Tuesday, January 30, 2007

RIP: Jimmy Gomes

I just heard that musician and veritable institution Jimmy Gomes, leader of the Jazz Example, who presided over the proceedings at Buffalo's famed Anchor Bar for countless eons, has passed.

Drummer Danny Hull, in his recently brief but poignant tribute, called Gomes "Buffalo's Art Blakey," and mentioned that there is "no one swinging harder in Heaven, and no one better dressed." Amen. (Well, there's one that's quite a bit better dressed, and James Brown will give Gomes a run for his... what? Clarence said they don't use money in Heaven. But you get the picture).

I haven't seen the Jazz Example in years, and the last memory I have intact of seeing Jimmy swing his socks off was back in the 80's, but man, did he swing. And those funky custom leopard shell Kents were something to behold, too.

RIP, JG. Tang tang tang, t-tang-a-daaaaaaaang...

God Bless & Good Blues,


Thursday, January 04, 2007


Welcome to 2007...

We certainly hope you had a fantastic Christmas, Hannukah, and New Years season. We have all enjoyed a little quiet time after the holidays (gigs, a total of 5 Christmas shows, and 3 CD's later), but it's time for us to get back to work!

Here are some news items and information for the new year:

* The long-awaited first full-length recording from your Mighty No-Stars (Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars: Blues Power, on Blue Buffalo Records) is finally here and available. Watch this space, the home website (seriously, an update and major overhaul is coming soon at www.mightynostars.com), and our new "My Space" site for details on where to pick up the disc, or simply order one via e-mail or pick one up at a gig. Sixteen tracks of Maximum Blues, Soul, and Roots-Rockin' R&B! (13 originals and 3 covers)... We will be planning a couple of big-time CD release parties for early Spring, but don't let that stop you from getting a disc right now!

* Our holiday CD (the 3-song EP "Feed The Need 2006") to benefit local charity is still on sale (we have a few copies left). MANY THANKS to all of those supporters who picked up a disc for the holiday season. Your money will be put to good use to help feed those less fortunate. Contact us to get your copy...

* Check www.WBFO.org to get your copy of "WBFO Gives Me The Blues, Vol. II," featuring our tune "Nomo Loot." Support the local scene, the band, and public radio at the same time...

* Check out Mark Lenkei's new CD ("Pay To Play"), featuring yours truly...

* Look for the Patti Parks Band in the Buffalo/WNY area-- several fundraisers occuring to help them raise funds for their trip to Memphis this year!

* We'll be pretty busy playing down in the Southern Tier of WNY in February/March. Hope to see all of our fans down there out at one (or more) of the shows...

* A great new indoor Blues festival is slated for Buffalo in March-- check out www.wnyblues.org for details.

* We are currently re-vamping our show with lots of new originals and covers. We look forward to seeing you at a gig!

* We may have some major news coming down the pike at the end of the month. Stay tuned.

God Bless & Good Blues,