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“The Mississippi Blues Child”
Don’t be fooled by his boyish appearance or the Erkel glasses he and his bandmates wear on stage or the astronomical ascendance he achieved after winning the International Blues Challenge 3 years ago – Mr. Sipp isn’t a blues child, as his on stage alter ego implies. He’s definitely a man among men as soon as he steps foot on stage. One of Sipp’s favorite expressions is “Let’s knock a hole in it,” and The Mississippi Blues Child does just that, as evidenced by his recent win at the Blues Music Awards for Best New Artist Blues Album. Born in Magnolia, Mississippi, his given name, Castro Coleman, Mr.Sipp has already paid his dues with a remarkable 26 years as band leader, singer-songwriter, producer, session guitarist and label boss in the gospel market.
His band dives into deep grooves with a rare sense of timing that uses the vibe as an energy boost. On songs like ‘Juke Joint’ he brilliantly fuses his intensity with the kind of ‘call and response’ moments that were the bread and butter of his gospel past and now form an essential part of his current guitar-led bluster. It’s soulfully funky and fresh.
Mr. Sipp’s performance is fire cracker stuff that can match any powerhouse rock band you care to mention, but he replaces macho posturing with exhortations to join him in one big blues party.
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SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 was selected to be Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to 2013, he was CBO’s featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and in 2015 was Executive Producer of #1 charted A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!
Scotty has recorded with Marcus Roberts,Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Ray Charles and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and George Benson, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history all over the world. In 2009, his solo CD, Say It Plain reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.
Scotty is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Florida Jazz and Blues Festival, and Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. His groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, was published in December 2005 to rave reviews. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and in 2017 he was honored with a permanent plaque in the Gallery Of Distinction in the FAMU Department of Music. He is also profiled in the book Trumpet Kings which places him among the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He resides in Los Angeles, California and Tallahassee, Florida.