Friday, December 31, 2010

Award Winning Young Jazz Artists in Concert with Jazz Masters in West Palm Beach Florida Jan 3, 2011

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Jazz is YOUNG & ALIVE!


JANUARY 3, 2011  at 8 PM
700 ROSEMARY AVE  - CityPlace  - WPB
$25 JAMS members
$35 non-members $10 students

Tickets: 877-722-2820 or

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

January 2011....Blues Power top 30

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1...Robin Rogers..Back in the Fire...Blind Pig

2...Charlie Musselwhite...The Wall...Alligator
3.. Buddy Guy....Living Proof
4...Chris Harper...Four Aces & a Harp...Swississippi
5...Eden Brent...Ain't Got No Troubles...Yellow Dog
6...Bob Corritore..Harmonica Blues...Delta Groove
7...Paul Oscher...Bet on the Blues..Blues Fidelity
8...Shaun Murphy..Trouble with Lovin'...Serenity Hill
9...Lynwood Slim...Brazilian Kicks...Delta Groove
10.Robert Cray..Cookin' in Mobile..Nozzle
11.Eric Clapton/Var Art...Crossroads Guitar...Rhino
12.Rev Raven..Shake Your Boogie...Bald Eagle
13.Kenny Wayne Sheppard Band...Live in Chicago..Roadrunner
14.Downchild...I Need a Hat...Linus
15.Jim Byrnes..Everywhere West...Black Hen
16.Studebaker John..That's the Way You Do...Delmark
17.Jim Kines...Love You From the Top...Delmark
18.BooBoo Davis..Undercover Blues..Black & Tan
19.Rick Tobey ...Plays Willie Dixon...Chickenhead
20.Var. Art...Lousiana Swamp Stomp...Honeybee
21.Tas Cru..Jus' Desserts...Crustee Tee Reoc
22.Chrissie O'Dell...If I had a Dime..Dime Time Prod
23.Drink Small..Halleujah Boogaloo..MusicMaker
24.Sabrina Weeks..Tales from Lenny's Diner..
25.Deb Callahan...Tell it Like it Is..Blue Pearl
26.Lucky Petersen..You Can Always Turn Around..Dry
27.Retro Deluxe....Watermelon Tea..Rinkled rooster
28.Devon Allman..Space Age Blues..Provogue
30.Duke Tumatoe..I Just Want to be Rich...Electroglide

BLUES POWER...334-718-1736


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies

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Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies
Pianist also hosted various radio and TV shows
By Lee Mergner of JazzTimes

Dr. Billy Taylor, a jazz pianist who was there at 52nd Street for the birth of bebop and modern jazz and who went on to become a long career as both musician and radio/TV broadaster, died on Tuesday, December 28 in Riverdale, New York. According to his daughter Kim Taylor Thompson, the cause of death was a heart attack. Dr. Taylor had been ailing with heart and circulatory issues over the last 3 months. He was 89 years old. The death was confirmed by the Kennedy Center, where Taylor had been an artistic director of jazz for many years.

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Call for jazz musicians for Jazz Mass in Hollywood Florida in April 2011

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Happy Holidays. I am looking for Jazz musicians in Hollywood, Fl to help St. James with the Jazz Mass in April 2011. Do you know anyone who might be interested? Please have the person contact me at (954) 987-2203 or send me an e-mail at

Thank you very much for your cooperation. Have a happy New Year!

Fr. O. Addison+
St. James in-The-Hills Episcopal Church
3329 Wilson Street
Hollywood, Florida 33021
(954) 987-2203

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Monday, December 27, 2010

WWWBTW - Jazz & Blues Florida; calling 'em like we see 'em...

