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Johnny is a soulful singer whose respect, and passion for all types of music is evident. He is also a brilliant entertainer who has audiences thoroughly enjoying each show. Johnny Max has built up a solid reputation as one of those guys who gives 110% and is one of the most action-packed and satisfying entertainers around. Johnny takes to performing like a fish to water, a perpetual motion machine, galvanizing his spicy blend of Stax/Volt, Atlantic, Funk, and Blues into frenzied heights, often propelling himself into the audience’s eager arms. (See Johnny Max's promotional video with his Canadian band)
Armanda Desidery, pianist, she is well known for her collaborations with great percussionist Ray Mantilla, Lea Costa, Irina Arozarena and Andres Roman. Her music reminds Michel Camilo's style, with the typical warm approach coming from Italian musicians ! She has an excellent reputation for her great sense of rhythm. Armanda also has a Master in classical piano performance. An incredible musician !
Laura Fedele, singer, pianist and composer, is known to the Italian and European public, as well as the great vocal talents, for his creativity and versatility. He has published tribute to Nina Simone, Tom Waits, to Neapolitan songs and blues. With "87" Keys, a theatrical play, has also been featured as an actress. At her side include bassist and drummer Stefano Dall'Ora and Gio Rossi, equally creative and experienced musicians, with whom he performed in Italy and Europe. See Laura Fedele : wikipedia
Maurizio Pugno is considered as one of the best guitarists of Italian blues scene. It usually performs with his Organ Trio (with Gio Rossi on drums and Alberto Marsico on organ) alongside American artists. The band has performed in many Italian and European festivals. The last Cd, “The Next Episode”, has been recorded with the Large Band (horn section featuring Cristiano Arcelli as arranger) and “the Sublimes”, three italian vocalists. It has be en released on march 2013
One day my friend Walter Ganda, a great italian drummer, gave me a present :a book written by Chris Lacinak concerning new orleans drumming. "Second line ? I have something for you" he told me. So, I studied the book. This video is dedicated to Chris Lacinak, which has written "A MODERN APPROACH TO NEW ORLEANS SECOND LINE DRUMMING" and to Walter Ganda, which gave me a copy as a present. PS at minute 1.17 I KNOW I made a little mistake (too many cookwares to manage) but it was too bad to erase such funny solo... . SO, I left the mistake on the video. It's the music ok ? :-)
So this guy is wonderful ! Mark has a big sense of humor and he's able to tell funny stories to the audience. People love him ! He's not only a singer, he's also a comedian ! On April 2014 I'll have the pleasure and the honor to play with him again, together with fantastic Maurizio Pugno's band.
This time we went to Santa Maria, a small island which is part of Azzorre. We play with Maurizio Pugno large band and MZ DEE an Santa Maria Blues Festival. In the meantime, I took some pictures: the town, the bay, the festival. Go to gallery