BB King's Band Ft. Tito Jackson

The BB Kings Band featuring Tito Jackson
For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Band defined the blues to the world,
averaging over 250 sold out concerts per year, with classics like “The Thrill Is Gone,”
“Every Day I Have The Blues,” “How Blues Can You Get,” and “Why I Sing The Blues”.
Now, superstar Tito Jackson (along with his beastly Blues guitar) has teamed up with B.B.
King’s Blues Band to tour, keeping the musical legacy of B.B. King, The Jackson 5 and The
Jackson’s alive.
Combining over 100 years of musical talent, this is your chance to experience and celebrate
these two legends together...LIVE ON STAGE!

Tito Jackson
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson’s poetic lyrics, irrepressible vocals, and evocative
musicianship are a faint reflection of the remarkable gifts that characterize Gary, Indiana’s native
son. Born Toriano Adaryll Jackson, Tito has spent his entire life enchanting music lovers with
soulful harmonies interwoven with curvaceous rhythms as a member of Motown’s greatest
discovery, The Jacksons (Jackson 5), and presently as a multi-faceted solo artist. Tito’s
unyielding passion for blues, R&B, pop, and other music forms is the secret to his boundless
energy and rare achievements in the ever-changing entertainment spectrum.
In 1962, before the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons, Tito performed in a local group called The
Jackson Brothers. After competing and winning local talent shows in and around Gary, the

precocious brothers were victorious again on the most prestigious amateur stage of all —
Manhattan’s Apollo Theater. In that same year Tito and his brothers made their first studio
recording (local label), titled “Big Boy.” Not only did it turn out to be a local hit, but it set the

stage for a partnership with Motown Records (1969) and subsequent appearances on the top-
rated Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Soul Train, and later, their own primetime

television series in 1976, on CBS. In addition to this, Tito and his brothers’ soaring popularity
with America’s youth was so captivating that they were captioned in a Saturday morning, ABC
TV animation series.
Tito and his brothers signed with Epic Records and officially came under a new name, The
Jacksons, in 1976. In 1978 he co-wrote the songs “Everybody,” “Destiny,” and “Push Away” for
his new record label. As the group The Jackson’s, including Tito, they self-produced the Destiny
album. Later, for the Victory album Tito produced, wrote, and sang on “We Can Change The
World,” which was featured on their popular Victory Tour.
A father of three men (Taj, Taryll, and TJ), known to the music world as 3T, Tito works closely
with his sons. This is consistent with the fine direction that he received from his loving mother
Katherine and his caring father Joe. In addition to working with sisters Janet, Rebbie, and La
Toya, Tito has worked with countless fine musicians, singers, and producers, such as the
preeminent production team of Gamble & Huff, LA Reid & Baby Face, and the versatile Howard
Hewitt.
One of the performing highlights of the remarkable career of Tito Jackson is the unforgettable
reunion performance on one of histories most watched television specials, Motown 25. The show
signaled a pivotal point in his dazzling career and an auspicious focus on likely the greatest
performer to ever grace a stage, Michael Jackson. In 1997 Tito and his brothers were
ceremonially honored as inductees of the well-respected Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Tito’s initial success with the recording masterpieces “I Want You Back,” “Never Can Say
Goodbye”, “I’ll Be There,” (best selling single in Motown’s history), and other mega-hits is the
genesis of an indefatigable trek into modern musical immortality. Tito Jackson’s eclectic musical
arrow is aimed in the direction of diverse genres, R& B, blues, and pop. And at this juncture,
Tito plans a series of recording ventures that will include a solo debut album featuring a caravan
of styles. Although some of his numerous influences include blues greats Albert Collins and B.B.
King, in reality his musical tastes defy nomenclature. Some projects will include collaborations
with his son’s group, 3T, while other CD’s may involve his creative siblings along with
collaborations from an assemblage of noteworthy artists. However, make no mistake about it,
most of his work will consist of impressive solo projects with songs that are arranged, produced,
and performed by Tito himself. Presently he is in the process of completing his new project for a
2009 global release. By doing this, fans around the globe will experience the true essence of Tito
Jackson as a premier solo artist and as one of music industries’ group icons. Tito and his band,
sporting a frenetic pulse, will also rock the world again through a number of riveting live shows.
The measure of Tito Jackson’s influence can be best captured by expressions such as these: “One
of the kindest, more pleasant people in show business,” said a major entertainment publicist. His
brother Michael also had this to say about him, “Tito is very quiet and soft, but can be really

