- Roomful of Blues
Roomful of Blues is a horn-driven musical band that plays
jump blues. The group was formed in Westerly, Rhode Islandin 1967by guitarist Duke Robillardand pianist Al Copley. Since then, the band has been continually touring and recording.
Their debut album, "Roomful of Blues", known as "The first Album" on the CD version, was produced by
Doc Pomusand Joel Dornin 1978. They have toured and recorded with great bluesartists such as Big Joe Turner, Eddie Vinson, Earl Kingand others, and the horn section has been in great demand for recordings with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pat Benatar, Colin Jamesand Mitch Woods, to name just a few. Count Basiereferred to them as "the hottest blues band I've ever known". Their album with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson was nominated for a Grammy Awardin 1983, as it did the one with Big Joe Turner, "Blues Train", in 1984. Their recording "Turn it On! Turn it Up!" 1995was also nominated.
Throughout four decades of continuous touring and recording, the band's line-up has experienced many changes. It is said that more than 50 musicians have been playing in the band. Some of them have achieved a successful solo career. Of note,
Porky Cohen, whose career began in the '40s and included playing in the bands of Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Lucky Millinder, Tommy Dorseyand others, was in the band. Rich Lataille, alto and tenor saxophone, is the only remaining member from the original line-up.
Chris Vachon, guitar
Dave Howard, vocals
Dimitry Gorodetsky, upright bass and bass guitar
Ephraim Lowell, drums
Travis Colby, pianoand B3 organ
Rich Lataille, tenor and alto saxophone
Bob Enos, trumpet7/4/1947- 1/11/2008
* Mark Earley, baritone saxophone and tenor saxophone
This is a partial list:
Duke Robillard, vocal and guitar
Al Basile, trumpet & cornett
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Al Copley, piano
Ron Levy, piano and organ
Porky Cohen, trombone
Fran Christina, drums
Larry Peduzzi, bass
Greg Piccolo, vocal and tenor sax
Curtis Salgado, vocal
Lou Ann Barton, vocal
Mac Odom, vocal
Sugar Ray Norcia, vocal and harp
John Rossi, drums
Doug Jamesa.k.a. "Mr. Low", baritone saxophone
Preston Hubbard, bass
Marty Ballou, bass
* Junior Brantley, keyboards
* Matt McCabe, piano
* Tommy K., guitar
* [http://bluesbone.com Carl Querfurth] , trombone and producer
* Ken "Doc" Grace, bass
* Hank Walther, piano and Hammond B-3
* Mark DuFresne, vocals and harp
* Brad Hallen, bass
* Jason Corbiere, drums
* Mark Stevens, piano and Hammond B-3
* Rory McLeod, bass
* Jimmy Wimpfheimer, bass
* Danny Motta, trumpet
* John Wolf, tenor trombone
* Albert Weisman, piano and Hammond B-3
* Kevin May, baritone sax
* 2008 "Raisin' a Ruckus"
* 2005 "Standin' Room Only"
* 2003 "That's Right!"
* 2001 "Watch you when you go"
* 1998 "There goes the Neighborhood"
* 1997 "Under one roof"
* 1997 "Roomful of Christmas"
* 1995 "Turn it on! Turn it up!"
* 1995 "Rhythm & Bones" (with Porky Cohen)
* 1994 "Dance all night"
* 1986 "Glazed" (with Earl King)
* 1984 "Dressed up to get Messed Up"
* 1983 "Blues Train" (with Big Joe Turner & Dr John)
* 1982 "Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson & A Roomful of Blues"
* 1980 "Hot Little Mama"
* 1978 "Let's Have a Ball"
* 1978 "Roomful of Blues" (aka "The First Album" in CD re-release)
* 2002 "Live at Wolf Trap"
* 1987 "Live at Lupos"
* "The Blues will make you Happy" (1981-1998 songs)
* "Swingin' & Jumpin' " (1970's recordings)
* [http://www.roomful.com Official website]
* [http://music.yahoo.com/ar-263230-bio--Roomful-Of-Blues Roomful of Blues at Yahoo! Music]
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