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Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?: 
Jazz & Blues Florida
Complete listings at
Monday, Dec 27: 
  • Djon’s Steak & Lobster House, Melbourne Beach: John Ryan solo piano
  • Mister Tony's, Palm Bay: Jazz Jam Every Monday: Hosted by guitarist Chuck Van Riper w/ pianist Carl Hendrix and bassist Ron Pirtle
  • Why Not Lounge - Clarion Inn & Conf. Center, Altamonte Springs: UCF Student Jazz Nite.
Tuesday, Dec 28:
  • Sunrise Theater - Black Box, Ft. Pierce: Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Presents a SPECIAL JAZZ & BLUES SOCIETY JAM NIGHT! 16 piece swing big band FOR DANCERS ONLY - with dance floor! Singers and musicians will be able to sit in. There will be a dance floor for this event (The society is looking for additional volunteers to help establish this as a regular program and establish a Latin jazz night. Bring your dancing shoes and step right up to Don Bestor with your offer of helping!)
  • Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank Ward  hosting The Nouveaux Honkies
  • Island Oasis Bar & Grill, Winter Park: Blues Jam hosted by Paul Stott & Doc Williamson
  • Mockingbird Café, Tallahassee: Zach Bartholomew Trio
Wednesday, Dec 29:
Thursday, Dec 30:
  • Fishtales On 33rd, Fort Lauderdale: AZ Kenny Tsak & 56 Deluxe
  • Vines Grille & Wine Bar, Orlando: Bernie Lee & Co.
  • Tini Martini Bar - Casablanca Inn, St Augustine: Bob Fraioli playing Solo Piano
Friday, Dec 31:
  • Wayne Densch PAC, Sanford: Blue Years Eve Celebration w/ Damon Fowler & The BluesBusters.
  • Pineapple Groove, Delray Beach: The Blues Brothers Soul Band
  • Revolution Live:, Fort Lauderdale: Bobby Lee Rodgers & The Lee Boys
  • Highlands Manor, Apopka: Tina Stefanos & Straight Ahead Jazz & Swing
  • Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee: New Year's Eve Bash with The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band
  • Green Parrot, Key West: Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes
  • Blues Jean Blues, Ft. Lauderdale: Turk Mauro Quartet
  • Chef John's New American Bistro & Blues Bar, Jupiter: New Years Eve $55 Special Dinner, Champagne and 2 BANDS! David Shelley & Bluestone AND JP Soars & The Redhots!! Both bands will be onstage at midnight. Andy Preston with the Gator 98.7FM radio will broadcast here with his van & tent & he'll have giveaways. We expect this will be a big party inside & out. Cover Charge with no dinner is $25. The LaQuinta Inn in our plaza is offering our guests discounted rooms, about $75 (includes breakfast). So you don't have to worry about driving. CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS;
  • Beach Shack, Cocoa Beach: Danny Morris Band
  • B-Sharp's Jazz Café, Tallahassee: New Year's Eve Party w/ Leon Anderson and Friends
  • Boatyard, Panama City: Hulon w/ Geoffry McBride
Saturday, January 1, 2011!:
  • Houston's Restaurant, Winter Park: Don Waldrop Trio
  • Dive Bar, Ft. Lauderdale: Rockin' Jake
  •, Palm Beach & Broward Counties at 90.7FM and online:  6-10pm, Stu Grant's Jazz Impressions
Sunday, Jan 2:
  • Chef John's New American Bistro & Blues Bar, Jupiter: Sunday Blues Jams returns w/ Bobby Nathan at 8pm
  • Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian:  Sean Chambers
  • Riverwalk Along New River, Ft. Lauderdale: SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch
  • Vintage 56, Rockledge: Guitarist Ron Lee & Jazz--ee Sunday Jazz Brunch.
  • Trader Jacks Roadside Grill, DeLand: Jazz & Blues Jam Hosted by Ed McCurdy
  • Mrs. Murphy’s Pub & Grubb, Fort Lauderdale: Danny Burger Jazz Band w/ Turk Mauro, & Special Guests (6-10pm)
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm)
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Monday, Jan 3:
Tuesday, Jan 4:
* New Listings of the Week:  
  • Perida Golf Country Club: 4950 Peridia Boulevard E, Bradenton, FL 34203-4052 6:30-9:30pm, March 5: CanAmGer Jazz Band
  • Snook Haven Restaurant & Fish Camp: 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292
    (941)485-7221 Jan 29: Walker Smith Group
* New Florida Music:
  • Women in Jazz South Florida Compilation
New Club Photos  MySpace is still not really functional from our side, so if that doesn't work for you, please check out our Facebook albums.  This week we had another great Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach w/ Famous Frank and Nico Wayne Toussant, Nicki Parrott Trio at The JAMS concert series and The Nucklebusters at Chef John's.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mississippis Blue Trail - Mississippi to Florida Marker at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee

Mississippi to Florida - Tallahassee

"North Florida’s urban clubs and rural roadhouses, including clubs that have operated at this historic Bradfordville location, have played an important role in the history of the Gulf Coast “chitlin circuit” for touring African American blues, jazz, and R&B musicians. Mississippi-born artists B. B. King, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and many more have performed and recorded in Florida, while some Floridians, including bluesman Benny Latimore, recorded at studios in Mississippi as well."

To see the picture of the market and read the full contents CLICK HERE

Congratz out to the BBC and EVERYONE that has EVER played or listened there, and all of the Florida blues people, past and present, that did the right things to make this recognition happen now, to last forever.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

More from our Florida Westcoast Bluesman Friend, Randy Hock...

Hello all,
As we near the end of the year and reflect on what is important in our lives, I wanted to share a story about a "Special Event" that happened in the Tampa Bay area this fall.

