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Bettye Lavette, voc
Brett Lucas, g
Evan Mercer, keyb
James Simonson, b
Darryl Pierce, dr

Bettye – «truly a singer’s singer» – is back with her new album «Things Have Changed».

Ecklusive in Switzerland!

Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is one of the most soulful singers alive, a true „child of the blues“. Bettye cut her first record at 16 years old. This record, "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man," became a big soul hit. Soon, Bettye was on tour with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. LaVette recorded for many labels during the 60s and 70s. During this period, Bettye was appearing regularly in nightclubs across the country and on shows with many of the luminaries of soul. An album, "Child of the '70s",  was recorded, but complications arose and the album was shelved. An offer to star in a Broadway show was presented to her and she seized the opportunity. Bettye went into rehearsal for a leading role in the hit musical, "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opposite Cab Calloway. Great reviews were lavished on her and she stayed with the Broadway and touring companies for six years. Her recording career had been put on hold, but in 1979 she reluctantly recorded "Doin' The Best That I Can," during the disco craze. To her surprise, the record became a big seller. When Diana Ross left Motown in 1982, the company offered Bettye LaVette a record contract. Steve Buckingham produced the critically acclaimed album "Tell Me A Lie." Bettye found plenty of work in Europe where American soul stars are revered. She was thrilled when the masters of "Child of the 70s" were found, re-mastered and released in 2000 as "Souvenirs" by a French record company, Arts & Soul. It included the classic "Your Turn to Cry" which is a highly requested song in her repertoire and a favorite among her fans. In 2006, she received a well-deserved “Pioneer Award” from The Rhythm and Blues Foundation and in 2008, she received a BMA (Blues Music Award) for “Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer”. In 2015 and 2016, Bettye received many awards: her third Grammy nomination for her album “Worthy”, the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Detroit Music Society, and the Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Female Artist from The Blues Foundation. She was also inducted into The Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and she received the Unsung Heroine Award from the National R&B Music Society. In 2017 Bettye was signed to Verve Records - her first major label since 1982. The resulting album “Things Have Changed” – and album of all Bob Dylan songs - was born. European critics often compare her to Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, but Bettye has her own individual sound.Don't miss her in Bern this week. You'll 26.03.-30.03.2019 Bettye LaVette / Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxtonnever forget her!


Jerron «Blind Boy» Paxton, g & voc

Jerron «Blind Boy» Paxton surely is one of the most talented and sincere young «Bluesmen» around.

Exclusive in der Switzerland!
At Jazzfestival Bern for the first time!

Although still in his 20s, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. Blind Boy Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. Jerron performed to a sold out audience at the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2016 along with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and other stars. It is no exaggeration to say that Paxton made a huge impression. In the two years since his incredible performance at that star-studded show in one of the world’s great concert houses,Paxton’s own star has been rising fast. He opened for Buddy Guy at B.B. Kings in NYC; for Robert Cray at the Reading PA Blues Festival, and performed at numerous other festivals. Jerron Paxton is a two-time participant in the Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise and is the new Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival & Workshop at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA. Paxton appeared in the multi award winning music documentary “American Epic” produced by Robert Redford, Jack White & T-Bone Burnett. 26.03.-30.03.2019 Bettye LaVette / Jerron "Blind Boy" PaxtonThis young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He's a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character. Paxton's sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and "Blind" Lemon Jefferson.



Concerts Bettye LaVette

Tue. 26.03. - Sat. 30.03.2019

Tuesday, 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10.00 p.m.
Thursday, 7.30 p.m.
Friday, 10.00 p.m.
Saturday, 7.30 p.m.

Admission: CHF 58.-

Concerts Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Tue. 26.03. - Sat. 30.03.2019

Tuesday, 10.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7.30 p.m.
Thursday, 10.00 p.m.
Friday, 7.30 p.m.
Saturday, 10.00 p.m.

Admission: CHF 42.-

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