Roomful of Blues
June 20, 2013
This week's "Third Thursdays Jazz at the Armory" will be bigger and better as it will be part of Joe's Jazz & Blues Fest! Roomful of Blues will be joining us for a night you won't want to miss!! At 45 years old, New England’s Roomful of Blues has been around even longer than Alligator Records. For all that time, they’ve celebrated the jump blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll music of the horn-powered golden era of the late 1940s and early 1950s. They don’t simply recreate the famous and obscure 78s and 45s of those years. Inspired by the spirit of the groundbreaking bands of the post-World War II decade, they’ve breathed new life into vintage songs, infusing them with boundless energy and fiery, swinging solos and vocals. Roomful has been led by Chris Vachon, one of the most underrated guitarists in the blues. For 40 years, their hard changing horn section has been sparked by Rick Lataille on tenor and alto sax. Their terrific new vocalist, Phil Pemberton energizes their band. Phil’s performances showcase his flamboyant, multi-octave voice, fun-loving attitude and his deep understanding of the era when jumping blues bands were fronted by huge-voiced singers like Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris and Big Joe. Free jazz after-party at the Mezzanine featuring Bill O'Connor and Friends: Mining the depths of Modern Jazz, Bill O'Connor and Friends interpret standard and not so standard compositions from the 1940s through the 1960s for an evening of Blues, Bossa Nova, Bebop, and beyond!