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Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Rhythm Room All-Stars Perform this Weekend at the Rhythm Room: There is something special about seeing the Rhythm Room All-Stars at their monthly home base gig. This Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, 2008, Big Pete Pearson, Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn and Brian Fahey (AKA The Rhythm Room All-Stars) take the stage and work their magical musical chemistry on the crowd. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $7. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at these events. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
Tomcat Courtney CD Praised by Blues Revue: Much appreciation to writer Art Tipaldi for his glowing review of Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues on the Blue Witch record Label. Tomcat Courtney, now 79, is one of the few remaining direct links to the music of Lightnin' Hopkins, Lil' Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg. To see this review, click here. Thanks, Art, and thanks, Blues Revue Magazine.
Cadillac Records, a Movie about Chess Records, Opens Dec. 5: Cadillac Records, a film depiction of the rise of Chess Records, will open in Theatres on Friday, December 5, 2008. Let's see how Hollywood will handle a subject so dear to every blues lover's heart. Certainly, the movie trailer is intriguing. Cadillac Records stars Beyoncé Knowles at Etta James, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Columbus Short as Little Walter, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, and Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon. The behind-the-scenes soundtrack musicians (who recreate versions of classic Chess hits) are top notch, and include Kim Wilson, Billy Flynn, Eddie Taylor, Jr., and Barrelhouse Chuck. To see the preview to Cadillac Records clic,k here.
Chicago Blues Guide Posts Article on the 2008 Blues Blast Music Awards! The Chicago Blues Guide is a website that celebrates and supports the great blues scene of Chicago. CBG contains listings for Chicagoland’s blues clubs, bands, radio shows, record labels and links. The webzine features plenty of photos, news and features on what’s happening in the current Chicago blues world, including interviews, events, DVD and CD reviews, and live blues reviews. Check out their wonderful article on the 2008 Blues Blast Music Awards (hosted by Illinoisblues.com) which took place on November 2, 2008 at Buddy Guy's Legends. This article was written by CBG chief Linda Cain and includes nice photos by Jennifer Wheeler. To see the piece, click here.
2009 KBA Award Winners Announced: The KBA (Keeping The Blues Alive) award is The Blues Foundation's recognition of those individuals and organizations that have excelled in their support of blues music and its community. The 2009 recipients have been announced, and include:
1) Agent: Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent, Charlotte, NC
2) Art & Photography: Dusty & Val Scott, Dusty Blues, Pittsburgh, PA
3) Blues Club: B.L.U.E.S., Chicago, IL
4) Education: Monroe County Black History Month, Monroe County, MI
5) Festival: Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride, CO
6) Film, Television and Video: Willy Bearden, Memphis, TN
7) Historical Preservation: Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS
8) International: Associazione Roots And Blues, Parma, Italy
9) Internet: Pandora.com, Oakland, CA
10) Journalism: Hal Horowitz, Marietta, GA
11) Literature: Craig Hopkins, Cedar Hill, TX
12) Manager: John Hahn, New York, NY
13) Organization: Washington Blues Society, Seattle, WA
14) Print Media: Il Blues, Milan, Italy
15) Producer: David Z., Nashville, TN
16) Promoter: Omega Events, Van Nuys, CA
17) Publicist: Betsie Brown, Blind Raccoon, Memphis, TN
18) Radio (Commercial): Kai Turner, Denver, CO
19) Radio (Public): John Kessler, Seattle, WA
20) Record Label: Delta Groove, Van Nuys, CA
21) Retailer: Manifest Disc, Charlotte, NC
22) Sponsor: Barbara Hammerman, Gig Harbor, WA
Congratulations to all these worthy recipients for their great work in the blues. The awards ceremony will take place in Memphis on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge (IBC). For more information on these awards and their recipients, click here.
