Sunday, June 30, 2013

Swingin’ Harpoon – Swingin’ it large and wide in FLORIDA w/ their new CD

Swingin’ Harpoon.
CD Party.
Bradfordville Blues Club.

Need we say more?

''Swingin’ Harpoon will blow you away with
Blistering Harmonica & Sizzling Guitar ... 
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Plan ahead...(well does flipping a coin on the way out the door count, Allen Kanovsky?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 6/30/13
That was the slogan for IBM way back in the day. The small d at the end fell off from the rest in order to send a message. The thought has stuck with me. I plan ahead but not too far. Generally in increments about 1/2 hour into the future. The constant reminder is that my future plans may not coincide with His. 

The plan: The Funky Biscuit at 5--The Bamboo Room at 9--The phone rings awakening me from a dream of some far-away place. It's Jimmy Belize calling me to inquire about my plan for the night. I glance at the clock. It reads 4:28. So much for the Biscuit at 5. The car needs gas, I need a shower and it's about 30 miles to my first destination. "The best laid plans of mice and men-------". I get to the Funky Biscuit. Fortunately, BLUES and JAZZ musicians do not make a habit of starting on the stroke of the clock. Roosevelt Collier is just getting up on stage. With him are bassist Matt Lapham and drummer Kenneth Earl WalkerII(known as The Big Easy). Roosevelt(aka the Dr.) sits down at the ten string pedal steel guitar and my day begins with the music. Dave(cat in the hat) shows up to join me. Michelle McLaren and her friend Debbie Corson are at the bar, tappin' and clappin'. They are not going to the Bamboo Room later on. They are headed to Maguire's Hill 16 and Dave Shelley.

Roosevelt and the band are grooving. They invite Johnny Walker up to sing along with Mauricio "Mo" Garcia to play the B3. They go from BLUES to Funk, "Stormy Monday" to "Ever Since You Put Me Down". Now, Daryl Wolff(B3) joins in. Adam Firtel is shooting video(look for on YouTube) and I am having a real good time, listening to the band, chompin' on a fish taco and quaffing a Yuengling. After the set I take a moment of Johnny Walker's time to ask the usual question about BLUES lyric line. Johnny says his favorite is "Lord have mercy" from "Stormy Monday" but running a close second is from a Gospel BLUES. It says "Don't let the devil ride. If you let him ride, he will want to drive". Never truer words-------

On to Lake Worth and the Bamboo Room. My first time. My good fortune continues as I get a parking spot 2 doors down from the club. I pay my admission, get a wrist band applied and proceed up the 100 steep steps to the Room itself. The club is impressive. 30 foot high, wood beamed ceiling, hunter green walls which are adorned with every string instrument you can imagine. Already there are Jerry Mascaro(pianist at Anthony's Runway 84 Tues. Wed, Thurs), Jerry Blum (Mosher St. Records) and my bud Jimmy Belize. Elaine Porteous and her friend Iris are at a nearby table. The night is dedicated to Gypsy JAZZ. The band is fronted by guitarist Gonzalo Borgara with Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Brian Netzley(bass) and the lovely Ms. Leah Zeger playing violin and vocalizing. As the band starts to play James Noble(The Orange Door), sitting nearby, spies me and waves "Hello". The voicing of the band is definitely Django and Stefan, but the music is all original and as exciting. 2 of the numbers played, "June" and "August" were very complex and must have taken hours of rehearsal and study. All of the band members are accomplished musicians and the melodies reflect their dedication to the genre of Gypsy JAZZ. Gonzalo is well known by South Floridians for his stint with BLUES bands back in 90's. He plays harp as well but didn't display that skill last night.  Ms. Leah, who has a degree in operatic performance, lays the violin down and sings "Blue Skies". She shows her JAZZ chops by 'back phrasing' just that little bit that makes good JAZZ. The band did another Borgara original titled "Simplicated". Utilizing the 2/4 time signature it was anything but simple. They played two Brazilian shoros. That is the historic music of Brazil and has the basic rhythm of samba. A broken string on a ballad rendition didn't hamper Gonzalo. He played right through it, displaying his mastery of the instrument. A boogie-woogie bass solo by Brian on "Sweet Georgia Brown" had the heads nodding all around the room. Jeffrey sang "L is for the way". There were a couple of Spanish Gypsy influenced tunes with a definitive clave rhythm. The evening was to be concluded with a beautifully done bolero melody. No way!
The audience demanded "One more" and were treated to a super tempoed JAZZ ending. 

