Jason Stuart's COBALT BLUE
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Sharing the stage with the giants in the world of Blues, such as, BIG BILL MORGANFIELD, KOKO TAYLOR, LUCKY PETERSON, LARRY MCCRAY, ROBERT CRAY, THE HOLMES BROTHERS, THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS, THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND, THE BRUCE KATZ BAND and ANTHONY GOMES . With THIRTEEN appearances at the MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES FESTIVAL, and numerous festival appearances at blues festivals throughout the USA and abroad. These are the credits that make JASON STUART'S COBALT BLUE a force of REAL BLUES WITH A WHOLE LOTTA SOUL. This is the BAND that will give 110% at each performance, guaranteeing an exciting Blues experience for each and every member of the audience.

For over twenty-three years, the unsung, unrecognized black sheep of the Quad Cites Blues Scene. Playing original music and covers made famous by some of the most unique blues artists around today, Jason Stuart's COBALT BLUE refuses to be put to rest.

Starting out over twenty-four years ago as an eleven piece ensemble called Eiffel Tower. Jason Stuart brought together a collection of the best players in the Quad Cities to help start what has become a mainstay of the Quad City Music Scene, "The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival". Realizing in an area this small that a band of this size could not sustain itself, Stuart took the rhythm section and molded it into COBALT BLUE.

In the never ending tour that has continued for over twenty-two years, some replacements have been made from the original lineup, due to health, addictions, relationships, and sometimes just plain stupidity. But the current lineup appears to be the right combination.

Jamsie "COSMO" Carvelli.
Born in Brooklyn N.Y. Cosmo was raised around the early DO WOP and R&B groups that flourished in NYC during the fifties. Combine this with over thirty years experience on a drum kit and the result is a flawless timepiece of rhythm and syncopation.

David "THE ADMIRAL OF THE IVORIES" Craft.
From right outside the windy city of Chicago, David trained from an early age to master the black and white jungle of the keyboard. Spending time in every situation a musician should be in attempting to gain master status. Playing in shows, country, rock, R&B, and church services, David has honed his skills to a keen sharpness flavored with soul and spice.

George "THE HANDYMAN" Handy.
Brought to the Quad Cities by the Mississippi River, George originally hails from Memphis Tenn. George has honed his Bass Playing skills backing up some of the greatest touring Soul and Blues Artists throughout the South. Now settled in the Quad Cities, George brings Soul and snap to the rhythm section making each night's performance an explosion of Soulful and Funky Rhythm. George has blended Blues, Soul, Jazz, and Funk to deliver just what the handyman ordered. Professionalism, Stage Presence, and a great sense of humor make George a welcome addition to the Band.

Jim "THE PUNCH" Pihl. (On Leave Due to Health Conditions)
Starting out in Galesburg Illinois, two things sparked an interest to this young man. Music and fast cars, there is a combination made in heaven. Jim has played guitar in every kind of band imaginable. And there isn't much he doesn't know about anything with wheels. Picking up the Bass came naturally. Playing guitar for so many years, he took right to being part of the super tight rhythm section and punches out the bottom end with no hesitation.

Screen name:
TheMrBlues
Member since:
Dec 09 2010
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
20
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Age:
67 years

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To Many To Mention

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Jason Stuart is Sponsored by Samick and Greg Bennett Guitars
http://www.gregbennettguitars.com

Also sponsored by Mesa Boogie Amplifiers
http://www.mesaboogie.com