Chicago Blues All-Stars
Location: Chicago, IL
Blues, Rock, Experimental
“Killer” Ray Allison, Chicago Slim, Anji Brooks, C.C. Copeland, Bible Black, All-Star Horns
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Chicago BLUES ALL-STARS are a musical revue that features some of the most talented, entertaining and legendary artists on the scene today. Together they have created a singular sound that is uniquely eclectic, while drawing on all styles of Americana for inspiration. “KILLER” RAY ALLISON & CHICAGO SLIM, whose musical stylings reflect their lifelong commitment as blues disciples, lead CBAS.
The talent of these performers is only matched by those legendary artists that CBAS has shared the stage & recorded with domestically and internationally. Chicago Blues All-Stars have recorded with and worked along side legendary artists such as: Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, B.B. King, Magic Sam, Gary Moore, Ohio Players, Rolling Stones, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.
“KILLER” RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS): First broke into music during the early 1970′s. Now a regular on the national touring circuit for over four decades, “Killer” Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award as an instrumentalist.
CHICAGO SLIM (GUITAR/VOCALS): Is a studio veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush. Slim’s shared the stage with Rock’n Roll Hall-Of-Famers Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Winter.
ALL-STAR HORNS: R&B veteran Johnny Cotton anchors this line-up, featuring some of the country’s hottest horn players. They’ve played with and arranged for a virtual Who’s Who of R&B/Soul. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson and Ohio Players, to modern rockers like Lenny Kravitz, Liquid Soul & Lubraphonic . . . All-Star Horns put the ‘unk in your funk.
Members: “Killer” Ray Allison / Chicago Slim / All-Star Horns / C.C. Copeland / Bible Black
Sounds Like: James Brown, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters
Label: Azure Music Group
Manager: Odysseus E. Johnson III M.Div.
Chicago has created some of the most successful stars in the rap game like Kanye West, Common, Twista, and Lupe Fiasco but Mr.RED has come to give the fans what Chicago is known for, what they expect, Gansta! “If I was born white I’d be C.E.O. of a fortune 500 corporation but instead you get Mr.RED the streets’ C.E.O.!” “I couldn’t wait for somebody else, so I put myself on!”
“Elven n Maxine made me but the streets raised me!” “I’m like a blizzard, real cool but very dangerous!” If you are lucky enough to spend any amount of time with this man you can see why everybody can relate to music. Same as his everyday life there is a near perfect balance of power, respect, fear, and knowledge that cant be bought duplicated or faked!
Mr.RED is not just an artist, Mr.RED is a brand! When asked what is your main objective in this business? He paused, looked up and to the right, then looked back as if a light went off in his head and said “I’m jus tryin to bring back the real.” “Meaning, I wanna get rid of the impossible and bring back the probable” That is an evident fact if you have ever listened to any of the three mixtapes tht he’s released under his label Da Empire Records.
What set’s Mr.RED’s music apart from other rappers is his attention to detail. His music is like a musical book, although explict, up front, and hardcore it is not so far fetched that is unbelievable, hence the exspression “bringin back the real”
my new single GET LOW is out now…
Chicago, U.S.A. · http://www.mr-red.com
Azure Music Group is an artist management & production company based in NYC & Chicago. 2012 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the company. It has been over two decades in the development of a production house that has brought sonic excellence to musicians and fans around the United States.
Producer/Music Historian Odysseus E. Johnson III maintains among the most diverse and rare collection of classic instruments, memorabilia and recording equipment in the United States. Having worked with some of the greatest blues and jazz artists in recorded history, Ody J has run his company based on his love of music from three specific genres, traditional blues, classic rock and modern electronica.
In the beginning, what he wanted to hear was not readily available, so he created it and made it accessible for himself as well as for others. Album releases by Chicago Blues All-Stars, “Killer” Ray Allison & Chicago Slim, as well as historic documents on Gibson Guitars, Chicago Music Inc. & Valco only solidify his reputation as a bona-fide authority when it comes to the music of Americana.
Coming: July 1
Premier Practitioners Of Chicago Blues, Funk & Soul ! ! Featuring: Killer Ray Allison / Chicago Slim / Sharon Lewis / All-Star Horns
Chicago & The World · http://www.chicagobluesallstars.com
Dr. Dan Ivankovich – ABC News (Chicago)
JaySelf is from Chicago’s south side in what’s known as “The Wild Hundreds”. His unexplained connection with women increased his love of hosting parties, club events, & television commercials. Trying to escape tragedy, humiliation & turmoil, JaySelf grabbed the microphone when an act he booked couldn’t perform. He went on stage and began to freestyle to live drums totally shocking his audience & himself. JaySelf entered a contest to test his skills against other big named local celebrities. The trophy now sits in his studio, which he calls “The Kitchen”.
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“Killer” Ray Allison first broke into the blues during the early 1970′s. Now a regular on the Chicago Blues scene for over four decades, “Killer” Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. With a reputation as the hardest hitting drummer in the blues world, “Killer” has turned down gig offers from Eric Clapton, John Mayall & the late Gary Moore, so he could fully focus his energies toward leading a band. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy award as an instrumentalist.
Reverend Doctor D
“The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.
Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.
With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.
At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy. While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.
The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York. He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee. He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.
Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents. Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.
Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions. With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”
BiPolar Beatz (Producer)
Just a producer from Chicago! Well I mean not JUST a producer…I think I’m pretty good! Well I mean you have to think I’m pretty good too. I mean you don’t HAVE to. But ummm, I hope you do. If you need music, I can definitely sell you some. I live in Chicago. It’s pretty dangerous here. I know that was kind of random. But duhh, I’m BiPolar what do you expect!