Jimmy Belize and I carefully descended the steep steps and went on to an early late night breakfast at IHOP. Graciously, Jimmy invited me to "sleep on his couch". I told him "It's only 44 miles to home". We both agreed that it would be a great opening lyric line for a BLUES tune. On the drive home I tuned the radio to Sirius "B.B. Kings Bluesville" The song that was playing was a recording that B.B. and Bobby "BLUES" Bland had made with a big band several years ago. Bobby never received the acclaim that he so well deserved but his voice and frog croaks are etched in my memory forever. Rest in Peace and Godspeed to Mr. Bobby "BLUES" Bland.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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Summertime Blue Tuesdays at Boston’s on the Beach and the livin’ is easy!

Blue Tuesdays -

July 2:   Blues Dragon
Get your reptile on!

July 9:  Deb Callahan
One of only THREE Florida shows! 

July 16: David Shelley & Bluestone
Got that new CD yet? This is the time and place!

July 23: Famous Frank
& The Blue Tuesday All Stars!
Get to the beach and get stars in your eyes!

July 30: Josh Garrett Band
A favorite re-invitee of Famous Franks!

Boston’s on the Beach
40 South Ocean Blvd (A1A)
Delray Beach FL 33483

9pm Sharp, Cover $5-$10

More Great Upcoming Shows!

Aug 6: Eric Culberson

Always a great time.
Every Sun: Grateful Dead Night (7pm)
Every Mon: Reggae Night (10pm)
Every Thur: Classic Rock Night (9pm)
And other great music throughout the week.

Come early for a fantastic ocean-view
dining experience upstairs at Ocean 50.
Luxurious setting and a spectacular view with
the finest food & service around.

Gil Anthony's Blues Power Top 30 Blues CDS for July 2013

BLUES POWER w/ Gil Anthony (2013 Keeping Blues Alive Award Winner)
TOP 30 - JULY 2013

1...Brandon Santini...This Time Another Year...Swing Suit
2...James Cotton...Cotton Mouth Man...Alligator
3...Var. Art....Remembering Little Walter...Blind Pig
4...John Primer/Bob Corritore...Knocking Around these Blues..Delta Groove
5...Southern Hospiality...Easy Livin'..Blind Pig
6...Brad Vickers...Great Day in the Morning..Man Hat Tone
7...Lisa Biales...Singing in My Soul...Big Song Music
8...Gina Sicilia...It Wasn't Real...Vizztone
9...Nicole Hart/Anni Piper..Split Second..Blues Leaf
10..Hound Kings...Unleashed..9 Below
11..Walter Trout...Luther's Blues...Provogue
12..Rory Block...Avalon...Stony Plain
13..Dayna Kurtz...Secret Canon Vol 2...MC
14..Ruff Kutt Blues Band...That's When the Blues Begins..Vizztone
15..Too Slim & Taildraggers...Blue Heart..Underworld Rec
16..Clay Swafford...Rooster...Lost Cause Rec
17..Candye Kane...Coming Out Swingin'...Vizztone
18..Eric Hughes...Drink Up...I-55
19..RB Stone...Loosen Up...Middle Mountain Music
20..Omar Dykes..Runnin' With the Wolf...Provogue
21..Steve Freund....Come on in This House...9 Below
22..Pam Taylor Band...Hot Mess..Studio B
23..Watermelon Sim...Bull Goose Rooster...Northern Blues
24..David Egan...same...Rhonda Sue Rec
25..Healers..Live at Knuckleheads...Blue Star connection
26..Big Joe Shelton...I'd Never Let Her Down...45 Alt Rec
27..Eugene Hideaway Bridges...Roots and Vines...Armadillo
28..Tommy Malone...Natural Born Days...MC
29..Mighty Orq...Soulful City...Flashman Rec
30..Jamie Eubanks...Live at the BBC..

