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April 10, 2008

Jazz & Blues Musicians Pay Tribute to Jeff Healey

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues news, Canada

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Tributes to Jeff Healey
Sat & Sun, May 3 & 4
Toronto

All-Star Cast of Blues & Jazz Musicians to Pay Their Respects

Canadian blues giant Jeff Healey will be paid tribute in a pair of concerts Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4 in Toronto.

Leading jazz and blues musicians from across Canada will gather to perform in honour of the gifted multi-instrumentalist, who died March 2, 2008 of cancer.

Saturday, May 3
Jeff Healey Tribute Concert
Sound Academy

Appearances by former Cream vocalist/bassist Jack Bruce, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and Canadian blues and rock legends Randy Bachman, Colin James, David Wilcox, Matt Minglewood, Alannah Myles and Greg Godovitz.

Opening the show are the Jeff Healey Jazz Wizards followed by the Jeff Healey Blues Band, the 4-piece group he worked with regularly at the club that bears his name.

Sunday, May 4
The Jeff Healey Jazz Band Ball
Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse

Featuring artists from the jazz and classic jazz world including; U.S. artists Marty Grosz, Brad Kay and Vince Giordano, Climax Jazz Band, Grande Bouche Swingette, The Happy Pals, Silverleaf Jazz Band, Hot Five Jazzmakers, Jazz Wizards with Terra Hazelton, Rainbow Gardens Orchestra, Mose Scarlett with Chris and Ken Whitley, Sakura S’Aida and more.

One of Canada’s most renowned blues musicians, Jeff Healey possessed outstanding guitar skills, performing in a sit-down style to overcome the blindness he suffered as a one year old cancer victim. As a teen playing in a Toronto club he was discovered by guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert Collins, going on to become a Grammy nominated and Juno award-winning artist.

Healey held an equally lofty position on the Canadian jazz scene, notably for his trumpet work in the traditional or ‘hot’ jazz vein. He released two albums of the music with his Jazz Wizards as well as producing one for Terra Hazelton, the singer for the group.

In his passion for the genre, Healey had amassed a large collection of recordings from the 1920-30’s. He took the collection to radio, featuring the music and hosting CBC’s program ‘My Kind of Jazz.’

Jeff Healey died in Toronto at age 41 and leaves his wife Christie and two children.

All proceeds from the tribute events go to Daisy’s Eye Cancer Research Fund.

for more info visit www.jeffhealey.com

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