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* Montreux Jazz Fest 2013


MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 1985... ...BACK TO THE FUTURE 2013: In 1985 during an extraordinary edition of the MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL that featured B.B. KING, KOKO TAYLOR, STEVIE RAY VAUGHN and J.B.HUTTO among others, Sugar Blue appeared on stage and performed an astonishing solo version of the Sonny Boy Williamson classic "ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE": the audience was mesmerized and so was the Recording Academy which awarded him with the high honor of a GRAMMY AWARD!
Don't miss Sugar Blue this year as he returns to Switzerland accompanied by his powerful quartet.
*Not to be missed Friday July 12th!




VIDEO: watch

http://www.montreuxjazzlive.com/sugar-blue-hoochie-coochie-video

 

* Welcome Baby Blue!

--- May 30th ,2013---
We have a new hire at Beeble Music!
Congratulations to Sugar Blue and wife Ilaria
on the birth of their sweet little baby James!
He made his first appearance on the world stage on May 30th,
weight 6 lbs 11 (3.05 kg) and 21 inches tall (53 cm).
Little James, as well as proud Mom and Dad are doing great!


*Chicago Tribune on Sugar Blue

A rosy new stage for Sugar Blue
March 26, 2013|Howard Reich | Arts critic

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* Blessissippi @ Ground Zero

Deep in the heart of the delta, I had the honor of playing a part in the Blessissippi project, raising funds for the schools there and focusing awareness on the phenomenal gift born and raised in the hearts and minds of her people who bestowed it the world.
We call it The Delta Blues!

It has brought forth joy, even from the pain and suffering of the human heart, inspiring emulation, imitation and the creation of myriad fruits from the branches of its roots… reaching deep down into the souls and psyche’s of people of all nations, religions and ethnicities!!
 
The celebration of the power of the Blues together with the hearts and hands for the schools was presided over by Mississippi’s greatest gift to the cinema, Mister Morgan Freeman and his partner in Ground Zero, Bill Luckett.The music was like a down home feast of BBQ, served up in hot, heaping, mouth watering helpings that had everybody licking their chops shouting for more and believe me,
we set the table baby!!

 

* Robert Johnson tribute at the Apollo Theatre

I had the honor of playing at the Legendary Apollo Theater
in a stage play celebrating the centennial birthday of The Great Bluesman and musical icon Robert Johnson,
written by Joe Morton with musical direction by Steve Jordan,
in the company of entertainment greats from all fields of the musical spectrum!
It was an incredible homecoming, playing in that grand Harlem venue around the corner
from the home I was raised in! ...what a way to begin the East coast tour!

Taj Mahal & Keb Mo
Chuck D
Macy Gray


* The bluesiest wedding of the year!

The bluesiest wedding of the year took place on february16th at Blues Heaven, the former Chess Studios, legendary cauldron from whence came the Black Magic of Chicago Blues.
Mrs Marie Dixon, president of Blues Heaven and widow of the poet laureate of the Blues Willie Dixon, presided as maid of honor to the bride, chicago singer Peaches Staten was the bridesmaid,  Rico McFarland and Gregory Whiting, brother of the groom,  stood as best men. Jimmy Reed's daughter, minister Rose Reed officiated the ceremony.

Blues royalty in attendance included Howlin' Wolf's and Jimmy Reed's daughters, Koko Taylor's daughter Cookie, Dixon family members, including grandson Willie Jr and daughter Jackie, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Boy Arnold, Eddy Clearwater, Cash McCall, Corky Seigel, Sharon Lewis and Deitra Farr were among the attendees. Many of the younger generation of the Chicago blues men and women joined the happy couple in celebration as well.
The multi-cultural ceremony encompassed a fusion of the bride and grooms heritages, including a ritual from the Cherokee Wedding tradition … in honor of Sugar Blue's late grandmother, jumping the broom, a toast of prosecco and biscotti and at the after party, held at Rosa's Lounge, a delicious meal of Carbonara prepared by the bride herself!
Sugar Blue & band took to the stage replete with the bride, a vision in her wedding gown swinging her bass like a valkyrie on a mission from Asgard!!
Friends of the bride and groom came from Italy, Scotland and all over the U.S. and partied into the wee hours and a good time was had by all!

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...some boys still like Some Girls!
The Rolling Stones' platinum selling album is re-released

I was tickled to hear this interview on NPR......as all of you hardcore Stones fans are probably aware SOME GIRLS was their biggest selling album to date and Miss You was the song of the summer of '78!

You couldn't miss that song on either side of the Atlantic because it was playing
from dawn to dusk in every neighborhood, disco, jukebox, (remember those?)
record store and even the candy stores on the corners in Harlem where I grew up!
An English rock'n'roll band hadn't made inroads there since the first and last time that
Elton John did it with Bennie and the Jets!!
I had the distinct pleasure to be the harmonica man on this multi-platinum record and I'm very proud to have be a part of Stones history.
Of the new tracks included (that I'd almost forgotten...!) one is a particularly haunting tune on which the harp opens for Keith's vocals.

Well, that's the latest news, it seems that Some Girls never grow old, like a grand cru, they have  mellowed with age becoming more delectable than ever!!   Some Girls got it and you know you want it!!
The Glimmer Twins have never shone more brightly than when they stepped to the fore to aid Maestro Hubert Sumlin, grandmaster of The Blues
in his last earthly need,  covering the expenses of his memorial service.

I, in concert with all of those that revered this beautiful soul for the magnificent
musician and inimitable human being he was, salute you!
Thanks for the accolades by the way fellas, it is most appreciated!!
May the Stones roll on and on and on!!
yours, Sugar Blue

*listen to the NPR Interview
*read more on Some Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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