Jonny Viau and The Blues AllStars | Live at Dizzy's

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Live at Dizzy's

by Jonny Viau and The Blues AllStars

Blues, jump, and swing in one tight band. Chicago's South Side sound, coupled with the deep soul of the South and all fused together with the fat West Coast sound of The Almighty Horns...this CD blends classic blues, soul, and jazz. In the pocket, baby.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Punkin
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2. Jump For Fro
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3. Walkin' The Streets
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4:15 album only
4. Since You Been Gone
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5. All In The Game
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5:34 album only
6. Mr. Big Time 1 and 2
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7. Shorty's New Shoes
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8. South Shore
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9. Alligator Loafers
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10. One More Chance
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11. Turning Point
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12. Ain't Gonna Do It
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13. Five Careless Lovers Theme
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With over 35 years of experience among them, Jonny Viau and The Blues AllStars offer a full range of musical styles. From traditional blues and jump, jazz and soul to the New Orleans sound... it's all wrapped up in a tight band from San Diego, California.

Combining strong flexible vocals, a signature guitar sound, down-home piano and soul-drenched B-3, with an in-the-pocket rhythm section and the rich dynamic expression of the "Almighty Horns". The AllStars deliver the real deal in an entertaining package rooted in the deepest tradition of what is American Music, and they swing the house all the while.

Led by Jonny Viau ("view")- a seasoned musician who has been honkin' his horn and playing blues, soul and jazz for over 25 years- the AllStars' long list of performance credits includes such blues artists as William Clark, Solomon Burke, Big Joe Turner, Roomfull of Blues, Earl King, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Roy Gaines, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Big Mama Thorton, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers... and many others.

The band features Jonny on tenor sax, paired with longtime partner Troy Jennings on baritone sax. Billy Seward provides the Chicago guitar sound. Neal Wauchope on piano and B-3 adds the soulful Southern flavor, with bassist Greg Willis and drummer Marcus Bashore keeping the foundation solid. Whether they're playing a back alley slow grind, a West Side shuffle or a joint jumping swing...the result is a guaranteed good time.


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Michael Kinsman, San Diego Union-Tribune

Subtleties surface with repeated playings
Veteran saxophonist Jonny Viau, who seems to have recorded with about half of the bands in Southern California over the past two decades, steps out with his second solo CD. The in-sync and dueling saxes of Troy Jennings (baritone) and Viau (tenor) high-light this celebration of mainly original songs. Billy Seward's easy vocals and tasty guitar and Neal Wauchope's always-in-the-right place organ underscore the professionalism here. Recorded live downtown at cozy Dizzy's, this is a CD whose subtleties surface with repeated playings.
-Originally printed in the San Diego Union-Tribune Night & Day section May 16, 2002