Friday, February 26, 2010

Hot Club Of Detroit Presents Seventh Annual Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival--Features Special Guests Howard Alden and Anat Cohen

Mack Avenue recording artist Hot Club of Detroit presents their seventh annual Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival, Friday, March 19th through Sunday March 21st. Featuring special guests, guitarist Howard Alden and clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, Hot Club of Detroit is proud to bring this festival in celebration of Reinhardt’s centennial to Detroit and Cleveland; two cities that Reinhardt himself performed in during his one and only American tour.

By honoring the spirit of Reinhardt’s music and combining it with modern jazz, Hot Club of Detroit has become an international sensation, along with the Reinhardt resurgence.
“Django Reinhardt is the showerhead from which we all come down,” says guitarist and Hot Club of Detroit bandleader Evan Perri.

And while Hot Club of Detroit salutes the 100th Anniversary of Reinhardt’s birth, they pay homage to their inspiration by branching out in new directions, as they display on their forthcoming Mack Avenue release, It’s About That Time, due out in April.

“To me,” says Hot Club of Detroit rhythm guitarist Paul Brady, “Django Reinhardt was a jazz improviser like Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young or any of the other great improvisers of his time. We don’t approach our music as a gypsy jazz band, but 100% as a jazz group;” evident in their choice of special guests, two of Jazz’s finest: Howard Alden and Anat Cohen.

George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger writes of guitarist Howard Alden, “He may be the best of his generation.” Alden, named one of the top 75 jazz guitarists of all time in Downbeat, is largely responsible for the Reinhardt resurgence from his playing for Woody Allen’s 1999 film, Sweet and Lowdown – about a fictional guitarist who worshiped Reinhardt. He has worked with such artists as Benny Carter, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski. Alden returns for his second engagement with the Hot Club of Detroit since 2008.

Hot Club of Detroit also welcomes Israeli-born and New York-based Anat Cohen, who is one of the most exciting and talented clarinetists and saxophonists on the jazz scene. A regular headliner all over the world, Cohen’s accomplishments have been recognized in a flurry of awards and distinctions from critics and fans alike (garnering acclaim from Downbeat, The Jazz Journalists Association, and ASCAP).Additionally, Cohen is the first female reed player, and the first Israeli to headline at New York’s famed Village Vanguard. Nate Chinen of the New York Times wrote of her 2008 release, Notes From the Village, “Notes From The Village is a resounding confirmation; yes, she is the real deal.”

2010 Detroit Djagno Reinhardt Festival

Friday March 19, 8:00 p.m. at Night Town; $25
12383 Cedar Road,
Cleveland Heights OH, 44106

Saturday, March 20th, 9:30 p.m. at Cliff Bell’s $15.
2030 Park Avenue,
Detroit MI 48226

Sunday, March 21st, 4:00 p.m.

A special duo concert of Alden and Cohen will take place at Andy Rothman’s Detroit Groove Society Home Concert Series, 6650 Torybrooke Circle, West Bloomfield MI, 48323, $40 for adults, $15 for students (reservations for the duo concert should be emailed to arothman@comcast.net, or phoned in to (248) 703-6301, by Friday, March 12th).

For Detroit press inquiries and artists interviews, please contact:
Terri Koggenhop
248-360-2455 / immunitymgt@hotmail.com

For National press inquiries and artist interviews, please contact:
Don Lucoff/DL Media
610-667-0501 / don@jazzpublicity.com
www.jazzpublicity.com

Vocalist Petra van Nuis & Guitarist Andy Brown To Release Their First Duo CD, "Far Away Places"

New Disc from the Chicago-Based Duo Scheduled for March 30

Since settling in Chicago in 2004, vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown have established themselves as artists of note in a variety of musical settings. Petra has recorded two well-regarded albums of her own and gigs regularly with a trad jazz band, while Andy, a top-call sideman, has released an album documenting his artistry in both trio and solo contexts.

