Giovedì 27 agosto, 24:00
Piazza della Riforma


Venerdì 28 agosto, 21:00
Piazza San Rocco


Sabato 29 agosto, 21:00
Piazza Della Riforma


Jimmy Carpenter has assembled this all-star group especially for Blues to Bop 2015!

Jimmy and the rhythm section are from New Orleans, Louisiana, and play together regularly in that great musical city. Ms. Reba Russell is a long-time mainstay in the great blues scene of Memphis, Tennessee. For the final touch, they will be joined by Blues to Bop's own Dave Keyes, from New York City, on piano and organ. This special group of award-winning artists will do what they do best: Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock-n-roll and Soul, with lots of original songs and a very special tribute to the late BB King.


Jimmy Carpenter (Leader, sax, guitar, vocals): Originally from North Carolina, US, Jimmy moved to New Orleans 12 years ago, and has become a mainstay of the musical gumbo in that great city, playing live and on CD with many bands. He has become a regular at Blues to Bop, appearing as a guest artist in 2012 and 2014, and in 2013 with Walter "Wolfman" Washington. Nominated in 2014 and 2015 by The Blues Foundation ( for Horn Player of the Year, Jimmy has released 2 solo Cd's: Toiling in Obscurity (2008), and Walk Away (Vizztone, 2014). He is currently a recording and touring member of Mike Zito and The Wheel, and appears with many different New Orleans acts.


Reba Russell (Very Special Guest Vocalist): Ms. Russell has been a stalwart of the Memphis Music scene for over 30 years. Reba is a major contributor in the studio as well as a powerful live performer. She and her band have released 8 self-produced CD's since 1996, and she has hundreds of credits as a background vocalist, including U2's song "When Love Comes to Town", a duet with Bono and BB King, and Huey Lewis and the New's release "Soulsville". Jimmy and Reba are old friends, and she honored him by singing on his latest recording, "Walk Away", some of which will be heard at Blues to Bop. She was nominated for the Koko Taylor Vocalist Award by The Blues Foundation in 2011. It is said she "sings with the passion of a preacher, with power more expected from a man than a woman."


Dave Keyes (piano, organ, vocals): Dave is the musical cornerstone and spiritual leader of Blues to Bop, and Jimmy and the band are very proud to have him with them this year. Over the years he has worked with many or the great acts on the festival, and it was Dave who brought Jimmy to Lugano in 2012. He has released 4 solo albums, including his newest, Right Here Right Now, and has worked as sideman for a who's who of roots music masters, such as Bo Diddley, Sleepy La Beef, Big Jay McNeely, Eddy Clearwater, Tracy Nelson, Wayne and Ronnie Baker Brooks, and the late Ruth Brown, in addition to accompanying such diverse artists as Gladys Knight, Pam Tillis, David Johansen, Darlene Love and the late Lou Rawls. He is also appearing the year with bluesman Popa Chubby.


John Fohl (guitar, vocals): Originally from Montana, USA, John moved to New Orleans over 20 years ago, and immediately became one of the city's busiest guitarists. He was a long-time member of Dr John's famous group, The Lower 911, and toured extensively world-wide with him, playing on numerous CD's, including the Grammywinning "City That Care Forgot". He is responsible for the amazing guitar on both Jimmy Carpenter CDs, and has released several solo CD's, including his newest, Teeth and Bones.


Wayne Maureau (drums): A native New Orleanian, Wayne is a stand-out drummer in a city famous for great drummers. Jimmy met him when he first arrived in town, and knew right away that Wayne was the best. Able to go from jazz to rock to funk to blues, he covers it all with equal skill, power, and passion. He is the drummer on both Jimmy Carpenter CD's, and appeared at Blues to Bop in 2013 with Walter "Wolfman" Washington, with whom he still works regularly. Wayne is also an outstanding educator, teaching drummers and jazz combos at Loyola University in New Orleans.


Kennan Shaw (bass): A true veteran of his craft, Kennan has played bass since the age of ten. He's played with a variety of artists, from The Shirelles to Eric Lindell, sharing the stage with such diverse talents as The Ramones and Etta James, and toured the world with Sudden Fun, Danny Click, John Lee Hooker Jr., and Candye Kane. His signature fretless bass has worked the stage with Country, Zydeco, Funk, Rock, and of course, Blues bands. The native Californian now makes his home in New Orleans, enjoying all the Crescent City has to offer. This will be Kennan's second trip to Lugano, having played the Festival in 2004 with Texas guitar-slinger Danny Click.



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