Joe Curtis

Joe Curtis

Guitarist, Jack de Keyzer's incredible 6 String Lover CD is a real pleasure to listen to. It runs the gamut from up-tempo rock …
From the beginning to the ever lovin' end, 'Ladies and Gentlemen ... Mr. Johnny Pennino', is a pure joy to listen to. Man, what a sax player Mr. Johnny Pen…

Many of us have dreamed of being onstage performing in front of a huge audience, and having the whole crowd love us. Maybe sitting in with a major rock, blues or jazz star, and having everyone go "Ooh ahh !!!"

Well, dreams like that do sometimes come true, as the late great and thoroughly magical Walt Disney commented decades ago.

Such was the case the other night, when the UK version of America’s Got Talent, called Britain’s Got Talent< …

Two of the most beloved and influential figures in the R&B and blues genres, James "Pookie" Hudson of The Spaniels, and Sam Myers of Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets are battling cancer. It's beyond argument that each gentleman has positively impacted the course of music in incalculable ways. Their artistry speaks volumes, so it's no wonder that three generations of fans have thrilled t …

Renowned blues guitarist (and jazz trumpet impressario/band leader) Jeff Healey, will be recording a live blues CD with his Jeff Healey Blues Band, (which is the Healey's House Band), on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse, 56 Blue Jays Way (across from Wayne Gretzky's), in Toronto, ON.

The cover for this special night, will be $15 at the door.

The live tracks r …

Legendary rock/blues guitarist/bassist and Rock Talk radio show host Greg Godovitz (Goddo/ex-Ronnie Hawkins) will be headlining an all- star concert lineup of performers at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse this coming Sunday night, December 9th, 2007 for his annual John Lennon Tribute Concert.

This John Lennon musical tribute will be celebrating the musical
genius of the late and indisputably great Beatle, John Lennon -- and his indispensable and highly entertaining contribution to music hi …

Grammy Award-winning blues piano man Pinetop Perkins of the legendary Muddy Waters Band, is nearing his 95th birthday soon. He’ll be celebrating in high musical style as a true bluesman should, by playing his 95th Birthday Bash Concert in Toronto on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Sound Academy 2, at 11 Polson St.: http://www.sound-academy.com/events/show/125

This is an all- …

The 12th Annual Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Fest will be happening this coming Friday through Sunday, September 10, 11 & 12, 2010. It begins the day before on Thursday, with a Gala blues extravaganza called the Beggars Blues Banquet. This Gala features most of the bands from the Shuffle, sitting in with each other, in a huge blues explosion onstage. This writer has been present at several of these Galas and they’ve always been mind-blowing!

Gino Empry was Canada’s best-known and most flamboyant publicist and talent booker -- and just about everything else in entertainment! Empry passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2006 in Toronto at the age of 83. It's hard to determine Empry's exact age for sure, since he never disclosed it, and looked decades younger than he actually was.

Over the decades Empry booked and publicized all the ‘greats’ in show business. These incl …

It was a great shock to hear the sad news of Richard Bell, keyboard great in The Band, passing away unexpectedly at his home here in Toronto, Ontario, Friday, June 15, 2007, at the age of 61. I heard this unhappy news from my good friend, guitarist Buzz Thompson, who performed onstage with Richard many times, in Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins' band, The Hawks .. along with Le …

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