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Al Copley with Fran Dance
May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Buttonwood Tree is honored to present the incomparable co-founder of Roomful of Blues, the renowned American jump band nominated for two Grammy Awards, AL COPLEY! Reservations are suggested for this lively and fully captivating show!!
“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
“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.”
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL
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 2019. 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 !
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