Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Sound description: Original music and big-band jump blues, mixing in ’50s and ’60s R&B, straight-up boogie, and heartfelt soul.
RIYL: John Hammond, No Use For a Name, Buzz Campell, Adrian Demain, Ben Hernandez, Nathan James, Bruce Stewart, Roger Dachle, Rick Lee, Timothy Cash, Tony Dean, Chet Cannon, Jerry "Hot Rod" Damink
Ex-Band Members: Ed Croft, Saxophone
Influences: Louis Jordan, Freddy King, Sam Cooke, Earl Hooker
Blue Largo with guitarist Eric Lieberman plays original music and big-band jump blues, mixing in ’50s and ’60s R&B, straight-up boogie, and heartfelt soul. The group also includes cofounder Alicia Aragon and tenor sax symbol David Castle De Oro, as well as drummer Marcus Bayshore and bassist Joe Jazdzewski.
The band has been fronted by singer-pianist Taryn Donath. "I have been playing the piano for almost 20 years, and performing professionally for almost 14 of those years," she says on her MySpace page. "I discovered blues at the age of 11, and since then I have expanded my playing style from blues to West Coast swing, Chicago blues, and even a bit of western swing. I would describe my playing as tenacious and deliberate. Some people say my voice is very strong, but I like to sing more relaxed and natural best. I try my best to bring excitement and spontaneity to every performance. I feel music is one of the most precious gifts in this universe. It has the ability to take you places you have never been before, and it can also make you feel right at home." Donath has also performed with other local bands, including Billy Watson and Ronnie Lane and the Twisters.
Their album Before the Devil Steals Your Soul was released in summer 2018.