Friday, May 31, 2013

Steve Hecht, Director of Piedmont Talent , Passes

Steve Hecht, Director of Piedmont Talent in Charlotte passed away earlier after a fight with cancer. 

Director, agent, and founder of Piedmont Talent in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 51-year-old Hecht oversees a diverse roster that includes such legendary acts as: Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Guy Davis, Candye Kane, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, and Sugar Blue.
Founded in 1989 and with a staff of 6, Piedmont Talent also handles: the Heritage Blues Orchestra, Davina & The Vagabonds, the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Mike Zito, Karen Lovely, Shakura S'aida, Smoking Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Debbie Davies Band, Samantha Fish, Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band, Nora Jean, Eden Brent, Phil Wiggins & Corey Harris, Southern Hospitality, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Southern Hospitality, Joe Krown Trio with Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste, JP Soars, Cassie Taylor and the Soul Calvary , Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Blues & Burlesque 2012 and others.
Born in New York City in 1962, Hecht graduated from the State University of New York in Binghamton, earning a BA in philosophy. While at college, he worked as a blues radio DJ, and promoter of blues and folk shows at the school. Following college, he signed on as a booking agent at Concerted Efforts in Boston.
A relentless blues and roots advocate, Hecht is on the advisory board of The Blues Foundation, having served two terms on the board of directors. As well, he is a two-time recipient of the Keeping The Blues Alive Award given out annually by The Foundation.

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