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Johnny Copeland was one of the most celebrated Texas bluesman of his generation. His huge, soul-drenched voice and intense guitar made him instantly distinctive. After decades of struggling as a journeyman blues and R&B player in Houston and New York, cutting dozens of singles and receiving some radio play, he burst on the international blues scene with his 1981 album “Copeland Special.” From that point on, he never looked back, touring ceaselessly around the world until his death in July 1997. Johnny Copeland was born March 27, 1937, in Haynesville, LA. The son of sharecroppers, his father died when he was very young, and Copeland was given his father's guitar

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News: Performance / Tour

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS. This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre. It will also feature Renée Manning and solo performances by Mingus Dynasty. DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION: Long ...

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Article: Live Review

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

Read "Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot" reviewed by Doug Hall


Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute The Cabot Beverly, MA December 4, 2018 In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1

Read "Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson


As part of All About Jazz' tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 50th edition in 2016, and to its founder, the late Claude Nobs, this second batch of live recordings features ten memorable blues, soul and funk concerts captured between 1973 and 2004. The first batch featured ten jazz recordings from concerts between ...

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Article: Album Review

Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts Of Love

Read "Outskirts Of Love" reviewed by James Nadal


The Blues. Much has been written about how it has influenced countless artists in a variety of genres, but few can claim to have been born into the blues. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland, as daughter of Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, has this unique distinction, and has borne this trait with heartfelt integrity. Bequeathed with a dynamic ...

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Article: Interview

Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music

Read "Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music" reviewed by Tyler Henderson


Stephan Crump is a bassist with many talents, his skills ranging from funk and rock to straight ahead jazz and folk. The Grammy-nominated artist cut his teeth on the jny: New York City jazz scene, working there since the 1990s. He's been a collaborator and a bandleader, working with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Ashford Simpson, ...

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News: Recording

Award-Winning Janiva Magness to Release "Stronger For It" March 13

Award-Winning Janiva Magness to Release "Stronger For It" March 13

On March 13, Alligator Records will release Stronger For It, the powerful and stunning new release from award-winning vocalist (and songwriter) Janiva Magness. Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. Through her passionate vocals and, for the first ...

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News: Recording

New Tab Benoit Compilation from Telarc/Concord Coming April 3

New Tab Benoit Compilation from Telarc/Concord Coming April 3

In a career of more than two decades, blues guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit has generated an impressive body of work—every note of it rooted in the rich and centuries-old musical and cultural traditions of his native Louisiana. While his earliest recordings and performances may have established him as a genuine blues musician, his ever-expanding body of work ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Janiva Magness Celebrates New Release "Stronger for It" in Sellersville, PA

JANIVA MAGNESS CELEBRATES NEW RELEASE IN SELLERSVILLE! Award-winning blues and soul vocalist Janiva Magness will celebrate the release of her new Alligator Records CD, Stronger for It, with a live performance at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Sunday, April 8, 2012. A charismatic artist known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is among the premier ...


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