The Blue Side + Charlie Ballantine - Jazz From the Heartland

The Blue Side + Charlie Ballantine - Jazz From the Heartland
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The Jazz Kitchen
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
A double bill of jazz with a soulful, rootsy, bluesy slant straight from the Heartland.

The Blue Side
Internationally acclaimed singers Gordon Bonham (also on guitar), and Tad Robinson (also on harmonica) + Kevin Anker on B3 organ, saxophonist Rob Dixon and drummer Kenny Phelps make up The Blue Side.

Gordon Bonham a key player in the Indiana blues scene with experiences ranging from formative stints in Chicago, Austin, TX, to touring Europe and playing with blues legends Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Jimmy Walker, Bo Diddley and Yank Rachell.

Tad Robinson is the modern voice of soul blues. From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad has caught the attention of the world with his seven Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammy’s of blues music) and his many recordings. Blessed with harmonica chops schooled by Big and Little Walter, Sonny Boy I and II, Junior Wells, James Cotton and vocals that compare to Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Tad is a treasured part of the blues scene.

Kevin Anker

The band backing this stellar collection of Indy legends is comprised of some of the most in demand Indianapolis sidemen, the great Kenny Phelps on drums (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Melvin Rhyne, Roy Meriwether, Cynthia Layne), Rob Dixon on saxophone (The Headhunters, Mike Clark, Illinois Jaquet, Melvin Rhyne, Cynthia Layne), Kevin Anker on organ, (Delbert McClinton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Cynthia Layne)

Charlie Ballantine
Fresh off his newly released CD “Where’s My Mind” brings a taste of jazz, blues, Americana, roots and more. Named Indianapolis’ “Best Jazz Musician” of 2015 & 16 by NUVO Magazine. His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.

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