Geraci’s exquisite piano work has been spotlighted in the past with Sugar Ray & The Bluetones and with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. As impressive as those gigs were, nothing prepared me for this album from Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars.”- Mark E. Gallo, Blues Bytes September 2015
And that review sums up the incredible talent that Anthony Geraci brings across the continent to light up the stage at the 19th annual Edmonton Blues Festival. Pianist, Hammond organist and composer Anthony Geraci was born in New Haven, Conn. in 1954. His interest in playing piano began at age four when he told his parents “I want a piano!” Kind of an odd request when most kids want a new baseball glove or bicycle. His parents weren’t musical-not even a record player at their house- but they always supported their son’s undeniable passion for music. They soon bought a Kimball Grand Piano that his mother paid 4 dollars a week to own. Lessons at the Neighborhood School of Music which was affiliated with Yale University soon followed. At around the age of sixteen he befriended a fellow musician, Ed Cherry at high school. They soon began listening to music together after school and one day Ed played a Jimmy Rogers recording, Chicago Bound that literally changed his life. Ed went on to be Dizzy Gillespie’s guitarist for many years.
New Haven was rich as far as listening to and seeing major music artists, and NYC was only a few hours away by train. Seeing Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Willie Dixon was part of his blues education that could only be learned by seeing these great artists fist hand. Years later Anthony had the opportunity to play piano with Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Rogers and many more-something a sixteen year old budding blues pianist would never have seemed possible. Anthony has recorded with Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Big Jack Johnson, Zora Young, Kenny Neal and many more. Anthony graduated from the Berklee College of Music with B.A. Degree, and a M.A. from Skidmore College. He continues to perform worldwide with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones as well as selected performances with Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars.
His recent release, Fifty Shades of Blue, on Delta Groove Records has been met with acclaimed reviews and earned multiple Blues Music Award nominations from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, including “Best Song” for the title track, “Best Album”, and “Best Traditional Blues Album”. Anthony also received an individual nomination for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” Award. “Fifty Shades Of Blue” was also nominated for “Traditional Blues Album of the year” by Blues Blast Magazine, and was ranked as one of the top 50 Blues recordings of 2015 by Living Blues Magazine.
Joining Anthony is the Boston All Stars, And they are just that! Two award winning vocalists, Toni Lynn Washington and Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson provide the sass and sizzle; The twin guitars of Monster Mike Welch (undeniably one of the hottest guitarists on the scene today) and Mike Ledbetter chip in with dynamite licks, and the rhythm section of Michael Ward and Marty Richards propel this musical vision masterfully.
It’s the real deal folks and you won’t want to miss this exquisite, and rare, performance Sunday at the Edmonton Blues Festival!