TERESA JAMES & BRUCE FORMAN
Saturday, April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$25
Tonight we feature two artists at the top of their game in a rare performance together.
One virtuoso vocalist and one virutoso guitarist making more music together than one person might imagine. Teresa James on vocals and Bruce Forman on guitar.
Her persuasive pipes slathered in honey and soaked in Texas-bred sass, keyboardist Teresa James and her band, the Rhythm Tramps (12 albums done to date), have long reigned as one of Los Angeles’ leading contemporary blues outfits. Their 2019 CD Here in Babylon was nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Blues Album category. Known to many people for her work in the world of Blues her repertoire goes way beyond the standard 12 bar blues progressions. Everything from Texas-style grease and blues into Memphis soul or New Orleans-flavored grooves and all points in between with fun and abandonment
Her diversifed career has included recordings with Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis, Tommy Castro, Stephen Bruton, Randy Newman, LeeRoy Parnell, Neil Diamond, and more; plus live performances with countless others, including Marcia Ball, Levon Helm, Lloyd Jones, Delbert McClinton, and Eric Burdon & the Animals. She has been a featured act on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruises for more than twenty years. Bruce also pointed out that Teresa is also Bonnie Raitt’s favorite singer which is not a bad credit to add to anyone’s resume.
A hectic touring schedule; eighteen recordings as a leader, including his newest release, Junkyard Duo; countless sideman recordings including Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, Roger Kellaway; soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—most notably Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby; producer, arranger, acclaimed educator, in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Dept., when does Bruce Forman rest?
Deep immersion in American culture inspires Forman to contribute to the traditions that he drew from. Formanism (his trio project); original works like The Red Guitar; his popular podcast with Scott Henderson, GuitarWank; Cow Bop and the “road challenges” down historic byways like Route 66; JazzMasters Workshop; his newest project: Junkyard Duo…these are only the latest answers to the endless question that underlies Bruce Forman’s creativity. His music and life reflect every step of his journey, and demonstrate the awareness of an artist who’s very much at home in the world, and at the top of his form.
“A rock solid jazz/bebop player with a harmonic knowledge in his playing which is brilliant. One of the few really great jazz players out there whose playing sounds classic.”—Gary Mandell
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