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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.

Garland Jeffreys has been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools. With songs covered by artists as diverse as punk pioneers The Circle Jerks ("Wild in the Streets") and the neo-folk band Vetiver ("Lon Chaney"), Garland Jeffreys is truly unclassifiable. Long known for his amazing roster of supporting musicians, with names such as Dr. John, Sonny Rollins, The Brecker Brothers, Phoebe Snow, and Sly and Robbie, forty years into his storied career Jeffreys has no intention of slowing down.

Daniel Kortchmar is a guitarist, session musician, producer and songwriter. Kortchmar's work with singer-songwriters such as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash, and Carly Simon helped define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s. Jackson Browne and Don Henley have recorded many songs written or co-written by Kortchmar, and Kortchmar was Henley's songwriting and producing partner in the 1980s.

Since living in New York, Clark Gayton has worked and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world, such as Charles Tolliver, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Ted Nash and Odeon, Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, and Ray Charles. Clark toured with Bruce Springsteen as part of the Seeger Sessions band. Clark has recorded or performed with Prince, Rihanna, Brazilian Girls, Steel Pulse, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones, Sting, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Maxwell, The Skatalites, and Bad Brains, to name a few. He performs regularly with his band, Explorations in Dub, at Nublu in New York City. He was also a member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. He has appeared in the movies Malcolm X, Sweet and Lowdown, and Kansas City. He has performed frequently with Conan O'Brien's house band as a substitute for Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg.

For the last 20 years, Rich Pagano has made a living as a New York City session drummer, studio owner, music producer and touring musician. His recording, producing and stage credits include, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, Robbie Robertson, Garland Jeffreys, Ray Davies, Willie Nile, gospel icon Marie Knight, Joan Osborne, Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, Roger Waters, Jimmy Vivino, Mott The Hoople legend Ian Hunter and the premier and celebrated Beatles band, The Fab Faux in which he is a founding member and singer/drummer. In 2009 he released 'rich pagano + the sugarCane cups' to positive reviews (voted 'best of 2009' - Blurt Magazine).

Kirk Yano is a multiple Grammy-winning recording engineer with several Platinum and Gold RIAA Awards, Kirk has worked with everyone from Public Enemy, Mariah Carey to Miles Davis and Phoebe Snow, and has toured as a musician with Snow, Savoy Brown, Scott Holt and Texas Scratch.

Larry Johnson is a Piedmont guitarist who incorporated many elements of Blues styles from all over the South into his playing. Learning from some of the old originators, Larry was a man out of time when the Blues went electric and his fine interpretations of country Blues classics have been largely overlooked. Larry was born in Atlanta GA in 1938, and as a boy he would travel around with his father who was a preacher. The young man picked up a love of local Piedmont style Blues, especially the records of Blind Boy Fuller, and this encouraged him to take up guitar. Larry's influences include Delta and Texas elements, but the fingerpicking style of his home state is fundamental to his technique. After Military service in the late 50s, Larry settled in New York where he befriended The McGhee brothers, Brownie and `Stick', and his tidy guitar work saw him play on records by Guitar Slim and Big Joe Williams. The Rev Gary Davis also showed an interest in the young man, and like Jorma Kaukonen and Stephan Grossman, Larry learned a lot from the old master. The Rev. Gary contended that "the hardest chords make the best musicians", and Larry incorporated much of Gary's complex chord structures into something he called `stride guitar'.

Pork Chop Willie's debut national album Love is the Devil lights a new fire under America's musical melting pot, bringing fresh heat to the Mississippi hill country blues tradition while blending in elements of Americana, rock, alt-country and even classical music. Led by singer-guitarist Bill Hammer and violinist Melissa Tong, Pork Chop Willie is fueled by grooves, grit, honesty and passion as well as a unique blend of down-home and uptown musicianship.

