STEVE «The Colonel» CROPPER (guitar)
LOU «Blue Lou» MARINI (sax)
LEON «The Lion» PENDARVIS (keyboards)
«Smokin» JOHN TROPEA (guitar)
JAMES „Hags“ HAGGERTY (bass)
LEE «Funkeytime» FINKELSTEIN (drums)
TOM „Bones“ MALONE (trombone)
STEVE «Catfish» HOWARD (trumpet)
BOBBY «Sweet Soul» HARDEN (lead vocals)
ROB «The Honeydripper» PAPAROZZI (lead vocals, harmonica)
TOMMY «Pipes» McDONNELL (lead vocals)
Steve "The Colonel" Cropper (git)
Lou "Blue Lou" Marini (ts)
John "Smokin John" Tropea (git) • Leon "The Lion" Pendarvis (keyb) • Eric "The Red" Udel (b) • Lee "Funkytime" Finklestein (dr) • Larry "Trombonius Maximus" Farrell (tb) • Steve "Catfish" Howard (tp) • Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi (voc + harp) • Bobby "Sweet Soul" Harden (voc) • Tommy "Pipes" McDonnell (voc)
It was always about the music. Jake and Elwood may have fronted the show, but to back them up they made sure to have the meanest, cikest line-up of badass blues cats ever assembled. These were the men behind the likes of Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and the SNL Band - just to name a few.
These players have since emerged as a powerful entity in their own right, and although scheduling makes it difficult, they have played together sporadically over the past three decades.
Since regular regrouping in 1988, the "Original" Blues Brothers Band has triumphantly performed in international venues large and small, headlining at most of the jazz and blues festivals throughout Europe, such as Nimes Fair (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Pistoia Blues Festival (Italy), and, most famously, at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switherland), playing to audiences estimated up to 60,000 in one performance.
A night of masterful, magival, chest-thumpin' blues, gospel and soul.