Personalities | Duke Robillard | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1948)

Robillard’s grasp of blues and jazz has kept him in demand since he founded Roomful of Blues in 1967. He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and was influenced by Bill Doggett, T-Bone Walker and many others, absorbing the fine details of playing and arranging. He left Roomful in 1979 for a stint with rockabilly singer Robert Gordon and then ignited his solo career, which he interrupted briefly in 1990 to replace Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the late 1990s he began producing albums for Ruth Brown, Jay McShann, Eddy Clearwater and others.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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