One of the great things about Gator By the Bay has always been how it seems to be the perfect venue for musicians who don’t usually (or ever) perform together, to do just that—combining talents and energy and coming up with exciting shows to delight the festival goers.
One of these “never done before” showcases that promises to be absolutely amazing is The Ladies Shoes Blues Review”, a powerhouse 10 piece all women, all-star band, performing together for one show only. With Sue Palmer, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, at the helm, there’s no doubt that the end result will be a rollicking good time.
The band is an eclectic mix of local and national talent, hand picked by Sue, and includes a dynamic three person horn section and powerful lead vocals along with Sue’s signature piano boogie woogie blues. The collaboration includes:
Sue Palmer, piano: Sue Palmer’s flashy piano stylings are legendary, not only with her Motel Swing Orchestra in here in San Diego, but among audiences she has played for all over the world. She has shared the stage and/or recorded with the likes of Marcia Ball, Steve Lucky, Hadda Brooks, Sonny Leland, Candye Kane, Big Sandy & the FlyRite Boys, Rosie Flores, Dave Alvin, Earl Thomas and a host of other luminaries, racking up a slew of awards along the way.
Deanna Bogart, saxophone: Pianist, saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter, Deanna is best known as an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician whose fans value the eclectic diversity of her genre defying sensibilities and talents. Among her many honors are three consecutive Blues Music Awards. Deanna has recently moved to northern California from the East Coast and we welcome her to Gator by the Bay!
Carmen Getit, guitar and vocals: Carmen, is best known for her partnership with husband pianist Steve Lucky and their band the Rhumba Bums. She has performed and recorded with Elvin Bishop, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and piano blues legend Pinetop Perkins, and has been profiled in the All Music Guide’s “500 Top Jazz Vocalists” released in 2005.
Missy Andersen, vocals: A two-time San Diego Music Award nominee, Missy was voted Best New Artist-Female in 2009 by Real Blues Magazine and her self-titled CD also won Best Debut Album-Female that same year.
April West, trombone: Often seen performing with Sue Palmer in her Motel Swing Orchestra, or with San Diego’s Euphoria Brass Band and other gigs around town, April also lends her skills on bass guitar and vocals in such diverse genres as swing, salsa, big band, western, and rock.
Elizabeth Meeker, trumpet: Elizabeth has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, the Old Globe Theater, the “Lawrence” Welk Theater, and is a member of Westwind Brass Quintet. She holds music degrees from both Boston University and Yale University and is on the faculty of Southwestern Community College.
Deejha Marie, vocals: If you’ve seen Sue Palmer’s Motel Swing Orchestra, then you’ve been awed by the lead vocals of Deejha Marie. She was the recipient of San Diego’s African American Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009, and her album :”Carpet Ride,” was nominated for Best Jazz Album by the San Diego Music Awards the same year.
Laura Jane, vocals: Laura Jane’s big soulful blues voice has won her a strong San Diego following as lead singer/songwriter for San Diego Music Award-nominated band, THE TIGHTEN UPS! A background in comedy improve adds some saucy humor into the mix.
Jodie Hill, bass: A Berklee School of Music alum, Jodie Hill has a 20 year history of excelling on acoustic and electric bass in NYC and San Diego. She plays it all: Jazz, Rock, Country & Western, Pop, Top Forty, Lounge, Latin, and has been a seesion musician on numerous TV and radio jingle recordings.
Sharon Shufelt, drums: In addition to being Sue Palmer’s drummer for many years, Sharon is a multi instrumentalist, playing guitar, banjo, and upright bass. In addition to being a great drummer, she is a stellar backup vocalist.
Sue Palmer is anticipating the show with excitement. “There will be SO much talent onstage, I think it will be just unreal!” she enthuses. “We’ve never all played together before, but we’re working on lots of fun material, and I can guarantee that the dancers—particularly the swing dancers—are going to absolutely love it! I’m really happy to have this opportunity to play with all these fabulous women, including some with whom I’ve never had the chance to collaborate before.”