Blues Power..2 different programs heard Sunday & Monday 6-11pm cdt on 2 different stations in 3 different cities..WWNT, Dothan, Al...WVVL. Enterprise, Al...streamed live at and on radio station web sites

Mailing Address:
Gil Anthony
1301 Alexander Dr. #K-81
Dothan, AL 36301

Phone: (334)718-1736    

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

If you miss a...(Allen Kanovsky miss ANYTHING? He must be kidding!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 6/26/13
...night out on the town you are subject to a heavy fine, incarceration for a lengthy period, having to miss a meal or worse than all of that is being forced to watch TV. Watching the tube, holding tight to the remote and running up and down channels is what I imagine happens to you if you are fated to miss the Pearly Gates and descend into the nether world. To make up for my sin of omission, Friday I did a double tour of pleasurable duty. First to the monthly concert at MOCA and then on to BJB's.

My good buddy Dr. Jules Oaklander was a founder of the JAZZ program at the museum. He was there last night with another of his friends, Ms. Yvonne Wright. Both of them love JAZZ and this was a night meant for it. The featured artist was Manuel Valera(keyboard/composer). Manuel had Armando Gala on bass, Pututi Arce on drums and local favorite Felipe Lamoglia playing alto. The band played selections from their latest CD, "Cuban Express". A strongly influenced modern JAZZ program. The last number finally revealed the "alma" of clave. Although the program was short(a little more than an hour) it gave every one in the band a chance to display their talent. I have been a fan of Felipe's for a while. Usually he plays tenor, this time the charts called for alto, he did not falter and played imaginative, creative solos.  He will be at Arts Garage, with his own band, this coming Saturday. Although Manuel was the leader of the band he is an equal opportunity employer. Pututi and Armando had ample time in each number to "show off" and they did. A young man, Chris was seated next to me and was a knowledgeable JAZZophile. It heartens me to see the coming generations enjoying the music I love so. Charlie K. (WDNA 88.9 FM) introduced the band and was also kind enough to supply me with the band members names. WDNA is a media partner of MOCA in producing the monthly event.

The night has only begun when I arrive at 'toidy toid' street. Ike and Val Woods are at BJB's with an R&R show which really rocks. The joint is jammed. I push a couple guys and gently shove some gals out of my way and find a seat at a hi-hat that is occupied by Bill "What the" Heck, his bride Gloria and my buddy Ron (anonymous). One of the guys I pushed was Mike Murk(just returned from N.Y./Toronto). Mike is a head and half taller, probably 40 years younger, a lot better looking and built nice. We compete for the attention of many of the ladies that 'hang out' at this watering hole. Don't bet on who wins. Babette keeps a close eye on us, all the while. The band has Gary Berman on drums, Willie Seay on bass and my long time buddy Ricky Williams on keys. They rock, they roll, they swing and they have everyone that fits on the dance floor up and shaking it. Val does the vocals and also writes children's books. Gregory Atria is celebrating his 64th birthday. Joining him are several women(much younger than he is). Ms. Susan Hart graciously accepts my invitation and we swing one. A tall blonde, in a tight fitting, pure white dress passes by. Ron(anonymous) using one of my lines, says "Pardon me Miss" The tall blonde hesitates and Ron follows with "You are absolutely beautiful". She flutters her eyelashes, smiles, says "Thank you" and runs for her life. The night is fleeting by. Third set, last couple of songs and a group of 6 or 7 young couples come in. Guys and gals, all good looking and dancers. Dancing like I did way back in the day. The steps are bright and fresh. One couple, Agniesika Maslanka and Sheven Kekoolani, are a particularly well suited dance couple. He is a strong, creative swing dancer. Agniesika follows each lead flawlessly.---if I were only a hundred years younger----Tonight up in the air--- 