It was a benefit for the late Craig Van Tilbury who related to me, while he was working with me as a guitar player recently, that his "claim to fame" was being the guitar player for Joey Dee and the Starlighters of “The Peppermint Twist” fame in Europe.

"The Best of The Best" of Tampa Bay’s Musicians/Blues Musicians, came to skippers Smoke House on Monday Sept. 27th 2010 to honor Craig’s memory.

In the audience was: Damon Fowler and his band, Sean Chambers, Steve Arvey, Jimmy Griswald, Charlie Morris, Sarasota Slim, Ed Wright, Branson, and George Harris - guitar player and owner of Panda Recording Studios.

Steve Arvey had this to say, "I didn't even know Craig, and I needed an Amp once, and he just loaned me one. What a great guy!"

As a guitar player he was in rotation with Sarasota Slim and slated to play a
gig with me the week he passed on. It was always a pleasure to work with him on shows at Brandy’s and Screwie Louies.

Joey Dee and The Starlighters took the stage joined by George Harris on guitar, and local saxophonist, Tim Eddie, to honor and remember Craig.

The closing show was The Damon Fowler Band joined by Ed Wright on his right, Jimmy Griswald on his left and left of Jimmy was Sean Chambers. They were all playing together, and trading leads from left to right, and back again. They played songs by Craig’s favorite guitar players, from Roy Buchanan to Jimmy Hendrix. Then near the End, Damon Fowler took off his guitar and brought up Branson to play, and Sean Chambers offered his to George Harris, and they continued to pass leads back and forth in an awesome display of musicianship! These are not just the BEST guitar players in Tampa, but knowing them, and playing with the majority of them, these are among the best players in Florida! Not only is a fitting tribute to the man, but also to the music and community to which we all share.

As to my involvement in the local scene as a band leader I use as many of these guys as I can put to work as The ambassador to the Blues Hall of Fame. I initiated inductions into the Blues Hall of Fame, and make sure they receive the recognition they deserve. These are "real deal" guys that ARE playing the Blues. So my involvement is to work with Anybody and Everybody to see to it that the Blues continues to flourish and prosper in Tampa Bay and beyond.

The other ambassadors of The Blues Hall of Fame that are in Florida; Gabe Butterfield and Sally Squitieri of Sopchoppy, Jeff Todd of Central Florida, and Al Stone of Jacksonville are all as committed as I am in this endeavor.

As to Craig--I won't say "Craig YOU will be missed" I'd rather say "Craig, YOU are remembered!"

Randy Bluesman Hock

Randy is currently in a song competition and if you want to help out (no registration and just TWO clicks!) here is the info…you can hit it daily up to Jan 2nd and every vote is not only a vote Randy, but a vote for the blues!

Living The Life of The Blues has moved up again to #2.
You can find it here:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

State contest seeking songs about Florida

Songs about Florida - any aspect of Florida - can be entered until Dec. 31 in the the Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest, sponsored by the state of Florida.

Since its beginning in 1992, the contest has generated hundreds of songs about every conceivable aspect of Florida: its history, land, water, characters, weather and creatures.

Songs have been serious, comical, romantic and inspirational and have included blues, jazz, folk, country, rap  and classical.

Entries arrive from various areas of the USA, but most come from Florida.

Songs must be submitted to The Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest at P.O. Box 350335, Grand Island, FL 32735.

The song must be about Florida and must be clearly identifiable as such. Songs may be any type of music and must be the original work of the entrant.

Five judges rate the songs on authenticity, originality, and emotional impact, as well as technical expertise.

Each person may submit up to three songs. Cash prizes are awarded the top three entries. Winners are invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Will McLean Music Festival, March 11-13, 2011 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, Fla.

All who enter will have an opportunity to share their songs in the Circle of Song area at the festival.

The Will McLean Foundation is sponsoring a series of CDs featuring the finalists of each year. The first CD, with winners from 2006-2010, will be released this month.

For more information, call 352-465-7208 or visit:

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Smyrna Beach Florida 2011 Jazz Fest to be dedicated to Jazzman Harold Blanchard

This in today from our friend in New Smyrna Beach, Marc Monteson:

Harold Blanchard, New Smyrna's Ambassador of Jazz passed away Sunday. This giant in jazz chose to live in our tiny little beach town instead of New York City or any other jazz influenced city.

Harold performed at every Jazz Festival I produced since 2001 and September 26, 2008 during the 8th Annual event, it was proclaimed by the city Harold Blanchard Day.... So I am announcing today the 11th annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival September 23-25, 2011 will be dedicated to his memory.

His Bio from the web page of Stetson University:

Harold A. Blanchard achieved considerable prominence in Central Florida as a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. His compositions have been performed by outstanding jazz artists such as Chick Corea, Ron Carter and Bob James, to name a few.

