03/15 8:00 PM - $25.00
NY Blues Hall of Fame Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Charity Event
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Henry Butler – New Orleans piano player
Jerry Jemmott – BB King, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis
Pork Chop Willie – Mississippi trance music
Danny Draher – NYC legendary guitarist
Billie Williams– NYC blues singer
Michael Packer Blues Band – Honeyboy Edwards back up band
Michael Packer is an american singer-songwriter, guitarist and Blues Hall Of Fame inductee who was born in New York City in 1950. He did his first gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village at the age of 15. In 1969 he formed the group ‘Papa Nebo” which included saxophonist Bob Mintzer who went on to play with the Grammy award winning “Yellowjackets”. Papa Nebo recorded an album for Atlantic records. They were personally signed by Ahmet Ertegun.Today it is a collectors item.
Considered the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Butler is a ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. Blinded by glaucoma at birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing, and performing professionally since he was twelve.
Born in the Bronx, New York in 1946, this two time Grammy Award-wining bassist was one of the pre-eminent session bassists of the late 1960s and early 1970s, working with an impressive cross section of the era’s finest soul, jazz and blues artists. One of the youngest of the many Jazz musicians to come out the Bronx during the 1950s, Jerry Jemmott found his way to prominence on acoustic bass with Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers and the Mercer Ellington Orchestra. He switched to electric bass in 1964 and shaped his skills to eventually join many of his heroes in the recording studios of New York City.
Pork Chop Willie has grown through frequent gigs in the New York City area, headlining the Washington Square Festival and playing a variety of well-known clubs including B.B. King’s, Terra Blues and Harlem’s Shrine. The band also appears annually at Clarksdale, Mississippi’s internationally renowned Juke Joint Festival, making stops at the tourist destination Ground Zero and authentic juke joints like Red’s, also in Clarksdale, and Merigold’s Po’ Monkey’s during its visits. In 2009 Pork Chop Willie recorded Hill Country Roll for sale at shows.
Danny Draher, New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist Winner-is a guitarist, singer, musical director, consultant and producer. Born in Indianapolis, he heard the fascinating sounds of Wes Montgomery, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Elvis. He started playing piano and bass at a young age, then switched to the guitar and soon moved to Chicago. By age fourteen, Danny was performing at parties with local bands and began his professional life as a guitarist with Otis Rush and Buddy Guy at the Checkerboard Lounge. He recorded his first album with the Bob Reidy Band on Flying Fish Records at the legendary Chess Studios.
When Billie arrived in New York City she landed a gig as lead vocalist with blues band The Lenny Nelson Project. After time off to raise her daughter, Billie returned to performing in 2009 with the show Sentimental Journeys appearing with actress/singer Jean Tafler and vocalist Tracy Toler. In her recent concert at Joe’s Pub in May 2014, Billie celebrated the release of her new original single Lonely Night in Harlem, inspired by life in her long-time Harlem neighborhood. Billie was also featured singing her new single in the short film Triangle, and appeared in the musical Your Name on My Lips at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in July 2014.
Honeyboy Edwards Backup Band
David “Honeyboy” Edwards was born June 28, 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, and passed away on August 29, 2011 at his home in Chicago, Illnois. Honeyboy was one of the last living links to Robert Johnson, and was one of the last original acoustic Delta blues players. His band, “Honeyboy Edwards Backup Band” supports the Michael Packer Blues Band on tour.