Garth Hudson of "The Band" started his illustrious musical journey playing the Detroit/Windsor area in the late '50s with Paul London and the Capers. He toured Southern Ontario, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in the early '60s with Ronnie Hawkins. Garth and bandmates soon became Bob Dylan's band on his first worldwide electric tour. The Dylan years lead The Band to relocate to Woodstock, New York in the late '60s. The Band's first release, Music from Big Pink, was critically acclaimed as one of the most influential records in rock history. You will hear Garth's wizardry on Norah Jones's Feels Like Home, on Hal Willner's tribute to Charlie Parker Bird Up, the Gipsy Kings' Roots, Los Lobos' Ride, and Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Garth's long-awaited first solo CD, The Sea To The North, was released in 2001. Garth co-produced and recorded on Burrito Deluxe's The Whole Enchilada. He contributed unheard tracks from his personal vault to Capitol Records' six-disc The Band: A Musical History box set. Garth and Maud have released their duo CD, LIVE at the WOLF, as well as Garth's CD of Music For Our Lady Queen Of The Angels. He recorded on Daniel Lanois' album Here Is What Is, and appears in Daniel's Feature Film of the same name. Garth enjoys composing, arranging and performing with Maud and his eleven-piece band named The Best! JUNO Hall of Fame (The Band), 1989 * The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Band), 1994 * Canada South Blues Society, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002 * Hamilton Music Award, Instrumentalist of the Year, 2005 * Hamilton Dofasco Lifetime of Achievement Award (The Band), 2007 * Grammy Lifetime of Achievement Award (The Band), 2008.

Maud Hudson joins her husband Garth on vocals. She is a remarkable and versatile singer who is known for her unique renditions of both familiar and obscure songs. She grew up in Los Angeles, where she met Garth. Among those she has performed and recorded with are The Band, Norah Jones, Albert Collins, Paul Butterfield, Clifford Scott, Hirth Martinez, Dr. John, Cyndi Lauper, Geoff Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Kevin Hearn, Don Crawford, Gavin Friday, Mary Margaret O'Hara, and The Sadies. Rick Danko described Maud as a brilliant singer and she has received praise from Robert Hilburn of the LA Times and Greil Marcus among other notable critics. No Depression Magazine wrote, "Maud sang with such unadorned elegance that it hushed the packed hall."

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. All the while Paris has maintained his own New York City-based rock and blues band. The group performs regularly at B.B. King Blues Club and at clubs, casinos, and concerts across the country.

There is so much to say and tell about Arlen Roth as a musician and as a man, it would be impossible to write it in one short Bio. (He is, however writing a real autobiography of his life!)

This guitar legend is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time, Arlen has toured the world with countless acts and recording with them as well. This includes artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Levon Helm, Ry Cooder, Eric Andersen, The Bee Gees and so many more. His teaching and creation of Hot Licks Video pioneered music and guitar education all over the world, and his videos have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies. His current online lessons and blogs for Gibson.com have over 1 million followers! Arlen was also the man behind the legendary Blues film, Crossroads, creating the guitar parts, directing the guitar scenes, and working alongside Ry Cooder and Ralph Macchio for seven months in Mississippi and in L.A. He was voted in the Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All-Time by Gibson.com, and in the Top 100 Most Influential Guitarists of All-Time by Vintage Guitar Magazine. He has 8 best-selling books to his credit, and his book Hot Guitar, is a compilation of 10 years of his wildly popular column for Guitar Player Magazine of the same name.

Brian Mitchell is well know in music industry circles and beyond for both his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded and performed with some of music's most respected artists, including Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, Levon Helm, Mary J Blige, Allen Toussaint, and Dolly Parton. He has also released two C.D.'s of his own original music, Songs From The Underground and his latest, Diggin Up The Roots. His extraordinary versatility on piano, accordion, Hammond B-3, various vintage keyboards, plus his distinctive vocal styling have firmly established him as one of New York City's most gifted and sought after musicians.

"Upon first hearing guitar man Chris Bergson and his gravely southern drawl, which is a combination of Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, you can hardly believe this guy is from New York City. Imitate the Sun displays an artist dedicated to bringing blues and classic R&B into the future while honoring the past."
- No Depression.com

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