Award-winning vocalist/songwriter Roxy Perry gives local musicians a
chance to shine each week at Monster B's on Glenbrook Road
Known worldwide as "The New York Blues Queen," vocalist, harp
player, songwriter and producer Roxy Perry is all about giving back
to her fellow musicians and supporting local artists despite her living
legend status. In fact, Perry brings the blues to Stamford every Wednesday
night with her "Monster Jam" sessions at Monster B's Bar and
Grille in Glenbrook.
Every Wednesday night beginning at 8:30 pm, both aspiring and accomplished
musicians are welcomed to perform onstage, and after attending a session,
this reporter has become hooked.
A child prodigy, Perry began her musical career at age nine when she
performed her first major concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
By her late teens, she was working six nights a week with her 10-piece
soul band at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City, and eventually
began touring with established groups, including Gladys Knight &
the Pips, Iron Butterfly and Rare Earth.
Perry launched her blues career in the 1980's where she became known
for her electrifying live performances in clubs, concert halls and festivals
throughout the U.S. and abroad. In recent years, she has appeared on
concert bills with Leon Russell, Marcia Ball and Koko Taylor to name
As a recording artist, Perry has performed, produced and written material
for four highly acclaimed CDs, and has received numerous accolades and
awards, including an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. But for
Perry, the weekly sessions at Monster B's in is about letting local
"It's not about me," she said. "The jam session has created
a musician's community and given them a resource to perform on a big
stage to a receptive audience of listeners and peers. Many new friendships
and bands have been discovered and created through this jam. Musicians
of all levels are improving, networking, sharing tech
and musical info.
There is a reliably high level of music going on at this jam, which
has drawn both listeners and players
from near and far."
Some of the artists that
appeared that night included powerhouse singer Billy Foster, soulful
guitarist Fred Clark, Joe Meo on smokin' sax and Dave Anastasia on bluesy
bass. These players are not to be missed and appear at these sessions
regularly. And each week, Perry invites a guest band, and on this night
Otis and The Hurricanes appeared featuring Chris Cross on guitar, Joe
Najmy on keys, Bob Fusco on bass and Mike Marble on drums, who visibly
and audibly rocked the house with bluesy versions of tunes by Etta James
and Eric Clapton.
Musicians travel from as far as New Jersey and Long Island to attend
these jam sessions, and recently, The Fret Notz, hailing from Watertown,
took the coveted guest spot. Bobby Pickett, singer/songwriter of The
Notz impressed his audience with burning electric violin along with
Kevin Templeton on drums and John Lebel on bass. "Roxy's jam is
a great way for bands that are not from the Stamford area to showcase
themselves, Pickett said.
On Dec. 11, Perry will be bringing her own concert band to Monster B's
for a "Super Jam" that will be recorded for airplay on KCOR
during Christmas week.
MORE JAM INFO HERE
HONORS FOR NEW YORK BLUES QUEEN!
August 2010 In recognition of her accomplishments
and recent Blues Hall of Fame induction, by written proclamation, the
Westchester County Board of Legislators has decreed August 9th as
ROXY PERRY DAY. The proclamation, duly signed by Westchester County
Board of Legislators, KENNETH JENKINS, JUDITH MYERS, JAMES MAISANO,
AND SHEILA MARCOTTE, is an official acknowledgement of the artist’s
contributions to the Westchester community and beyond throughout her
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THAT NIGHT IN MEMPHIS TIED
FOR 1st PLACE – KILLER SINGLE OF THE YEAR!
August 30, 2009: The votes
are in and we are happy to report that from the original 100 entries,
THAT NIGHT IN MEMPHIS from Roxy’s latest CD, IN MY SWEET TIME, tied
for First Place with French band, GANG, in the Baker Street Radio program
contest. Many thanks to our friend, deejay Xav Boulanger, for getting
our music out to our fans in France, and to all our great supporters
who took the time to register their votes!
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Since when have you been
All my life. I have been on stage since I was 5 years old.
Who brought you to making
My parents had a large collection of 78's and 331/3 records that
I listened to from a very young age. I also listened to the radio watched
TV a lot. Nobody really brought me to music. I just gravitated to it
What was your first musical
Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington.
