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We at Blues Leaf are all mourning the loss of one of our family     members - keyboardist, arranger, and musical director Lance Ong.  He was a "Treasure" to all of us who knew him and played with him.  He may be gone but won't be forgotten.  May you rest in peace, Lancie.      

Joe Morabia and the Blues Leaf Family        Dec. 8, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
2004 W.C. HANDY AWARD NOMINEE
FOR "BEST CONTEMPORARY FEMALE BLUES ARTIST" - > JANIVA MAGNESS !!!

Each year, The Blues Foundation recognizes Blues artists, musicians, and recordings through the annual presentation of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The Handy Awards are the highest recognition bestowed on Blues artists in the music industry. The Blues Leaf family & friends congratulate Janiva on this prestigious achievement!

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PRESS RELEASE January20, 2004
BLUES SINGER JANIVA MAGNESS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS W.C. HANDY AWARD
Sultry blues singer Janiva Magness has been nominated as Best Contemporary Female Artist of the Year in the 25th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards ceremony sponsored by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tenn. This is the first nomination for Magness, a resident of Los Angeles whose Janiva Magness Band performs nationally and internationally. The award will be presented April 29 at the W.C. Handy Awards show in Memphis. Previous winners of the Best Contemporary Female Artist Award include Etta James, Koko Taylor and Susan Tedeschi.

"I'm thrilled to be nominated for this award", said Magness. "This is the kind of award that you hope to be named for some day, but you don't believe it will actually happen because of all the obstacles out there. I am truly grateful." The W.C. Handy Awards are universally regarded as the highest honor given to a blues artist.

Other nominees this year include such noted performers as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Etta James and Solomon Burke. Magness joins an elite group of women in the Best Contemporary Female Artist catagory. Additional nominees are past winners Marcia Ball, a piano player from Austin, Texas, and singer Shemekia Copeland of New York as well as guitarist Deborah Coleman of Portsmouth, Va., and singer E.G. Kight of Dublin, Ga.

For more than two decades, Magness has been winning praises from fans, music critics and publications such as Billboard, Downbeat, Blues Revue, Living Blues and Southland Blues. Born and raised in Detroit, MI., Magness was captivated at an early age by the blues and R&B sounds of the region. She developed a singular gritty and alluring vocal style that has made her a favorite a blues festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

The release of her fifth CD in 2003, "Use What You Got" on Blues Leaf Records immediately catapulted Magness into the ranks of leading blues performers. Songs such as "I'm Lost Without You" and "I'm Not Ashamed" were an immediate hit with radio programmers across the country and "Use What You Got" quickly climbed to the top of blues radio charts.

Each April, the Handy Awards in Memphis attract thousands of blues artists, record company executives, producers, managers and fans to celebrate the genre's leading artists. Nominations for Handy Awards are chosen by music industry experts and the final awards are voted upon by members of the Blues Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the blues through a worldwide network of more than 100 affiliated blues societies and individual members in more than 20 countries. MORE

New Releases



NEW RELEASE | Jon Paris - Blue PlanetJON PARIS - "BLUE PLANET"
Jon Paris has toured and recorded with Johnny Winter, Bo Diddley, Robert Gordon & Link Wray, Johnnie Johnson and Mick Taylor. He's backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Hubert Sumlin. He has recorded with Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, and John Hiatt. He's jammed with Les Paul, B. B. King, Muddy Waters and John Mayall. All the while Jon Paris has maintained his own New York City-based Rock'n'Blues band, performing at clubs and concerts, casinos and festivals throughout the U.S.A. and across the Atlantic. His compositions have been covered by the likes of Johnny Winter, and have appeared in such major motion pictures as The Naked Gun and Scary Movie 3. "Blue Planet," Jon Paris's latest CD on Blues Leaf, includes more of his Blues-drenched, rocked-out originals plus his own unique versions of some great Blues classics. MORE

NEW RELEASE - The Rockats - Wild LoveTHE ROCKATS "WILD LOVE" The Rockats are an Anglo/American roots rockin' band. Though they are based out of New York City, they have toured extensively throughout England, Europe and Japan. Many of their early New York gigs supported acts as diverse as Tina Turner, David Bowie and Kiss. They have appeared on American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and Wolfman Jack's Midnight Special as well as a cameo appearance in the remake of the 1950's classic "Where the Boys Are '84". Original songs, penned by the band, have been included on movie soundtracks like "The Generals Daughter" starring John Travolta. The current Rockats lineup, according to many, is their best and most seasoned, featuring original members Dibbs Preston (lead vocal/acoustic guitar), and Barry Ryan (lead guitar), joined by Rockabilly veterans John Willoughby (slap bass) and Jeff Dilena (drums). MORE

NEW RELEASE | Gene Ludwig - Hands On
GENE LUDWIG - "HANDS ON"

Gene Ludwig has been called the country's most passionate exponents of Jazz Organ. JAZZIZ hailed him as the "finest mainstream jazz organ player alive." "Hands On" the follow up to his critically acclaimed “The Groove ORGANization" teams Gene up with some of Pittsburgh's finest jazz musicians: Gene Ludwig (Hammond B-3 organ), Eric DeFade (tenor saxophone), Ken Karsh (guitar), and Tom Wendt on drums. This cd confirms the fact that Gene Ludwig keeps his "Hands On" his organ! Recorded at Stargate Studios, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. MORE











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