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Ventura Harmonica Fest will feature some of the best blues harmonica players in the world today! Best selling author and instructor Jon Gindick, Frank "Cisco" Hinojosa, critically acclaimed player and teacher famed RJ Mischo, three time Blues Music Foundation Award winner Dennis Gruenling, 15 year WAR band member Tetsuya "Tex" Nakamura, with West Coast Blues legend ROD PIAZZA. Since Rod won the 1999 W.C. Handy Award for Blues Band of the Year (the Handy Awards are the blues Grammy Award), he has won nearly every music award available in the Blues world today numerous times!
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A California-based Blues bandleader, harmonica player, and singer, Rod Piazza's stratospheric harmonica wailings owe a heavy debt to both Little Walter and George "Harmonica" Smith. He has won literally countless awards and accolades in the Blues world today. He has recorded 24 studio albums and toured the world with his own boogie brand of Blues. His harmonica sounds like a saxophone, and he boogies with the best. A powerful, dynamic entertainer: fresh, swinging, tasteful, exciting and creative!
At seven years old, he originally started playing guitar until he heard those blues records and that soulful harmonica! He studied records and perfected his harmonica work. He began his professional career at age 18 as a member of the Dirty Blues Band in the mid-'60s, where he established his own technique and style that came to fruition on his solo debut, 1973's Bluesman. Two years later Rod joined his long-time mentor, George "Harmonica" Smith, Muddy Waters’ former harmonica player, to form the double harmonica band Bacon Fat. It was through George that Rod learned the power of a dynamic stage performance and developed his impressive harmonica talents. Bacon Fat released two albums and toured the country backing up and recording with such blues legends as Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner. During this time, a brief illness forced Rod to turn down the coveted harmonica chair in the Muddy Waters band. From 1980 on, he began playing with the Mighty Flyers, a band he formed with his keyboard-playing wife, Honey Alexander. Their boogie sound combines Jump blues, West Coast blues, and Chicago blues. They have toured the globe many times and recorded more than a dozen albums, including 2014's acclaimed, award-winning Emergency Situation.
Legendary Rod Piazza is considered an elite among all-time harmonica blues players.