He was born in New York city to parents who were musicians. His father played saxophone and clarinet with several big bands during the late 1930's and 1940's, including Cab Calloway and Erskine Hawkins. Harold received his early training in piano from his father beginning at age 6, the same year he debuted performing Chopin. At age 7 he began a 10-year study with Juilliard School graduate Edwin Coates, and later, while studying at the Juilliard School of Music, continued such training with famed American pianist Jacques Abram. Harold's first solo recital was performed when he was 14 years old, and his first New York recital occurred a year later.

Harold Blanchard has recorded with the legendary Quincy Jones and has performed throughout the world in places such as El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Bahamas, and the Middle East, playing for such dignitaries as Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. He composed "Guatemala Connection" for CBS and was commissioned to compose "New Earth Sonata" which was recorded under a CBS-Masterwork's label in the summer of 1983. Additionally, he performed and recorded this large work with noted jazz pianist Chick Corea and world-renowned flutist Hubert Laws. "New Earth" spent 16 months on Billboards's Top 10. The recording of this 28-minute composition highlighted and demonstrated Blanchard's abilities as both a classical and jazz composer. Mr. Blanchard came to Central Florida in 1977 after spending eight years in Guatemala, Central America; and prior to that, ten years in Nassau, Bahamas. In these latter two places he earned a fine reputation as a teacher and performer, and continues to teach privately at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Additionally, since the year 1983, he has been on staff as an adjunct professor at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. His jazz improvisation course is required for Stetson University music majors. Harold states: "I want to make jazz more digestible to the listener by inserting improvisation within a classical structure".

During the ensuing years at Stetson he has composed a number of classical works. "The Concertino for Flute and Orchestra", was premiered by the Stetson University Orchestra. In 1989 his "Piano Concerto in E Flat" was commissioned by Stetson University's Artists and Lecturers Committee and premiered on November 17, 1989. In this same year Harold was elected as a member to the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda Society. His composition " Explorations for Violin Duo and Piano" was commissioned by Routa Kroumovitch and Alvaro Gomez and has been performed in Europe, Canada, Chile, and South America.

In 1991 Harold composed "Slightly Blue" for the Laclede Quartet. The "String Quartet No. 1" was commissioned for the Laclede Quartet in 1993 and premiered on January 23, 1994. "Innocent Meandering" was composed for guitarist Steve Robinson in 1993. It was recently included on Mr. Robinson's latest CD entitled "The American Record".

* note Harold very recently performed for a fundraiser at Atlantic Center for the Arts and thrilled the crowd with his jazz

Here's Harold with bassist Chuck Archard from 2006............

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Song Marketing - Florida Bluesman Style!

Our friend, Bluesman Randy Hock from over Tampa way, has had some success with a song he put out earlier this year and we thought it would be of interest for him to share with us how he did the promotion. Here is what he had to say about getting airplay, pushing for corporate ‘sponsorship’ of the tune and placing it on the market for sale – all by himself! This bluesman is as hard driving as that bass line he puts out!

“There was no "special" plan when I started with this song, but I had in mind when I wrote it that it would be a good theme song for ESPN and their poker shows. My genre is blues and a bit more difficult to work with then other genres so I chose the music from music I like that I saw got good audience response, such as Elmore James’ "Dust My Broom." Then the plan was to get it out and get it heard so I started with my MySpace site and used everything I could find that the site offered including audio player, videos, notices and notices of my gigs so I get more people to hear it live. Then I found a great sight "Live Blues World" which attracted two DJ's (Live365’s Mray and Bighamr) that heard the song and asked to play it. Once I saw the radio play potential I signed up with CDBaby, and they got it to i-tunes. From there, I told people of the successes and attracted more DJ's via Facebook. They were coming to me, and still are, so far, including Big D from WWOZ the famous radio/web station out of New Orleans. I also found other sites you can upload songs to and get free airplay. You just need to be on the look out for all opportunities. I found Music Xray and submitted the song to Dennis Gelbaum who is a consultant for ESPN-NASCAR and he sent it to ESPN for consideration. He also asked me to write a theme song for NASCAR which is in the works. It passed through the front door and on to the media department, and then went to the final decision maker. Things move slower in the corporate world and it is still there now awaiting a decision. So it's all in having a good song that you believe in, getting DJ's to play it and having the likes of CDbaby or tunecore distribute it for you. Now there is more going on with record companies, but nothing I can discuss yet. Hopefully the next time you hear from me I will have a contract in my hand! You can hear the Texas Holdem Blues and my latest songs at "


Randy Bluesman Hock

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Blueswoman Robin Rogers has died

Robin Rogers passed away today at 12:40pm.