strong when necessary. He’s always there when we need him and manages to project an inner
calm which is vital within a family unit ”. Those statements have proven to be consistently true
through the ups and downs of the exciting but rigorous show business lifestyle. As an
international artist, the demure Tito has garnered great respect from his peers and fans alike. His
emphasis on fairness and loyalty in the music business community is a hallmark of his aplomb
and selfless style.
Tito’s love of music can be transcended only by his undying love of God, family, and friends.
Tito’s mark on music history and the rich legacy that he established is one that has stood the test
of time and is one that will flourish for as long as there is a song to sing!

James “Boogaloo” Bolden
Trumpet
Born in Houston, TX, James Bolden began his musical training under the guidance of Edmund
C. Broussard. Bolden later seized the opportunity to study classical trumpet under Houston
Symphony Trumpeter Richard Schafer. James went on to play with local union bands that
performed with a wide array of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Temptations,
Supremes, Spinners, and James Brown. Bolden eventually was given the opportunity to join the
Duke Ellington Orchestra where he thrived for years. Bolden later joined the band of B.B. King
and became bandleader during a stint of over 35 years. James Bolden now continues his
association with B.B. King by joining B.B. King’s Band as bandleader.

Charlie Dennis
Rhythm Guitar
Charles “Charlie Tuna” Dennis, guitarist extraordinaire, stepped onto the music scene over 40
years past, and his musical influences were George Benson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. On a
personal note, Charlie Tuna, as he likes being called, has been afforded the opportunity to
develop his own style of smooth jazz mixed with blues riffs blended with humorous vocals,
although he comfortably covers any style. Dennis spent years touring with the likes of Archie
Bells and the Drells, Johnnie Taylor, and Bobby Blue Band. Most recently, he spent 15 years as
rhythm guitarist for his early musical influence, B.B. King himself.

Russell Jackson
Bass
Starting his 41-year career in 1974, Russell Jackson moved to Chicago in 1976 and gained his
blues stripes working with Otis Clay, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, and others like Charlie

Musselwhite and WIllie Nelson. For 8 years, Russell toured exclusively with B.B. King as his
bass guitarist. Jackson was the first artist to put slap bass on a live blues recording, (Live at Old
Miss 1979). During the 1990’s, he recorded with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne on his Juno Award
winning CD. In 1992, the Russell Jackson Band debuted and Jackson released three CD’s of his
own material. Present day, Russell is the Music Director for the New Generations of the Blues
European Tours, formerly known as The Chicago Blues Festival. Jackson was welcomed into the
B.B. King’s Blues Band because of his extraordinary talent.

Herman Jackson
Drums
Herman Jackson is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. This master percussionist honed his skill at the
Berkley School of Music, Boston, with noted jazz great, Alan Dawson. Jackson’s world tours
include performances in Ireland, Greenland, and Ivory Coast. Spain, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and
Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as Carnegie Hall were just a few of many. Jackson was
without a doubt influenced by the stellar lineup of artists with whom he toured and performed.
The lineup of those artists include Al Green, Ellis Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, and Blues Icon B.B.
King. Jackson also played himself as a drummer in the HBO series Treme. Herman currently
serves as Assistant Jazz Band Director at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, and heads
the percussion department.

Eric Demmer
Saxophone
“Hear what you feel, play what you hear.” At the age of 10, Eric received his first saxophone, so
began the journey of a natural-born musician playing anywhere at any time with anyone. One
night, Eric was invited to perform onstage with the legendary Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown at a
Houston club known as “Billy Blues.” On that night, Eric joined Gate’s band and traveled all
over the world for the next 12 years utnil Gate’s death in 2005. The journey with Gate included
performing as the opening act for Eric Clapton’s “From the Cradle Tour.” This gave Eric the
opportunity to perform with many well-known and respected musicians, ie. Carlos Santana,
George Duke, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, and B.B. King. Buddy Guy, the Allman Brothers, and
Dr. John were among many others.

