Sean Hunting Morse
Sean Hunting Morse came to play blues music first as a lindy hopper, then as a blues dancer. Being a dancer first, Sean “gets it” when it comes to what dancers need to feel comfortable on the dance floor. Every event Sean plays is a true collaboration between performer and dancer. His improvisation is laced with wit, musicality, and always laughter. Every show is one-of-a-kind, blending inspiration from the venue, the mood, and, most importantly, the dancers themselves.
Sean has shared the stage with such accomplished blues and swing musicians as Erica Brown from Denver, Solomon Douglas from Seattle, Gerry Hundt from Chicago, and Ronnie Shellist of Denver’s The Shuffletones. He has been playing around the country at small and large events since 2006ish. 2011 saw Sean in NYC, DC, TX, CA, OR, CO, WA, MO, and BC, performing at Seattle House Wars, Blues Brews and BBQ, Dance Dance Resolution, FUSE in Vancouver, Portland Blues Experience, and SFFX, as well as many other local dance events.
Shawn Hershey began studying trumpet at the age of 9. In High School, he attended the La Gaurdia Performing Arts school, played in the All City Jazz Band, and participated in the Manhattan and Juilliard Pre-college divisions. In 1994, he went on to attend the Eastman School of Music as a classical trumpet player. After graduating from college he moved to Boston in 1999 to work as a software engineer but also began studying jazz trumpet and swing dancing.
He is now a software developer, Boston swing dance instructor and jazz musician. He formed The Fried Bananas (www.thefriedbananas.com), a band for swing dancers, in December of 2006. Since their creation, The Fried Bananas have played most of the Boston swing venues, including Blues Cafe, Swing City, the Concord Scout House, and the Hop to the Beat dance. The Fried Bananas have also traveled as far as Montreal to play for Blues dancers. Shawn occasionally plays with other groups, including the Beantown Swing Orchestra and J-Street.
Gerry Hundt is a musician who sings Chicago Blues and has been playing taverns since before he was allowed to drink in them. Born in Wisconsin and raised in Illinois, Gerry has since lived in Vermont, New York City, Colorado, and Chicago. In Denver, he worked, toured, and recorded with the likes of John-Alex Mason, Ronnie Shellist, The ClamDaddys, and Easy Bill. From 2004 through 2009, Gerry toured the USA and EU relentlessly as a member of Chicago’s Nick Moss & The Flip-Tops, filling the role of “utility man,” playing bass, guitar, harmonica, and, of course, mandolin.
On the strength of his critically-acclaimed Blue Bella Records CD, “Since Way Back,” Gerry was nominated for Blues Music Awards in 2008 & 2009 for Best Instrumentalist, Other (Mandolin), and featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Blues Station in Tournon d’Agenais, France. In addition to continuing worldwide radio and web airplay, tracks from “Since Way Back” have appeared numerous times on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Gerry now resides in Northwest Indiana, where his new one-man-band consistently draws fans new and old to deep Chicago Blues.
Ronnie Shellist has been working on his craft for 14 years now. Harmonica was his first true passion and anything you hear him play is coming straight from the heart. His sound is traditional Chicago blues mixed with a bit of west coast swing and some funk. Recently featured on the Today Show, he has gained national attention through www.youtube.com where he has connected with millions of people across the globe. In 2005, Ronnie had the distinct pleasure of opening up for BB King at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs. In March of 2007, he cut a new CD with Nick Moss and The Fliptops of Chicago.
Eugene Sings the Blues
Eugene Carthen and his band deliver a driving Blues, R&B, Funk, and Jazz style of music. The band covers various artists and bands, and several originals. Eugene has been singing since the age of four, in gospel music through high school, and then in various R&B groups since then. Eugene runs a blues jam every Wednesday night at Herb’s Bar at 2057 Larimer Denver,Co.
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