Friday, June 20, 2014

The Blue Project....blues, jazz, funk from Asbury Park, New Jersey

The Blue Project was born out of a massive natural disaster. In the wake of superstorm Sandy, when music productions all but stopped, New Jersey's Danny Petroni set out to put local musicians to work. With the goal of employing local musicians and using local music production impacted by Sandy, all guided by his original songs, Petroni and co recorded an impactful blues/jazz/funk album.

Stream the album in full at Bandcamp.

upcoming show dates:
June 21 Tammany Hall NYC
July 24 Silvana Harlem, NYC

Danny Petroni - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Frank Lacy - Lead Vocals/Trombone/Flumpet

Gary Oleyar – Violin
Gene Boccia - Bass
Calvin Jones - Upright bass on "Requiem for a Working Man"
John Drymon -, Piano/Hammond B3 Organ
Steve Kramer - Piano on "Cracker Jack", "Peanut Butter & Jelly"
John P Allen - Drums
Dave Halpern - Drums on "Mouse in the House"
Female Vocals, Jo Wymer on "I Changed my Ways", Backup Vocals on  "Looking Good"
Backup Vocals on (God of War, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Requiem for a  Working man)
Layonne Holmes, Ricky Collins, Katrina Harper

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Danny's story:
Danny A Petroni (b. 1956, Trenton, New Jersey), is an American composer-songwriter of Jazz, Blues, and Rock, as well as an  accomplished guitarist in all of these styles. He has performed with jazz musicians Steve Nelson, James Spaulding, Johnny Griffen,  Frank Lacy, Luther Thomas, and Tony Scott. Danny’s father was born in  Ravigo, Italy, and his maternal grandfather was born in L'Aquila, Italy. He attended Trenton High School where Jazz organist/arranger Tom Passarella and alto saxophonist Tom Grice were his teachers.  Bassist Reggie Workmen, trumpeter Clark Terry and an assortment of  world class jazz musician would come to the Trenton school to teach  and conduct Jazz workshops.

Starting guitar at age 13, he studied under master teacher Dennis  Sandole of Philadelphia. From 1974 to 1977, Danny attended Rutger University’s Livingston College Jazz Studies program under a Pee Wee  Russell scholarship. After graduation, Danny studied at the American School for Music in  Vienna, Austria, from 1977 to 1978 and then spent several years in  Italy. In Rome, Danny started working with the great clarinetist Tony  Scott. In Italy he also performed with alto saxophonist Luther Thomas.

Returning to the States in 1982, he joined the Luther Thomas Dizzazz  Band, recording an album for Moers Records (Germany), "Luther Thomas  Dizzazz." After completion of the recording, Danny toured Europe with  the Band. In 1984, DP and the Grey's recorded an album on Greyboy  Records entitled, "If You Really Love Me, You Will Kill Yourself,"  featuring the trombone and arrangements of Frank Lacy, as well as  Frank Lowe on tenor sax.

Presently residing in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Danny has formed the Danny Petroni Blue Project.

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