Groove Now — A Tribute to Junior Parker

Atlantis Basel
Saturday, 01 June

Another exclusive highlight that can only be seen at the Groove Now Blues Weeks Basel is the tribute evening to the blues legend Junior Parker. Parker was born in Mississippi in 1932. As a teenager, he learned the blues from Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. In 1951, he founded his own band, the Blue Flames. Ike Turner discovered him in 1952 and organized a recording contract for him on a label that specialized in rhythm & blues. His first hit followed in 1953 with “Feelin' Good,” which reached number five in the R&B charts. In the same year, Parker scored two more R&B hits with “Mystery Train,” which was later covered by Elvis Presley, and “Love My Baby.” Parker died of a brain tumor in 1971. In 2001, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and he is still revered by many top international blues musicians and described as a style-setter.
On this evening at the Atlantis, Parker’s music will be interpreted by blues legends and world-class musicians, Sugar Ray Norcia and his band The Bluetones, guitarist Duke Robillard, singer and guitarist Andrew Duncanson, and the two horn players Greg Piccolo and Brian Casserly. They all undoubtedly represent the crème de la crème of the international blues world. Duncanson, who flies somewhat under the radar of many blues fans, has been known and appreciated by insiders for over 20 years as a musician with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band. He is strongly influenced by Little Milton and is therefore predestined to sing Parker's songs.
Tickets are CHF 76.90 and can be purchased through; seats are limited so come early or enjoy grooving to the music in standing room area.


Atlantis Basel
Klosterberg 13
4051 Basel

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