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Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue -------- The Chi-Town Hustlers

I recently reconnected with JW Williams, one of the founding members of the Chi-Town Hustlers

The Chi-Town Hustlers was/is (versions of the band are still active) a Chicago based blues/R&B band that I played and toured with. At the time I was with band, the members of the group came from the bands of BB King, James Cotton and Bobby Bland among others. One of the vocalists in the band is the great J.W. Williams who is still active in the Chicago blues scene. I checked the Chicago Reader music listings recently and you still see J.W. Williams and the Chi-Town Hustlers at clubs like the Kingston Mines.

One of my favorite Chi-Town Hustler tracks is a jazz/funk version of the War classic "The World is a Ghetto. This track has one of the best tenor sax solos I ever played that actually got recorded.  Check it out!

In addition to the Chi-Town Hustlers cover of the Meters classic, "Cissy Strut", I also posted
a great cover version by the Hustlers of the Sam Cook classic &qu…

Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue - House of Jazz - Video

Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue - House of Jazz(MTL) - Friday - Dec. 5

Deep Blue keeps the spirit alive with hard driving Chicago style jazz and blues with touches of New Orleans.It's an original blend of traditional elements that's fun to play and fun to listen to. 

This week, Friday December 5 at 9:30PM. Deep Blue came to the House of Jazz with a very special guest, Soul and Jazz singer extraordinaire, Leanna White. It was a great show and a night to remember!

Mr. Blues meets Mr. Jazz
Monday nights at the House of Jazz, where jazz and blues get together for a drink.

Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue - Brutopia - Nov. 1

The "Real Deal" returned to Brutopia, (1219 Crescent St) on Saturday Nov. 1.

The band really enjoyed playing this show. It was interesting to bring a blues/jazz show to a club like Brutopia and the warm and enthusiastic reception from both the club and the audience.

Check the quote from Rick Keene about our last show at Brutopia.

"Show #3 .... Stopped by Brutopia on the way home to catch Johnny Beaudine and The Deep Blue. What a great set! Johnny on sax and a great Ray Charles cover; Blackjack."

Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue - House of Jazz (Laval) - Sept. 20

Deep Blue keeps the spirit alive with hard driving Chicago style jazz and blues with touches of New Orleans. 

The Deep Blue gang played at the new House of Jazz (Laval) we were joined by one of our favorites Leanna White, a great soul and jazz singer.

The new club has a larger stage and a very nice lighting system. The band was greeted happily by the Laval audience even though we're new to the club.

They broke into applause when Leanna started Etta James classic "At Last" The band was very well received.

Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue - Montreal Jazz Festival

Deep Blue does the Jazz Fest.

Don't miss this one! The band is geared up, fired up and ready. We'll be joined by Jeff Simons on drums and vocals. With Peter Mika on piano, and Ben Comeau on bass. We'll be putting some extra fire into our "Real Deal" Chicago style jazz and blues with our touch of funky New Orleans.
"We come to play" is our motto and we'll be playing hard and fast. Make sure to come down to "The House" for a memorable night. You won't regret it.

We're known as the "Real Deal" because we play hard every night. We'll be kicking it especially hard this Monday.

Come on down and have fun with us.

House of Jazz - 2060 Aylmer 7:30-11PM.  - 514-842-8656

True 'dat with Pat Loiselle - Blue and Lonesome

A famous jazz musician once said, "I do music for free, I get paid for the aggravation.

Here's something that wasn't aggravating.  A live recording I did with Pat Loiselle
at an outdoor show in Terrebonne Qc.
Blue and Lonesome

Rock Me Johnny

I'm amazed about this, on my SoundClould page I posted one of the
Chi Town Hustler tracks, Rock Me Baby. I alway liked this
version but I just put it there and didn't really hype it or
anything. I've been surprised at the response It got played often
in the US but also in Lithuania and Venezuela, Columbia, Switzerland,
Brazil, Germany and the UK.

Click here for Rock Me Baby

Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue - House of Jazz -Watermelon Man

Here's the link to a video of ours, Herbie Handcock's "Watermelon Man"

Johnny Beaudine - Paul Butterfield

Paul Butterfield was one of my heroes.  He was a great harp player and led some of the greatest bands of the era.
For a time we were both living in the Hyde Park area of Chicago's south side. I'd see Paul at the corner of 55th and Cornell. Paul was a mythic figure in Chicago. "Butter's" harp playing has heavily influenced my own harp playing over the years. "Butter" was such a hero to us that my friends and I went to the locations where the "East West" album cover photos were taken and did our own versions of the photos.

Fifty Years Of 'Chicago Blues'

Here's the link to an interesting article on some of the guys who blazed the trail that I later followed.     Barry Goldberg Fifty Years of "Chicago Blues"