ue Spectrum made the acquaintance of Amelia through the blues community as fellow performers in open jam sessions. Along with Zayne, she was also a member of the youth blues band that played in Memphis. Amelia graduated from Grandview Heights High School and is currently a student at The Ohio State University.
performance: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ROUND STAGE PRESENTED BY BYERS AUTO
Columbus Academy Jazz Ensemble
At a time in American life when the cultivation of artistic talent in secondary schools is waning, Columbus Academy has not wavered in its commitment to providing a holistic education to students. So while budgetary constraints and standardized tests have beleaguered its public counterparts into de-emphasizing the arts in curricular development, Academy has forged ahead with comprehensive courses and extracurricular opportunities that have an impressive track record of launching careers in theater, in singing and songwriting, in photography and in the fine arts. This success stems from a broad curriculum across the school's three divisions that allows students the opportunity to explore their own artistic endeavors.
The Academy Jazz Band offers students an opportunity to explore the Jazz experience in both performance and musicianship. Students perform in a number of settings, including All That Jazz, a Fall concert, and various festivals around Columbus.
performance: 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 ROUND STAGE PRESENTED BY BYERS AUTO
FLIPPO plays Steely Dan
FLIPPO is a jazz group displaying instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the â€œfunkâ€ and â€œjazz/rock fusionâ€ movements of the 1970â€™s and beyond. The band features Michael Cox on Sax, Paul Brown on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Andy Woodson on bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums. They started FLIPPO to play some of their favorite music together.
For their 2021 CBJF Show, FLIPPO will perform the music of Steely Dan.
performance: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Harold Stewart & The Blueshounds
International performing and recording artists, Harold Stewart & The Blues Hounds, are based out of Columbus, Ohio and consistently offer high-intensity, upbeat, funky blues music with a wide range of flavors. The Blues Hounds have headlines many international events and opened for various pro-musicians overseas, as well as recording 2 CDs in Japan.
The Blues Hounds sound is a modern, funky, powerful good-time, high intensity electric bluesâ€”with horn-line and Hammond b-3 backingâ€”in the vein of the music created in the late 1960s by Stax Records and made popular by Blues giants like Albert King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Jr. Wells, Lucky Peterson, Little Milton and BB King. Jump and swing Blues tunes fill out the bandâ€™s repertoire from artists such as T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Roomful of Blues and Delbert McClinton.
performance: 12:20-1:35 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Harper & Midwest Kind
An amalgamation of roots, blues and world music, award winning Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper" creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Music Awards in four different countries and has performed on over 2000 Films, commercials and TV series. Considered to be a virtuoso harmonica player, Harperâ€™s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create rawyet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. Harper is backed by his very talented American Midwest based band: "Midwest Kind"
performance: 5:55-7:25 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Honey and Blue
The band, a self-described mix of pop, blues and soul, is fronted by singer/songwriters Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber. Appropriately named, Honey and Blue combines Darling's sultry bluesy sounds with Amber's sweet, whimsical take on lyrics and harmony.
Born and raised in Ohio, Darling met Amber (a New York native) while working at the same restaurant in Los Angeles. The two were both pursuing a career in music and quickly hit it off, writing together for more than a year before forming their band. After performing all over LA, at sought-after venues like The House of Blues and The Witzend, the duo moved back to the Midwest to continue work on their first album. Once the duo arrived in Columbus they teamed up with Dwight Bailey and created their self titled first album.