Van Nuis and Brown have also long worked as a duo, but only in the last four years has the couple been concentrating more on that intimate format. The new CD Far Away Places, which will be released March 30, is their first duo recording. It captures beautifully what CD annotator (and singer/pianist) Judy Roberts calls their “musical mind melding” and “the true essence of the deep connection that [Petra and Andy] share.”

“When Petra and I started playing together as a duo, it was a challenge but it felt natural,” says Brown. “The guitar is a little more spare than piano. With Petra’s tone and less-is-more style, it works really well. I always feel more exposed, but that’s part of what makes it work.”

“The guitar is a very soft, tender, and subtle instrument with a ringing quality,” adds van Nuis. “I feel best vocally and most in tune with Andy when I can ‘tune’ my voice to his guitar and create a blended sound. I almost try to have the same tone as the guitar.”

Unexpected choices in repertoire, like “Far Away Places” (a hit for Bing Crosby), “Destination Moon” (recorded by Beverly Kenney and Nat “King” Cole), and “A Cottage for Sale” (associated with Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme), appear alongside jazz standards “Invitation” and “Caravan,” American Songbook staples “With a Song in My Heart” and “How Little We Know,” and a captivating pair by Cole Porter (“From This Moment On,” “Let’s Do It”). Joao Gilberto’s bossa classic “Bim Bom” is a solo guitar feature for Andy.

“We don’t seem to need elaborate arrangements,” says Brown, “because we often anticipate the next move in the moment. We know each other so well musically and personally that a lot of times we’re thinking the same thing at the same time.”

High school sweethearts who met as 11th-graders at the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Petra van Nuis (pronounced Paytra van Nouse) and Andy Brown, now 34, have grown up together as artists. For years, however, they followed separate creative paths. Petra trained in ballet in San Francisco and New York, graduating with a BFA in musical theater from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She worked as a dancer through college, including a stint with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

Andy, an aspiring blues guitarist, veered toward jazz under the influence of Cincinnati jazz guitar masters Cal Collins and Kenny Poole, who inspired him to explore the jazz guitar tradition as well as classic pop and jazz vocalists including Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, and Chris Connor. Petra found herself seduced by these recordings, and gave up her dancing ambitions to pursue jazz singing.

Though their musical paths have long been aligned, Petra and Andy don’t always work a deux. In Petra’s Recession Seven, she croons Chicago-style trad jazz with a horn-laden band. On her debut album A Sweet Refrain (2006), she’s backed by a swinging small group, and in Revenge of the Kissing Bug (2006), Petra teams up with pianist/vocalist Bradley Williams for a recording of vocal duets.

Brown appears on albums by saxophonist Andrew Lautenbach (Andy Brown and Andrew Lautenbach, 2006) and trombonist Russ Phillips (One Morning in May, 2008), and has played behind Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, and Hod O’Brien (as well as Barbra Streisand, on Oprah). In Chicago, he plays in the bands of Don Stiernberg, Kim Cusack, and Chris Foreman, and as a leader can be heard on Trio and Solo (2007).

Petra and Andy showcase their duo performances every Wednesday evening at the Marion Street Grille in Oak Park, outside Chicago. They also play regularly in Chicago at Katerina’s, an eclectic club with its soul in the arts. On 4/28, they’ll appear at the elegant Chicago landmark Maxim’s to present a Concert of Moon Songs — one of which will be the new CD’s lead track, “Destination Moon.”

“Through different paths we both arrived at what we do very naturally. One thing led to another musically and we fell in love with this music,” says van Nuis.

“We are not trying to recreate anything — it is not a history project,” adds Andy. “We genuinely relate to the songs and style and we share a desire to play in the moment. When we realized we could do it together we thought — even better.”

Photography: Bogdan Nastase

Media Contact:
Terri Hinte
510-234-8781
hudba@sbcglobal.net
www.terrihinte.com

Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown Web Sites:
www.petrasings.com
www.andybrownguitar.com

Eric Bibb and Ruthie Foster Come to the High Point Theater, High Point, NC, February 27

Blues aficionados would take to the highway just about anywhere to catch a solo performance by either Eric Bibb or Ruthie Foster. But on at 8:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 27, Triad area residents get an opportunity to see both of these well-seasoned and highly successful musicians together, on the same stage, at the High Point Theatre, High Point, North Carolina.