If you had to describe your
music with only one word,what word would you use?
How would you characterise
and describe your music?
My music is a tree with many roots. I have had over fifty years of
listening to and being a part of the evolution of American music. I
am known as a Blues artist but have no boundaries in my writing or recording.
My original music is very eclectic. I choose from a vast pallet of musical
styles to paint the stories of my songs.
What are your musical roots
Blues, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Country, Soul, Gospel from the 1920-s
I listen to all kinds of music.
What's the song that moves
you the most?
This is a very hard question because I have many favorite songs that
I consider masterpieces. On my new CD ''IN MY SWEET TIME'' I chose a
song that has moved me since I first heard it on the radio in the 1950's.
Hank Williams Senior’s “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry”.
The words of this song depict vivid imagery of the subject in spare,
simple phrases that really move me.
About Your Concerts...
What's your best memory?
The Maximum Blues Festival Quebec 05. It was magical. The promoters
were very generous and warm hearted hosts that we will never forget.
The event itself seemed to be designed just for my enjoyment. We thought
we were in heaven. The Montreux Jazz Festival 06 when we headlined
the Blues Cruise on Lake Geneva Switzerland.
And the worst memory?
The Montreux Jazz Festival outdoor stage. It got unseasonably cold,
rained, snowed.....in July! I lost my voice from the sudden climate
change. I was very embarrassed as well as frustrated because the day
before on the Blues Cruise my voice was prime.
What do you feel when you
get on stage?
I feel like I am opening my heart and soul to the audience.
What song do you whistle
in the shower?
When and where in your artist
life have you felt the deepest happiness ever?
When I released my first CD, NY BLUES QUEEN, on my own label BluePerry
Hill Records and got my first great review. All of the reviews that
followed were flawless. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your
songs are enjoyed by so many people. It takes great courage to expose
your thoughts and music to strangers’ criticism. You never really
know if people understand and appreciate what you recorded until you
put it out there.
4 CDS later I am still amazed
that a song I often write on a scrap of paper evolves into a world wide
release that is embraced by so many. It is very humbling and brings
a special joy to my heart.
If there was a Lord for
music, what would you like to say to him?
Thank you for giving me this lifetime gift of music and such wonderful
And what would you like
him to say to you?
You did well with the gift I gave you. You were a good person.
Getting More Personal Now...
What does your family think
about your career choice?
My family are all deceased now, but they unfortunately, never embraced
my choice to be a musician or recognized my accomplishments.
Beside music, what do like
Gardening, cooking, creating art and sharing good times with my friends.
Who else would you have
liked to be?
What do you love the most?
Truth and integrity in everything from art, music, and most of all,
What do you hate the most?
Liars, thieves, racism, injustice.
The natural gift you'd like
What's your life's greatest
I have many, but I'd have to say, the WESTARTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
AWAYD 07. This was a lifetime achievement award. It was given to Ruby
Dee, Ossie Davis, Brandon Marsalis as well as many other fine artists
and musicians in previous years. It is the biggest Arts award in NY
State. I was very humbled and honored to receive it. It is very hard
for me to feel worthy of it to date. It shows me that all the decades
of hard work and suffering I did for my art was noticed and appreciated.
It made it all worth it.
What characterise the most
I am always honest and work very hard. I love to share what I have,
help people and love them for who they are without fear.
I have courage to be myself.
I trust people until they prove themselves untrustworthy.
Some people call me stubborn but others admire my determination and
resilience to adversity. The music business is a very cruel business
that I have been challenged by all my life. My life itself has been
extraordinarily eventful. But I learned from a young age that you can
only be defeated by your fear. I am a survivor. My belief in God has
given me strength to carry on and face adversity all my life. I embrace
the good times and grieve in bad times, but always look for the new
day to heal me. I am a believer.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of books or music? Books...Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare,
too many to list ...But I like the classics. Music.... Ray Charles,
What heroes (real life or
fiction)did you use to dream about as a kid?
Can't remember. Too long ago.
What historical character
impressed you the most?
What historical fact do
you despise the most?
For what mistake would you
be most indulgent?
How would you like to die?
On stage or in my sleep.