Recently on WCBE (NPR), the band's much anticipated second album has finally arrived. 'All The Feels' showcases an entirely new sound to the band, featuring Dwight Bailey on bass and James Gaiters on drums.
performance: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Hurricane Jerry and The Surge
Hurricane Jerry and The Surge is an electrifying live band that plays rock classics and blues. Band members include Jerry Loos, Kevin King, Tom Venne, Rich Bradburn, Sam Shepherd. They all come together and know how to entertain the crowd!
performance: 9 - 10:30 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ROUND STAGE PRESENTED BY BYERS AUTO
James Gaiters' SOUL REVIVAL
The James Gaiters Quartet brings its Soul Revival to CBJF. James has appeared with many of the world's greatest artists, been a featured performer with Wynton Marsalis, and has received accolades the world over. James' powerfully musical voice has also led to nationally and internationally televised features on BET on Jazz, and he has been featured on some of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals. James is also a prolific composer, arranger, and producer, and has written, produced, and released Looking Back Ahead, a CD featuring his own group, MUV-MeNT, as well as his more recent album Exodus.
performance: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Jonn Del Toro Richardson
Jonn Del Toro Richardson got his start at an early age, having grown up in a musical family. His grandmother and her siblings played in a touring mariachi band playing regionally through the Southeast and Southwest. After watching his uncles play at family gatherings, he picked up a guitar in his early 20s. On a diet of Country, Motown, R&B, Classic rock and various other genres, Jonn continued learning his chosen instrument and he worked in various bands playing all types of music.
Once he heard the blues, he knew he had found his place. Richardsonâ€™s partnership with Diunna Greenleaf and his role in the Blue Mercy Blues Band and the support of the Blue Shoe Project in Dallas TX led them to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN in 2005. That same competition Richardson was honored with the Albert King Award, the most promising blue guitarist of the competition.
In 2007 Jonn played on the Grammy winning album The Last of the Mississippi Delta Blues Men. He continues Perkinsâ€™ legacy by working with the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. You can hear his influences on his various recordings and live. Richardson has had the pleasure to work with players such as Diunna Greenleaf, Otis Taylor, Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Bob Stroger, Willie â€œBig Eyesâ€ Smith, Anson Funderburgh, Ronnie Earl, Rich Del Grosso, and many, many more.
Jonn has released two CDs with other artists. In 2011 Jonn released Time Slips on By with Rich DelGrosso to great reviews. It garnered a Blues Blast Nomination for best Traditional Album and was named one of the top 100 blues CDs by Billboard Magazine of 2011. In 2013 Jonn teamed up with Sean Carney to release Drivinâ€™ Me Wild. This album also got great reviews as served as the basis for several European tours.
In November 2015 Jonn released his first solo Album, Tengo Blues. Produced by Answon Funderburgh this effort charted in the top 10 blues charts for months and garnered rave reviews throughout the country. It also and earned him a Blues Blast Award nomination for best new artist in 2016.
In May 2017 Jonn won the Blues Music Award from The Blues Foundation for Best New Artist Debut Award for Tengo Blues!
Jonn Del Toro Richardson continues to tour extensively both in the U.S. and Europe.
performance: 9:30-11 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Nikki D & The Browns
Nikki is well known as a "Sacred Steel" player, a musical style and African-American gospel tradition of using lap steel and pedal steel guitars in church. The Brown family singers were formed by their parents, the late Curtis & Ruth Brown in 1973. Their dad encouraged them not only to sing, but to learn to play musical instruments. They have performed throughout the gospel music circuit, have won awards and recorded several projects. They were named the 2010 Ohio Gospel Superfest Winners, were 2014 Lowell Folk Festival participants, 2014 Toledo Quartet Music Association Grammy Award Winners, and the 2015 B-Made Known Talent Search winners. Nikki D & the Browns have performed a number of times at Natalie's as well as countless other venues and special events.
performance: 3:30-5 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Orion and the Constellations
Influenced by the great SRV, Gary Moore and Gary Clark Jr, the album was produced at Sonic Lounge by Joe Viers (Lydia Loveless, Red Wanting Blue, Dr. John). With the precision of a finely tuned manufacturing line, their funk inspired riffs will move you through myths and memories of love and consequence, generational struggle and the power of the human spirit, leaving you with a sense of shared experience and an undeniable groove in your gut.
performance: 4:05-5:35 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Paisha Thomas is an American singer/songwriter based in Columbus, Ohio who commands attention from the moment she takes the stage. Equally at home singing Soul, Gospel, R&B, Paisha creates music about love, self-discovery, and the condition of the world.
