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Duke Robillard

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Duke Robillard - Blues Guitarist Inspired by blues legends like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Patton and Big Joe Turner, Duke's guitar work has seamlessly spanned the worlds of jazz, blues, and swing since he founded the renowned big band, Roomful of Blues, in 1967. Since 1980, Duke has recorded over a dozen acclaimed solo albums and toured the world both with his own band and as a featured accompanist. Called "one of the great players" by the legendary B.B. King, Duke's upbeat live performance, accented by a swinging horn section, is a tasteful display of a wide variety of blues styles. Duke had his first band in high school - he was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island - and he was fascinated from the beginning by the ways in which jazz, swing, and the blues were linked

Album

Swingin' Again

Label: Blue Duchess
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Never Knew; I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket; Never Mind; Steady Daddy; All I Do Is Dream Of You; Blue Lou; Pennies From Heaven; You Can Depend On Me; Esquire Bounce; One O'Clock Jump

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Article: Album Review

Scott Hamilton and Duke Robillard: Swingin' Again

Read "Swingin' Again" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


In 1987, Duke Robillard released the album Swing (Rounder), a successful combination of jazz and jump blues. He got his old friend, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton to help him out with the recording. Although Robillard is primarily known as a blues guitarist, the record made it obvious that jazz is also deeply rooted in his musical ...

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Article: Live Review

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings at Heckscher Park

Read "Danny Green Trio Plus Strings at Heckscher Park" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Danny Green Trio Plus Strings Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park Huntington Summer Arts Festival Huntington, NY August 3, 2018 While Long Island's Huntington Summer Arts Festival doesn't hold status as a jazz feast per se, the music most certainly plays a significant role on its calendar. The not-so-distant past ...

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Article: Live Review

Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium

Read "Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan The Iridium New York, NY September 8, 2017 Speakeasy is a public television series that pairs Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award winners, Tony Award winners and iconic musicians with an interviewer of their choice. The show features conversations between the stars and ...

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Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Read "In the Wee Small Hours" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Le esibizioni spettacolari da honker anni '40 lo hanno reso famoso al pubblico del blues ma gli amanti del jazz hanno gusti raffinati e non gli prestano molta attenzione. In questo disco, inciso in Italia con Alberto Marsico e Alessandro Minetto, Sax Gordon si mostra però ligio alla tradizione jazzistica del tenore, ampliando il suo campo ...

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Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters: Good News

Read "Good News" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


Ronnie Earl first gained national attention in 1979 when he replaced Duke Robillard as the lead guitarist for Roomful Of Blues. After spending eight years as the main axeman in that group, Earl decided it was finally time to completely branch out on his own. Though Earl had released his first solo disc, Smokin', in 1983 ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saratoga Performing Arts Center Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Springs, NY June 28-29, 2014 Perfect weather accented this years Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, an event that had an eclectic mix of young musicians with interesting ideas and approaches, and veterans who deliver consistently. The weather is always a factor ...

News: Performance / Tour

Roomful of Blues Celebrates 45 Years with New CD & Live Performance in New Hope

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, have released their new live CD, 45 LIVE, and will perform at Havana in New Hope on Friday, October 18, 2013. The album is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. The group has earned ...

News: Recording

Roomful Of Blues to Release "45 Live" July 30

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, will release their new live CD, 45 LIVE, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. For the recording, the band hosted a three-day party in March of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. They packed ...


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