Biscuits & Blues Celebrates the Life of Francis Clay: Legendary drummer Francis Clay passed away on January 21, 2008. He was known best for his work in the Muddy Waters band, though he also worked and recorded with James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins and many others. In later years, he settled in the San Francisco bay area, where he became an esteemed community figure. For our complete obituary, please reference the newsletter of January 23, 2008 by clicking here, and scrolling to the date. This Sunday, November 16, 2008, Biscuits & Blues will host an event of reflection on this great man's life. The club's website titles this event "Music and Words Honoring Drummer Francis Clay" and the show will include speakers, musical performances, a slide show, a video presentation and cake (it would have been Francis's 85th birthday on this date). Biscuits & Blues is located at 401 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, tel. (415)292-2583. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the event runs from 2pm to 5pm. There is no cover charge, but donations are accepted for a headstone fund. To see a clip of Francis Clay performing with Muddy Waters on a classic 1960 performance of "Got My Mojo Working" live at Newport, click here.
Additions and Corrections to Last Newsletter: 1) The Robert Lockwood, Jr. Article in ABS Magazine was written by Mark Hoffman (Co-author of the Howlin' Wolf bio Moanin' At Midnight), and translated into French by Jean-Luc Varbes. 2) Apparently, Honeyboy Edwards did see the mystery photo speculated to be that of Robert Johnson, and did not give it his seal of approval. 3) Please note that we misspelled and omitted some of the names of the people at the Blues Blast Music Awards, and you can see an amended article by clicking here, and scrolling down.
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TJ Hooker-Taylor "Got To Get My Money Right"
Stephanie Pickett "Stay With Me"
Lee 'Shot' Williams "Wrong Bed!"
Da'Twinky Man "Livin' On A Fixed Income'"
Clarence Dobbins "What Else Can A Good Man Do"
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5. Clarence Dobbins "I'll Go Crazy"
6. Charles Wilson "Candlelight"
7. Frank-O "Let's Do Some Love Talkin'"
8. Becky Starr "Angel/Girlfriend"
9. Nellie "Tiger" Travis "I Got It Like That"
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11.Gwen McCrae & Frank-O "Long Way Home"
13.Stan Mosley "Bitter With The Sweet" (long version)
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Blues Blast Magazine is proud to be a media sponsor of the 25th International Blues Challenge. The silver anniversary of this great Blues competition promises to be one the best ever put on by the Blues Foundation.
In case you are not familiar with this event, it is an international search for the best undiscovered Blues band on the planet. Each year the Blues Foundation's 160 affiliate Blues societies from all over the globe hold "local" or "regional" Blues challenges.
They send the winners to compete in the semifinals in Memphis in February. There are categories for both bands and solo/duet acts.
In 2008, 100 bands and 60 solo/duo acts filled the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday. This is a Blues show you do not want to miss. It is literally the worlds largest gathering of Blues Bands!
Beale Street is the legendary Blues Mecca in Memphis. Each club on Beale has 6 or 8 acts competing in the semi-finals. By the rules of the competition, each act plays exactly 30 minutes all using the same stage setup for a panel of judges and a packed crowd of Blues fans. They are judged on Blues content, vocal and/or instrumental talent, originality and stage presence by a different panels of judges each night (See scoring criteria HERE).
The scores are averaged and the top scoring act from each club advances to the finals that are held at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. (To see some photos of last years fun CLICK HERE)
Tickets to this historical event are just $75 and include entrance to all the clubs on Beale Street both Thursday and Friday and the finals on Saturday. CLICK HERE to get yours now.
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We made it out to a packed Blue Monday this week to hear the Memphis based Delta Highway.
The Alamo was jammed maybe because most Illinois state employees were off the next day for a holiday (Veterans Day).
Or maybe it was this great band belting out one killer Blues song after another.
Brandon Santini on vocal and harp along with Justin Sulek on guitar fit perfectly in a Piedmont groove with a driving rhythm laid down by Paul Chase on bass and Keven Eddy on drums.
This is a very tight band with some great original music.
Give them a listen if they make it anywhere near you!
Blues Reviews and MORE!
James Walker reviews a new CD from Scott Ellison. Brian Holland reviews a DVD by Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters. Ben Cox reviews a CD by Magic Slim and Omar Dykes. All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Featured Blues Review (1 of 3)
Scott Ellison - Ice Storm
Earwig Music Company, Inc.