She released her first album in 2016, which drew immediate praise from critics and fans alike, and sheâ€™s currently working on her highly anticipated next record. Paishaâ€™s band consists of the best national and regional musicians, including Dwight Bailey (bass) and James Gaiters (drums). She frequently collaborates with Stan Smith (Nova Madrugada, Moacir Santos), Counterfeit Madison, Scott Woods (Holler & Streetlight Guild), Phil Clark (Hoo Doo Soul Band, Phil Clark & the SOUL), and Jesse Henry (Spikedrivers), on a variety of engaging projects.
Paisha has performed nationally and in Columbus at the historic Lincoln Theatre. In 2016 she launched a concert series, Cover Me, which provided a platform for local artists and raised funds to help cover costs of music education for students in underserved populations. Paisha has also shared the stage with Ruthie Foster, and created and hosts the monthly â€œSoul Sundayâ€ series at Natalieâ€™s, a live music venue in the Columbus area. Besides her talents in singing and performing, Paisha creates sculptures and ceramic art, and is engaged in social justice causes.
performance: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds
Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds have been nominated for the 2019 Cincinnati Entertainment Award as â€œBest Blues Band in Cincinnati,â€ placed 2nd in the 2018 Dayton Blues Challenge, placed 3rd in the 2018 Cincinnati Blues Challenge and were nominated for the 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Award as â€œBest Blues Band in Cincinnati.â€
The band features Noah Cave. Noah Cave is a Cave family fourth generation blues guitarist. Noah has an explosive "modern blues" musical style, deeply rooted in the artist phrasing of musicians Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Ray Vaughan, BB King, Albert King, BB King, Freddie King, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Johnny Winter and many other modern blues and blues rock based musicianâ€™s styles.
The band released its first original CD, Mesmerized, in August 2016 and is currently working toward the release of its second original CD.
The band formed in 2003 and has played at many festival events including Taste Of Cincinnati, Lebanon Blues Fest and Cincy Blues Fests. In 2018 we performed at Sayler Park Octoberfest, Buckeye BBQ Fest, Blues In The Boonies, Cincy Summer Blues Fest, Cincy Winter Blues Fest just to name a few.
performance: 1:55-3:10 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 on the ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
School of Rock Gahanna
School of Rock Gahanna provides both in-person and online music lessons for students of all ages. Our programs, camps and workshops for toddlers, kids, teens and adults make learning to play music fun and create great communities of musicians. School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We combine one-on-one drum, bass, keyboard, vocal, and guitar lessons with group practices. Students learn to play music from day one and put on live performances at local venues. Our experienced instructors are local musicians themselves who combine the performance-based School of Rock Method and programs with individual music lessons to get results for your student.
performance: 5 PM - 5:30 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 ROUND STAGE PRESENTED BY BYERS AUTO
Sean Carney and Friends
The Columbus, Ohio bluesman has it in his family genes, with jazz horn players in the previous two generations. Onstage locally he mastered his craft backing a wide array of local and national R & B greats such as Christine Kittrell and Jimmy â€œT-99â€ Nelson and making it known that he was a skilled and tasteful guitarist and vocalist. He gained exposure and experience serving as vocalist Teeny Tuckerâ€™s musical director and co-writer.
Gahanna native Sean Carneyâ€™s profile has gotten a major boost in recent years, and in fact is decidedly international these days when European tours often in the company of major historical figures have become almost routine for him. He has performed worldwide with Big Joe Duskin, Duke Robillard, Charlie Baty, Columbus standby Willie Pooch, Hank Marr, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, â€œKing Saxeâ€ Gene Walker, Sir Mack Rice and Hal Singer as well as his own group.
