BLAZZ presents a unique blend of America's musical cousins, Jazz and Blues. I sing standards from the Great American Songbook, Bop and Mainstream jazz - often with my original lyrics, and Blues. Harmonica is often in the mix, with both Blues and Jazz tunes. What I do is unique. BLAZZ can grace the stage as a duo, trio or quartet.
Price Range: $400 - $2000
Gig Length: 60 - 135 minutes
Languages: English, French, Spanish
What to Expect
Expect to see a Jazz duo, trio or quartet, depending on your needs and, of course, funding.
I have a regular guitarist that I work with but also have access to excellent keyboard/piano players if that is your preference. A trio would add a bass and a quartet would add a drum set.
Trio or quartet is preferred because of the solid rhythm and support for the guitarist during solos.
My repertoire is drawn from The Great American Songbook, Jazz Standards (some with my lyrics), jump/swing Blues, and some bluesy/jazzy originals.
As the vocalist I front the band at shows. I add harmonica, common enough in Blues, but rare in Jazz, especially the diatonic model I play. I know that both my singing and harmonica playing get a terrific response from audiences, from Jazz novices to professional musicians and singers. (I have been playing harmonica for many years and have a very sophisticated, yet strong, approach to playing. You will be pleasantly surprised!)
You can see studio and "live" performances at (link hidden)
Please see the "Influences" section.
Additional Booking Notes
If a good PA is not provided I can bring mine to small or mid-size venues. I have excellent microphones and put out a clean and warm sound.
I can play outdoors at a home, on a public plaza, etc. But I do not have sound equipment for a large outdoor concert venue.
Clients can choose from this list. Advance requests happily accepted.
BLAZZ song list (* = my song, + = my lyric to a jazz standard)
1. Ain’t Misbehavin’ Bb
2. All Blues Bb
3. All of Me F
4. Autumn Leaves C-
5. Ballad of Bernie Madoff (Blues in E easy-going shuffle)*
6. Black Mountain Blues Eb (Bessie Smith)
7. Bye Bye Blackbird Eb
8. Caldonia Eb
9. Con Alma Ab +
10. Days of Wine and Roses C
11. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore Ab
12. Doxy F
13. Driving Wheel A (Blues, box shuffle bass pattern)
14. Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy C
15. Every Day I Have the Blues Bb
16. Flip, Flop and Fly Bb
17. A Foggy Day C
18. Georgia On My Mind C
19. Girl From Ipanema Eb (only here for requests!)
20. God Bless the Child Bb
21. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Bb
22. Goin’ Down Slow Bb
23. Guilty C (By Randy Newman. See Bonnie Raitt version.)
24. If Trouble Was Money F
25. I Remember You F
26. Iris + (No key signature, original chords)
27. It Hurts Me Too C
28. It’s Easy to Keep Goin’ F *
29. I Wanna Be Around Eb
30. Kansas City Ab
31. Let The Good Times Roll Ab
32. Lover Come Back D
33. Mercy Mercy Mercy Bb
34. Moonlight in Vermont Bb
35. Moon River G
36. Nature Boy Bb-
37. Next Time You See Me Bb
38. A Night In Tunisia C- +
39. Now’s The Time F
40. Past Sixty Blues (Blues in Ab)
41. Only For The Memories B- *
42. On The Street Where You Live F
43. Out of Nowhere Eb
44. September In the Rain C
45. Skylark C-
46. Something’s Gotta Give Ab
47. Sometime Ago D +
48. Song For My Father F-
49. Stormy Monday F
50. Straight No Chaser F
51. Summertime C-
52. Tanqueray Blues (By Johnnie Johnson Eb, swinging shuffle)
53. Taxation Blues E* (blues, mid-tempo shuffle)
54. Teach Me Tonight Bb
55. They Didn’t Believe Me C (slow ballad)
56. Trouble With a T (16 bar blues for the lyric, solo on 12 bar blues) E*
57. Watermelon Man Ab
58. We’ll Be Together Again A
59. What A Difference A Day Made D (I sing the original lyric in Spanish and then the English lyric.)
60. Where or When D
61. You Belong To Me E
62. You Can’t Spend Your Money In Hell C- *
Influences & Inspiration
I started out with Blues many years ago. Later on I became interested in Jazz - swing, straight ahead, bop, bluesy stuff. For over three years, I studied improvisation as a vocalist in the famous Barry Harris Jazz Workshop in New York City. Prior to that, I studied singing in the Bel Canto style in Denver at a local college and sang in school and church choirs there. When I arrived in New York I continued my vocal studies with an eye toward using my voice in Jazz and Blues
I have played diatonic (blues) harmonica for many years. My original influences were pre WW II players like Sonny Terry. But soon I "graduated" to electrified Chicago Blues as exemplified by Little Walter and Paul Butterfield. But later my Jazz studies changed my style again. I can - and still do - play country blues, acoustic music, Chicago-style blues, and blues/rock. But my preference for when I perform with my own group, BLAZZ, is to bring in Jazz ideas. So I tend to choose Jazz tunes that have a chord progression that is amenable to the 10 hole harmonica.
I also sing many songs from the Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards (some with my own lyrics) that do not work with my harmonica. But I might scat on those to add some spice. BLAZZ's repertoire also includes some great swing/jump blues tunes and some of my original Blues and Jazz tunes.
Please go to (link hidden) to see and hear what I do with my band and with other performers. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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