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, Nation's Highest Honor in Jazz

Recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony & concert on January 13, 2014, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, which will be webcast live at and

On June 27, 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, all unique in their approaches to jazz. Whether it's Richard Davis and Keith Jarrett bringing their jazz background into other musical genres such as classical music and rock and roll, Anthony Braxton's avant-garde creations which defy categorization, or Jamey Aebersold's development of an interactive jazz education tool that can be used anywhere, these artists all show how the art form is evolving and growing in our country. These musicians and educators, now awarded the nation's highest honor in the field, are recognized for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. They will each receive a one-time award of $25,000.

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, I am proud to announce the newest class of NEA Jazz Masters. The NEA is committed to supporting this uniquely American art form, whether it's through educational materials such as NEA Jazz in the Schools, supporting performance and educational activities by the Jazz Masters through Jazz Masters Live, or in this case, honoring the individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to mastering, sharing, and expanding this music."

2014 NEA Jazz Masters

Educator, Saxophonist, Pianist, Bassist, Banjo player
Born in and currently resides in New Albany, Indiana
* Jamey Aebersold is the recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz.
"Jamey Aebersold has made enormous contributions to the jazz world through his tireless efforts as a performer, educator, and publisher," said 2000 NEA Jazz Master David Baker who is also on the faculty of the Summer Jazz Workshops, directed by Aebersold. "As the creator of the innovative and groundbreaking Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-A-Long recordings series, as the longtime director of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, as an exceptional clinician and performer, and as the publisher of an extensive catalogue of jazz materials, Jamey has revolutionized the way people practice, teach, create, and perform their music. Jamey has carried his message that 'anyone can improvise' and that 'creativity is part of the nature of every person' throughout the world to great success, impacting generations of both aspiring and established jazz performers and teachers."

Composer, Saxophonist, Clarinetist, Flutist, Pianist, Educator
Born in Chicago, Illinois. Currently resides in Middletown, Connecticut
Anthony Braxton's compositions almost defy categorization through his use of the improvised and rhythmic nature of jazz but moving it in a more avant-garde direction, such as in his Ghost Trance Music compositions. Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer, and artistic advisor for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, noted, "Anthony Braxton's expansive catalog has always been an inspiration. [He is] a beautiful artist in every sense of the word: performer, composer, educator, co-conspirator. Braxton is a supreme improviser and composer who searches with sounds."

Bassist, Educator
Born in Chicago, Illinois. Currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin
One of the premier jazz bassists in history, Richard Davis is widely recorded, not only in jazz settings but also in the pop, rock, and classical genres. Bassist and composer Linda Oh commented, "Richard Davis, with his wide palette of skill sets, has been an inspiration for me and many bassists. To me, he shows strength and versatility within his musicianship—a versatility that seems to not compromise integrity and individuality, something many bassists can only dream to achieve." In addition to his prowess on bass, Davis is a noted educator, having been a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1977.

Pianist, Composer
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Currently resides in Oxford, New Jersey
Keith Jarrett's talent for playing both abstractly and lyrically, sometimes during the same musical work, continues to astound and delight audiences around the world. His ability to work in both the jazz and classical fields as performer and composer demonstrate the breadth of his creativity. 2012 NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden, who has performed and recorded alongside Jarrett, commented, “Along with Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett is perhaps the most influential pianist in the history of improvised music because of his mastery of the instrument, his creativity and deep harmonic knowledge. His playing transcends category.”
Full profiles of the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters are located on the NEA's website.

