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Jazz-BluesView: Out with the Old in with the Blues

Jazz-BluesView: Out with the Old in with the Blues

Jazz-BluesView: Out with the Old in with the BluesBy Eric Benson And so it goes another year laid to rest full of Christmas cheer and resolutions on that list checking it twice and seeing who’s been naughty or nice. A lot of change in our lives, business, and music. Shout out to Hanibal Yategar of […]

By January 4, 2022 Read More →
Jazz Blues View: Live Music Support It and It Will Grow!

Jazz Blues View: Live Music Support It and It Will Grow!

Jazz Blues View: Live Music Support It and It Will Grow!By Eric Benson A little bio on one of our fellow Jazz pianists – 81 years young Kent Gripenstraw, who is hanging up his shingle playing out, secondary to feeling like his playing is not as it once was and schlepping around music gear. Kent […]

By December 2, 2021 Read More →
Jazz BluesView: Support It and It Will Grow!

Jazz BluesView: Support It and It Will Grow!

Jazz BluesView: Support It and It Will Grow!By Eric Benson The MAMA’s were back live with a big dose of normalcy returning to the State Theatre! Winners and losers but we are back together with live music. It will be challenging as the weather changes, “I’m beginning to feel a Chill” as the song goes, […]

By October 31, 2021 Read More →
Jazz/BluesView: Support It and It Will Grow!

Jazz/BluesView: Support It and It Will Grow!

Jazz/BluesView: Support It and It Will Grow!By Eric Benson Fall is upon us with the hope of coolness, turning colors of the leaves and pretty please with sugar on top let it rain! We survived the sizzle of summer, California fires, the second wave of a global pandemic. I don’t know about you but I’m ready […]

By October 1, 2021 Read More →
Jazz/BluesView: Can’t Stop the Blues

Jazz/BluesView: Can’t Stop the Blues

Jazz/BluesView: Can’t Stop the BluesBy Eric Benson I turned 64 on August 22nd and celebrated with a live jam with the Blue Monday Band including Barry Finnerty guitarist: Miles Davis, Tower of Power, BB King, Brecker Brothers and had a ball! A lot of my peeps are still on the fence about coming out to […]

By September 2, 2021 Read More →
BluesView: Live Music If You Want It

BluesView: Live Music If You Want It

BluesView: Live Music If You Want ItBy Eric Benson Well now things are opening up a bit and I am cautiously optimistic, yes the glass is half full, not half empty! Nice to see folks out and about living life and getting back to the business of living! More shows are planned and tours being […]

By August 3, 2021 Read More →
Jazz-BluesView: Back in Business

Jazz-BluesView: Back in Business

Jazz BluesView: Back to BusinessBy Eric Benson Well now is the time to get back to living our lives and getting on with our bad selves! I walked into a store wearing a mask and the grocer said you don’t have to wear a mask! I retorted yes they make it hard to breathe, itches […]

By July 4, 2021 Read More →
Jazz BluesView: Blues on the Horizon

Jazz BluesView: Blues on the Horizon

Jazz BluesView: Blues on the HorizonBy Eric Benson Well, things are continuing to improve, and the weather is cooperating for getting back to the business of living and playing live music. We are trying to do more live events outside with social distancing to keep people safer. The monthly Blues Crawl returns Sunday, May 23rd […]

By May 1, 2021 Read More →
JazzBluesView: One Year and Out of Lockdown

JazzBluesView: One Year and Out of Lockdown

JazzBluesView: One Year Out and Out of LockdownBy Eric Benson   We celebrated one year since the world changed with Chris Cain Band out of lockdown and it was smoking. Big shout out to all the Blues family that came out to celebrate Chris Cain Band Sunday, March 21st, record crowd of people moving and […]

By April 2, 2021 Read More →
Jazz Blues View: Here Comes the Sun

Jazz Blues View: Here Comes the Sun

Jazz-Blues View: Here comes the Sun Little DollyEric Benson Well folks this is the new norm with things opening and improving! The promise of spring gives me optimism for brighter days ahead, “the smile’s returning to there faces…here comes the sun, here comes the sun.” This song played in hospitals when someone with a Covid […]

By March 1, 2021 Read More →
Jazz Blues View: Soul Vaccination

Jazz Blues View: Soul Vaccination

Jazz/Blues View: Time to Get Your Soul Vaccination!By Eric Benson Alright my peeps time for all of us to get our Soul Vaccination. Tower of Power said it best; “All across the nation people been catch’ honkypox, when you get the notion Towers’s got the potion-you might look in to get yourself in motion…Everybody get […]

By February 4, 2021 Read More →
Jazz BluesView: Things Will Get Better

Jazz BluesView: Things Will Get Better

Jazz/Blues View: Things Will Get Better By Eric Benson Well, 2020 certainly has been one of the most challenging years I have ever lived through bar none, With COVID, extreme heat, California on fire but sometimes you just got to roll with it. I continue to suspend disbelief and keep going forward. My job as […]

By December 31, 2020 Read More →
Jazz BluesView: Happy Holidaze

Jazz BluesView: Happy Holidaze

Jazz BluesView: Happy HollidazeBy Eric Benson Happy Hollidaze! Well we are marshalling on with life and the music. Covid, extreme heat, California’s on fire and me, “lets jam out.” Not to minimalize the incredible hardship we are all going through but we have to continue to live our lives while also making sure everyone stays […]

By December 2, 2020 Read More →
JazzBluesView: Shoveling Against the Tide

JazzBluesView: Shoveling Against the Tide

Jazz/BluesView: Shoveling Against the TideBy Eric Benson Well folks we made it to the red zone, Yippie!. This meaning we are having a smaller number of Covid cases in our county and we have a green light to opening ibusiness in our city. This is a good thing to get us back to normalcy. For […]

By November 1, 2020 Read More →
Gettin’ Crazy Up in Here

Gettin’ Crazy Up in Here

Jazz/Blues View: Gettin’ Crazy Up in Here!By Eric Benson     Well, things are really challenging my ability to stay calm, “La Fiesta de Masque 2nd to COVID, extreme heat, and now California is on fire. I am an optimist but man if a Tsunami rolls in I am getting a surfboard and I am […]

By August 29, 2020 Read More →