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July 7, 2008

Blues, Jazz Great James Blood Ulmer in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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James Blood Ulmer

James Blood Ulmer
Calgary Folkfest
July 24-27
Princes Island, Calgary

Legendary Guitarist to Appear at Calgary Folkfest

Legendary guitarist, flutist and vocalist James Blood Ulmer appears as part of the 29th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival, slated to run July 24-27 at Prince’s Island Park in Calgary. Ulmer will be performing on Mainstage Saturday night and taking part in two afternoon workshops on Saturday (10:30, Field Law Stage 3) and Sunday (11:30, Broken City Stage 6).

Considered an elder statesman of the blues as well as a Ulmer is a highly distinct and experimental artist known for his idiosyncratic guitar style blending free-jazz and blues. His eclectic career resembles the very nature of the Calgary Folkfest – edgy, original and packed with fusion-oriented twists and turns that transcend genres.

Getting his start in gospel music, where he learned to play guitar and sing baritone in his father’s band, James went on to perform in R& B and organ-jazz ensembles. Over the years his career merged with groundbreaking jazz music figures such as Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, David Murray and Ornette Coleman, whom he regards an harmonic mentor, helping to shape his sound that critics have described his as “avant-gutbucket” and “punk jazz” while Ulmer has occasionally described it as “black rock.”

James Blood Ulmer has gained renewed popularity of recent years, his frequent European tours with the Memphis Blues Band and recent releases such as his 2007 Bad Blood In The City, The Piety Street Sessions, a musical commentary on Hurricane Katrina, all bringing his name to the forefront.

for more information visit www.hyenarecords.com/jamesbloodulmer

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