Recently nominated for 2011 Blues Music Awards in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist category, Robin was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer in August.

Details will be posted as they become available.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Frank Prize Accepting Applications for Palm Beach County Performing Artists


The Board of Directors of The Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts is happy to announce that early next year $10,000 will be divided among three outstanding members of the performing arts community working in Palm Beach County.

The Frank Prize was established to recognize and reward individual, dedicated performing artists and performing arts educators who enrich the quality of the performing arts in Palm Beach County.

Last year's honorees were Clarence Brooks, choreographer and Assistant Professor/Director of Dance at Florida Atlantic University (Emerging Artist Prize), actor Beth Dimon (Performing Artist Prize) and Michael Fraley, Director of Music at Boca Raton Middle School (Performing Arts Educator Prize).

The application procedure remains the same as last year. Three winners will be awarded as follows: one as an outstanding performing artist, one as an outstanding performing arts educator, and an emerging artist of note with a minimum of three years experience as a performer or as an educator in Palm Beach County.

"Speaking on behalf of the board, we are honored and grateful to be in this position of awareness raising with regard to the critical need for ongoing support of performing artists andPoste performing arts educators in our community."

- Steve Caras, Frank Prize Founding Chairman

Submission guidelines and criteria materials for the Frank Prize have been circulated throughout the county's arts institutions, schools and academies. Submissions, including all support materials, must be post marked by March 25, 2011. Winners will be announced in late April, 2011. They will be honored at an awards ceremony with time and place to be announced at a later date.

For submission information, please email

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Miami Gardens, FL – Regarded as one of the premier music festivals of the season, the City of Miami Gardens 6th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens” will be held at Sun Life Stadium, in the heart of Miami Gardens on March 19 & 20, 2011. The festival owes its success to a simple formula: great food, extraordinarily affordable ticket prices and amazing weather and most importantly a star-studded line-up of amazing local and international talent and local talent. This year, “Jazzin the Gardens,” in partnership with Sonicbids, is proud to announce the search for the best of the best in Florida talent.

Submission is easy through Sonicbids. Artists interested in performing at Jazz in the Gardens simply complete an online application through the exclusive submissions platform partner ( Those who are not an existing Sonicbids member will receive a two-week free trial when they apply for Jazz in the Gardens. Sonicbids will then use the submitted material as an electronic press kit (EPK™) to access the music and information. Once the submissions are 100% complete and as close to perfect as possible artists will receive a confirmation email that their EPK™ is being processed.

“The 2011 event will continue our legacy of producing a first class event. As we say in Miami Gardens, ‘if we don’t do it first class, we don’t do it at all!’! This event is really making an impact locally on tourism and travel. About 45,000 people attended the event last year. People come from all around the nation and it truly has a positive impact on the local economy. Hotels, restaurants, airlines, car rentals and retailers are reaping the economic benefits of what the “Jazz in the Gardens” brand has created. Miami Gardens is making a significant contribution to the region, and we are proud to have an asset that not only provides great leisure activity and entertainment, but also is an economic engine”, says Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson.

Entering its 6th year, the Jazz in the Gardens has grown into one of the most highly regarded festival events in the country, attracting over 40,000 attendees. Past performers have included Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and many more. Selected artists will receive $1,000. Last year, the event was a huge success, and 2011 should be no different. Artists in the jazz and blues genres are encouraged to submit.

For more information about the 6th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens,” please call the general hotline at (305)-622-8043 or visit
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ex-Floridian blues musician James Peterson dies at 73 in Alabama


The Tampa Tribune

Published: December 15, 2010
Updated: 05:34 pm

"James Peterson, a mainstay of Tampa's blues scene for almost 20 years, died Saturday at 73.

Peterson died of a heart attack, according to friends of Peterson's family."

See full article, with service details at: TAMPA TRIBUNE

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Blues Foundation Announces 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations

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Online Voting and Ticket Sales Open December 16

Awards to be held in Memphis on May 5th, 2010

The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for their annual Blues Music Awards, which the organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 5, 2011. Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the globe will have the chance to celebrate the best in Blues recording and performance from 2010. 
2011 Blues Music Awards


Acoustic Album
Eric Bibb - Booker's Guitar
Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around
Paul Oscher - Bet on the Blues
South Memphis String Band - Home Sweet Home
The Nighthawks - Last Train to Bluesville

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Guy Davis
John Hammond
Paul Oscher

Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles
Janiva Magness - The Devil is an Angel Too
The Mannish Boys - Shake for Me

B.B. King Entertainer
Buddy Guy
Janiva Magness
Joe Louis Walker
Kenny Neal
Super Chikan

