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Sunday, June 28, 2009

R.I.P. Jackie Washington (1919-2009) - Canadian Jazz and Blues icon

Canadian Jazz and Blues icon Jackie Washington passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2009

I feel honored and privileged to have known him and even jam with him on occasion.
Jackie was the sweetest, nicest man I knew in the music business in Canada.
He was a great entertainer, singer, instrumentalist, playing both piano and guitar, Blues, Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and "Sentimentals" as he called part of his repertoire.

Jackie was a walking living encyclopedia of old Jazz and Blues,
I think he knew at least a few thousand songs and could play them all perfectly.
His one big fault was that he loved music so much, he just couldn't say no to an all night jam,
even when staying up and playing all night would threaten his health...
Rest in peace Jackie.

sample some of Jackie's music:
Borealis Records website 1

Borealis Records website 2

Hamilton, Ontario local news:
http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/590760

Thursday, June 04, 2009

"Blues Trek- the Next Generation"

Here are three female Blues Divas to watch out for,

now that the Queen Koko Taylor has passed on -




Diunna Greenleaf - Houston, Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBXGgrFFsdg
(I was at this show! standing on the right taking pictures... Blues Cruise Jan. 2006)

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Lady Bianca - Oakland, California

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmJdSqXuu4U

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Nora Jean Bruso - Chicago, Illinois (born in Greenwood, Mississippi)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6iSu54Y--Q&feature=related

Koko Taylor - Queen of the Blues R.I.P.


The Queen has left us, Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues has passed away at age 80
Rest in peace Koko...


"I got 29 ways to get to my baby's door
I got 29 ways to get to my baby's door,
and if he needs me real bad,
I can find about two or three more"
Willie Dixon - Koko Taylor

"... We gonna pitch a Wang Dang Doodle,
all night long..."
Willie Dixon - Koko Taylor