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Al Copley (Roomful of Blues) Piano
April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20
There are few pianists in the world that can play boogie, blues, jump, jazz and almost anything else like Al Copley (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, and a sterling solo career around the world). Join us for a jumping time!
Pianist and singer; arranger and co-founder of “Roomful of Blues” – the renowned American jump band nominated for two Grammy Awards while he was with them. After 16 years with Roomful, relocated to Europe in 1984, and back home to the US in 2010.
Al has been performing extensively in Europe and the northeast US for the past few years, appears regularly in NYC and Paris, and continues to develop in style and taste, always noted for energy, versatility and impeccable harmony. He has been included in Chapman Roberts’ 2018 “Broadway Jazz Festival” in Manhattan with stars from Chapman’s hit plays “Blues in the Night,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Five Guys Named Moe” and “Bubbling Brown Sugar.”
In 2016 Al instigated a reunion recording of the 1970s version of Roomful of Blues, which has recorded a tremendous disc to be released in 2018. The goal, according to co-founder Duke Robillard, was to “make a record equal to or better than our first record.” They have succeeded in this ! Stay tuned.
In June 2002 and 2009, Al Copley performed four of his own full symphonic orchestrations before an audience of more than 25,000 with the Boston Festival Orchestra at Summer Pops.
Some Highlights at Stravinski Hall on the MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL:
- opening for BOB DYLAN
- opening for ERIC CLAPTON’S “LEGENDS”
- opening the BLUES SUMMIT with ETTA JAMES and B.B. KING
- guesting in with JIMMIE VAUGHAN
- doing a duo of Jazz-Hot with JEFF HEALEY
“Capable of evoking at once Jay McShann, Memphis Slim or… Art Tatum…; Copley interprets the blues most joyfully by his great sense of humor… his sense of swing and phrasing are a wonder… great conviction…
BULLETIN OF THE JAZZ HOT CLUB OF FRANCE
“With such illustrious blues men as Sammy Price and Memphis Slim playing every day on the piano stand in Piazza San Carlo it could have hard to grab the limelight, but Copley took his chance to become the most favoured pianist of the seven featured soloists.”
FINANCIAL TIMES, LONDON
“It’s not easy to be a soloist in front of an audience of thousands. Pianist Al Copley seemed to ignore that fact and gave a brilliant performance.”