Father's Day Celebration with the legendary Baccus Family leading All-Star Group live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Eddie Baccus Sr.-Hammond B-3 Organ, Eddie Baccus Jr.-Sax, Cecil Rucker-Vibes, Billy Artis-Guitar, Perry William III-Drums, & Special Guest Vocalist Mike Cady.
One of the senior statesman of the Cleveland Jazz Scene, organist Eddie Baccus Sr. has set the standard locally since the early 1960's. Like the late great Jimmy Smith, Baccus is a virtuoso on the Hammond B-3, equally adept at soul jazz and bebop. In many ways Eddie Baccus Sr. has been to the jazz scene what the late Robert Jr. Lockwood was to the local blues scene; he has been a leader, mentor, and the soul of the community for many years.
Early on his talent was evident as he was linked with another jazz legend, saxophonist Roland Kirk. Baccus and Kirk were schoolmates at the Ohio School of the Blind and their sessions together in the old Euclid and 105th area are the stuff of local legends. Kirk would go on to national acclaim before his untimely death in the late 70's. Baccus stayed close to home and it has been our good fortune.
Eddie Baccus Sr. has been the bedrock of the Cleveland jazz scene and his influence on fans and musicians alike has been invaluable.
After 15 years of recording and touring with famed urban jazz ensemble Pieces of a Dream, saxophonist Eddie Baccus, Jr. stepped out on a lush, soulful and funky Journey To Love, his independent debut demo to promote him for upcoming shows. Though it has been extraordinarily well received, Baccus is excited about a remixed and remastered version of the collection, which also features three new songs. The Cleveland born and raised, Virginia based artist will be releasing the revamped version as part of a package with his soon to be released follow-up album whose title perfectly reflects Baccus’ life and career as he reflects on the last 20 years and looks forward to the future: Living The Dream.
Baccus is currently putting the finishing touches on the new album, which will feature jazz greats like keyboardist Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets, fellow saxmen Eric Marienthal and Elan Trotman, blues guitarist Robben Ford and a special guest appearance by Baccus’ father, organist Eddie Baccus, Sr
Like his hero Grover, Baccus switches artfully between soprano, alto and tenor, and on Living the Dream is also playing baritone sax and EWI. Since leaving Pieces of a Dream, he has been recording and performing live with his band Straight to the Point, a powerful group of musicians who live in the Beltway region (Maryland and Northern Virginia) .
Joining Eddie Sr. and Eddie Jr. for their appearance at Nighttown will be an All-Star Cleveland lineup. They are Cecil Rucker on the Vibes. Eddie Sr. has frequently appeared with Cecil's group Good Vibes. Billy Artis is on guitar. Many will remember Billy from his days backing the late great Bill Doggett at the Theatrical in downtown Cleveland. Perry Williams III is on drums. Perry is a veteran on the soul jazz circuit and has worked with Eddie Sr. and Cecil extensively. And on vocals is Mike Cady.