The New York Blues Hall of Fame honors legendary, master and great local blues artists from the great state of New York. We have formally inducted artists such as John Hammond, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter to name a few but we also like to keep the focus on the local, in the trenches blues musicians who play their hearts out night after night and give them the recognition they truly deserve.
-- Michael Packer, NY Ambassador
"A great organization that recognizes the working musician for their achievements" - Prof. Louie (Woodstock Records)
Michael Packer is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in New York City in 1950. After doing his first gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village at the age of 15, he formed and recorded with numerous groups throughout the late '60s, '70s, and '80s, including Papa Nebo (with saxophonist Bob Mintzer of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets), Free Beer, and Coolstep. He also worked with the likes of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Johnny Rivers, Dr. Hook, Clifton Chanier, and the Matt Murphy Band.
Jon Paris has toured nationally and internationally with an impressive list of artists that includes Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Chris Spedding, Johnnie Johnson, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. He's also backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Phoebe Snow, Hubert Sumlin, Rudy Ray Moore, the Uptown Horns, and Elvin Bishop, to name just a few.
Bobby Harden, New York City's most acclaimed soul singing sensation, is thrilling audiences globally as lead singer of the world-famous Original Blues Brothers Band.
Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi is a Grammy nominated American harmonica player and vocalist from New Jersey. He has toured with Dolly Parton, George Jones, and has contributed to works by Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Judy Collins, Cyndi Lauper, and Bobby McFerrin. He is a former member of The Original Blues Brothers band and is the singer for the reformed Blood Sweat and Tears. When not touring with Blood Sweat and Tears, Paparozzi leads his own band, the Hudson River Rats, which sometimes features famed funk drummer, Bernard Purdie.
Danny Kalb is an American blues guitarist and vocalist, and was one of the original members of the 1960s group, Blues Project.
Gabriel Butterfield, son of Paul Butterfield, was born in the South Side of Chicago at home September 9th, 1965. His musical training began with the teachings and inspirations of his father followed by his self taught goals and Berkeley, California musical endeavors. He has since performed and toured nationwide. Gabriel has a sublime style of drumming and a charismatic stage persona. Gabriel has branched onto an endless array of styles, offering the best of Blues, Funk, Rock and World Beat.
Christine Santelli has been on the NYC music scene for more than 2 decades. She has toured around the world and has released 8 CD's over her long career.
Joe Taino plays a unique mix of blues, R&B, Latin jazz, reggae, calypso, and classic rock. Taino himself has been recording and performing since 1972. He has shared the stage with a host of notable artists, including Peter Frampton, Judas Priest, Rick Derringer, Cindy Lauper, Gregg Allman, Carlos Santana, Jaco Pastorious, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Pat Travers, King Crimson, and many more.
Jonathan Kalb is a blues and soul vocalist, guitarist, harmonica player, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter and has entertained both with his own bands and as a solo performer for forty years.
Saturday Beatles Brunch