|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.
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
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...