Foster comes to High Point with a fresh, new Grammy nomination in hand, received for her most recent album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Born into a family of gospel singers, she began her recording career in 1997 and his since produced six critically acclaimed albums. Hailed by Blues Review magazine as “a full-on blast of Soul and Blues,” Foster has drawn comparisons to such legendary female artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Drawing on a wide range of inspirations, she delivers a sound with a strong Southern Blues groove, a rock & roll rhythm, a top note of gospel redemption and poetic country lyricism laid down in an elegantly jazzy voice.

Also hailing from a rich musical tradition, Bibb is the son of Leon Bibb, a successful performer in New York’s musical theaters who also made a name for himself in that city’s 1960s folk scene. His uncle was the world famous pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and other influences include family friends Pete Seeger and blues legend Odetta. Young Eric left the US for Paris in 1970, where he became a touring and recording star on the European Blues circuit. He cut his first album in 1972 and released his 23rd, Diamond Days, in 2007. Along the way Bibb’s work has been honored with a Grammy nomination, as well as four W.C. Handy award nominations, and in 2008, he was nominated for Acoustic Artist of the Year in the Blues Music Awards.

The Blues rules as Ruthie Foster and her band create a full-on blast of raw musical emotion and soulful singing. Cool and collected, Eric Bibb is one of the Blues’ great storytellers and troubadours. Critically acclaimed masters of their craft, each of them has earned accolades from Blues aficionados around the world…an exceptional, not-to-be missed double bill.

The Theater is located in the International Home Furnishings Center on the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Streets, High Point, North Carolina. There’s a 6:30 reception sponsored by YES! Weekly for ticketholders, that runs ’til a few minutes before the show. We’re going to have appetizers, cake, beer, and wine!

Tickets: $25 Orchestra / $20 Balcony
Tickets are available at www.highpointtheatre.com.
Photos and additional information may be found at:
www.ericbibb.com
www.ruthiefoster.com

Upcoming Events

2/26/2010, 7:30PM- 2/26/2010, 10PM
Chris Carroll/Scott Adair/Pete Dennis/Sam Frazier at the Dan River Coffeehouse
108 Murphy St., Madison

2/26/2010, 9PM- 2/27/2010, Until…
Hell Camino With Drew Questell Opening at the Blue Bayou
106 S. Churton St., Hillsborough
$6 members $8 non-members 21 up
(Be sure to arrive by 9pm so you don’t miss a lick of Drew’s opening set.)
www.bluebayouclub.com
919-732-2555

2/26/2010, 9:30 PM- 2/27/2010, 12:30 AM
Killer Filler at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse
Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410-Y Highway 55, Durham
One fine & funky band that conjures a new twist on lounge sound
contact@papamojosroadhouse.com
919-361-2222 Tel

2/26/2010, 7PM- 2/26/2010, 9PM
Stan & V (Stan Atwell & Terry VunCannon) at Back Street Buzz
234 SW Market St., Reidsville

2/27/2010, 9:30 PM- 2/27/2010, Until…
Armand & Bluesology With Tony “Starr” Bowman & Jim Henderson at the Blue Bayou
106 S. Churton St., Hillsborough
cover : $8/ $10
(919) 732-2555

http://ping.fm/HxPDF

2/27/2010, 10PM- 2/28/2010, 1:30 pm
Big Bump & The Stun Gunz at Churchill’s
132 South Elm St., Greensboro

2/27/2010, 8PM- 2/27/2010, Until…
Castle Carnevale at Castle McCulloch
Castle McCulloch, Jamestown

2/27/2010, 9:30 PM- 2/27/2010, Until…
Misdemeanors With guest Charlley Ward at Cup Of Serenity
3729-A Farmington Drive, Greensboro
Chris Carol, Charlley Ward, Big Tommy Yow and Kelly Pace
Cost: FREE

2/27/2010, 9:30 PM- 2/28/2010, 12:30 AM
Old 86 at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse
Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410-Y Highway 55, Durham
From syncopated rock to jammin’-style Blues – these dudes are fresh
contact@papamojosroadhouse.com
919-361-2222 Tel