12 songs; 46:18 minutes; Splendid
Style: Electric guitar driven, full band, Blues-Rock productions
Scott Ellison is living on “Tulsa Time.” He’s gonna keep his watch set to it, because you know that he’s been through it, he’s livin’ on Tulsa Time. That song was written by Danny Flowers, but both Ellison’s album and life story conjure up memories of Eric Clapton’s version dedicated to Eric’s friends from Tusla OK.
Born around 1955, Scott is from Tulsa which was a hot bed of musical talent in the 1970s. Eric Clapton and Freddie King's bands were both based in Tulsa as was Leon Russell's Shelter Records. Influenced and electrified by the British Invasion bands, moved by Motown, and touched by the Soul coming out of Memphis, it wasn't long before Scott started his own band.
In 1977 he began touring with Jessica James (Conway Twitty's daughter), and by 1981 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown had Scott in his band playing rhythm. A move to LA in the mid 80s found Scott with The Box Tops, The Shirelles, J.J. Jackson, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Gary "U.S." Bonds. By the 90s Scott had formed his own Blues Band and opened up shows for such legends as Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, The Fabulous T-Birds, Leon Russell, Bobby Bland, and Buddy Guy.
Throughout his career Scott has been prolific songwriter and has composed and released numerous CDs. Scott continues to tour the US and Canada, and most recently he opened for B.B. King at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
Displaying his string picking, slide guitar work, and rough-edged vocals, “Ice Storm” is a major label release of his best works since 1997. Only tracks 6, 9, and 10 were recorded as recently as 2006-07. Plenty of effort has gone into the production as no less than 29 different artists contributed, whew!
Fans of Eric Clapton’s blues-rock during his Tulsa days will relate to the overall sounds, especially the wah-wah found in “Who Will Be The Fool” and “Keys to My Heart,” which opens acoustically with high pitched slide quickly underpinning. The solo vocal is soon joined by a chorus of background singers.
Radio-ready, and the first that I played on WKCC, is the opening track “Steamin.’” When Scott sings “steamin’” as two syllables, the organ perfectly matches his vocal key for a dynamic man/machine harmony. This up tempo shuffle is a winner.
“Big Blue Car,” the second track, is another full-production number with a comfortable, if familiar, feel - not a raw or rough edge anywhere. “King of the Blues” with its popping rhythm also features some nice burning guitar solos. “Cadillac Woman,” as the name implies, is made for playing loud and driving fast – you know, pass cars - take chances!
“Why’d You Lie To Me?” is made for slide guitar fans. Ellison propels the number from slash and burn into the stratosphere, then throws in a surprise ending. The cooking Albert Collins-esque instrumental title track adds horns to the mix. It is called “Ice Storm,” but it’s hot!
While the full production numbers often break no new ground, Scott’s guitar and vocals intrigue me enough to want to see him perform live. According to his Myspace site, he performs gigs as a trio backed only by bass and drums. A stripped down set like that would be welcome any-time, not just on Tulsa time
Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL
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The Blues Society of Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska
The Blues Society of Omaha, for the third consecutive year, will tie-in their Annual Holiday Party with Omaha Rockabilly guitarist Lash Larue's Toy Drive for the Children of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The event will take place from 5pm-9pm on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at BarFly (707 N. 114th St.) in Omaha, NE.
