Afro Blues Project
Lakeetra Knowles & Music Train Band
A Native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lakeetra Knowles is an American singer with a fresh and diverse sound. As a southern woman whose background stems from Arkansas, Dallas and Louisiana, she attributes her Soulful and diverse style to her upbringing in Church, but also to the Theater, where she also grew up. Not only did she grow up under the guidance of pastors (her grandfather and uncle), which included learning the gospel and attending weekly baptismal services, but she also studied acting, which started at the young age of 11. She went on to work as a professional actress and singer on Broadway, film, and TV for many years. “I’m a storyteller, whether I’m acting or singing”.
Kenny Brawner e’ un cantante/pianista/compositore conosciuto e acclamato dalla critica per il suo unico stile che incorpora elementi del Jazz, Funk, R&B e Blues: in altre parole la musica afroamericana.
Al momento Kenny e’ leader della band Brawner Brothers conosciuta per il suo suono intriso di Old soul, Blues, Latin, African, Jazz e vulcanico Funk.
Kenny nella sua carriera e’ apparso con BB King, di recente ha incantato il publico nella “Blues Suite” suonata dal vivo con il corpo di ballo della Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre: la piu’ importante compagnia di ballo nella storia Afroamericana.
Harry Hmura Band
Harry has taken his blues-based beginnings and forged a style and identity of his own. An expert technician of the guitar his solos reach into the song and then take off into the stratosphere with a flourish of intricate, lyrical, watery notes cascading in and around the theme of the song. In covering the songs of other artists, he fully imprints his style and makes that song his very own. Harry has toured and recorded with Grammy Award Winning blues artists, James Cotton and Sugar Blue in 2 separate Centuries. He has toured and performed in countries around the world, North America, South America, Europe and South East Asia. Harry has a way of transmitting his emotion from his heart, out of his voice and arm into his guitar and out of an amplifier.
UK blues artist Alex Haynes debuted with ‘Last Train’ in 2011, followed by ‘Bandit Blues Motel’ in 2014 and latest album, ‘Howl’, in 2018 on Appaloosa Records. The singer/guitarist’s sound is filtered through the blues, drawing from the ’60s British blues boom, ’50s R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and blues artists such as RL Burnside and John Lee Hooker. However, when Alex sings his impressive vocals betray his soul influences – with shades of Otis Redding and Etta James. Originally from Leeds, he spent a dozen years in the capital and now divides his time between London and Sheffield. He performs regularly with a longstanding residency at The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, London, and with frequent appearances in the UK and Europe – having played across Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and in Amsterdam and Moscow. He has supported artists including US R&B legend Geno Washington, UK bluesman Big Boy Bloater, and one of the all time greats, Bobby Rush, at the Salaise Blues Festival (France). He has appeared at festivals such as Red Rooster (UK), Caslano Blues Festival (Switzerland), Blues River (Italy), and the Vintage Weekender (France).
"Giles Robson's blues harp an only be described as exquisite. This man could well be the best harmonica player on the blues scene today" -The Daily Express. British Blues Harmonica Player of the Year 2012.
Kyla Brox può essere tenera, graffiante e grintosa: riassume la distinzione tra piacere e dolore, come con le grandi anime dei vecchi bluesman. Unica donna nominata per il 2014 agli European Blues Award.
Jerry Dugger è una delle migliori realtà Blues-Soul newyorkese contemporanea, la sua musicalità va oltre l'importanza di collaborazioni d'alto livello effettuate durante la sua carriera come bassista e cantante. La sua voce ricorda molto quella di Otis Redding e Sam Cooke, contaminata dal nuovo Neo-Soul che oggi è l'attualità nella “Grande Mela”!
New York City native keyboardist, singer and songwriter Dave Keyes is a 30 year veteran of the Blues, Roots and Americana music scene. He has released 5 highly acclaimed CD’s under his own name, has been named the “best unsigned artist” by Keyboard magazine, and also has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for the annual Pinetop Perkins best piano player award. His 6th CD titled “The Healing “ featuring Popa Chubby and many other special guests is slated for release in May. Dave has played with some of the most important figures of blues, roots and folk music, having had long musical relationships with Odetta, David Johansen, Bo Diddley, rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef and gospel great Marie Knight among many others. In addition to his own solo gigs and gigs with the Dave Keyes Ban.
Americano del Massachusetts, uno dei cantanti e Bluesman più originali e versatili della scena europea. Ha cominciato la sua carriera nella Londra degli anni Sessanta, dove fece parte e fu scelto da Alexis Corner, padre del Blues inglese, come cantante solista per uno dei suoi gruppi più noti negli anni sessanta: “The Blues Incorporated”.
Popolare innovativo e mai dimenticato D. J. Radiofonico e televisivo a metà degli anni settanta e primi ottanta.
Cantante, ballerino e attore di teatro, ha fatto parte con Renato Zero, Teo Teocoli e con Loredana Bertè del Cast de Musical “Hair”, nella prima versione italiana, con Bill Conti come Direttore Musicale.
Conduttore televisivo negli anni ottanta di trasmissioni musicali famose come “Pop Corn” a Canale 5.
Australiana, chitarrista e cantante, Fiona Boyes ha uno stile autorevole , si è guadagnata un riconoscimento internazionale senza precedenti. Negli ultimi tre anni è stata in finale tra i cinque candidati ai Blues Music Awards , l'unica australiana ad essere nominata in questo premio, ampiamente riconosciuto come il Grammy del Blues.
Swing Club Big Band
Nasce dalla passione di alcuni musicisti milanesi per lo Swing, il Blues ed il Rock and Roll, l'intento è quello di far rivivere il sound e le atmosfere degli anni d'oro di questi generi, dando modo al pubblico di scatenarsi nel ballo.
Born in Memphis and starting his career in 1974, Russell Jackson moved to Chicago in 1976 and gained his blues ‘stripes’ working with Otis Clay, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush and more. He also played with greats Luther Tucker, Matt Murphy, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Katie Webster, Charlie Musselwhite and Willie Nelson. From 1979 – 1986 Russell toured exclusively with B.B. King. He was the first artist to put slap bass onto a lives blues recording (Live at Ole Miss (1979)). The birth of the Russell Jackson Band came in 1992 where he released three CD’s of his own material. From 1994-1997 he was a regular opening act for the Kansas City Blues Society at the infamous Grand Emporium for acts such as Son Seals, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Holmes Brothers, etc. From 2003 to present, Russell is the Musical Director for The New Generations of the Blues European tours formerly named The Chicago Blues Festival. Recently relocating to Austin, Texas after living in Canada for 22 years, Russell is regaining his reputation on the stand up bass, Russell recently joined and tours with Shawn Holt and the Teardrops.
Doña Oxford is an extraordinary, soulful and passionate singer, songwriter and keyboardist. She combines both her love of "Old School" soulful vocals and her Rock & Roll style piano, to create a unique sound, one that many people have said in comparison sounds like “Gladys Knight meets the Rolling Stones”. As a keyboardist, Doña has played with many Rock and Blues legends including Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey, Ginger Baker, Albert Lee, Julia Fordham, Buddy Guy, Leland Sklar and her idol, the former Chuck Berry sideman and Father of Rock & Roll Piano, Johnnie Johnson!