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Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars

http://www.reverbnation.com/chicagobluesallstars

Genres: Blues / R&B/Soul / Funk
Label: Azure Music

Management: Hit & Run Entertainment

Bio:

 

KILLER”
RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS)
: First broke into the blues during the early
1970’s. Now a regular on the Chicago Blues scene for over four decades, “Killer”
Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by Muddy Waters, James Cotton,
Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. With a reputation as the hardest hitting
drummer in the blues world, “Killer” has turned down gig offers from Eric Clapton,
John Mayall & the late Gary Moore, so he could fully focus his energies toward
leading a band. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy award as
an instrumentalist.

SCOTT DIRKS (HARMONICA/VOCALS):
Award winning blues historian, instrumentalist & producer. Scott authored “Blues
With A Feeling-The Little Walter Story” and produced Lurrie Bell’s breakthrough
“Mercurial Son” for Delmark Records. A walking compendium of Chicago Blues history
and lore, Dirks is an accomplished harp player whose minimalist approach keeps
alive the memory of Sonny Boy, Little Walter & Big Walter.

DEITRA
FARR (VOCALS)
: Deitra Farr is considered one of Chicago ’s top vocalists,
according to Living Blues Magazine (May 1997). Fiery, energetic, she has been nominated
for Traditional Female Blues artist of the year by the W.C. Handy Awards, Female
Blues Artist of the year by the Living Blues Critics Awards, the British Blues
Connection Awards, and the Les Trophees France Blues awards. Deitra is also a published
writer, poet, songwriter, and painter, who has written articles for the Chicago
Defender, Chicago Blues Annual, and currently she has a column “Artist to
Artist” in Living Blues Magazine.

JOHNNY
B. GAYDEN (BASS/VOCALS)
: Johnny B’s music career as Chicago’s first-call
bass player, is one that most musicians can only dream about. He recorded nine
CDs and numerous DVDs with Albert Collins. The band won a Grammy Award for the
Alligator recording “SHOWDOWN” with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert
Cray. After Albert’s death in 1993, Johnny focused on session work, and his career
tally is close to 100 recordings. Johnny is a nine-time W.C. Handy nominee for
the Instrumentalist-Bass category. He has been honored to record with Johnny Winter,
Gary Moore, John Primer, Son Seals, A.C. Reed, Junior Wells and KoKo Taylor, just
to name a few.

DR. DAN “D-ROCK” IVANKOVICH (GUITAR/VOCALS):
is a Chicago Music veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth as a bluesman
at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush.
After spending nearly a decade touring with a who’s who of the blues, he’s
shared the stage with legends that include: Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray & Jimmie
Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. When not performing,
the Reverend is CEO of OnePatient-Global Health Initiative, Medical Director of
The Bone Squad, and actively blogs about social & political issues under ReverendDoctorD.

ROOSEVELT “MAD HATTER” PURIFOY JR. (KEYBOARDS/VOCALS):
Roosevelt has stunned and thrilled audiences with his amazing ability to fuse deep
grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Over the past two decades, he’s remained
Chicago’s busiest session musician with over 150 album credits. As musical director
for the likes of Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells and countless others, Roosevelt’s
fusion of traditional meets modern creates a singular sound that is like no other
in the business.

PATRICIA WINTERS (VOCALS):
As an accomplished vocalist, she spent years performing as a jazz singer, but her
career has been seasoned with R&B, Folk, and Gospel. She’s frequently
performed in community stage productions and was cast in the starring role of Betty-Mae
in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweet Peas, House of Prayer”. While
in Chicago, Winters displayed her vocal talents with pianist JoJo Brown, and the
late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr.

JERRY “BAM-BAM” PORTER
(DRUMS)
: Throughout his lengthy career as a professional drummer, Jerry
Porter has worked with a wide variety of top-tier blues talents, such as Johnnie
Dollar, Magic Slim, Eddie Clearwater, Buster Benton, Son Seals, Ronnie Baker Brooks
and Big Mama Thornton. A highlight of Porter’s career, and a testament to
his talent and reliability, is his tenure as a member of Buddy Guy’s band
for over fourteen years. Recently, Jerry’s versatility and professionalism
have established him as one of Chicago’s most in-demand drummers.

JOHNNY COTTON & THE ALL-STAR HORNS: This rotating
line-up of Chicago’s hottest horn players is anchored by Blues/R&B veteran
Johnny Cotton. He’s played with and arranged for a virtual Who’s Who of Chicago
music. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson
& the Ohio Players, to modern college rockers like Lubraphonic, Johnny puts
the ‘unk in your funk.

 

Press:

 

“The
All Stars themselves read like a who’s who of Chicago music.”

“…(Dr.
Daniel Ivankovich) is also a blues guitarist and vocalist whose shared the stage
with Bo Diddley and Eddie Taylor. But even his musical career is intertwined with
his passion for altruistic orthopedics. His band mates in the Chicago Blues All-Stars
were not immune, with Ivankovich operating on the lead singer and giving the uninsured
drummer a hip replacement. ”

“I
think this medical mission I’ve been on, taking care of people in the black
community, has helped me pay my dues as a blues man (Dr. Ivankovich)”

“He
may spend some nights playing the blues with his band, but by day, Dan Ivankovich
is all business: a bone doctor with a heart as big as his frame. ”

“Dr.
Ivankovich is “probably one of a kind” in terms of the volume he handles,
says Joan Sheforgen, CEO of PrimeCare Community Health, which runs several clinics
on the West Side.”

“Doctor
Ivankovich certainly does make it real; passionately playing the blues and spreading
heartfelt kindness and healing across the country.”

Dr. Dan is truly one of the most interesting, inspiring figures in medicine, the
blues, and anything else he chooses to put his larger-than-life touch on.”

“Doctor
Dan, an accomplished guitarist who’s played with Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, James
Cotton, Junior Wells, and dozens of others, is not just a guitarist and vocalist
for the group; he’s also a healer.”

“’We’re
going to try and write the next chapter for what an urban contemporary blues band
could accomplish, being influenced by Muddy, and also being influenced by James
Brown,’ explains Dan”

The band incorporates elements of Funk, Stax Records soul, R&B & Hip Hop
into their unique sound.”


Patricia Winters, a well accomplished and long time jazz singer, is helming the
vocals.”

Jerry Porter, a fourteen year veteran of Buddy Guy’s band who’s played
with everyone from Big Mama Thornton to Ronnie Baker Brooks is handling the drums.”


“Killer” Ray Allison, James Cotton & Buddy Guy’s former drummer,
who’s played with Clapton and many others, is taking the rhythm reigns.”

“Scott
Dirks, a W.C. Handy Award winner (now called Blues Music Awards,) and author of
Little Walter’s autobiography is taking up the harmonica.”

“We’re going to try and write the next chapter for what an urban contemporary
blues band could accomplish, being influenced by Muddy, and also being influenced
by James Brown,” explains Dan.”

“For
those of you that have seen the TV Show Memphis Beat, about a police detective
who plays blues by night and solves crime by day, Doctor Dan could be described
as the real life medicinal Chicago counterpart of the Jason Lee character, but
quite possibly more exciting.”

“Contrary
to some off-the-cuff stereotypes, blues music is not about being sad, but rather,
taking away the sadness and pain. To that end, one Chicago doctor spends his nights
playing the blues away, and his days helping to relieve other’s blues through
surgery, medicine and compassion. Doctor Dan Ivankovich is, to put it mildly, not
your average doctor.”

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