Featuring The Dallas Blues stars with Mike Morgan and The Crawl, featuring Jim Suhler. The Side Effects will open the show followed by The Loose Brothers. Admission is $10, or a new unwrapped toy. Proceeds from the beverage sales will also benefit the Toy Drive. Details at: www.omahablues.com
Capital Area Blues Society - Okemos, Michigan
Breakin' Bread With The Blues 5 - Sunday, November 16th, 2008 4 – 9:30PM - The fifth annual fund- and food-raising concert for the Capital Area Blues Society and Greater Lansing Food Bank will take place at the Green Door Blues Bar & Grill The Capital Area Blues Society is teaming up the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s 2008 Envelope Campaign to fight hunger in our hometown
The show features Jimmy G & The Capitols, Cool Daddy Ray & The Snake Handlers (from Those Delta Rhythm Kings), the Lansing Guitar All Stars with Frog from the Beeftones, Stan Budzynski from 3rd Degree, Bill Malone from the Old Town Blues Band, plus special guests, then followed by whiz kids Marble Garden. As headliners, we are proud to announce Detroit’s The Alligators – Admission is $5 for all ages 12 and up, which benefits the Blues Society, plus one canned foodstuff or as much as you feel like carrying for the Food Bank. For more event information, contact CABS President Toni Alexander email@example.com 517 282-6796.
Chicago Blues & Bluegrass Festival - Chicago, IL
The Chicago Vlues & Bluegrass Festival on November 22nd, 2008 is a one-day festival hosted by the Congress Theatre. It features 12 hours, 16 bands, for only $31 to help eradicate congenital heart defects in children. A portion of the event’s proceeds will contribute to the research efforts of the Chicago-based Saving Tiny Hearts Foundation. The lineup includes: Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, David Grisman, The Avett Brothers and many more. Check out www.cbgbfestival.com for more info.
Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL
Blue Mondays- Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $2 cover - November 17 - Chris Bell and 100% Blues Power, November 24 - Russell Miller and 6V6, December 1 - Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, December 8 - The Workers (Watermelon Slim's Band) with special Guest Bill Lupkin, December 15 - Studebaker John, December 22 - Scottie Miller and the Uptake Inhibitors, December 29 - Sally Weisenburg and the Famous Sidemen
South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones
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Featured Blues Review (2 of 3)
Nalle, Magic Slim, Omar Dykes - Chapel Hill
Run Time: 43:07
Rarely do we get the chance to hear some of our electric guitar heroes unplug. To hear true mastery put on display. All the electrical sustains and tricks have to be made with the hands, fingers, and a flick of the wrist.
Acoustic, live music for blues is where it all began. The heroes and founders of this great American music didn’t have the luxury of microphones or amplifiers. They shouted and beat on their six strings harder and played with a necessity for strength and resonance.
Take 2 of well-known electric blues players (one THE premier Chicago Blues player) and put them in this all acoustic setting with Denmark’s largest link to American roots music. Chapel Hill thus becomes a comfortable acoustic jam in the studio for these three men: Nalle, Omar Dykes (Omar & the Howlers), and Magic Slim.
Slim brings along a few of his infamous Teardrops on this trip to Denmark (Jon McDonald on slide guitar on “Little Red Rooster” and Michael Blakemore on harmonica for “Love My Baby”). The rest of the musicians are highly touted American roots music players from Denmark. Mixing in banjo, stand up bass, harmonica, and National Steel slide at times; the album is mostly a two guitar approach with either Slim or Omar or both handling the duties. One or two of the three usually handled the vocals (Nalle sings 4, Omar sings 4, Omar & Nalle together on 1 duet, and Slim on 4).
Nalle, a name with which I wasn’t familiar until this album, has been a Blues, Rock, and Soul musician in Denmark since the late 60s. His passion for the music is obvious. Vocally he stands up well next to his two formidable American counterparts.
Some of the songs fall into similar vibes and grooves. Some of Omar Dykes vocal tracks sound like left overs from his On the Jimmy Reed Highway project from last year. Most of the tracks here are covers ranging from Willie Dixon, Luther Allison, Robert Nighthawk, and Junior Wells along with one Magic Slim original.
For traditional blues fans, this album should be a must have. It will likely fly under the radar here in the States because its only available overseas. However, this stripped down acoustic feel is a welcomed addition to Magic Slim’s daunting catalog. It’s also something that Magic Slim fans have never seen out of him, a completely acoustic, and no frills side. Go out and hunt this one down on the internet. You wont be sorry.
The album is an instant classic. Like the old days, this one is not sugar coated and doesn’t have any studio tricks. This is just the straight down home acoustic blues from one of America’s greatest Chicago Bluesmen with a little help from some friends.
