Join Left Eye Jump RED SQUARE, Thurs. May 9th 7 - 10pm Bring Your Dancing Shoes!!
See Schedule below for details.
Also: Catch Dennis with David Bain
(The Conquer Root) at the Red Square April 19th, 5 - 7
The Left Eye Jump Band of Burlington, Vt. serves up blues music with
the authentic sounds of Chicago, Texas, New Orleans, California, and
the Delta of the1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. From gritty
and haunting Delta slide guitar journeys to T-Bone Walker inspired jump-swing
romps, this band delivers on the promise that the Blues speak to the
very core of all people, and are at the root of all modern music.
Our mission as a band is to grab a crowd with the high impact energy
of a West Side Chicago Stomp, cool them down with a soul searching slow
Blues ballad, and then get everybody in motion with a Texas style funk
or a New Orleans rumba boogie!
This band was assembled in 1997 from a group of musicians whose backgrounds
in music were deeply rooted in the blues. This has streamlined both
the goals and the indelible sound of Left Eye Jump. The continuity of
the bands authentic blues quality has depended on their ability to attract
high caliber players who bring great diversity and an enduring commitment
to the “deep” blues. Although the band works most often
as a sextet, they have appeared as a trio and as an octet featuring
a horn section, always with a great evening’s entertainment as
Guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader Dennis Willmott began listening
to the blues in the 1950’s with the acoustic sounds of songsters
such as Leadbelly and Mance Lipscomb. In 1959 he became inspired to
play after attending live performances by Lightning Hopkins, and the
duo of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. By 1963 he began performing in
the expanding coffee house scene in the Boston area presenting acoustic
blues in the Piedmont tradition as well as the Delta and Texas twelve-
bar style. Transitioning to the more urban style of electric blues in
the early 1990’s, Dennis began to network through the Vermont
Blues Society jam sessions to find the musical contacts that ultimately
led to this band.
For bookings, rates, and schedules go to Contact Info
The band's music is in Mp3 file format
which can be played by Quick Time, Window's Media Player and Real Player
among others. Each song has about 1 minute of recorded time and will take
about 20 seconds to download on a DSL setup, longer on dialup. Dialup
users may want to listen to the half minute recording of Honey Bee.