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I'm so stoked for this and am about to head out to set up for sound check & record for this show tonight at Hugh's Room!!! :content:

Carlos & Friends at Hugh's Room Dec 12

Dec 12

CARLOS DEL JUNCO

CD Release

featuring

KEVIN BREIT,

JORN ANDERSEN,

HENRY HEILLIG

WITH SPECIAL GUEST

MATT BRUBECK

CD RELEASE

$22 advance / $25 door

Born in Havana, Cuba, del Junco (loosely translated "of the reeds") immigrated with his family at the age of one. He bent his first note on a harmonica when he was fourteen, making his debut with his high school math teacher at a student talent night. In his early 20's del Junco was immersed in a visual arts career; he graduated with honours from a four year programme, majoring in sculpture at the Ontario College of Art. Sculpture has definitely had an influence on his outlook on music: "Music is just a different way of creating textures and shapes."

Playing a ten hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed "overblow" technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica . Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry - a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music.

During the 80's del Junco performed with many bands including Latin/reggae/r&b band "Eyelevel", "Ontario College of Art Swing Band" with Bill Grove and he had a 6 year stint with rhythm and blues group "The Buzz Upshaw Band". With Kevin Cooke in 1990 he formed a blues/jazz/fusion band, "The Delcomos". He has recorded with Bruce Cockburn, Kim Mitchell, Cassandra Vassick, Oliver Schroer, Zappacosta, and has also worked with Dutch Mason, Hoc Walsh (Downchild Blues Band) and Holly Cole.

In 1991 del Junco performed and composed the music for Tomson Highway's Dora award winning play Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing. The production toured Canada and was held over for seven weeks at Toronto's Royal Alex Theatre.

In 1993 Carlos del Junco won two gold medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championship held in Trossingen, Germany. He was judged world's best in both the diatonic blues category and the diatonic jazz category.

With the late Bill Kinnear, Carlos del Junco released his first CD, Blues on independent label, Big Reed Records in November 1993. The rich collection of blues classics was a collaborative effort with Kinnear playing acoustic and dobro guitars and handling lead vocals. Five out of six reviewers in the Toronto Blues Society, selected Blues for their top ten releases of 1993.

In March/April 1995 del Junco travelled to Chicago with a Canada Council grant to study with Howard Levy. This year saw the release of of the critically acclaimed Just Your Fool a sizzling live session with Kevin Breit on guitar, Al Duffy on bass, and Geoff Arsenault on drums. It was this CD and the collaborative effort with Thom "Champagne Charlie" Roberts Big Road Blues,that won Carlos the 1996 Blues Musician Of The Year Award...

...del Junco continues to produce an eclectic palette of music on Steady Movin', his (2008) 5th recording in a band setting and his second CD for NorthernBlues. It features a mostly acoustic set with 3 solo showcases of Carlos harmonica wizardry. Remarkable guitar work by Kevin Breit, one of the most sought-after session players in Canada and now in the U.S. thanks in large part to his work with Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson, adds beautiful textures to the 11 track collection.

Carlos has toured Canada regularly since 1996 and tours often in Germany and the United States. He has played all the major jazz, blues, and folk festivals across Canada.

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There's really no words that could describe what went down last night at Hugh's Room other than, "stellar, incredible, mind-numbing, magical, transcending, genius..."

You get the picture ;)

I'm looking at getting bouche to post this for Jambanders to hear true virtuosos in their prime...

Carlos, Kevin, Matt, Jorn & Henry were "on" last night...on what I don't know...fire, white-lightning, acid...whatever it was it was nothing but good...

Think of it this way...for those who know how Kevin plays guitar, think of all the other musicians playing their instruments with the same command, uniqueness and boundary-breaking styles...

Just incredible... :content:

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I wonder if this lineup is gonna be involved in this:

Blues Night! Charlie A'Court, Treasa Lavasseur, Carlos del Junco

Centrepoint Theatre Ottawa

A Front & Centre Presentation

Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m.

Combine a rich, rhythm & blues upbringing with soulful, adult-contemporary songwriting and you have the foundation for one of Canada's brightest new stars. Charlie A'Court has emerged as an emotionally charged and soul moving performer. Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, his music and passionate voice stir up the listeners' emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world.

Winner of the East Coast Music Awards 2007 Pop Recording of the Year for his new album "Bring On The Storm" and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album "Colour Me Gone".

Carlos del Junco plays the harmonica like nobody else in the world. Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos is a pioneer of the 10-hole diatonic harmonica. Throughout his concert and festival performances with his four piece band, you may hear an eclectic palette of jazz, blues, swing, Latin, funky New Orleans and the occasional African, hip-hop, and ska melody. As a singer, you will hear a voice almost as unique as his harp playing as Carlos offers fresh renditions of classic blues and jazz standards. Carlos fuses his respect for tradition with a fresh, innovative, and truly modern approach.

"A model of focus and urgency... a true virtuoso." – Globe and Mail

Broken-hearted blues ballads, barroom raunch, gospel style inspirationals, raunchy rock; Treasa Levasseur plays what shakes her soul. Her lyrics are smart, poetic, and socially conscious. She has plenty to say, and she says it with sincerity and sass, with a powerhouse voice that cannot be ignored or denied. While Treasa has played everything from theatre musicals to hip hop, country, sugary pop, and thoughtful folk music, she draws her inspiration now from the rich motherlode of classic old-school soul.

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A few things to note.

I've sent bouche the show from Hugh's Room so check back to see when & where he posts it for download.

Carlos will be joining Caution Jam this Saturday at Grossman's Tavern.

ALL will be part of an amazing evening of music...unfortunately my band is playing out of the city so I'll be missing out on what is sure to be a great night of music :(

But for those of you heading to Grossman's, take Caution with the Jam! ;)

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A few things to note.

I've sent bouche the show from Hugh's Room so check back to see when & where he posts it for download.

Carlos will be joining Caution Jam this Saturday at Grossman's Tavern.

ALL will be part of an amazing evening of music...unfortunately my band is playing out of the city so I'll be missing out on what is sure to be a great night of music :(

But for those of you heading to Grossman's, take Caution with the Jam! ;)

This show should be a blast as well...

http://www.facebook.com/wall.php?id=60342989992#/event.php?eid=60342989992

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