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Henry Gray

Henry Gray ( January 19, 1925- Present) was born in Kenner, LA an outskirt of New Orleans. Within months his family moved up river to
Alsen, LA which is about 10 miles north of Baton Rouge. Henry's family had a piano in their home. He began tinkering with piano around 8 years old. His first teacher was Mrs. White. Henry would hear her playing as he either walked by or rode his bicycle by her house. Henry was interested in the blues so she agreed to teach t him what she knew. Henry's family had a piano in their house but they only allowed gospel not blues to be played in the house. Henry played gospel as well but he loved the blues, jumps and boogie-woogies.

After serving in WWII, Henry moved to Chicago in 1946 where he ...

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Bob Corritore

Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style passionately carries forward the old school of playing that Corritore learned as a young man directly from many of original pioneers of Chicago Blues. His sympathetic, yet fiery harmonica playing is featured on over 25 releases to date, on labels such as HighTone, HMG, Blue Witch, Blind Pig, Earwig, Putumayo, Random Chance, and the VizzTone Label Group. Many of these acclaimed releases have been nominated for various Handy, Grammy, and Blues Music Awards. Bob is also widely recognized for his many roles in the blues, as band leader, club owner, record producer, radio show host, arts foundation founder, and occasional writer. ...

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Fred Kaplan


Kaplan's place in blues history is best known as a member of the immortal Hollywood Fats Band, but even more so, he belongs on the pedestal of Angeleno blues pioneers.

He was drawn to the ivories at age three, lessons by five and performed his first recital when he was seven. While working for his father's furniture store, one of his father's customers sold him discarded 45 rpm records at a nickel a piece from his juke box servicing business back in the mid 1960’s. Records from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, BB King and Little Richard opened new frontiers and wetted Kaplan's appetite to learn more.

Kaplan’s early blues piano influences were playe...

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Kedar Roy

Roffe Wikström