Monthly Archives: December 2014

Marshall Keys @ Washington Square

December 31, 2014
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Marshall Keys @ Washington Square

Recently we attended the Holiday Jazz Stroll in Clarksburg, WV. See “Great Ladies of Jazz” Dec 14th. One of the many highlights that night was at Washington Square at 216 Washington Ave. A great performance from Sharon Clark in a intimate setting with excellent food and drink.¬† Owner Tim Gentilozzi went out of his...

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happy birthday & Merry Christmas Turk Murphy!

December 24, 2014
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happy birthday & Merry Christmas Turk Murphy!

  Last week Turk Murphy would have celebrated his 99th birthday. Born Dec 16th 1915 in Palermo, CA he passed away May 30 1987. Not sure how I came across this…. but it made me think. Just east of the Alleghenies and west of the Blue Ridge is a jewel tucked deep in a...

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SPOTLIGHT!

December 21, 2014
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SPOTLIGHT!

  Think I first saw Chris Sutton sometime during the late 90’s or early 2000’s at River City Blues Competition in Marietta, OH. Although he didn’t win that day, he definitely got many peoples attention with his 20 minute set of solo/acoustic/country roots blues. (he did qualify for his first appearance in the IBC’s)...

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blue-eyed soul reunion!

December 19, 2014
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blue-eyed soul reunion!

During the late 60’s The Esquires from Charleston, WV were no doubt the hottest local/regional R&B band anywhere. Had to been near impossible to be in college anywhere in the area at the time and not know something about The Esquires. Playing Wilson Pickett, The Impressions, Otis Redding, James Brown, etc. In other words,...

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Johnny Rawls, Court Street Grille, and an old Fedora, 11/ 21/2014

December 15, 2014
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Johnny Rawls, Court Street Grille, and an old Fedora, 11/ 21/2014

Or, how my hat joined a conspiracy to entice Johnny Rawls to play Mustang Sally. Thing is, I had just been handed the hat a few days before, back home, where my sister had borrowed  it after my Dad passed away. I bought the hat, a classic Fedora, for him 25 years ago, when...

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Great Ladies of Jazz in Clarksburg

December 14, 2014
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Great Ladies of Jazz in Clarksburg

Congratulations to Clarksburg Uptown and the West Virginia Jazz Society for another successful Holiday Jazz Stroll. Last year we were told the crowd was around 1,200 squeezed into 4 venues. This year it had to have been even larger. But do to the addition of 2 more venues and adjustments in starting times, there...

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Biscuit in Beckley

December 14, 2014
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Biscuit in Beckley

From our friends on SoWV….. Biscuit Miller & The Mix, the Chicago-based band led by a dynamic showman who in 2012 was named Bassist of the Year at the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards, is returning to southern West Virginia. Appearing at The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre, Sat Dec 20th. Showtime 7:30pm The second...

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SPOTLIGHT!

December 11, 2014
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SPOTLIGHT!

  Some outside the Central Ohio area may not be aware of Rick Collura. But if you’ve followed the blues and blues guitarist through the years then you may have well heard him. And he probably grabbed your attention at the time. Pretty sure first time we saw him maybe 20 years ago when...

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’tis the season y’all….

December 7, 2014
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’tis the season y’all….

  since it really “tis the season, thought best to mention couple thinks…. First want to thank our buddy out in Big Sky Country for recent early Christmas gift! Received in the mail this week a copy of what might just be THE BEST soul/blues/r&b Christmas album of all time. Blue Yule features 18...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T coming to Charleston

December 1, 2014
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T coming to Charleston

  The one and only, 18 time Grammy Award winner, holder of 20 #1 r&b singles, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin coming to Charleston, WV Sunday May 17th, 2015. The beautiful Maier Foundation Performance Hall at The Clay Center has over 1,800 seats and even though it’s still 5 months away they’re filling...

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