Date(s) - 08/22/2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

High Dive


21 Blue delivers Blues for the 21st century, featuring Longineu Parsons, Ted Shumate, Lawrence Buckner, Robert Griffin and L.P. From Louis Armstrong, Howlin’ Wolf, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix, 21 Blue brings authentic low down & dirty Blues to the 21st century and beyond and meld contemporary Blues and Jazz into a rhythmic mixture that is truly unique and amazing.
Dr. Longineu Parsons is Professor of Music at Florida A&M University and is President of Tribal Disorder Records. Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Parsons instinctively plays the Blues as a native language. Longineu has performed and recorded with an impressive list of music greats including Nat Adderley, Cab Calloway, Frank Foster, Billy Harper, Philly Joe Jones, Herbie Mann, David Murray, Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, and others. Guitarist Ted Shumate was born in Meridian, Mississippi, and has played/recorded with: Nat Adderley, Ira Sullivan, Kenny Drew Jr., Joey Barron, Peter Erskine, Branford Marsalis, Al DiMeola, Gumbi Ortiz, Longineu Parsons, Wynton Marsalis and many others.
“The material they chose … mirrors the eclectic nature of the project, from Howlin’ Wolf to Hendrix to soul jazz. They paint a picture using every shade of blue, with their technical skill deftly applying the brushstrokes. I don’t know when I have had so much talent at work in our studios. It was a thrill for me just to be in the control room holding my breath as they walked the musical tightrope between the various genres. I know it will be equally thrilling for you…Spring water flows strong and pure. Drink your fill.”
Bob Greenlee – President, King Snake Records
Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesmen were International Blues Challenge semifinalists. Sheba’s influences are Billy Holiday, Etta James, Tina Turner, Aretha, and Big Mama Thornton, and she has performed at Springing the Blues, the Coral Gables Blues Festival, and the Long Island Blues Festival. The band includes top musicians steeped in the Blues that have played alongside Bo Diddley and other greats.