Reviewer Ben Cox is a DJ, journalist and musician. Visit his Blues Blog at http://jukejointsoul.blogspot.com/
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Featured Blues Review (3 of 3)
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters – Hope Radio Sessions DVD
Stony Plain Records
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters and Stony Plain Records recently released the “Hope Radio Sessions” on DVD. Recorded at Wellspring Sound in Acton Massachusetts, on April 21 and 22, 2007, the studio setting is responsible for an excellent sound quality, an aspect that often suffers in live recordings. The close and intimate setting provides viewers the ability to feel part of the audience of friends and acquaintances present during the making of the “Hope Radio” CD, which is one of their best live releases to date.
In setting the ideal atmosphere immediately, ‘hope’ being the theme of the CD and the DVD, viewers are given a quick glance of a baseball jersey hanging upon the wall behind the band. It displays the number 42 and the name [Jackie] Robinson, the former Brooklyn Dodger who became the first African-American to play in the major leagues. An athlete who broke through countless boundaries, first to be accepted and then to become one of the greatest players of all-time, his moral fiber was one that undoubtedly contained a huge amount of ‘hope’. This is appropriate for another reason as well, as Ronnie is known to be a huge baseball fan.
Following a wonderful introduction by friend and admirer Reverend Deborah J Blanchard, who points out the soothing and spiritual aspect of Ronnie Earl’s talent, he and the Broadcasters perform “Bobby’s Bop”. The progressive blues romp and brisk jazzy melody finds Ronnie and keyboardist Dave Limina trading solo duties. Pay special attention to Limina, and the manner in which the Berklee alumnus exerts his simultaneous talents on the B-3. One can listen to “Bobby’s Bop” repeatedly, and hear something new from both Earl and Limina each and every time.
Ronnie then gets deep into slow blues expressionism in “Blues For the Homeless”, in which his communicative licks talk amiably to the audience. The guitarist displays his unique ability to play a slow blues with altruistic licks of hope and harmony, which apply a facet of optimism into the song’s title and subject matter. He then gets the intimate crowd standing for a vigorous performance of “Eddie’s Gospel Groove”. The song’s Latin feel is augmented by Limina’s organ technique, as both he and Ronnie bring a Santana element to it, especially early on. Prior to the band entering an eight minute blues excursion of multiple elements, the intro is climactic in “I Am With You”. “Kay My Dear’ summons a tender slow blues atmosphere again, a place where Ronnie is at his best. “New Gospel Tune” takes it in a gospel direction, a blues approach in which he’s quite at home with these days as well, as his spiritual attribute and warm personality shine more than ever in these performances.
That partially describes night one of the recorded performance. Night two is a continuation of the soothing instrumental blues of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, made up of Earl on guitar (Stratocaster of course), Dave Limina on organ and piano, Jimmy Mouradian on bass, and Lorne Entress on drums. The DVD is a desirable companion to the actual “Hope Radio” CD, primarily because of its additions and bonus features, which include a wonderful acoustic rendition of “I Shall Not Be Moved” and an intimate interview with the blues guitar master, conducted by friend Holger Peterson, founder of Stony Plain Records.
Reviewer Brian Holland is a freelance music journalist. Visit his website at http://www.briandholland.com/
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Roadhouse Rags - http://www.myspace.com/roadhouserags
1600 Fortview Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
Friday, November 28th, 2008
Bull's Head Inn - http://www.bullsheadinn.com/
solo acoustic - 9:00pm
120 Sarah Wells Trail
Campell Hall, NY
amazing food, great bar
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
Black-Eyed Sally's - http://www.blackeyedsallys.com
350 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103
Sunday, December 7th, 2008
The Grog - http://www.thegrog.com/directions.htm
13 Middle Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
w/Parker Wheeler and friends
Friday, December 12th, 2008
Buddy Guys Legends - http://buddyguys.com
754 S. Wabash
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
Big Cities Lounge -
905 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61104
Friday, December 26th, 2008
Billy's Lounge - http://www.billyslounge.com/welcome.html
1437 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
GR's home of the blues in East Town
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
McGuire's Resort - http://www.mcguiresresort.com/
7880 Mackinaw Trail
Cadillac, MI 49601
Sunday, December 28th, 2008
Union Street Station - http://www.myspace.com/unionstreetstation
117 S Union St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
Frank Guido's Little Italy - http://www.frankguidoslittleitaly.com/
New Year's Eve
14 Thomas St
Kingston, NY 12401
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Joseph's Grille - http://www.josephsgrille.com/index.php