What's your life's proverb?
Love and be loved. Be honest and trustworthy. Forgive but don't forget.
Find the positive in the negative. Live each day like it's your last.
Trust your heart. Have courage. Always be who you are.
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PERRY COVER STORY: BLUES ROCKS THE WORLD
issue of BLUES ROCKS THE WORLD, dedicated to Women in Blues,
features Roxy on the cover, with an indepth interview in which she talks
about the beginning of her career in music, through her most recent
successes in the world of Blues.
ROCKS THE WORLD is for and about the music of independent contemporary
blues artists around the world. In the words of the magazine's founder,
Paul Bondarovski, "...our goal is to show that there are more stars
in the sky than a handful of constellations and to present to the world
those who have paved and go on paving the way of the blues - the unknown
LITTLE THEATER SCORES BIG WITH ROXY PERRY, NEW YORK BLUES QUEEN
by Suzie O'Kane
Tucked inside the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York,
The Little Theater has the potential of becoming the area's premiere
venue for upscale blues entertainment. Among the proliferation of "live
music" clubs where patrons gather primarily to socialize rather than
to check out the music, The Little Theater has begun an exciting alternative,
presenting music fans with top-quality musical talent and a comfortable,
relaxed setting, where folks can come out and actually listen
to a band.
After its inaugural concert in the fall of 2003 with singer/songwriter,
John Sebastian, the Little Theater has since been renovated. The Theater
has recently seen such famed performers as Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty,
Ronnie Spector (Christmas Show), Jeffery Gaines, and Aztec Two Step.
The upcoming schedule includes the Benson-Scott Big Band, Tom Paxton,
Steve Forbert, and rock legend, Mountain featuring Leslie West, with
Corky Lang and Richie Scarlet.
Conveniently located just off the Bronx River Parkway in White
Plains, New York, The Little Theater holds a capacity of 400 and offers
informal seating at individual tables. Wine and beer, soft drinks,
and light dining fare are available on the premises. Show tickets generally
range between $15 - $30 and ample parking is available on the County
Center property, which is well lit and staffed with security personnel.
The Little Theater is also served by Metro North via a direct walkway
to the White Plains Station.
JANUARY 24, 2004 - THE ROXY PERRY BLUES BAND
The "Hawk" was out in full force. Taking into account the wind-chill,
the temperature was about 20-below when The Little Theater played host
to one of New York's hottest talents today, The Roxy Perry Blues Band.
Having performed at clubs, concert halls and festivals across the country
and internationally for decades, Roxy and band have developed a large
and loyal fan base along the way. With two original CDs and several
compilation projects to her credit, as well as a new CD in the works,
Roxy's performances are reliably upbeat crowd-pleasing events, and despite
the frigid cold outdoors, New York's celebrated "Blues Queen" packed
the house this night with the warmest crowd of die-hard fans around!
At the top of the set with "The Blues Don't Knock," a high-energy
number from the current "NY Blues Queen" CD, the show was up
and running with one after another of Roxy's signature songs, touching
on every blues sound, from New York ("Do The Right Thing") to
New Orleans ("Shakin' Off the Blues"). The first set also featured
the 1950's inspired tune, "Way Down," getting the audience swinging
and swaying in their chairs. Roxy's vocals were inspired and expressive,
and her harp playing right on target, as was the delivery of her expert
band, which provided rock steady backup throughout the evening. The
band consists of: Roxy Perry on harmonica and vocals, Tim DeHuff on
guitar, Bob Fusco on bass, Paul Undersinger on Drums, Ed Train on Keyboards,
Eric Merovitch on alto sax, and Bill Holloman on tenor sax and trumpet.
