Personalities | Roomful Of Blues | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1967–present)

The nine-piece, horn-based outfit from Westerly, Rhode Island was formed by guitarist Duke Robillard and pianist Al Copley and has been a swinging institution in the Northeast since 1967. The band concentrates on jump blues, boogie-woogie and slow blues numbers. Roomful’s self-titled debut on Island Records in 1979 began a rich recorded legacy, which has included Grammy-nominated collaborations with blues greats Big Joe Turner, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson and Earl King. Roomful released its eighteenth album, Standing Room Only (Alligator), in 2005.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | David Sanborn | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

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


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