Sean is a noteworthy, sophisticated master of tone and taste with a broad appreciation for the music before him and around him and a knack for turning out interesting songs. A perennial fan favorite, Sean has performed EVERY year at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival since it began.
performance: 9:35-10:50 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Soul Kitch'n has been performing to great success in the Columbus area for over 14 years. Their style is unique, their energy is exciting, their enthusiasm is catching and their sound is incredibly funky and tight! They are a group of excellent musicians dedicated to communicating their love of music. The band's solid rhythms, inspired solos and stunning vocals are most impressive. They love what they do and the audience can tell. Their wide range of material, covers favorite jazz standards, R&B, classic soul and funk.
performance: 8:30 - 10 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 ROUND STAGE PRESENTED BY BYERS AUTO
Swings The Thing Big Band
Swing's the Thing is a 16 piece big band based in Central Ohio. With many great tunes in our book, Swing's the Thing plays hits from a variety of new artists, while respecting the origins of big band by playing tunes from the books of such legends as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman, just to name a few. "Swing's the Thing's" repertory covers a wide range of dance styles that include swing, rock, ballad, blues, cha cha, rumba, mambo, samba, waltz, disco, foxtrot and polka.
Swing's the Thing proudly features our vocalist/pianist, Jan Schlosser-Wise, on a variety of our great charts. Swing's the Thing has performed for private parties and receptions: Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV, Lakeside Association on Lake Erie. Columbus area public events: Gahanna's Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival, Worthington's "Concert on the Green, Lancaster's Friday Night at the Bandstand, Grove City's Arts in the Alley and Summer Sizzle concert series, Canal Winchester's Friday evening concert series, Upper Arlington's Summer Music Series, Newark's Jazz and Rib Fest, Dawes Arboretum, The Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, and for Columbus Clippers games at Huntington Park.
performance: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
The Dave Powers Trio
For over 30 years, Dave Powers has been a vital part of the Columbus, Ohio music scene as a pianist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Considered one of the most successful musicians in the local spectrum, Dave manages to win over the hearts of all who hear him perform. From clubs and restaurants to corporate events and private parties, his vast repertoire is as diverse as the audience that he entertains.
Dave can be seen playing around Columbus and throughout the Midwest on solo gigs, as well as with the Dave Powers Trio, and a six-piece group called â€œPowerhouseâ€ that provides entertainment for corporate events and conventions. In addition, he is associated with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and has performed as a featured artist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He has served as musical director for the late tenor saxophonist Rusty Bryant, Gene Walkerâ€™s Generations, and guitarist Wilbert Longmire. In 1998, Dave toured throughout Europe, Finland and the Caribbean with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. He is mentioned in the book, â€œListen For the Jazz: Keynotes in Columbusâ€™ History,â€ which features musicians who have contributed to the jazz scene in Columbus and nationwide.
performance: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
The Drifter Kings
The Drifter Kings are musicians, first and foremost. But they are entertainers. All three come to the stage with a passion, and an impressive resume. These gentlemen are not new to the music business. Their personal musical journeys have come to this crossroads, Columbus, Ohio to enrich our musical lives just a little bit. Music lovers throughout Ohio and the rest of the country are getting more than they bargained for. These players will make you pay attention.
The soft spoken, heady front man, who happens to be the drummer, is New York native Doug Oscard. He put the band together and takes care of their business. Along with the duties of being the drummer he also contributes excellent song writing to the bandâ€™s projects. Dougâ€™s musical background is definitely an asset. The key to it all though is their chemistry. There is plenty of that to go around. But like all musicians, itâ€™s about the music.
On the guitar is Chris Whitney, a native of Columbus. Chris is one of the most well rounded guitarist you will find anywhere. He studied jazz guitar at Ohio State University, but he is also well versed in country, rock, blues and classical music. His wife and he own an art gallery/music studio in Clintonville, where they teach piano and guitar. Chris has written, arranged and recorded original music for multiple projects. One such project was a film score for the movie A Genesis Found (2010). Chris has also played in several different bands.
