Roomful of Blues comes to the Armory as part of Joe's Jazz and Blues Fest 2013. At 43-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.
Excellent, marvelous wall-to-wall grooves… between the wicked guitar work and the brassy horn section, things never stop swinging.
Free jazz after-party 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!