Derek Trucks Band
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Nick Moss Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
The Holmes Brothers
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Debut
Chris O'Leary Band - Mr. Used to Be
Claudette King - We're Onto Something
Matt Hill - On the Floor
Peter Parcek 3 - The Mathematics of Love
The Vincent Hayes Project - Reclamation

Contemporary Blues Album
Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Janiva Magness - The Devil is an Angel Too
John Nemeth - Name the Day!
Karen Lovely - Still the Rain
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Have Blues Will Travel

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Karen Lovely
Robin Rogers
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Kenny Neal
Nick Moss

Black Hen / Transgrease - The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert (Various Artists)
Delmark - Live at Rooster's Place (Tail Dragger)
NorthernBlues Music - Live at Ground Zero Blues Club (Watermelon Slim & the Workers)
Ruf - Songs from the Road (Luther Allison)
Woodward Studio - Nothing to Prove (Mac Arnold)

Black Derby - Chicago Blues Buddies (Little Smokey Smothers & Elvin Bishop)
Delmark - Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story (Various Artists)
Delmark - Live in Boston 1966  (Junior Wells & the Aces)
Delta Groove - Harmonica Blues (Bob Corritore & Friends)
Ruf - Songs from the Road (Luther Allison)

Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor
Patrick Rynn
Steve Gomes

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Robb Stupka
Tony Braunagel

Derek Trucks
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Kirk Fletcher
Ronnie Earl

Bob Corritore
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Paul Oscher

Terry Hanck
Big James Montgomery
Doug James
Eddie Shaw
Keith Crossan

Gerry Hundt (mandolin)
Johnny Sansone (accordion)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)
Sonny Rhodes (lap steel guitar)

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
David Maxwell
Dr. John
Eden Brent
Henry Butler
Mitch Woods

Rock Blues Album
Derek Trucks - Roadsongs
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Live In Chicago
Nick Moss - Privileged
Steve Miller Band - Bingo
Walter Trout - Common Ground

Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy "Living Proof" (Buddy Guy - Living Proof)
Charlie Musselwhite "Sad and Beautiful World" (Charlie Musselwhite - The Well)
Bruce Iglauer/Wyzard/David Kearney "Please Mr. President" (Guitar Shorty - Bare Knuckles)
Dennis Walker/Alan Mirikitani "Still the Rain" (Karen Lovely - Still the Rain)
Steve Gomes "Rained All Night" (Tad Robinson - Back in Style)

Soul Blues Album
Arthur Adams - Stomp the Floor
Denise LaSalle - 24 Hour Woman
Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges - Live In San Antonio
Solomon Burke - Nothing's Impossible
Tad Robinson - Back in Style
The Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul

Soul Blues Female Artist
Barbara Carr
Claudette King
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges
Solomon Burke
Tad Robinson

Traditional Blues Album
Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
Duke Robillard - Passport to the Blues
James Cotton - Giant
Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Joined at the Hip
The Mannish Boys - Shake for Me

Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female
Eden Brent
Reba Russell
Ruthie Foster
Sue Foley
Teeny Tucker
Zora Young

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Alabama Mike
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Magic Slim
Super Chikan

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James and Lucky Peterson are being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame

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More news from Bluesman Randy Hoch:

I have "Great News" for the Holidays!! (SEE BELOW MY EMAIL)

I did say That James Peterson may be gone, BUT "He won't be forgotten!"

What I couldn't say yet was, as The Ambassador to The Blues Hall of Fame/Tampa

I had Him "nominated" to The BHF/ Fla.

Dan Marolt the COB/BHF being the great guy He is, read the article I sent Him

and the Good News is "BOTH" James and Lucky are being inducted into the

Blues Hall of Fame "Simultaneously" in Florida (underTampa area.)

I don't know How they were missed, But I am sure that EVERYONE will agree

They deserved it!

"Lucky" may go on and still and get inducted into the "Major Hall of Fame"

I believe He is a "Major Talent" Who would disagree?

I don't know how to reach Him or the Family, Maybe Sarasota Slim does?

Or someone from Skippers, SBS, or WMNF?

I'd appreciate them being told to bring them some good News for the Holidays.


Randy Bluesman Hock Ambassador Blues Hall of Fame/Tampa


James and "Lucky" Peterson are now on the list, however it may be some time till I get them Certificates and on the site.

I am way behind on this again, work is stacking up and it's the Holiday's

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Dan "Lucky" Marolt

----- Original Message -----


To: Blues Hall of Fame ®

Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 3:56 PM

Subject: James Peterson: Biography from

Hi Dan

Out of MUCH respect for James Peterson (Lucky Peterson's Father)

(We just received News He passed on Today.)

I'd appreciate Him Being added to The Fla. Blues Hall of Fame.

I sat in and Played with Him in the Early 90's here in Tampa Bay (Clearwater)

and I will vouch He was the "The Real Thing" A True Bluesman.