2/27/2010, 8:30PM- 2/27/2010, 11:30PM
Winston Salem vocal legend Miss Janice Price & Tony Saliba at the ‘Dan Thai Jazz/Blues Bistro
1116 Eastchester Rd, High Point
Great music in a cool vibe with excellent Thai cuisine.
336 889-3896

3/2/2010, 9PM- 3/2/2010, Midnight
Kings & Peaches at Fisher’s Grille
Corner of N. Elm & Fisher Ave., Greensboro

Percussionist/composer Samuel Torres to Release Yaound?March 23

” . . . at once intelligent, sophisticated and explosive.”-JazzTimes

” . . . has written and recorded music for his project that is inventive, lyrical, and important work. He is a special artist”-Jeff “Tain” Watts

“[Samuel Torres'] playing is full of joy and that’s what music is all about”-Richard Bona

” . . . a ferocious conga solo by Samuel Torres that seemed not humanly possible.”-The Boston Globe

The music on Yaoundé, the second recording from percussionist/composer Samuel Torres, is the product of one of today’s most versatile and formidable Latin jazz artists absorbing the richness of some of the world’s greatest cultural melting pots. The release of Yaoundé, available on March 23, 2010, confirms that this multifaceted musician’s prowess as a composer has come to rival his international acclaim as one of the best percussionists of his generation.

A 2005 trip to Africa with guitarist Richard Bona sparked an interest in African music and its connection to many of his homeland’s rhythms. It unleashed a flood of creative energy that led directly to the creation of Yaoundé. “My trip to Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon, was very emotional,” he recalls. “At that moment, I began a new period in my life. The song ‘Yaoundé’ was the first tune that I wrote after the experience, and out of that compositional process the rest of the songs flowed.”

Yaoundé is the follow up recording to Skin Tones (2006), his debut recording as a leader and an album that quickly solidified his reputation as one of the most creative percussionists in Latin jazz today. The effort was trumpeted by JazzTimes magazine as “at once intelligent, sophisticated and explosive.” Now with Yaoundé Mr. Torres shows an even more stylistically adventurous side, with 13 invigorating tracks that draw from the seemingly inexhaustible reservoir of Colombian folkloric traditions, as well as African sonorities and shadings of funk and jazz.

Although now a seasoned artist in his mid 30s, Torres still boasts the same inquisitive personality that prompted his early interest in music as a young boy in Bogotá. His exposure to African music at its source provided Torres with a new appreciation of how some of the styles of his native Colombia had evolved. He discovered, for instance, the striking similarity between the currulao, a style from Colombia’s Pacific coast region, and the balafon music of Cameroon. “Initially, I didn’t have the intention to do a Colombian jazz album, but as time went on, I felt the need to do it in certain styles. Maybe I was in search of my own identity, or perhaps it was a desire to explore the African influence in Colombian music. It also came from my own perspective of living in New York, of traveling all around, and of loving Latin jazz, salsa, and Cuban and African music and realizing how all of these styles can interact.”

As he did on Skin Tones, Torres surrounds himself with a large cast of musicians who bring their strongly individualistic perspectives to the group sound. Among the headliners whose talents make Yaoundé so memorable are woodwind artists Anat Cohen and Joel Frahm, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, pianist Manuel Valera, bassist John Benitez, timbalero Ralph Irizarry, drummer Ernesto Simpson, vocalist Sofía Rei Koutsovitis, and tiple (12-string Colombian guitar) player Andrés García.

“The combinations of these diverse musicians, I strongly believe, give the flavor of what I was trying to get on Yaoundé,” Torres explains. “The album features a lot of Colombian music, but it comes with a vision from New York and the spirit of West Africa. The group includes Puerto Rican, Cuban, Jewish, Colombian and other South American musicians, but they are players who are really well versed in both jazz and Latin music.”