Jesse Robinson
Guitar and Vocals
Jesse Robinson’s blues career has spanned over 4 decades. Born in Benton and raised in
Milestone, MS, the delta bluesman first picked up a guitar at 6-years-old and soon began backing
up his father, a sanctified preacher. Jesse was soon playing the blues around Jackson, MS, after
relocating with his family in the early 60’s. In later years, Jesse worked as the bandleader for
artist Bobby Rush. Robinson was featured in the 2003 documentary, Last of the MS Jukes. Early
influences were Blind Lennon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, and B.B. King. Jesse went on to
perform with the likes of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Little Milton Campbell, Freddie King, and
Magic Sam. In 2002, Jessie co-wrote a song on the CD of jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, “Belly
of the Sun.” Robinson went on to release his first CD, “Blues Child,” in 2004, and most recently,
his CD, “Stray Star.” Jesse was brought into B.B. King’s Blues Band as guitarist and vocalist
covering the rich musical legacy left by B.B. King. King of the Blues.

Lamar Boulet
Trumpet
Lamar was raised in Lafayette, LA, but got his start in the music business in New Orleans. It was
there he was able to study and work with some of the legends in New Orleans such as Ellis
Marsalis, his first teacher in the study of jazz. As an undergraduate, he studied with the
incomparable Vince DiMartino at the University of Kentucky before receiving his masters
degree at the University of Miami. Lamar later moved to Orlando and worked at Disney as a
composer/arranger, musician. Carnival Cruise Lines hired him as Musical Director and he spent
4 years in charge of musicians and talent. He also toured with Grammy Award winning Latin
artist, Tito Nieves. Lamar now lives in Houston, TX, where he freelances and teachers. Lamar is
honored to be a new member of B.B. King’s Blues Band.

Darrell Lavigne
Keyboards
Darrell Lavigne has been performing on stages around the world, most notably New Orleans

Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rotterdam JVC Jazz Festival- Netherlands, and Berlin Jazz Festival-
Germany. Lavigne began his musical life at age 10, first on guitar then trumpet. It wasn’t until

his senior year that he decided piano would be his instrument of choice. “I wanted to explore
harmony and the colors of music. Piano represented that for me.” Darrell’s influences came for
the usual jazz sources as Monk, Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal, Hancock, and Corea. Charlie Parker,
Coltrane, and Miles Davis rounded out the crew. Early musical exposure in addition to the
mentoring by Ellis Marsalis and Edward “Kidd” Jordan helped Lavigne become one of the most
sought-after pianists around. Darrell has gone on to record two albums with then Columbia Jazz
Artist, Kent Jordan, write for one (Night Aire) and produce another (Out of This World). Over
the years, Darrell has performed with artists Kirk Whalum, Marion Meadows, George Duke,
Hubert/Ronnie Laws, and Everette Harp to name a few. Though he’s respected as a
pianist/keyboardist, he continues to produce and write for a number of artists. Discography: Blue
Orleans (Fertile Crescent, 2000); Kidd Jordan/IAQ-Kidd Stuff (Danjor); Michael Ward-After
The Kiss (Sweet Music Records, 2006).

The James "Boogaloo Bolden Blues Band

Eric Demmer and the Sax Dawgs_

demmer-flyer5-8_5x11_copy_resized.jpgHigh energy, funky blues with a mix of jazz... combining a variety of influences while reminding everyone that, "The real thing comes from the heart and soul". An extension of Eric's style of music makes up the 'Eric Demmer & The Sax Dawgs' band. The Band does a combination of jazz standards, smooth jazz, funky blues, R&B, and a little bit of old time Rock n' Roll. From a nice ballad, to dueling sax solos, The Sax Dawgs never fail to leave a crowd in awe. The band loves having a good time with the audience, and strives to have a lot of crowd participation to make them feel apart of the experience.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                            

 

 

 

DATES

  • Nov 30
    Past Performances, 
     

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