Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. While playing small rock clubs around the Southeast he developed a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the country playing large venues and has opened for acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of trumpet, clarinet and trombone. His debut 2010 release The Musical Stylings Of became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta making him the most requested band on the air. In 2012 Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film “Old Man Cabbage”. The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue. His last album entitled Sing-a-longs! went to #21 on the EuroAmerican radio chart and earned him a nomination at The Georgia Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist. Blair Crimmins has now released his anticipated 4th studio album You Gotta Sell Something. The band will be touring through 2017 performing their newest songs from the record as well as old favorites from his past recordings.
The Three Buskateers
The Three Buskateers perform acoustic jazz in the style of European gypsies, made famous by the great Sinti guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt in the 1930s through the 50s. This tradition continues throughout the world today, known for its spirited improvisation and driving rhythms.
The trio features three guitarists, which trade roles as rhythm section and soloists. Their repertoire consists of jazz standards and contemporary favorites, ranging from familiar theme songs, to video game soundtracks, to original arrangements from other genres.
Luke Hendon is an acclaimed NYC guitarist currently residing in Cheshire, whose 2016 album “Silk & Steel” received many glowing reviews and accolades in the jazz press. He has spent time studying music with the Sinti in Holland, and conveys this well-traveled musicianship with every performance. John Florio is a Norwalk native and longtime guitar enthusiast, having played music all over the Connecticut and New York region in various ensembles and styles. Raised in a talented musical family, he’s been a Django faithful for decades. Preston Parish is a multi-instrumentalist who spent years studying and performing the music of Frank Zappa before discovering Django Reinhardt and gypsy swing. Deeply fascinated by the inventive nature of both musicians and their passion for improvisation, he continues to explore a hybrid of influences within the language of jazz.