Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., July 11
Len Rainey & the Midnight Players
Genre: Blues & Soul
RIYL: Bobby Blue Bland, Mike Dollins Band, Ray Charles, Robin Henkel
Ex-Band Members: Danny "Fatback" Martinez, Drums
Influences: Stevie Wonder, James Brown, BB King, Little Willie John, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, KoKo Taylor, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Candye Kane, Bobby Blue Bland, John Mayall, Chaka Khan
Len Rainey's Chicago upbringing has artistically melded blues, jazz, and rock & roll. “They’ve been calling me blues all these days,” says Rainey. “But I do a lot of R&B, some soul, some rock. I even used to play jazz fusion,” he says, sounding a little surprised to hear the words jazz and fusion coming out of his mouth. “I used to play with this group called Xanadu. We used to go around the Midwest all the time.”
Rainey relocated from Chicago to San Diego in 1986. His group the Midnight Players has been repeat performers at major SoCal clubs like BB King's Hollywood, Harvelle's in Santa Monica, and LJ's in San Francisco.
Drummer Danny "Fatback" Martinez passed away in early 2018.
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