Monday, October 6, 2014

Tomás Doncker Band "Big Apple Blues" ft Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa October release

"Big Apple Blues" is a collaborative effort from legendary poet Yusef Komunyakaa and musical renaissance man Tomás Doncker, due out October 21st via True Groove Records. The pair will officially introduce Big Apple Blues during the Dodge Poetry Festival (October 23-26), sponsored by NPR. This is a follow up to “Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project” album, which received acclaim from sources such as Popmatters, All About Jazz, and Howlin' Wolf's own official website.

Tomás Doncker's "global soul" and blues music has earned him acclaim from CNN and Guitar World as well as a critically acclaimed run at NYC Summerstage 2013. From his humble beginnings as the son of a carpenter, Yusef Komunyakaa has travelled far and wide to become a scholar, professor, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet.

As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980's, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic artists including Ivan Neville (on his solo album “Thanks”), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello,  Living Colour  lead singer Corey Glover,  former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, 2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean. He also frequently collaborates with legendary Grammy Award winning Producer/Bassist Bill Laswell, and his ongoing "Power Of The Trinity" project was featured on CNN on November 27, 2012 (Jimi Hendrix' birthday).

Artist: Tomás Doncker Band
Album: Big Apple Blues
Release date: Oct 21, 2014

Songs by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker

Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
David Barnes-Harmonica,vocals
Nick Rolfe-Keyboards,Vocals
Josh David-Bass,vocals
James Dellatacoma-Guitar
Mike Faulkner-Drums
Mac Gollehon-Horns
Alan Grubner-Strings
The album is streaming in full in advance of it's release at Soundcloud:

Recommended tracks are "The New Day" ( and "Big Apple Blues" (
Websites: Official: Twitter: @tomasdoncker @truegroove1 FB:
Information kindly supplied by Matt Bacon,
Intern, Independent Music Promotions
Author of "Your Band Is A Virus"

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