The Band

Bob Stannard
vocals, harmonica, band leader

Bob 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, Made in Vermont—Live Performances from Obscure but Popular Places, 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: BobStannard.

Dennis Willmott
guitar, vocals

Dennis 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.

Read more about Dennis and his band, Left Eye Jump.

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.

Jeff Salisbury

Jeff 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.

John Falk

John hails from New York State, and has been a slave to blues music since the age of 16. His influences span from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter, and all stops in between. He also loves bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music, finding inspiration for his blues-playing in all of it.