South Boulevard at a Glance

                 
    Guitarist Willie Shields developed his life-long love of music in his Delta hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. His early influences were BB King, Muddy Waters, Albert King and Wes Montgomery. Since he moved to Chicago as a teenager, he has played with a number of popular local bands, including Urban Crisis, Flashback Chicago, Groove Express, and Blues Man Johnny B. Moore. He has recorded with KC Records label (home of KC and the Sunshine Band) and with South Boulevard at Chicago’s Electric Garyland Studios.     Tenor Saxophonist Miles Tesar cut his musical teeth with the likes of Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra while he studied at Western Michigan University with Trent Kynaston. After his 1995 graduation, he spent more than 10 years playing sax, flute and clarinet on board Carnival cruise ships, performing a wide variety of music with such great entertainers as John Davidson, Frank Gorshin, Charo and Billy Armstrong. Since arriving in Chicago in 2007, Miles has appeared at some of Chicagoland’s premier jazz clubs, performed live radio broadcasts from the Green Mill and also played live on WGN-TV. In addition to his work with South Boulevard, Miles maintains an active teaching schedule as both a saxophone and jazz instructor.  
                 
   

Bassist Steve Flugum (Flugey) honed his musical skills by touring through Canada and the United States for nearly a quarter century, sharing the stage with such notables as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sonny Terry and Brownee McGhee. Once back in Chicago, he frequented the original Checkerboard Lounge with Buddy Guy, Eddie Clearwater, Lefty Dizz and many other Blues icons before settling in with South Boulevard. He has recorded at CBS Records Chicago, Capitol Records LA, Cherokee Sound LA, United Artists Studio LA, Electric Ladyland NY and Blue Wave, Vancouver, BC.

    Versatile drummer Del Hooks comes to us from LA, where he’s been drumming up a storm since the tender age of 5. His early Jazz roots led to gigs with the jazz band at Fresno State, the LA Jazz Festival, and time spent with Deron Johnson recording at Chaka Kahn’s studio. Over the years, Del has played all the top venues in Hollywood, CA, Austin, Texas and Chicago. In 2013, he won the Chicago Gospel Award. Before taking the driver’s seat at SBB, Del also cut his teeth with a number of energetic area rock groups, including Voicebox and the Numbers.  
                 
   

Guitarist Chris Discher has been jamming at the biggest Chicago Blues venues since the mid 1980s and has played the stages of Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s, Wise Fools Pub, Rosa’s and the Harlem Avenue Lounge. When he wasn’t playing, he was absorbing all that the Blues Legends had to offer, and cites such influences as AC Reed, Fenton Robinson, Otis Rush, Sugar Blue, Albert King, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks and Lefty Dizz in developing his own inimitable style. Before joining South Boulevard, he played with Dudley and Willie for eight years in Flashback Chicago, a popular back beat blues-driven band with a full horn section. When he’s not playing or rehearsing with South Boulevard, you can find Chris waiting to take the spotlight with his jam scene family at a Blues club somewhere in Chicagoland.

 

    Weaving the sound of South Boulevard together are the raspy, deep, soulful vocals of lead vocalist Dudley Fair. Being a student of the Regal Theatre in the 1960s, Dudley’s passion for music was inspired by such musicians as Curtis Mayfield, James Brown and the Temptations, to name a few. As his talents developed, he soon landed a recording contract with Capitol Records with two other outstanding vocalists, Cecil Lide and Larry Fischer. Dudley has played with various groups such as Soul Experience and Flashback Chicago focusing on blues, rock and R & B. His explosive harp playing is reminiscent of such luminaries as Little Walter and James Cotton