Tony Harp is also a Columbus transplant, originally hailing from Oklahoma. His first instrument was not the bass guitar however. It was an alto sax. Tony study under Joe Davis (The Doobie Brothers, Freddie King) at Northeastern University. Eventually he would receive his degree in Music Technology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. The bass guitar became his instrument of choice, and he has honed his skills for the past 25 years.
The Drifter Kings approach to the Blues, is one of a different perspective, as alluded to in the upbeat/toe tappinâ€™ track Son of a Gun. Most of the vocals are courtesy of Chris, but Tony demonstrates his bluesy swooning on Back to the Country. Doug lays down the percussion in several different ways, including a â€œwashboardâ€ or scratch board and a stomp box. Now thatâ€™s a bit old school, but still they bring that modern jazz approach right along. Which I think speaks to their sound, their whole approach to the Blues, it is a melting pot of different sounds that has made Blues so indelible in American history. The Drifter Kings understand that and we should all salute them for their efforts. Keeping the Blues alive, that is what The Drifter Kings do.
performance: 6:20-7:20 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
The Lenny Paul Band
Lenny Paul got his start at an early age, having grown up in a musical family. His mother would sing opera tunes around the house while his father and brother played the accordion. Family gatherings would often include singing while his uncles played guitar and clarinet. After spending some time with the accordion and saxophone, Lenny got his hands on an electric bass when he was 12. Maintaining a diet of Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll, Motown, R&B, and various other genres, Lenny continued learning his primary instrument, and began working in various bands playing all types of music. However once he heard â€œthe Bluesâ€ he knew he had found his place.
Performing more often than not as a sideman in bands, Lenny ventured into the guitar world 10 years ago so that could become the frontman that he is inside. From there he developed The Lenny Paul Band, a project he maintains currently in Northeast Ohio.
performance: 5-6 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
The Robert Mason Trio
Robert Mason is a pianist, teacher, and arranger from Columbus who graduated from OSU with a BM in Jazz Studies and a minor in Music, Media and Enterprise. He has won numerous awards for jazz performance including the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding musicians while still in high school. He also received several scholarships at OSU including the Atkin Jazz Scholarship, Tom Battenberg Jazz Scholarship, and the George and Janice Scantland Jazz Scholarship. Robert currently performs with a number of groups in Columbus, including fo/mo/deep and his own group, The Robert Mason Trio. He also helps leads the worship band at Flintridge Community Church.
performance: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Tony Hagood Trio
Hagood is an internationally accomplished pianist and composer from Westerville, Ohio. Tony holds a bachelor of music degree from Capital University with emphasis in performance. He has played for audiences in China, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and many countries in the Caribbean. Tony is very passionate about music and its powerful influences. He will continue to pursue diverse musical paths and share them with all who listen.
Currently, Tony plays in the central Ohio region at many private events as well as restaurants, concert venues, corporate events, festivals, etc. When he is not playing solo, with his trio, or cover band, he teaches jazz piano at Kenyon College, accompanies for a Temple and Church, and teaches lessons in studentâ€™s homes.
Tonyâ€™s performance experiences include big bands, musicals, various combo groupings, instrumental and vocal accompanist, cruise ship pianist, symphony orchestra pianist, accompanist and classic rock cover bands.
Tony studied with mentor Mark Flugge from 2004 to 2010. Markâ€™s virtuoso techniques and stylistic flexibility have had a strong effect on Tonyâ€™s playing. He has also studied with Bill Dobbins, Luke Gillespie, and Dave Pietro.
performance: 5-6:30 PM FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Tony Monaco Trio
This Jazz Supergroup will feature Chuck Loeb-Guitar and Harvey Mason-Drums from Fourplay, joining forces with the dynamic Tony Monaco-Hammond B-3 Organ!
