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Orvil Ivie: The Ivie/Meziere Band

The Ivie Meziere Band

The Ivie Meziere Band is a dynamic and eclectic four piece electric blues band from Salem Oregon. This band brings together four very seasoned veteran musicians with a truck load of talent and can cover any genre of music. They have been friends and have played together in different settings for years but the band has been together in this form for three years. You would think they had played together for many more years than that after you hear them play.

At the core of the of the band is drummer Larry London who can lay down a groove a mile wide and make you want to get up and move. He has worked with some of the best in Portland & Salem over the years. Larry understands where rhythm comes from and has extensive background in blues, funk and New Orleans second line groove.

On the Bass & vocals is Bill Foss - Bill’s tasteful bass playing and soulful vocals made him a favorite with a variety of blues and R&B bands in New England during the late seventies, at which time he also began his session work at Noel Paul Stookey's NeWorld Studio. He recorded a number of albums with songwriter and educator Rick Charette and appeared on the first Devonsquare album, on the strength of which the group was signed to Atlantic Records in the mid 1980s. Bill currently resides in Willamina Oregon.

At the front of the band is the powerful guitar duo of Orvil Ivie and Garry Meziere. They are two of the areas favorite guitar players and have been for years.

Orvil Ivie worked as the front person and lead guitarist for the Salem based band Kick. This was one of the best bands to come from this area to this day. Orvil’s playing can be described as “Pure Passion”, His life long love for the guitar shows in every note he plays. You will be amazed when you hear him play.

Garry Meziere is the one of the founding Fathers of Salem based band Reflex Blue. He has worked for the past fourteen years with Portland singing sensation Ellen Whyte. He love’s writing music and performing as well. His playing like his cohort Orvil is moving, powerful and straight from the heart.
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The Ivie Meziere Trio

Orvil Ivie (Guitar/ Vocals) - Orvil is and has always has been one of Oregon’s finest and most talented musicians. His music style has a wide range of influences with deep roots in rock, blues and Contemporary jazz. His playing is both driving and subtle when need be and will leave you spellbound and craving more.

Garry Meziere (Guitar/ Vocals) - Garry (winner of countless Oregon Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards) is the one of the founding Fathers of Salem based band Reflex Blue. He has worked for the past fourteen years with Portland singing sensation Ellen Whyte. He love’s writing music and performing as well. His playing like his cohort Orvil is moving, powerful and straight from the heart.

Bill Foss (Bass/Vocals) - Bill’s tasteful bass playing and soulful vocals made him a favorite with a variety of blues and R&B bands in New England during the late seventies, at which time he also began his session work at Noel Paul Stookey's NeWorld Studio. He recorded a number of albums with songwriter and educator Rick Charette and appeared on the first Devonsquare album, on the strength of which the group was signed to Atlantic Records in the mid 1980s. Bill currently resides in Willamina Oregon.

The Ivie/Meziere Band Featuring Ellen Whyte!
Yes we also work with the great Ellen Whyte if your not familiar with Ellen - here's a copy of her BIO:
Ellen has fronted bands continuously now for more than 30 years, as she has seven critically acclaimed albums. She was captivated by music since she was a child growing up in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Leaving the humidity and the taffeta dresses of her accordion marching band behind, Ellen branched out to blue grass, gospel, rock, blues and jazz. Her eclectic tastes in music include heroes such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.
Ellen is known for her astonishing vocals, as she gracefully moves among genres from blues to jazz to funk and ballads. Her percussive rhythm guitar work is well suited to her voice, and she plays solo, in duos and trios, up to a full nine piece band complete with a horn section. She’s won numerous awards for her work, including consideration for two Grammy Award nominations in 1999 and most recently in 2009 for “Four Way Stop.”
Speaking of such, Grammy award producer Dennis Walker had this to say after working on the third CD, Standing at the Sunrise: “She not only sings like an angel, but brings her own styling and phrasing to every song that is completely individual. Thank God for Ellen Whyte who is one of the last few who can still sing blues and pop and jazz, and still stand up on a stage and sing big band standards with the best of them.”
Ellen, guitarist Garry Meziere, and her husband John Mullin, have collaborated with veteran musicians—“The ‘A’ List Commandos,” as Ellen likes to refer to them-- to produce a sophisticated, yet accessible sound that synchs up well with thoughtful and emotionally infused lyrics.

In addition to the Northwest, Ellen tours in the Mid West and on the East Coast, West Coast, and was a featured artist in the International Blues festival in Montreal. Get ready for some “Heart Rockin’ Music” with Ellen Whyte!
International Blues festival in Montreal. Get ready for some “Heart Rockin’ Music” with Ellen Whyte!