Musical fireworks highlighted the performance, with each band member
taking a solo moment on stage, then joining together in a freestyle
jam, complete with electrifying dueling saxophone riffs by Eric Merovitch
and Paul Holloman at several points in the show. Tim DeHuff's phenomenal
lead guitar work brought energetic applause after every solo. Paul
Undersinger thrilled the crowd with his drum solo on "Black Cat Bone,"
as did Ed Train with tastefully executed keyboard solos throughout the
program. All of this, laced with Roxy's sensitive vocals and distinctive
harp work at the forefront, resulted in professional showmanship at
After a short break, Roxy and her band were brought back to the stage
by none other than Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Patrol (Blues
Brothers Tribute Band), by which time there was not a trace of that
winter cold to be found. The room was on fire with the energy of the
audience and the band, and everyone was shouting for more. The second
set featured Roxy's outstanding rendition of the classic, "House
of the Rising Sun," (which brought rave reviews from the Grammy
nominated comp CD, "Public Domain" [Purchase Records]). A female
harp player is a distinction in itself, but Roxy confirmed her place
among the best, with the audience responding in enthusiastic appreciation.
Still more highlights followed, with Roxy introducing special guest
appearances by harp player and singer, Carlos Colina (Carlos Colina
and the Straight Up Blues Band) and the superb blues guitarist, John
Federico, adding more fuel to the musical fire. Versed in the Chicago
roots sound, Carlos added his signature tone to a rocking rendition
of "Got My Mojo Workin'." And even more fun -- During Roxy and
John's duet ("Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On"), the pair
strutted out into the audience (left the hall -- with the doors closed
behind them!), then still singing and playing, reentered, visiting several
tables and getting the fans to join in the chorus before making their
way back to the stage. John Federico is often a welcome addition to
Roxy's concert and festival lineups.
The Little Theater is a great place to enjoy music and our goal is to
be known as the venue that only offers the very best in the most comfortable
setting. Being new, we needed to get the word out. Roxy Perry was
dynamite and she certainly got us on the map for blues lovers! The audience
left electrified and hungry for more! That's exactly what we'll give
them in the future."
- Joe Montalto and Linda Lovallo, The Little Theater at the Westchester
Following a standing ovation and a parting encore set, the audience
(reluctantly) let the Roxy Perry Blues Band leave the stage. Autographs,
CD purchases, and photographs with the Blues Patrol and their fabulous
exact-replica Bluesmobile brought this non-stop evening of blues to
If you missed this one, be sure to check Roxy's website for upcoming
gigs, festivals and CD release information.
The Roxy Perry Blues Band will host a fundraiser for Fairleigh Dickenson
University's WFDU 89.1 to support blues radio programming.
You can catch Roxy and the band this summer at the Red Bank Jazz and
Blues Festival in Red Bank, New Jersey. They will be included on the
"Live at Red Bank" CD soon to be released by the Jersey Shore Jazz and
Blues Foundation. They will also appear at the Blues and Jazz by the
Beach Festival in Long Branch, New Jersey.
And, there's a new CD is in the works, featuring both live recordings
and new originals. Look for The Roxy Perry Blues Band's "LIVE BLUES
NIGHTLY" to be released in spring 2004.
For further information, visit:
The Little Theater www.westchestergov.com/parks
Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation: www.jsjbf.com
Radio Station WFDU www.wfdu.com
SHADES OF BLUES
By Richard Skelly - Correspondent
Published in the Asbury Park Press 9/03/04
Aside from Roxy Perry's voice, what keeps fans coming back to her shows
is her unique gift for songwriting. Perry writes original songs in the
blues idiom, but she carefully avoids themes that have already been
The New Rochelle-based Perry and her band will headline the Long Branch
BeachFest tomorrow. The group includes Perry on vocals and harmonica,
her husband, Bob Fusco on bass, Dave Fields on the Hammond B-3 organ,
keyboards and guitar, Tim DeHuff on guitar, Paul Undersinger on drums
and the Harris Brothers on saxophones.
"I like to think of what we do as suited for any kind of concert or
festival, and we play a variety of tunes from different eras," Perry
said. For example, she and her band have worked up a version of Al Hibbler's
"When The Lights Go Down Low" and an obscure tune from Texas blues guitarist
Freddie King, "When You Walk Down the Aisle." "Nobody's ever heard of
these tunes, but they're great songs," Perry said.
Raised in Westchester and southern
California, Perry attended the School of Visual Arts on 23rd Street
and later got a scholarship for creative writing at New York University.
"I started out singing in swing
and jazz bands as a kid, and when I was 10 I started making money,"
she explained."I went into a regular rock 'n' roll band when everybody
else was doing that, and that escalated into heavy metal for a while.
