One of the exclusive features of Groove Now is that we always conceive new projects with selected musicians that have not yet existed in this form. In many discussions with Lisa Mann, we have concretized a musical project that pays tribute to the great ladies of the blues. So Lisa Mann and Terrie Odabi will play with a great band songs of the great blues ladies like Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Dinah Washington, Koko Taylor or Etta James and thus present the whole history of the great blues ladies. The project represents a world premiere and can only be seen in Basel, at perhaps the most exciting smaller blues festival in the world.
At the center of such special projects are always musicians who we consider to be among the most exciting in the world and who are also interested in such creative projects. After all, they have to be well prepared. In addition, all the musicians involved must know and appreciate each other and be ready.
This is the case with all the musicians involved in this project. Both musicians, the singer Terrie Odabei and the bassist and singer Lisa Mann are the ideal cast for this project, because both have great voices. Lisa Mann has also been awarded several times as the best bass player in the blues.
We presented Lisa Mann and Ben Rice years ago in Karen Lovely's band in Basel. And we would have loved to see more of them even then. Both had two small solo performances at the concert, which alone were worth the entrance fee. Since then we have been following the work of both musicians closely. Both have released recordings under their own names in recent years that have attracted the attention of the blues world.
Terrie Odabi is one of the most interesting black voices on stage. Her voice embodies emotion, depth and passion. Who if not Terrie can present the songs of her idols better than she can?
Jimi Bott, perhaps the best blues drummer of the present, sits behind the drums. He was a member of Rod Piazza's band and the Mannish Boys and has played with all the greats in blues. Jimi is also a music producer and of course lives in Oregon.
Rounding out the band are guitarist Jason "JT" Thomas and keyboardist Louis Pain from Lisa Mann's band.
Such a concert that pays homage to the great blues ladies of history is unlikely to be seen again. We will record the concert and hope to release it on CD at a later date.
Lisa Mann: Vocals, Bass
Terrie Odabi - Vocals
Ben Rice: Guitar, Vocals
Jason "JT" Thomas - Guitar
Louis Pain - Keyboards
Jimi Bott - Drums
Friday, June 9, 2023
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Door opening: 20 h
Concert start: 20.30 h
Tickets: CHF 69
No seat guarantee
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