In March, blues royalty will be in the house as Smoken Joe’s presents The Jerry Portnoy Trio for a special artist residency on Thursday nights, featuring Ricky “KING Russell on guitar and Bob Worthington on bass. Widely known for his work with Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters,Jerry Portnoy is the most expressive blues harp player around today. Ricky “King” Russell one of the blue’s most seasoned talents, brings his legendary guitar riffs to the group. As one of New England’s preeminent Blues Masters,Ricky Russell has been entertaining audiences with his astounding technique and encyclopedic repertoire. To complete the ensemble, they are joined by seasoned veteran Bob Worthington on bass. This past fall, the trio packed the house; and audiences eagerly anticipate their return to bring the same level of excellence to the stage once more. Jerry Portnoy has played on several Grammy Award-winning albums while recording with a wide variety of artists, and was a Grammy Award nominee in 1997 for his work with the Muddy Waters Tribute Band. Television credits include appearances on Saturday Night Live, Soundstage, MTV, VH1, and the Disney Channel, as well as writing and performing original music for Sesame Street. Inaddition, he has lectured at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and his definitive 3/CD instructional package, Jerry Portnoy’s Blues Harmonica Masterclass, is widely regarded as the premier teaching tool for those wishing to learn the instrument. Jerry Portnoy now makes his home outside Boston, MA.