about south boulevard band
South Boulevard Band is a dynamic group of Chicago music scene veterans.
The members, with almost 200 years of cumulative musical experience, have shared the stage with such notables as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Brownee McGhee and Hubert Sumlin.
They have recorded at CBS Records Chicago, Capitol Records LA, Cherokee Sound LA, United Artists Studio LA and Electric Ladyland NY.
Rhythm section Steve Flugum (bass) and Del Hooks (drums) intuitively lock into the steady backbeat that cements the band’s “tight as rope” sound while occasionally cutting loose with some spirited solos.
Guitarists Willie Shields and Chris Discher lock in tough, tight rhythms and heartfelt solos. While having two distinct playing styles, their singing guitars make you feel every note.
South Boulevard’s Horn section, led by Miles Tesar (tenor sax), add amazing accents and clever contratempos. They bring with them years of formal education in their respective instruments as well as in composition. From Australia to St. Lucia, they’ve played Broadway musicals, chorale pieces, television scores, theatrical productions, gigs with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Charo (coochie coochie!) —oh, and of course, rock, jazz and blues.
Tying all this music together are the raspy, deep, soulful vocals of Mr. Dudley Fair. This lead singer’s raw emotion commands the audience and brings listeners to their feet. His explosive harp playing is reminiscent of such luminaries as Little Walter and James Cotton.
South Boulevard delivers a great show every time they take the stage!
Well, we’ve done it—finally finished our first CD—and we are proud as punch of it!
We’ve collaborated with some excellent musicians to add a whole ‘nother dimension to our inspired sound: Stevie Wonder’s background singers, Ray Charles’ trumpet player, Aretha Franklin’s bari sax player, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellow’s keyboard player and Blood, Sweat and Tears’ double-C trumpet player on the flugelhorn for us.
And we’ve partnered with the super-talented, Grammy award-winning producer and writer Jim Tullio, who recorded and mixed us at his own local studio over the past three years of our spare time.
We can’t WAIT for you to hear this crowning achievement of the past nine years we’ve been together as South Boulevard Band.
And we can’t wait to land a big enough gig so we can afford to get everyone together to perform this amazing blend of originals and covers live on stage, joining our already multi- talented core.
We’re still bandying about names—Takin it to the Next Level, No Turning Back Now, Gramps with Amps, and of course, Somebody Scream—and we’ll be deciding on one real soon. But first, we’re on to the mastering stage and raising money to cover those costs, plus those involved with duplication, distribution and marketing. Please let us know if you’re interested in making a wise investment! We will be MORE than happy to let you have a listen.
Thanks for sticking with us and stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you in a venue near you real soon.
Dudley, Fluges, Willie, Chris, Del, Miles and Sophie