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Spring Blues Series (Posted On: Saturday, January 16, 2010)

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Canadian Blues legend Curley Bridges will kick off the 2010 Spring Blues Series at the Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario Street, Collingwood on January 21, doors open 6:30 music starts at 7 pm.

The series is an initiative of the Collingwood Jazz & Blues Society, sponsored in part by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts.

The Arts Centre is an intimate venue perfectly suited to present these veteran artists who in addition to their music will relate some of their personal experiences, tall tales and war stories of life on the road in the blues world. Seating is limited.

Advance tickets $10.00 at the Crow’s Nest, 239 Hurontario Street, Collingwood or by calling 705.444.4449.   Tickets are $15.00 at the door.  Special pricing for Collingwood Jazz & Blues Society members. 

2010 Society memberships will be available at the concert.

Curley Bridges was born near Raleigh NC in 1934, his father was a close friend of jazz giant “Fats” Waller. As a child Curley sang in various local gospel choirs but it was after his stint in the U.S. Army that Curley took up the piano. Living in postwar Washington D.C. Curley became good friends with Billie Holiday who made a lasting impact on him. The Washington R&B and jazz scene was red hot in those days and Curley soon hooked up with Frank Motley and the Motley Crew, one of the hottest bands at the time in D.C. One of Bridges claims to fame is his 1954 recording of Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog”, a blistering arrangement that obviously influenced the Elvis Presley version 2 years later.

In 1966 Curley located to Toronto with Frank Motley and a year later left the band and struck out on his own as a band leader touring Canada.  In 1981, tired of life on the road, he settled in the Barrie area and has since concentrated on solo gigs that delight area audiences with his mix of jump, jive and low down dirty blues.

In 1998 Curley recorded his first album in 40 years on the ElectroFi label produced by Andrew Galloway, “Keys to the Highway”, an album that took off and set Curley at the top of the Blues charts once again. Curley recorded “Live at the Silver Dollar” in 2009 with an all Star supporting cast, and is once again climbing the Blues charts. All Curley’s ElectroFi albums will be available at the concert.

For a full bio of Curley click here!

The series continues with Wayne Buttery and blues harp sensation Roly Platt on February 18, Ross Neilsen on March 18, Bobby Dean Blackburn on April 15 and a special appearance by Michael Pickett on May 20.

More information go to Collingwood Jazz or call 705.444.4449.


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