He played here at least 20 or more years.

above is a link with information on Him-He shared the stage and so Did His son

"Lucky", with the Best of the Best of Legends.

I don't know How He got missed?

As to "Lucky" is He Major Hall of Fame Material or a Fla. Hall prospect?


Randy Hock
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Miami Music Fest - A review by Eric Garcia

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Here is a good read over at Eric's blog... check it out, then check out him and his music.

Three Days, Four Shows, and a Hangover: A Musician's Journal of the Miami Music Fest
by Eric Garcia

"Juke isn't your uncle's blues. It's dirty, it's raw, it's real, and it makes you feel. "

Posted by Jazz & Blues Florida

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bluesman James Peterson Passes

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Our friend, The Bluesman Randy Hock for over Tampa way, just notified us of the passing of James Peterson. Here is message, and tribute, from Randy:

I just got the verification from Lee Pons and a TXT from Rocky Ruckman about James Passing on.--So this is dedicated to Him. (Lucky Petersons Father)

"The Blues" is full of Stories, and Sarasota Slim probably has a TON more than I do about James, but one Slim mentioned to me is that, "Everybody had a James Peterson Story" after hearing it-I realized that I was "one of the Fortunate ones that He complemented", and the complement meant more, because James was "The REAL OLD SCHOOL Bluesman the Real Deal!" I understand them very well, because they taught me. "It's get it right!, or Move over!" with that disappearing breed" BUT they will teach You to play the Best Music You can play IF you pay attention, and Listen. If James ever "Scolded" anybody it's "only because" HE knew you could do better! Saying "Nothing" meant You got ZERO on Your Test!-(Not worth mentioning.) If He complemented You "Cherish it" because You passed the test! I enjoyed Every minute of playing next to Him-(even though not much.) But "Moments are still Memories good or Bad."-Mine Are Good! I'm going to Make the Blues #1 in Tampa Bay One more Time For James. My song "Living the Life of the Blues" is about Bluesmen like Him also. So lets support the guys like BB and Buddy Guy who are still here "Showing us" I mean this Sincerely-James
You will be Missed!
RIP Brother.
The Bluesman

Obituary and further details to be posted as available.

Details on James Peterson's life at:
Above photo from:

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Florida's Free Guide to Live Jazz & Blues: WWWBTW

