The Music Maker Blues Revue celebrates legendary musicians, rooted in traditional Southern Blues. The Revue has received international press and recognition for its many performances in the States and abroad. The Revue was first formed in 1994 with Guitar Gabriel, Willa Mae Buckner, Macavine Hayes, Mr. Q, Ardie Dean, Preston Fulp, and Jahue Rorie for the Jazz Charlotte Festival. It has since toured with many Music Maker artists, toured 42 cities with Taj Mahal, toured Australia at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, and toured Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, and Spain.
Most recently, the Music Maker Blues Revue performed at Byron Bay Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia. This engagement was supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
FEATURED ARTISTS :
Robert Lee Coleman, a lifelong resident of Macon, Georgia, joined James Brown's band following a six-year stint with R&B great Percy Sledge. Playing a Gibson Firebird, the guitarist put his stamp on such tracks as "Revolution of the Mind," "Make It Funky" and, most notably, "Hot Pants," for which he came up with the signature riff.
Alabama Slim was born in Vance, Alabama, but moved to New Orleans as a young man and the city of jazz has been his home ever since. He does not perform on Bourbon Street or, as of yet, any of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals. However, he continues to hold court performing his deep blues in tiny clubs in the Lower Ninth Ward, Bywater and Treme districts of the Crescent City. His expressive voice is lonesome, and has some of the flavor of John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins, yet is distinctly his own. In addition to his work with the Music Maker Revue, Slim tours with French Jazz Impresario Raphael Imbert.
Robert Finley, from Bernice, LA, is the blues' greatest new discovery. Slowly losing his sight to glaucoma, Robert retired from carpentry and has focused his energy on his lifelong passion for blues. From a lifetime of playing in church and at house parties in his community, Robert, through his partnership with Music Maker, is thrilled to make his New York debut.
Lil' Joe Burton, from the Southside of Chicago, began his career with Junior Wells and spent 10 years on the road with B.B. King. Joe is well known throughout Europe and the United States for his heart-wrenching solos and tasteful high-energy performances. His uniquely versatile approach to traditional and contemporary Blues is legendary. He effortlessly blends fat round tones of his trombone with various styles and formats of Roots Music.
Albert White began playing guitar in the late 50s with his legendary uncle, Piano Red, and his group "Dr. Feelgood & the Interns." Since then, Albert has performed with Joe Tex, The Tams, Ray Charles and many artists during his 50 year tenure as a Blues and R&B musician.
Nashid Abdul Khaaliq, a graduate of Berkeley College of Music, has played bass with Muddy Water's son Big Bill Morganfield and released an incredible Jazz album, proving he is versatile with his musical skills.
Ardie Dean has drummed for Ernie K-Doe, Bo Diddley, Jerry McCain, Greg Allman, Taj Mahal, and Henry Grey since he began playing the blues in 1969. He has been musical director for the Music Maker Blues Revue since 1992