Grammy nominated guitarist, composer, and producer, Chuck Loeb has had a musical career that spans over four decades, and he is proud to be known as a â€œrenaissance manâ€ in the music world. Over the four decades in his illustrious career, Loeb has played and toured with a long list of jazz, pop, rock, and classical greats: Fourplay, Hubert Laws, Chico Hamilton, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Barretto, Gary Burton, Wayne Shorter and the aforementioned Stan Getz among many others.
â€œHarvey Mason is probably the most recorded and most influential drummer /percussionist in this genre.â€ proclaims Nathan East. â€ I first became aware of him in the days of Herbie Hancockâ€™s Headhunters and he had a patented beat that every drummer learned. Harveyâ€™s innovative, creative and a very musical drummer. So, what you get with Harvey is very special.â€
Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. â€œTony Monaco burns is this most fitting!â€ Critical Jazz Review 2012.
performance: 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
If you havenâ€™t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa Collier and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
Itâ€™s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although theyâ€™ve been many -- three Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs) for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (2018) and Horn Player of the Year (2018 and 2017), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jamming-est Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroydâ€™s BluesMobile -- itâ€™s the fact that she has accumulated all these honors even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, sheâ€™s toured nationally and internationally, released two critically acclaimed albums (2014â€™s Heart, Soul & Saxophone and 2017â€™s Meeting My Shadow), and released her highly anticipated self-produced third album, Honey Up, in July 2018.
These days, Collier spends much of her time on the road, performing at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. Her talents have taken her to the Blues Music Awards Show where, in the words of the Blues Foundation, Vanessa â€œblew the doors off the Blues Music Awards!â€; Ottawa Blues Festival, where she earned two front page newspaper photos and rave reviews after her foot stomping debut there; twice on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, where she earned the Jamming-est Pro Award and was a featured artist with Tommy Castroâ€™s Blues Review; Briggs Farm Festival, where she was the â€œmost popular Briggs Farm act in 2017â€ (Elmore Magazine), and the list continues. In 2017, Vanessa was also a featured artist in three major tours across Europe as part of Rufâ€™s 2017 Blues Caravan.
Collier says sheâ€™s happy performing on stages across the world, hoping that she can make a difference with fans and followers along the way. â€œI am driven to do this because I find it a total form of expression and connection,â€ she explains. â€œI love connecting with an audience and feeling their energy and I hope to inspire people to follow their dreams and passions, to find what brings them joy, and then to pursue it doggedly.â€
performance: 7:45-9:15 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT
Waves de Ache
Waves de AchÃ© blends Cuban jazz with American hip-hop, rock and funk, creating an exciting and energetic modern sound still rooted in tradition. Whether performing as a piano/bass/drum trio or a six-piece band with horns, Waved de Ache takes the listener on a journey filled with sophisticated harmonies, deep grooves and raw energy.
Led by Will Strickler and Max Marsillo, Waves do Ache features a variety of the Midwestâ€™s top musicians, including Ben Maloney (piano), Nate Parker (drums), Zach Compston (drums), Eric Paton (percussion), Micheal Cox (saxophones), Kevin Oâ€™Neill (saxophones), Ben Crowder (trombone) and Anthony Stanco (trumpet).
performance: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 JAZZ STAGE PRESENTED BY HEARTLAND BANK
Will Freed Trio
Will is a singer/songwriter who grew up in West Virginia, making his way to the Kansas City music circuit. Will began playing for a living at an early age. With the release of his debut album with the band, Will has developed his own style, pleasing voice, and skillful harmonica and guitar playing.
The Will Freed Band has played all over The East Coast and Mid-west doing Solo, Duo & Trio work/ Songs from John Popper, CNSY, Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews, Gov't Mule, Tim O'Brien, Monte Montgomery, Blues Traveler, Amos Lee, Beatles, Pink Floyd and Lots of WFT Originals.
performance: 2:15 - 3:45 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE PRESENTED BY TOYOTA DIRECT AND DRIVE DIRECT