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Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?: 
Sunday, Dec 12:
  • Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Stacy Mitchhart
  • Cagney's Saloon, Davie: AZ Kenny Tsak & 56 Deluxe
  • The Orange Door, Lake Park: Stevie Ray Vaughn Experience
  • Mrs. Murphy’s Pub & Grubb, Fort Lauderdale: Danny Burger Jazz Band w/ Turk Mauro, & Special Guests (6-10pm)
  • The Fish House, Miami: Albert Castiglia
  • Courtyard by Marriot, Cocoa Beach: Sophisticated Swing Band from Jacksonville featuring trumpeter JB Scott and vocalist Lisa Kelly.
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm)
  • DC's Downtown, Tarpon Springs: Misbehavin' Blues Band
  • Van Dyke Upstairs: 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach: Oriente
  • 264 The Grill, Palm Beach: Susan Merritt Trio Jazz Party AND Singles Travel International Social Gathering
  • Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa: Bay Area Saxophone Quartet
  • Garlic, New Smyrna Beach: Swingin’ Sounds of Sinatra with The Marc Monteson Quartet, 5-7pm in the courtyard, come celebrate the Chairman of the Board’s 95th Birthday! Joe Meeks on guitar, Ron Gilotti on bass, Jeff Weaver on drums and Marc Monteson on vocals. Saxophonist Thom Chambers will sit-in with the band from 6 to 7pm then play solo inside the restaurant till 10 pm.
Monday, Dec 13: 
  • Ka’tiki, St Petersburg: Blues Jam with the Roadhouse Rockers
  • Port Charlotte Cultural Center Theater, Port Charlotte: Charlotte County Jazz Society 2010-11 Season Concert Series Presents The Bop is Back! with saxophonist Greg Abate Trio
  • Five Sisters Blues Café, Pensacola: Blue Monday
  • Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Port St Lucie: Jazz In the Sanctuary 2010-2011 Concerts Series: Christmas Jazz Concert w/ Maria Batalini, Mark Green and the Nativity Choir
Tuesday, Dec 14:
  • Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank Ward  hosting David Shelley & Bluestone
  • Paradise Grille on Pensacola Beach, Pensacola: Motor City Josh & The Big 3
  • Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale: 3rd annual "Giving Thanks" CONCERT for Kids In Distress w/ Albert Castiglia.
  • Red Bar: 70 Hotz Ave, Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459 (850)231-1008 7-10pm, Every Tue: Red Bar Jazz Band; 7-11pm, Every Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat: Red Bar Jazz Band
Wednesday, Dec 15:
  • JolliMon’s Grill, Dunedin: Jimmy Griswold Blues Jam
  • Los Antojitos Restaurant, Panama City: Suzanne Stewart-McDowell
  • Bank & Blues Club, Daytona Beach: Franklin Williams & The Sauce Band
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: Nicole Henry w/ Danny Burger
Thursday, Dec 16:
  • Green Room @ Revolution Live!, Fort Lauderdale: Green Room Jazz Sessions w/ Bobby Lee Rodgers covering the music of Bobby Lee Rodgers
  • European Street Cafe Listening Room, Jacksonville: Beth McKee
  • Tarpon Lodge and Restaurant, Pineland: Sister Kaite
  • Red Bar, Santa Rosa Beach: Red Bar Jazz Band
Friday, Dec 17:
Saturday, Dec 18:
Sunday, Dec 19:
  • Chef John's New American Bistro & Blues Bar, Jupiter: Sunday Blues Jams returns w/ Bobby Nathan at 8pm
  • Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Raiford Starke
  • Plaza Theatre, Orlando: CFJS Presents Michael Kramer and Greg Parnell
  • Kicking Devil Cafe, Gainesville: NCFBS Blues Jam.
  • Naples Botanical Garden, Naples: Bob Zottola Quartet
  • Mrs. Murphy’s Pub & Grubb, Fort Lauderdale: Danny Burger Jazz Band w/ Turk Mauro, & Special Guests (6-10pm)
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm)
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Monday, Dec 20:
Tuesday, Dec 21:
New Listings of the Week:  
  • Max & Sam's Bar & Grille: 1700 Park St. N St. Petersburg, FL 33706 (727)360-6525 Dec 31: Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues
  • Hanger Restaurant & Flight Lounge: 540 1st St SE, St Petersburg, FL 33701 (727)823-7767 Live Jazz Thur-Sat, w/ Buster Cooper every Sat.
  • Independent: 5016 N. Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 (813)341-4883 8-11pm, Every 1st Fri: Live Jazz
  • Gaspar's Grotto: 1805 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605 (813)248-5900 9:30pm-12:30am, Every Wed: Blues & Bar-BQ
Closings and Cancellations:
  • "ON HOLD" - Brandy's: 7220 4th Street North, St Petersburg, FL 33702-5824 (727)528-1510 Blues Night at Brandys, 7:30-11:30pm, Every Thurs: RandyBluesmanHock's Bluesmachine & Friends 
New Club Photos  MySpace is still not really functional from our side, so if that doesn't work for you, please check out our Facebook albums.  This week we had another great Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach w/ Famous Frank and Damon Fowler Band and Terry Hanck at The Orange Door w/ Doug Deming
* News items covered in this past week's JAZZ BLUES FLORIDA BLOG:  
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jazz great James Moody dies at 85

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The Washington Post
Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/10/2010

By Matt Schudel

" James Moody, a jazz saxophonist and flutist whose stellar career lasted more than six decades, died Thursday in San Diego at age 85. "

See full article at:

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Florida's Gold Coast Jazz Society's Jeanette M. Russell Scholarship Fund

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The Jeanette M. Russell Scholarship Fund is intended for instrument or voice students to pursue education in music with emphasis on jazz studies. It is awarded to economically disadvantaged (based on family size and median local income).

Details at:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Guanabanas of Jupiter Florida Announces Music Schedule - Blues, Roots & More

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The Nouveaux Honkies
Ben Prestage’s Triumphant
Return from his Euro-tour
Things are Good at Guanas!

Friday, 12/10  

Friday, 12/17  
Ben Prestage 9:00pm

Eclectic music and electric people in an exotic space.

997 N Highway A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477
(561) 747-8878

Turn left into Guanabanas for valet parking or proceed one more block North and turn right to park in the Guanabanas public parking lot.
Dinner Hours
5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday until 11pm


12/10   Nouveaux Honkies 9:00pm
12/11   Dirty University 3:00pm Happy Hour & Spred The Dub 9:00pm 
12/17   Ben Prestage 9:00pm
12/18   Timothy O'Donnell Acoustic 3:00pm Happy Hour & Matt Farr 9:00pm 

 1/08   JW Jones 
1/22   Spam Allstars 9:00pm

16: Harper

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Jazz & Blues Florida
Indiantown Road
which is Exit #87 off of I-95 or the only Jupiter exit off Florida’s Turnpike. Take

Indiantown Road East
over the Intracoastal Bridge and USI all the way to AIA. Turn left on AIA and proceed North 8/10 of a mile.