Friday March 01 :
Ryles Jazz Club
Diane Blue & Toni Lynn Washington
TONI LYNN WASHINGTON is considered Boston's Queen of the Blues,
where she has a long and storied history. Raised in a procession of gospel choirs
in North Carolina, Washington settled in New Orleans and shared the stage with
blues/soul legends like Jackie Wilson, Johnny Adams, Big Joe Turner, Sam and
Dave and Bobby Blue Bland. She worked regularly in clubs all over New Orleans,
before marrying a military man and touring in the 1960s with the USO in the
U.S. and Asia.
Ms. Washington spent some time in Hollywood before moving to
the East coast, where her career has blossomed in the last couple of decades
in Boston. She was signed to Tone-Cool Records, was awarded the 1999 Boston
Blues Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award, has been nominated for two W.C.
Handy Awards, had her music used in feature film soundtracks, and she appeared
on National Public Radio in the company of Etta James and John Lee Hooker. Ms.
Washington continues to tour in the U.S. and abroad, featured in popular clubs
and festivals worldwide.
Boston's DIANE BLUE is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica
player and a crowd-pleasing entertainer. Voted "Outstanding Female Singer"
in The Blues Audience 2011 Readers' Poll, Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer
with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues
and R&B. She won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor
of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
She was nominated "Best Blues/R&B Act" and "Best Female Vocalist"
in 2007 by the Providence Phoenix and also
nominated "Best Local Blues Act" by Motif
Magazine in 2007. In addition to performing with Ms. Washington, Diane
has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist extraordinaire Ronnie Earl,
as well as international performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman
for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas
(the Soul Queen of New Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.S. and
abroad as a featured performer.
Together with a top-notch band, Ms. Washington and Ms. Blue are
sure to chase your blues away!
dinner : 5:00 pm
show : 9:00pm
genre : blues
venue : mainstage