About JIMMY HILL AND THE ALLSTARZ BAND Featuring BLACKVELVET JAMES BROWN JR.
JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE BAND
Specializing in R&B Funk
We are an unique show band with a solid reputation for captivating and fulfilling the musical appetites of our audiences.
WAYNE BETANCOURT - Bass
Received Bass Player of the Year Award
KENNETH AUSTIN - Drums
EJ HAUGHTON - Percussionist and Vocalist
RANDY GAFFNEY - Guitar
Formerly with Clarence Carter
L.A. BLACKSMITH- Alto Saxophone
Formerly with Brass Construction
FREDDIE THOMSON - Trumpet
Formerly with The Drifters
LAMAR GUILLARY - Trombone
JIMMY HILL - Band Leader
Keyboards and Vocalist
Formerly with The Intruders
Larose Jackson - Vocalist
Dorothy Lofton aka Dottie Diva - Vocalist
Denise Jones - Vocalist
ABOUT OUR MEMBERS
aka BLACK VELVET/JAMES BROWN JR.
Originated from Gainesville, Florida. He is a powerful Funk Vocalist who sings and dances like James Brown, yet has a style of his own.
Some of the songs that he performs in his show are "COLD SWEAT", "IT'S A MAN'S WORLD", ”SEX MACHINE”, "GET ON THE GOOD FOOT”, “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE”.....and
many more Soul Classics.
A singer who is full of fire. Some of the songs in her act are, “Hot, hot,hot", (a Calypso Dance number that's popular with people of all Ages), ” Baby
Work Out" (a strong dance selection that gets the audience up on their feet), ”What ever, Whatever" (A Neo /Soul favorite with young people), and Jennifer
Hudson's "Spotlight" are just a few of her show-stopping selections.
Gets the audience into a frenzy when she Performs Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ "Dancing In The Street” and Denise LaSalle's blues favorite "Drop That
Performs a dynamic version of “Midnight Train to Georgia.
The band has performed at the following venues:
The Apollo Theater
Long Island Blues Festival, NY
Starlight Lounge - Denver, Colorado
The Barn, Hillsbrough, NC
Red Hook Music Festival - Brooklyn, NY
The Brownstone - Patterson, NJ
B. B. King’s Grill and Restaurant, NY
Empire City Casino - Yonkers, NY
The Cutting Room, NY
Dec. 2009, New years show, Moomba Supper Club Montreal Canada
Recently, the band performed on the DAVID LETTERMAN Late Night TV Show. CHARLES BRADLEY AKA BLACKVELVET/JAMES BROWN JR. and JIMMY HILL were interviewed
on the Joey Reynolds W.O.R. Radio Show.
They have been the House Band at the Essence Club and Restaurant for the past three years, and can be seen there every Sunday night. The Essence Club is
located at 1662 Atlantic Ave (corner of Troy Ave) Brooklyn, NY.
The band can also be seen at the Footprints Café in Coney Island four times a month.
We have recorded with many artists, and we are now working on our own CD.
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