West Island blues maestro on the rise

Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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It's in front of a few hundred people that Dollard des Ormeaux’ Jonathan Adessky performed at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival earlier this month. He rocked the scene with his guitar skills and his ‘bluesy’ beats – performing original songs and covers of his favourite artists.

Jonathan Adessky and his 3rd Degree bandmates performed at Montreal Jazz Fest on July 6.

At only 20 years old, the young musician could gloat about that – but his talent is equaled by his humbleness. At the Loto-Québec scene on July 6, Adessky performed with his band 3rd Degree.

Festival officials described the band as being "fiery".

Adessky was on fire, a defining moment in the musician’s career, telling the Chronicle it was "probably the most exciting experiences" of his life. Even after a few days, his voice alone translated the amazement he felt – being on that big scene and all.

In a blues state of mind

At age 13, he had the chance to be recruited at TD's Blues Camp – a whole week of musical training with the chance to perform at the TD Stage of the Jazz Festival. "That experience always stuck on my mind and I always wanted to have the opportunity of doing it on my own," Adessky said.

Adessky credits his father for growing love of the guitar.

"I was 5 and wanted to play drums, but my dad wouldn't let me," he said jokingly. He then decided to test his self-taught guitar skills on his father’s acoustic guitar. His parents, impressed with his determination and talent, decided to offer him lessons.

His love for the blues, however, began at the age 10 after he saw a particular performance at the Jazz Festival. "We saw a Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials perform and I realized that that was the kind of music I wanted to play."

Jimi Hendrix once said "Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel." Adessky is still figuring that out. "Realistically, a 21-year-old doesn’t have much to sing about the blues," he said. He sings about the hardships and heartbreaks and sometimes gets funny looks about being so young. "I guess I can say that my heart has been broken," he said.

"It is a very passionate type of music, you feel it a lot," he said. He tries to connect what he feels into what he plays. The down-to-earth musician is hoping to play at more festivals next summer.

To know when is the next Jonathan Adessky and the 3rd Degree concert, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/jonadessky3degree

Organizations: Toronto-Dominion Bank, Loto-Québec

Geographic location: West Island

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