Somehow, it didn't matter what I was doing, it ended up sounding like
blues. So I figured I might as well go into blues. And, I really didn't
like some of the people in the heavy metal crowd in the 1970s," she
Perry is a New York City nightclub
veteran. Not surprisingly, she doesn't sing in clubs there much anymore.
So many that were friendly to blues and blues-rock have closed their
doors: Manny's Car Wash, Chicago Blues, Dan Lynch's, Mondo Kane and
"I hardly play New York City
anymore. I run my Thursday night jam in Thornwood, N.Y., and it's located
centrally enough that people can get there from Connecticut, New Jersey
and New York City," Perry said.
Perry, 54, has two superb albums
that showcase her vocal and songwriting skills, "Hi-Heeled Blues," a
1995 release, and "New York Blues Queen," which she released on her
own label in 2000. In recent years, she has concentrated her efforts
on performing at larger nightclubs in Westchester and Connecticut, as
well as festivals. Her forthcoming album, to be released in early December,
will include 15 of her originals and one cover. Fans have been hounding
her for years to record her band's arrangement of a much covered traditional,
"The House of the Rising Sun."
"It sounds nothing like anybody else's version. I can almost throw a
copyright on it for the arrangement," Perry said.
Perry said her three great
influences are the three Louies: Louie Prima, Louis Jordan and Louis
"I've been writing since I
was a kid, and the first time I got published was some poetry I'd written
in grade school," she said. "I got in the national archives of children's
poetry, and I do the same thing now with songs. I'm very prolific. I
just can't afford to record everything I write."
That's where her keyboardist,
Dave Fields, comes in. She and the band are recording their forthcoming
album at Field's Studio on East 36th Street.
Tomorrow in West End Park,
Perry said fans unfamiliar with her body of work (she's sung back-up
on dozens of blues and rock 'n' roll albums), "can expect a great time
with some very interesting tunes from all the different eras. I think
of every concert we do as a stepping stone to becoming a better act."
BEAT - THE 2004 RED BANK JAZZ and BLUES FESTIVAL
By Pete "Blewzzman" Lauro
Roxy Perry, the festival's
headliner and closing act was up next. Roxy and I have maintained a
steady friendship since meeting in a Blues chat room on AOL about eight
years ago. One weekend, a few years back, I was lucky enough to be visiting
family on Long Island, New York, on the same weekend that she was playing
at a nearby club. Her show blew me away then and it just blew me away
again. Roxy, who is billed as the "New York Blues Queen,"
performed most of the songs on her CD by the same name and several new
originals which will be on her long overdue new CD, that she promised
will be out soon.
Roxy's slogan is: "My gigs are not for wallflowers or the faint-hearted,
we have huge fun," and she certainly lives up to the words. Roxy
has a commanding stage presence that seems to take hold of the audience
the second she walks out. Her voice, as well as her mannerisms, are
both powerful and potent and the audience senses this compelling desire
to pay her attention. Roxy doesn't sing the Blues, she belts it out.
Many in the crowd, including myself were calling for Roxy to do "Men
Like You." In this song Roxy tells her man, as he is leaving to
"Go right ahead and go, because it's men like you that made me
this way." This is one of my favorite Blues songs of all time.
The lyrics are so compelling, Roxy's delivery is so outstandingly raunchy,
and there are several extraordinary guitar and harmonica solos. This
five-minute performance may have very well been the highlight of this
Another song which had the crowd shaking and throwing their hands in
the air was "Way Down." This song is done a la Ike and Tina
doing "Rolling on the River." Roxy spends about three minutes
singing this very slow, scorching song with lots of sultry saxophone
and then just as you think the song has ended - WHAM! She starts singing
again, the band goes into high gear, all the background singers join
in and then Roxy starts belting it out like there is no tomorrow. It
just doesn't get any better than this.
Joining Roxy on vocals and super harmonica were her husband of 30 years
- Bob Fusco on bass, Linda Geiger on drums, Tim De Huff on guitar, Dave
Fields on keyboards and guitar, Eric Merovitch on alto sax, and Bill
Holloman on tenor sax and trumpet.