More on Samuel Torres:
Torres was born September 4, 1976 in Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá and was nurtured in this culturally sophisticated metropolis where jazz and classical music share the stage with salsa and Colombian folkloric idioms. His earliest exposure to music came at home, thanks to an extended family of musicians and ready access to a wealth of Colombian genres. By the age of 12, Torres was performing with various Bogotá ensembles, developing techniques that allowed him to quickly adapt to the demands of jazz, pop music and salsa. A classically trained percussionist, he earned a degree in Music Composition from Bogotá’s esteemed Universidad Javeriana. Before departing for the U.S. in 1999, the resourceful young artist had become an established figure on Colombia’s fertile music scene, backing leading Colombian performers while serving as an arranger and music director for his country’s highly regarded telenovelas (TV soap operas) and films.

Shortly after arriving in the U.S., his career took a dramatic turn when he was tapped by famed trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval to join his group. Torres spent four years touring the world and recording with the jazz great, polishing his ever-expanding talents while attracting the attention of a long list of renowned artists with whom he would eventually collaborate. Over time, he would perform with a veritable “who’s who” of the jazz, Latin pop and salsa world, including such luminaries as Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Don Byron, Claudio Roditi, Richard Bona, Poncho Sanchez, Lila Downs, Marc Anthony, Thalía, and his country’s own international superstar, Shakira. His talents have also been featured in concerts with the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony and at a host of music festivals around the world.

Rounding out the Colombian musician’s résumé are his show-stopping performance for the 2000 edition of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for Hand Percussion, where he placed second, and his association with Latin Percussion, Inc., for whom he produced the DVD, Drum Solos Revisited. Martin Cohen, the founder of LP who has collaborated with most of the Latin world’s finest percussionists over the past four decades, lauds Torres as the most talented arranger and producer he has encountered in over 25 years.

Although his command of percussion techniques is astounding, what makes Samuel Torres stand out from the crowd are his fully developed skills as a composer and arranger. “Since I began playing Latin percussion, I felt there was a pervading bad attitude about percussionists,” he comments. “People would laugh and say, ‘There are musicians, and then are conga players.’ One of the things that I wanted to do in my career was to help change that incorrect impression, and I believe that composition is one way to do that. Composition is a big tool to help understand music. It enables you to express many feelings that might be difficult to communicate as a player.”

As he persuasively demonstrates on Yaoundé, Samuel Torres transcends the conventional definition of a percussionist. He’s a fully developed musician in the true meaning of the word – an artist who passionately follows his intuitions, ever broadening his horizons while further honing his wide-ranging, world class skills.

Press Enquiries on Samuel Torres:
Contact Jason Paul Harman Byrne
@ Red Cat Publicit
Email Redcatjazz@mac.com
Tel 347 578 7601

Blues Singer Shakura S?aida Offers a Taste of Brown Sugar on Label Debut CD For Ruf Records, Out April 13

ATLANTA, GA – Ruf Records announces the signing of one of the hottest names in Canada’s blues scene, singer Shakura S’Aida (pronounced “Shack-oo-ra Sy-EE-da”), and the release of her label debut CD, Brown Sugar, on April 13 in the U.S. and Canada. Ruf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation, and Ruf is releasing the album world-wide. Already released in Europe, Brown Sugar is S’Aida’s second album, and she’s currently on tour in Europe supporting the new CD.

Brown Sugar was produced and engineered by celebrated producer Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Steve Miller) at Bessie Blue Studios in Tennessee, not far from the Tennessee River. Of the album’s dozen tracks, 10 are originals co-written by S’Aida and her guitarist Donna Grantis – a dramatic departure from her 2006 CD, Blueprint, on which she only wrote two of the tracks. The rest of the players on the recording are Lance Anderson on organ, Rick Steff on keyboards, Steve Potts on drums and Dave Smith on bass.

Brown Sugar showcases S’Aida’s powerful, smoldering vocal style, which has made her an international favorite on the club and festival circuit throughout the world. Her dynamic stage presence never fails to ignite the crowds that experience her power-packed delivery in-person.

Soon to become a favorite in the U.S., she’s already built a phenomenal reputation in Canada and Europe, thanks to her frequent tours overseas. She was a first runner-up at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2008 and has been a multiple nominee at Canada’s Maple Blues Awards for the past four years.