1033 Bellevue Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047
Friday, February 13th, 2009
Theodores Blues, Booze, & BBQ - http://www.theobbq.com/
201 Worthington St
Springfield, MA 01103
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
Keltic House - http://www.thekeltichouse.com/
Valentines Day - 10:00pm
1004 Main St.
Fishkill, NY 12524
Friday, February 20th, 2009
Billy's Lounge - http://billyslounge.com
1437 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
November 13, 2008
RIP Doris Carr: This sad news just in from Roger Stolle: Mrs. Doris Carr of Lula, Mississippi, passed away early this morning at age 80, according to long-time Carr Family friend and former Rooster Blues co-owner Patty Johnson of Clarksdale. Known by many as the beloved wife of legendary blues drummer Sam Carr, Miss Doris was also a blues singer in her own right and a caretaker of other Deltans in the past. She is survived by her husband, Sam Carr -- the son of slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk and drummer of the world-famous Jelly Roll Kings. Sam and Doris Carr have been together since she was 13 years old. Mrs. Carr had been in poor health for some time. Mr. Carr still resides in Lula. Funeral arrangements are pending with more information forthcoming.
“JUS` BLUES MUSIC FOUNDATION
November 12, 2008
ATLANTA, GA - Jus` Blues Music Foundation, Inc. proudly presents its inaugural “Christmas Blues Gala,” Friday, December 5th at 8 pm at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown Atlanta on Capital Avenue near Turner Field. Entertainment will be by international recording artist, Prince of the Blues Lucky Peterson, the 1st Lady of Blues & Soul Trudy Lynn and the debut of Blues music phenom Tyree.
The Blues & Soul music community is invited and a special invitation is extended to artists, managers, agents, promoters, clubs, radio DJs and fans of great Southern Soul music to be a part of this BIG gala affair. It is encouraged to bring information on artists and candidates that should be considered for the ballot of the upcoming 2009 Jus` Blues Music Awards held during August 5th thru August 9th in Memphis, Tennessee.
The categories include Best New Artist, Best Blues & Soul Radio DJ, Best Blues & Soul Song, Best Traditional Blues Artist and many more. We are also considering Blues & Soul music candidates to be honored at the “Night of the Living Legends” Dinner celebrating the Honorees of the 2009 Jus` Blues Music Awards on August 5th. Information on the event(s) will be forthcoming and posted on the websites - www.jusbluesmusicfoundation.org and www.jusbluesmusic.com.
The Jus` Blues Music Foundation “Christmas Blues Gala” will be a great opportunity to network and party with like others and professionals in the Blues & Soul music industry. Advance tickets for the gala event are $40.00. V.I.P. tables and advance tickets are available at www.jusbluesmusicfoundation.org. This will include: Admission to the gala, Dinner, a one year membership to the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation, membership to the online Jus’ Blues Room, and your name placed in a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to attend the 2009 Jus’ Blues Music Awards.
The Board of Directors of the Jus` Blues Music Foundation will be holding its National meeting in Atlanta at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown Atlanta on December 4th, 5th & 6th to tend to the business of the upcoming 2009 and 2010 initiatives and events of the organization. JBMF members are welcome to attend. Additionally, the JBMF Advisory Board will meet also.
Jus` Blues Music Foundation, Inc. encourages your financial and in-kind support to further promote as well as educate young people through the “Jus` Blues In The School” music program to help share the importance of keeping the tradition of this great American art form alive.
