I was born in The Bronx and raised in Harlem, and I caught the music bug early in life, listening to my parents Ida and Alfonza sing around the house, singing with them in church, and listening to their collection of 78rpm records. I always loved to listen to and sing to the radio, I guess that would be how I developed my voice, and eclectic musical tastes, which are still evolving.
Through an amazing set of circumstances, a late night walk through Washington Square Park and a life changing encounter with Matteus Mederer (who was busking under the arch), I found myself being introduced to the New York City Blues scene by way of the now infamous Dan Lynch Blues Bar. I spent thirteen years studying The Blues there, watching and performing with Bill Dicey, The Holmes Brothers and eventually hosting the Saturday and Sunday afternoon jam sessions. This little bar became the hub of the Blues scene in NYC. Many legendary Blues musicians, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (just to name a few) stopped by to say hello and sing a song on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Dan lynch was also the launching pad for many up and coming Blues artists.
These days my work is focused in New York City and the Tri State area, I work regularly at Terra Blues, The Red Lion and Lucilles Grill at B. B. Kings Blues Club. My Bands The Dugger Brothers, The Harlem Blues Project, and Brother Dugger are great vehicles for the exploration of The Blues.
BIG FRANK MIRRA
Big Frank is a traditional electric and acoustic blues musician known for his powerful vocals and bottleneck slide style. He has been a fixture in the NYC Tri-State blues scene for decades. While listening to Rock and Roll as a teenager, Frank's ear was attracted to the blues elements evident in many of those tunes. His love of traditional blues and curiosity drove him to become a subject matter expert about its history. His playing style reflects his affinity for these traditional roots.
Karl Schwarz is an acoustic country blues artist from New York City. Karl Schwarz's musical style of blues is known as "Piedmont" which originated in the foothills of the southeastern Appellation mountains.
Karl performs a variety of country blues songs in effort to preserve the music of America's early blues artists such as Blind Blake, Pink Anderson, Mississippi John Hurt, and the Rev Gary Davis. Karl Schwarz has performed through out the New York Metropolitan area at Summer music festivals, such as Catalpa Festival, and Sound View Summer Arts Festival, and has opened for artists such as Mike Ferris, and Joe Louis Walker.
'Great performance and versions of the classics. He follows in the tradition of Irish Blues men like Stefen Grossman and David Bromburg.'
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