Shakura S’Aida was born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, and has been based in Toronto for many years. Also an accomplished actress and voice-over specialist, she’s appeared in a number of stage productions, television series and films.

After her current tour, she’s booked for two more tours in Europe, as well as the St. John Blues Festival in the U.S. Virgin Islands in March, plus other showcases in Canada and the U.S. Shakura S’Aida is booked by Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent.

Tracklist
1. Mr. Right
2. Walk Out That Door
3. Gonna Tell My Baby
4. (Did It) Break Your Heart
5. Angels On High
6. Chasing The Sun
7. Missing The Good And The Bad
8. Sweet Spot
9. Brown Sugar
10. This Is Not A Love Song
11. Anti Love Song
12. Outskirts Of Memphis

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Eric Bibb or Ruthie Foster Come to the High Point Theater, High Point, NC, February 27

Blues aficionados would take to the highway just about anywhere to catch a solo performance by either Eric Bibb or Ruthie Foster. But on at 8:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 27, Triad area residents get an opportunity to see both of these well-seasoned and highly successful musicians together, on the same stage, at the High Point Theatre.

Foster comes to High Point with a fresh, new Grammy nomination in hand, received for her most recent album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Born into a family of gospel singers, she began her recording career in 1997 and his since produced six critically acclaimed albums. Hailed by Blues Review magazine as "a full-on blast of Soul and Blues," Foster has drawn comparisons to such legendary female artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Drawing on a wide range of inspirations, she delivers a sound with a strong Southern Blues groove, a rock & roll rhythm, a top note of gospel redemption and poetic country lyricism laid down in an elegantly jazzy voice.

Also hailing from a rich musical tradition, Bibb is the son of Leon Bibb, a successful performer in New York's musical theaters who also made a name for himself in that city's 1960s folk scene. His uncle was the world famous pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and other influences include family friends Pete Seeger and blues legend Odetta. Young Eric left the US for Paris in 1970, where he became a touring and recording star on the European Blues circuit. He cut his first album in 1972 and released his 23rd, Diamond Days, in 2007. Along the way Bibb's work has been honored with a Grammy nomination, as well as four W.C. Handy award nominations, and in 2008, he was nominated for Acoustic Artist of the Year in the Blues Music Awards.

The Blues rules as Ruthie Foster and her band create a full-on blast of raw musical emotion and soulful singing. Cool and collected, Eric Bibb is one of the Blues' great storytellers and troubadours. Critically acclaimed masters of their craft, each of them has earned accolades from Blues aficionados around the world...an exceptional, not-to-be missed double bill.

The Theater is located in the International Home Furnishings Center on the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Streets, High Point, North Carolina. There's a 6:30 reception sponsored by YES! Weekly for ticketholders, that runs 'til a few minutes before the show. We're going to have appetizers, cake, beer, and wine!

Tickets: $25 Orchestra / $20 Balcony
Tickets are available at www.highpointtheatre.com.
Photos and additional information may be found at:
www.ericbibb.com
www.ruthiefoster.com

The Mortgage Makers and TBS Present The Debbie Davies Band (Connecticut) Saturday, March. 6, PM @ George?s Roadhouse Tickets $10 in advance (at Ducky?s) and $12 at the door Special Student Price (at the door only, ID required): $6

Davies rise to the upper echelon of blues music started at an early age as she absorbed the music heard constantly in her home. Her (professional) musician parents were either sitting at the piano or spinning discs on their turntable, filling the air with the sounds of big band jazz, harmony vocal groups, or the pop icons of the day. But the young Davies was particularly attracted to the bluesier sounds of her father’s Ray Charles records, and by the age of 12 realized that her affinity for an instrument was not for the piano, but for the guitar.

“She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand.” - Los Angeles Times

“Davies playing is extraordinary - full of propulsion and energy and melodic invention…” People Magazine

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, she found that being a female guitar player meant only one thing: acoustic guitar. Electric guitars were still toys meant only for boys. But when Debbie heard the sounds of the British blues-rock bands, particularly the electric guitar of Eric Clapton with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, she became completely captivated. Going against the grains of society’s accepted roles of the time, Debbie pursued her dream with the passion of an artist and the soul of a rebel.

