LOCAL ARTIST SERIES
Tickets | $10
Join us for this one-night event featuring J. Howard’s personal and historical narrative about classic blues and soul music.
On Thursday, August 2nd @ 8PM, local blues guitarist and vocalist, J. Howard Duff, will be presenting “The Blues and Soul Review”, a collection of classic blues, 60’s soul music, and a few diverse musical excursions. He will be joined by guitarist Fred Warren, Keyboardist Jeff Rigg, bassist Allyn Perdue, and drummer Ed Switela (all members ofRed, White, and Blues). Guest musicians will include Dave Skinner on sax and Dawn Gaye on vocals.
The show will feature the songs of Otis Redding, Howlin’ Wolf, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, and others. Selections from Duff’s highly regarded release “The Blues & Back” will be performed along with narrative and history about the music.
The “Blues & Back” has been receiving airplay on both AM/FM and internet stations, and has garnered positive reviews from the music press, as this excerpt from The Aquarian Weeklyillustrates:
“The new CD has 18 glorious excursions. (Listening to it)…brought a smile to my face. (J. Howard) can spit out those guitar leads like a rock star & his voice has that soulful wiggle.”
J. Howard Duff is a blues, rock, and gospel vocalist and guitarist who records for Nice Jacket Records. Originally from the NY/NJ Metro area, he has been playing professionally since the age of 13. He has played with or opened shows for the likes of Twisted Sister, Blackfoot, Chuck Berry, J Geils Band, Black Flag, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Derringer, Canned Heat, Roy Buchanan, and many more. In the mid 80s, his band Partners in Crime scored a top 10 punk rock EP with their release “No Big Deal”. He moved back into his blues & gospel roots when he & Dawn, his artist/vocalist wife, relocated to South Carolina in the late 1990s. Since then he has releasedfour projects on the Nice Jacket label, the latest being “The Blues & Back”.
According to J. Howard, “The Blues & Soul Review”features more eclectic themes than the band’s last sold out Roasting Room show, which focused exclusively on the blues. “We wanted to explore different avenues of the blues this time around”, said Duff. “I really look forward to the show and think it will be a unique listening experience.”
FOR MORE ON J. HOWARD DUFF & HIS MUSIC, GO TO: JHOWARDDUFF.COM