Bob Stannard
vocals, keyboard

BobStannard_1_flip_editBob Stannard picked up a Marine Band harmonica in the fall of 1969. He’s never put it down. He has worked hard over the past 40+ years to develop a strong following of loyal Blues fans, whom he rarely disappoints. He has played with the best of the best of Vermont Blues players, as well as some nationally known artists, such as B.B.King, John Hammond, Mark Hummel, and David Maxwell. He released his first album in 2002, <i>Made in Vermont—Live Performances from Obscure but Popular Places</i>, with Chris Kleeman. In 2010 he released his first “solo” album, Bob Stannard & Friends—Live at the Black Door. He is joined by West Coast harmonica player and numerous Blues awards winner Mark Hummel and Grammy Award winning pianist David Maxwell, as well as his son, Wesley Stannard, on this album. It has received strong reviews.

In addition, Stannard is an author, having written and published his first book in 2010, How to Survive the Recession—A Vermont Perspective, with artwork done by syndicated cartoonist Jeff Danziger. “There’s nothing in the world more fun than playin’ the Blues with incredible players who also happen to be really good guys,” Stannard says. Check out Bob’s website:

Dennis “Skinny Man” Willmott

Dennis WillmottDennis is one of Vermont’s premier band leaders. He has headed up Left Eye Jump in Burlington for many years. He was a regular guitarist with Big Joe Burrell, the late, great saxophone player and Blues singer, formerly with BB King. Dennis is known in Blues circles as one who is true to the roots of Blues music. His voice oozes soul, and his guitar chops come straight from the Blues greats of our time.

Charlie Hilbert
guitar, harmonica, vocals

New York City blues legend Charlie Hilbert has played the blues for forty years—from his time in the streets of NYC with harmonica master Nat Riddles to his recent performances with Adam Gussow, headlining MUNDHARMONIKALIVE in Klingenthal, Germany, and teaching and playing at HILL COUNTRY HARMONICA in Oxford, Mississippi.

  • Charlie has opened for:
  • James Cotton
  • Duke RobillardCharlie Hilbert
  • B.B. King
  • Sonny Rhodes
  • Blues Traveler
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • Maria Muldaur
  • Nazareth

And played in hundreds of clubs, including:

  • Club Atlantis in Basil, Switzerland
  • Grand Café in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Lone Star Roadhouse in NYC
  • Manny’s Car Wash in NYC
  • Dan Lynch’s in NYC

David Bain
piano, vocals

David Bain has been playing music in New England and New York for (gulp) 45 years. In Boston he played with James Montgomery, Tom Principato, Bill Colwell, and Bonnie Raitt in his youth (and theirs), and did pickup gigs with John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, and many others. Here in Vermont, where he is a book writer and a Middlebury College senior lecturer, he solos often, and counts himself honored to play behind Bob Stannard, Dennis Willmott, Charlie Hilbert, and Bob MacKenzie in many venues.

Jeff Salisbury

Jeff SalisburyJeff Salisbury has played for Albert King and Cold Blood, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Linda Tillery and many other artists in rhythm and blues and jazz. He is an original faculty member of Kosa International Percussion workshops and has served as president of the Vermont Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He has been involved as an artistic advisor for the Discover Jazz Festival, a faculty member for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Summer Jazz Camps and was commissioned by the Flynn to compose and perform original percussion quartet music in 2003. He has appeared on many recordings, jingles, workshops and clinics. Jeff has studied with George Marsh, Bob Moses and Pete Magadini. He endorses DW drums and hardware and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Gina Coleman

Gina is a graduate of Williams College. She began singing in 1990 on a dare by her co-workers and hasn’t turned back since. She began performing in a duet, The Siblings. Gina shortly started her own duet, Cole-Connection, which blossomed to a five-piece band that allowed her to showcase some of her original music. Gina has performed in the Williamstown Theater Festival as the lead gospel singer in “A Raisin in the Sun.” She also made several appearances at NYC’s famed Bitter End. Misty Blues was a featured group at Mass MoCa’s blues festival. Gina and the band have recently had the pleasure of performing with Charles Neville from the legendary Neville Brothers at several venues in Western, MA. Musical influences include Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Tuck & Patti.

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