Live Blues and Jazz music!
We are very proud to have the following artists perform on the first edition of the Sanibel Blues & Jazz Festival:
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
Elvin Richard Bishop is an American blues and rock music singer, guitarist, band leader and songwriter. He was an original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Elvin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.
Bishop was born in Glendale, California, the son of Mylda (Kleege) and Elvin Bishop, Sr. He grew up on a farm near Elliott, Iowa. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when Bishop was ten. There he attended Will Rogers High School, winning a full scholarship to the University of Chicago as a National Merit Scholar finalist. He moved to Chicago in 1960 to attend the university, where he majored in physics. Read more…
Matt Schofield is an English blues guitarist and singer. His band, The Matt Schofield Trio, play their own material, a blend of blues, funk and jazz, as well as covers of blues classics such as Albert Collins’ “Lights Are On, But Nobody’s Home”.
Schofield is regarded as one of the most distinctive and innovative British blues guitarists, and has been rated in the top ten of British blues guitarists by Guitar & Bass Magazine. Schofield’s prowess has taken his band to twelve countries; seen him playing with musicians including Buddy Guy and Robben Ford; and brought a note in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings as one of only two living British artists to gain the maximum four-star rating. In addition, he has been admitted to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.
The Marty Stokes Band
Marty Stokes was originally raised on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida and has been playing different variations of Blues Music since he was a kid. Raw and melodic, original, and reaching to the emotional core, Stokes will not disappoint the rocker who digs Blues grooves on top of it all. The Captiva Band is named after the Island in the Sub-Tropics, and home to his family since the 1800’s. A group of long-time friends, the band delivers the goods with tasteful grooves over Stokes’ originals, alongside creative arrangements of covers. Jennifer Mazziotti, Michael Dock, and Scott Williams make up the ‘core’ of this group of musical crazies. Read more…
Johnny Jensen is a 14 year old student at The Sanibel School where he is in Eighth Grade. He has lived on Captiva Island since he was born, September 15, 2003. He’s been playing guitar for nearly 4 years, but began playing drums at the age of 4.
Johnny performs locally at Jensen’s Marina and Fort Myers River District Music Walks. His musical influences in the Blues are Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. For the past two summers, he has attended Berklee College of Music summer programs. Johnny is a member of The Sanibel School’s Steel Drumming Band, and in March 2017, the band was selected to perform at Walt Disney World.
He also participates in The Sanibel School’s Performing Arts Program and has been cast in lead roles for the theatrical productions of Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. In 2016, he was selected by the FMEA to be a member of the 2017 Florida All State Middle School Chorus.
Most recently, he had the opportunity to perform as a youth at the SWFL International Blues Challenge which was an awesome experience for him. “It is an honor to be performing at the 2017 Sanibel Blues & Jazz Festival with such esteemed musicians,” Johnny said, and “I’m looking forward to an amazing day of Blues and Jazz.”