There ain't no cure for the Summertime Blues

Every Thursday in August


The summer sun of August calls for a portion of Summertime Blues! Every Thursday starting at 21:00 CEST the stage is set for two great blues acts on Stingray DJAZZ. Several blues legends perform, such as Muddy Watters AKA the Father of the Chicago Blues, B.B. King AKA King of the Blues, and the son of Delta Blues, pioneer John Lee Hooker. Enjoy the feminine soul sound by folk singer Odetta and gospel queen Liz McComb! 

Thursday, August 2 at 21:00 CEST | Muddy Waters: Classic Concerts

The first ‘Classic Concert’ is Muddy’s performance at the legendary 1960 Newport Jazz Festival, the concert that spawned Muddy Waters At Newport, one of the greatest live albums of all time. Now available for the first time featuring pristine stereo sound synched up from that classic album, the five songs in the nearly half-hour set are the finest example of Muddy Waters’ greatness ever to be captured on film and include the definitive versions of ‘Got My Mojo Working’ and ‘Rollin’ Stone’. The second classic concert is a rare, previously unseen, complete set from the 1968 Copenhagen Jazz Festival featuring Muddy’s amazing late-sixties band including blues great Otis Spann on piano. This show, buried in the Danish vaults for 37 years, is one of the few complete Muddy Waters concerts to be captured on film from the 1960s. The third concert is a complete set from the 1977 Molde Jazz Festival in Norway. Filmed 35 years after his first recordings, Muddy and his top-notch band tear through such classics as ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ and ‘Prison-Bound Blues’.

Thursday, August 2 at 21:55 CEST | Face au Public: Odetta

Legendary African-American folk singer Odetta (1930-2008) sang her spirituals with immeasurable sorrow and anguish. Her spiritual music expresses the horrific impact of slavery on millions of African people stolen from their homeland. For Odetta, folk music—be it spirituals, blues or field songs—was a vehicle for expressing the racism and injustice experienced by black people dating back to the days of slavery. This 1964 episode of Face au Public shows the melancholy of the era.

Thursday, August 9 at 21:00 CEST | Liz McComb in Paris: Back to Blues

This film is a souvenir of an extraordinary concert. It reveals the true personality of Liz Mc Comb: more than a great gospel singer, she is a lover who dreams of sharing her generosity with us. Liz Mc Comb sings, among others, 'I'm Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger' for all the immigrants in the world, followed by her famous 'Time Is Now'.

Thursday, August 9 at 22:00 CEST | Seasick Steve - Live in Sydney

Steven Gene Wold, commonly known as Seasick Steve, (born circa 1941) is an American bluesman, although he prefers to be called "a song and dance man". He plays guitars (mostly personalized), and sings, usually about his early life living rough and doing casual work.

Thursday, August 16 at 21:00 CEST | Night of Blues: John Lee Hooker Jr.

Like father, like son: there’s blues running through the veins of the Hooker family. Father John Lee Hooker, the famed blues guitarist and singer, passed in 2001. A decade later, his son John Lee Hooker Jr. plays at the Rhino Jazz Festival. Like his father, Hooker Jr. plays the blues on an unparalleled level. He has paid his dues as a blues musician from an early age: as a little boy, he often joined his father on tour, and he made his radio debut at age 8. Only in 2004 the bluesman releases his first solo album: ‘Blues with a Vengeance’. It earns him a Grammy nomination. The moment has come that John Lee Hooker Jr. is approaching the legendary status of his father!

Thursday, August 16 at 22:05 CEST | Night of Blues: Bill and Chaney Sims

Father and daughter Bill and Chaney Sims appeared together at the 2011 edition of the Rhino Jazz Festival: one guitar, one piano, and two powerful blues voices. Their old blues from the south of the USA is the material for an uncannily beautiful and sensitive show. Chaney’s powerful voice adds an extra dimension to the music and singing of Bill. By the way – Chaney, born in 1980, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013!

Thursday, August 23 at 21:00 CEST | B.B. King: The King of the Blues in Stuttgart

This uptempo, funky performance proves that B.B. King, one of the Masters of the Blues Guitar has still got it. The band features some of today's best blues musicians playing all of B.B. King's classic songs.

Thursday, August 23 at 22:00 CEST | Dr. John: Spirit of Satch

Louis Armstrong was the founding father of almost everything that would shape 20th century pop music: swing, improvised solos, and the proper use of microphones when singing. Armstrong was a gifted entertainer: the King of Jazz was actually even the King of Pop before ‘pop music’ even existed. It’s about time that someone pays tribute to him. And who could be better suited than Dr. John? The pianist and singer has everything it takes to do justice to the legendary Armstrong. He has that raw, raspy voice, the show talent, the right groove, and the street credibility of a New Orleans bluesman. From jazz heaven, Satchmo must have been listening in to this Baloise Session performance of Dr. John’s band ‘The Nite Trippers’, featuring trombonist Sarah Morrow and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Thursday, August 30 at 21:55 CEST | Angel Forrest Show 2017 (premiere)

With a career of more than 30 years and 10 albums, Angel Forrest, recipient of the Maple Blues Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year for the las five years and finalist at the International Blues Challenge 2018 in Memphis, strikes again with Electric Love, a double live album. It was her tribute show to the legendary Janis Joplin that brought Angel Forrest to the public. Her spot on tribute to Janis Joplin was another unique signature on blues takes. She decided to immortalize her interpretations of the songs on an album called Angel Sings Janis Live. Then, she recorded her first album with her own compositions, Here For You. There is no question that Angel is one of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene today. The strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery personality has allowed her to conquer the hearts of thousands of fans around the world.

Thursday, August 30 at 22:45 CEST | Martin Goyette - Spectacle Astral 2017 (premiere)

A veteran bluesman that can hold his head high next to our neighbors to the south, Martin Goyette made his bones with an undeniable and incredible voice. Powerful, whisky-throated and raw, it drives home the sound, twinned with his super-watt harmonica playing. The Montreal artist arrives with songs from a new album released in 2013, Sweet Warm Jelly, a sonic jam of blues, jazz and gospel guaranteed to warm the heart. In 2002, he won Le Prix de la Relève at Festiblues International de Montréal leading the formation Riverside Blues. Then he toured France as an opening act for Mr. Bob Walsh. More recently, Martin played the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Sherblues Festival, au Tremblant International Blues Festival, Trois-Rivières en Blues, Joliette’s October Blues or as an opening act for the prince of soul and funk, Le