For additional information and media contact:
Charles Mitchell, President
Jus` Blues Music Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 44771
Atlanta, Georgia 30336
For an overnight stay, contact the Holiday Inn Select and ask for the special Jus` Blues rate.
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Atlanta Capitol Conference Center
450 Capitol Avenue
Atlanta, GA. 30312
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It’s second Thursday again, and that means … The Bank Walkers will be rocking the Blue Martini!
Here’s all the info, hope to see you there:
Thurs., Nov. 13, 8 pm - mid
Andy Coats & the Bank Walkers
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DVD RELEASE OF CLASSIC JAZZ FILMS
JEZEBEL PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the DVD release of our
award-winning trilogy of films on women and jazz. Led by the newly
remastered classic International Sweethearts of Rhythm: America?s
Hottest All Girl Band, the collection also includes Tiny & Ruby: Hell
Divin? Women and Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be In Love.
International Sweethearts Of Rhythm is a toe-tapping music film that
tells the story of the multi-racial all-women?s swing band that rose
to success in the 1940?s despite gender and racial prejudice. Critics
have called it ?an audible treat? (Village Voice), ?a delightful trip
down memory lane? (New York Times), ?a powerful testament to survival
and affirmation? (American Historical Review) and a film that ?makes
you glad documentaries were invented? (Atlanta Journal and
Since its release in 1986, International Sweethearts Of Rhythm has
been screened at over 150 film festivals world-wide. Selected
screenings and awards include:
? New York Film Festival
? Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
? National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
? World Cinema Spain ?Best Films of the Decade? 2002
? First Prize at Festival de Films de Femmes, Paris
? Jury Prize, Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Germany
? Broadcast in over 20 countries including Britain, France, Holland,
America (PBS, BET and Bravo), China, Denmark, Australia, Zimbabwe,
Canada and Japan.
Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin? Women, a companion film to International
Sweethearts of Rhythm, is the first documentary to feature a Black
lesbian couple: legendary jazz trumpeter Tiny Davis and her partner of
42 years, drummer-pianist Ruby Lucas. Weaving together rare jazz
recordings, live performances, vintage photographs, and narrative
poetry, the film has been called ?vibrant, sassy and evocative? (City
Limits, London). Long before today?s gay marriage debates, Tiny &
Ruby received the 1989 Axel Award from the Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian
Film Festival ?for its contribution to the equality and enlightenment
of gays and lesbians in today?s society?. The film has swept awards
around the world, including the Silver Plaque at the Chicago
International Film Festival, the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film
Festival, Audience Favorite at Festival de Films de Femmes, Paris, and
Blue Ribbon (First Place) at The American Film Festival.
Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be In Love features the late great jazz
singer in her last studio recording session (with Dick Hyman on piano
and Milt Hilton on bass). Interviews with Maxine Sullivan and fellow
musicians Marian McPartland and Scott Hamilton are interwoven with
photographs, Hollywood clips, and stunning performance footage. A
contemporary of Ella Fitzgerald, jazz historians credit Maxine with
inspiring Ella to sing traditional songs set to a jazz beat. ?This
beautiful portrait of a true musical legend is a wonderful mix of
entertainment and music history.? (Booklist). According to the
American Film Festival, ?This thoughtful portrait of Maxine
Sullivan?is an example of excellence and beauty.?
ONE DVD WITH ALL THREE FILMS, with bonus footage of the filmmakers in
discussion at Lincoln Center, is available for $99.00 (schools and
libraries) or $39 (personal home use only). Order on-line at
www.jezebel.org. Purchase orders or checks can also be sent to:
Jezebel Productions Box 1348 New York, NY 10011.
WATCH THE TRAILER: WWW.JEZEBEL.ORG
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thanks for listening!!!
On a positive note, Bobby Darin got a big vote of approval from my elementary art students today!:-) I played a cd of Bobby Darin's music and they loved it! Even the high school kids tolerated it:-)
I have a new x-mas blues song. http://www.heysantacd.com/
Here's the video
Just trying toi get the word out. Thanks for listening.
Thanks, Merry Christmas & Vegas Baby!
Mr. Vegas Man
Ann Arbor USA