Awards Ceremony and Concert
The NEA will again partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to produce an awards ceremony and concert in honor of the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, that will be webcast live on Monday, Monday, January 13, 2014 on and A limited number of free tickets will be available for the public. More information about the awards ceremony and concert and how to obtain tickets will be released this fall.
Nominations for the 2015 NEA Jazz Masters
The NEA is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 class of NEA Jazz Masters. The deadline is October 1, 2013. Fellowships are awarded to living individuals on the basis of nominations from the public including the music community. Nominees must demonstrate a significant contribution to the art form through their publicly recognized and accessible body of work in the field of jazz. Visit the NEA's website for more information and to submit a nomination.

About NEA Jazz Masters
Each year since 1982, the Arts Endowment has conferred the NEA Jazz Masters Award to living legends who have made major contributions to jazz. With this new class, 132 awards have been given to great figures of jazz in America, including Count Basie, George Benson, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, John Levy, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and the Marsalis Family.

NEA Jazz Masters are selected from nominations submitted by the public and receive a one-time fellowship award of $25,000, are honored at a public awards ceremony, and may participate in NEA-sponsored promotional, performance, and educational activities. Only living musicians or jazz advocates may be nominated for the NEA Jazz Masters honor. For the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, the panel considered 144 nominations.

In addition to NEA Jazz in the Schools, a partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the NEA's jazz programs include NEA Jazz Masters Live, a series of performance and educational engagements in selected communities, featuring NEA Jazz Masters; radio programming featuring NEA Jazz Masters; and publications and reports. For more information on the NEA Jazz Masters, visit

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

About Jazz at Lincoln Center
The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl. Please visit us at

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blues with a feeling…and a cause in St. Augustine FL Sept 7, 2013

The Good Samaritan Wildflower Clinic announces the first annual Blues, Brews and Bar-B-Q fundraising event will be held at the St. Augustine Boating Club on September 7th, 2013 from 4pm – 9pm. The event will feature live music by JW Gilmore and The Blues Authority and bar-b-q provided by Gypsy Cab Co.

“The clinic provides such a valuable service to the community but not everyone is familiar with the mission of the organization” explained event sponsor and organizer Robin Cooper. “I wanted to create an event that brings together great food and great music to shine a light on our mission and to help the clinic raise much needed funds. While some parts of the economy are slowly turning around, the working uninsured are still having a lot of trouble getting basic medical care, and that’s where we can help.”

The Good Samaritan Wildflower clinic, located at 268 Herbert St. in St. Augustine, provides free medical and dental services to those who are medically uninsured and unable to afford healthcare. The clinic provides a primary care clinic, a women’s’ health clinic, a dental clinic, vision services, and other medical services free of charge to eligible residents of St. Johns County. “These benefit events are the lifeblood of the clinic and without them, we couldn’t operate” said Trevor Crovitz, Clinic Director for the Wildflower Clinic. “While the majority of the clinic staff are volunteers - doctors, dentists, nurses, EMTs and hygienists - who donate their time and skills, we still have to pay for our supplies and equipment. That’s why this kind of benefit event is so important to us.”

Admission to the event is by reservation only and reservations are limited. Reservations are $35 for adults, $15 for accompanied children 12 and under and accompanied children six and under will be admitted free. The reservations are tax deductible as a charitable donation. A bar-b-q dinner with ribs and chicken, corn on the cob, beans, cole slaw, and soft drinks are included with the reservation donation, and a variety of beer will be available as well. To purchase reservations, visit the Good Samaritan Wildflower Clinic website,, or call 904-829-1962.

