curt Landes") appears with these musicians and many others on the the very fine "Shimmy Shack" CD. It was mixed by multi Grammy award winner Rob Eaton. I really like this CD! Props to "Vortex" and Mike Apirion for getting this together!






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