Make a reservation for this show.Sugar Blue WebsiteSugar Blue FacebookSugar Blue TwitterSugar Blue YoutubeSugar Blue LIVEThe Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents Grammy Award-winning harp player Sugar Blue, in support of his newest release Raw Sugar. Band members are Sugar Blue (harmonica/vocals), Rico McFarland (guitar), Harry Hmura (guitar), Ilaria Lantieri Blue (bass/vocals), and James Knowles (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm."There's no mistaking Sugar Blue's incendiary virtuosity. The speed and ferocity of his playing are matched by its inventiveness, with Blue packing nearly every phrase with trills, glissandos, clusters and chords. At times, it sounds as if two harps were working at once... intense, melodically ornate, punctuated by growls and swooping pitches, it's the sound of a musician who transcends the limitations of his instrument."
- Howard Reich, Chicago TribuneSugar Blue is known for incorporating what he has learned into his visionary and singular style, technically dazzling yet wholly soulful. He bends, shakes, spills flurries of notes with simultaneous precision and abandon, combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness and gives off enough energy to light up several city square blocks. His distinctive throat tends to be overlooked in the face of his instrumental virtuosity. He's got a rich, sensual voice with a whisper of huskiness, which by itself would be something out of the ordinary. Musician and producer John Porter has said, "Be forewarned, Sugar Blue does not play the harmonica. Sugar Blue redefines the way a harmonica is played."Blue's most recent release, Raw Sugar (2012), is a live recording that illuminates just how powerful he and his band are in performances. With his 2010 studio album, Threshold, Blue said, "I believe that the greatest threshold of all is love, because it is the fount from which all human life springs. Life echoes the sounds of our interactions: joy, sadness, heartache, passion, loneliness, intimacy, celebration or solemn occasion. We have tried to give voice to these feelings in this musical offering."Blue began his career as a street musician and made his first recordings in 1975 with legendary blues figures Brownie McGhee and Roosevelt Sykes. The following year, he contributed to recordings by Victoria Spivey and Johnny Shines before pulling up stakes and moving to Paris on the advice of pioneer blues pianist Memphis Slim. Blue has played and recorded with musicians ranging from Willie Dixon to Stan Getz to Frank Zappa to Johnny Shines to Bob Dylan, he is perhaps best known for his signature riff and solo on the Rolling Stones' hit "Miss You" from their Some Girls album. He has appeared across America, Europe and Africa at many prestigious festivals. Blue continues to appear in clubs and festivals around the world.