Joel DaSilva & Midnight Howl return to Bayside Grille in Key Largo July 6, 2013

& The Captain Morgan Beach Bar

Joel DaSilva & Midnight Howl
“Joel DaSilva is a fantastic guitarist. I always look forward to every opportunity to work with him.  He plays with a BIG heart and a BIG tone.” -Billy Gibson - 2009 Blues Music Award Instrumentalist of The Year 
Sat, July 6, 2013

Dinner Seating Starts at 5pm
Call (305)451-3380 for Reservations
Shows at 6:30pm

99530 Overseas Highway
Key LargoFL 33037  (305)451-4885
Entertainment Monday-Saturday Weekly

More Great Upcoming Shows

Tues & Wed, July 16 & 17
Debbie Davies

Wed & Thurs, August 21 & 22
Candye Kane

Sat, November 2
Reverend Raven &
The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Whether you're looking for the freshest seafood in
Key Largo, a restaurant with that special
"Island atmosphere”, beautiful view for dining and sunsets,
a boating pit-stop, or just an all-around unique
Key Largo dining experience,
the Bayside Grille is the restaurant for you.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

for a good time, call...(and we are not talking about 'dropping a dime" here, are we, Allen Kanovsky?)

Joe Donato. Any where, any time, you get to see and listen to Joe, he sees to it that you have a good time. When Joe stands in front of the stage anything can happen. He sings?, he does little jigs, he plays 2 saxes simultaneously, he plays all kinds of percussion. Even a quica, which was a gift from my buddy, Dr. Jules.
Along with Joe was Brian(two-brain)Murphy on piano, Matt(bee-gees)Bonelli playing bass and Eric Ott on the trap set. This all happened last night at Blue Jeans Blues. It is Danny Burgers Wednesday Night Showcase and Danny is taking a well earned vacation. But, the music continues in grand fashion. Manny(Artzine mag) is there, Stan(superlative)Jackson, Bill Rutan and 2 of my favorite dance partners, Denise and the "lady in the stingy brim fedora". Some JAZZ students of Joe's including Marty and his wife always come out for Joe at BJB's. Ensconced on her personal bar stool is the "Sweetheart of All My Dreams", Babette. I am with Dr. Jules who is also Joe's pal. Joe is playing all kinds of requests from the audience and the rhythm section as well. I do a little jitterbugging with Ms. Stingy Brim and am glad there's a doctor in the house. Giving credit to the composer, Louis Prima, they swing "Sing, Sing, Sing with a jumping solo by Eric. Matt Bonelli heads the JAZZ division of MDC's music Department and with every note you can understand why. What can I say about Brian that hasn't already been said---original---creative---imaginative---classic, all true of Mr. Murphy. As to Joe, like I said in the heading, for a good time call JOE!!!! Like he says in a N'Awlins accent "Gar an Teed". Tonight is still up in the air, but I am kind of leaning to Gypsy JAZZ at a new place(for me) Michael's Kitchen on Miami Ave.

Jazz & Blues Florida Reports New Web Traffic/Activity and Distribution Numbers As the Undisputed Leader in the Market

Banner Views main site - 06/27/13
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Past month: Unique Visitors - 6,004; Visits - 7,411; Page Views - 11,147. (.pdf report)
Past three months: Unique Visitors - 12,119; Visits - 15,323; Page Views - 22,959. (.pdf report)
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(From 141 countries and every state.) (.pdf report)
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80,170 Lifetime views (Starting 2007 as Hot House Florida) (.pdf report HHF) (.pdf report JBF)

Our data base contains 6,995 individual request/permission-based emails. Many of these are organization/network/calendar contacts that re-distribute to their lists. (.pdf report)




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My goodbye to Bobby "Blue" Bland by Rev. Billy c. Wirtz

I’m gonna play the high class joints,
I’m gonna play the low class joints’
And I’m even gonna play the honky tonks.”
From “I’m Gonna Play The Honky Tonks” by Bobby Bland

