Leader of the “Bone Squad”, Dr. Ivankovich refuses to turn patients
away when they can’t pay. It’s estimated 50 million Americans don’t have health
insurance. A Harvard study found about 45,000 Americans die every year because
they can’t afford the healthcare they need.
Chicago Blues All-Stars
Genres: Blues / R&B/Soul / Funk
Label: Azure Music
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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
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.