The Bay City Blues is our weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues."
Rodger Fox (Trombonist):
New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer. He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including David Clayton, The Four Tops – Temptations, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few. Rodger was winner of the'Tui' for New Zealand Jazz Recording of theYear in 1981, 2000 and 2012 and a finalist in 1984 and 2001.
Erna Fox (Vocal):
Erna Ferry has come to jazz via years of performing in commercial and blues based bands throughout the Manawatu region in New Zealand, as well as experience in performing Theatre with roles in major musical productions the likes of Slice of Saturday Night , Hair and The Best Little Whore House in Texas. Since discovering jazz, Erna has performed at all the leading jazz festivals throughout New Zealand, namely the Tauranga, Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Manawatu and Wanganui festivals.
Nick Granville (Guitar):
Nick Granville is a professional guitarist, teacher and session musician who has worked with artists as diverse as Chris de Burgh, Ronan Keating, Delta Goodrem, Steve Smith, Mike Stern, & Joey Defrancesco. Nick leads his own groups which play regularly around Wellington, and around New Zealand at the major jazz festivals. He is a founding member of the Wellington Jazz Orchestra - also known as the Rodger Fox Big Band. Nick has released five CD's as a band leader and has played on many recordings, film scores, television and radio programs.
About Chris Cain:
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Cain was raised on stories of his father’s childhood upbringing on Memphis’ Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, “I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats.”
Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, “Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, “Hall Of Shame” is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today’s scene.”
Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues.”