Davies cut her teeth playing in blues and rock ‘n roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984, where she landed the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer, John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. “I stepped through a door into the real blues world when I joined Albert’s band,” Davies says. “It’s one thing to listen to the records and pull off the licks, or sit in the audience watching these artists play. But actually going out and touring with one, turned the blues into something completely three-dimensional for me. I knew then what a special opportunity this was, but I know it even more now.” During her tenure with Albert, Debbie was invited to perform on John Mayall’s 1990 album, A Sense of Place, and in 1991 she recorded with Albert Collins and the Icebreakers on the Grammy nominated self-titled release for Point Blank/Virgin Records.

In the summer of 1991 Debbie became lead guitarist for Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfingers Revue, which served as the opening act for Jimmy Buffett’s “Outpost” tour. In September 1993 she came out with her debut solo release, Picture This, on Blind Pig Records, which featured a cameo by Collins on “I Wonder Why.” People like to ask Debbie if she learned her technique from Collins, to which she gently points out that she had to play well from the start to hold her own with Albert at every performance. However, the experience taught her lessons in being a better musician, both onstage and off. Says Davies, “It was the most powerful band I had ever played with, so I learned to dig even deeper into myself to pull out the music. Albert was a man of so much grace and kindness, so I can only hope that I was able to absorb some of his humanity too.”
Since 1993, Debbie has produced nine solo recordings and two collaborative CD’s, one with guitarists Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal, and another with guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Otis Grand. The roster of other artists who have joined Debbie in the studio on her recordings reads like a who’s who of the blues: Albert Collins, Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard, Tommy Shannon, Chris “Whipper” Layton, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mudcat Ward, Charlie Musselwhite, Bruce Katz, Per Hanson, Noel Neal, and Rod Carey. She has received eight nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. She is nominated yet again in this category for 2008.

Her 2007 Telarc Records release Blues Blast is highly-acclaimed and is a pressure cooker recording that showcases her seasoned guitar and vocal capabilities. It includes guest appearances by three high-profile bluesmen: guitarists Tab Benoit and Coco Montoya, and harpist Charlie Musselwhite. A twenty-year veteran of the road, Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today.

"Davies exhibits guitar playing virtuosity with the likes of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan." – MUSIC CONNECTION

"She pulls out all the stops. She can play it all: seductive, soulful material, down-home delta blues, or humorous tales of life on the road." - BLUES REVIEW MAGAZINE

"Debbie is one of the direct links to the originators of this music. She knows what the blues is all about and you can hear it in the passion of her playing." - COCO MONTOYA
"Debbie is an incredible guitarist who plays with great taste and can cook like mad. Debbie plays from the heart and her heart has a lot to say. She inspires me. Besides being a fine musician she's also an outstanding person that I am very glad to call a friend of mine." - CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

"I don't often give endorsements or references, but once in a rare while I hear a musician of such talent that I want people to know. I believe my reputation backs up my ability to recognize exceptional blues guitarists. Such a one is Debbie Davies. Hear her now." - JOHN MAYALL

Thanks to the TBS sponsors, without whom The 9th annual TBS blues series would be impossible: The Mortgage Makers, The Sackville Save Easy, The Sackville Tribue Post, Ove Samuelson Law Office, George's Roadhouse, Rod Allen Co. Ltd., the Marshlands Inn, The Argosy and CHMA.

Weblinks

For more on the band please visit: http://ping.fm/WeA6Q
For our website, please visit: http://www.mta.ca/tbs

Misc.

For our out of town friends, you can buy your tickets on a visa card by calling Ducky’s at 536-1344.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar about the next monthly TBS blues jam, on Sunday the 21st of March, (3-7) PM at Georges Roadhouse . The Streamliners will be the house band…we invite you to bring an instrument to be a part of the festivities... the jams are free and open to all. We hope to see lots of you there.