Further On Up the Road
A Farewell to Bobby “Blue” Bland
By Rev. Billy c. Wirtz
He never became a household name like his best friend and former band mate B.B. King did.
Ask folks on the street and one in fifty might know the name, but one of America’s greatest singers and Blues artists passed away last night (June 23, 2013) at the age of 83.
Bobby “Blue” Bland was born Robert Calvin Bland in January 16, 1930 in the crossroads town of Rosemark, Tenn.
His musical career began like most Black singers of that era in the church. Till the end of his days he would still love the hard driving, impassioned screams of Archie Brownlee and The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi and the transcendent, other-worldly harmonies of the old school quartets  like The Highway Q.C.’s, The Caravans  and The Soul Stirrers (the group that gave us Sam Cooke and Johnny Taylor).
His own career began with The Beale Streeters (a group that included Johnny Ace, Roscoe Gordon and B.B. King!!) in 1952 with I.O.U. Blues.
Back in the early fifties when he first recorded, Blues was still characterized by a coolness and detachment on the part of the singer. Bland brought the fire of the pulpit to the stages of the Apollo, The Howard and a thousand forgotten juke joints along the Chitlin Circuit.
He would go on to record a string of number one hits through the fifties, sixties, seventies and even into the eighties.
As Rock historian Bill Dahl says: “He earned his enduring blues superstar status the hard way: without a guitar, harmonica, or any other instrument to fall back upon. “All Bland had to offer was his magnificent voice, a tremendously powerful instrument in his early heyday, injected with charisma and melisma to spare. Just ask his legion of female fans, who deemed him a sex symbol late into his career.”
(By the way, melisma (muh-liz-muh) is the singing of a single syllable while moving between several notes.)
Melisma is THE essence of Soul music, the old Gospel and Blues singers would call it “worrying” a word.
No one ever worried a word like “Blue,” listen to his version of the classic “St. James Infirmary,” and see if chills don’t run down your spine.
His Style
Bobby Bland’s characteristic “squall” came as result of his devotion to the preaching of Rev. C.L. Franklin whom he listened to Sunday nights on radio station WLAC from Nashville, Tn. back in the day.
Franklin used the squall to dramatic effect on his legendary sermon: “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest.” Not only Bland, but the legendary Joe Ligon from the Mighty Clouds of Joy would incorporate it into their own styles with great success.
You can hear it on such classics as “Turn on Your Love Light,” “I Pity the Fool,” and “Further on up the Road,” songs that remain as a benchmark by which great Rhythm and Blues are measured.
Bland was not only a talented singer, he was an artistic visionary; his album “Two Steps From The Blues” recorded in 1961, stretched the boundaries of, and brought a sophistication, to a music thought by many, to be a simplistic throwback to the old days and old ways.
The cover itself, with the green Gator kicks, and that million dollar process defined a lifestyle for young Black men in the fifties and sixties. Bland sang the Blues, but he sang them with class.
Later Career
Unlike B.B. King, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters, Bland as not often cited by the  Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and the other British revivalists of the sixties as being influential, and around that same time his own hits began to fade.
He struggled along through the seventies and eighties, but managed to hang on long enough to benefit from the second great Blues revival of the late Eighties.
Along with his lifelong fans in the Deep South, he made new ones at major festivals, was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and starred on the weeklong Legendary Rhythm And Blues Cruise in October of 2011.
He passed away Monday at the age of 83.
-Bobby “Blue” Bland:
 -Took the old time country Blues and dressed in a sharkskin suit.
-Took the spirit and fire of Sunday morning and sang it in places that were open on Saturday night.
-He warned us: “They call it Stormy Monday (But Tuesday’s Just as Bad);” a cold shot of reality in the early Sixties world of The Singing Nun.
He made countless great records, singing everything from Country to Pop to  Blues, he delivered them with a feeling, passion and world weariness that told you he’d been there.

The Blues has always been Black America’s street philosophy, from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Bobby Bland; it’s a simple style often masking much deeper truths in the lyrics of everyday life. It’s often called the original music, a universal language, simple and at the same time and profound. Its rhythm reminds us of how wonderful is to be human, and the words, especially when sung by artists like Bobby Bland, help us to make it through another day.