Eddie Baccus Sr. Quartet Featuring Billy Artis and Shirley Cook Livestream @ BOP STOP
When: Apr 17, 2021, 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Where: BOP STOP
Hammond B3 master Eddie Baccus Sr. returns to BOP STOP with guitarist Billy Artis for a classic night of blues, soul, and jazz that will transport you back in time. To watch this show visit the BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. This event is free but donations are greatly encouraged and appreciated and can be made here: https://givebutter.com/Baccus
- Eddie Baccus Sr.-Hammond B-3 Organ
- Gary Jenkins, drums
- Billy Artis-guitar
- Shirely Cook, vocals
One of the senior statesman of the Cleveland Jazz Scene, organist Eddie Baccus Sr. has set the standard locally since the early 1960's. Like the late great Jimmy Smith, Baccus is a virtuoso on the Hammond B-3, equally adept at soul jazz and bebop. In many ways Eddie Baccus Sr. has been to the jazz scene what the late Robert Jr. Lockwood was to the local blues scene; he has been a leader, mentor, and the soul of the community for many years.
Early on his talent was evident as he was linked with another jazz legend, saxophonist Roland Kirk. Baccus and Kirk were schoolmates at the Ohio School of the Blind and their sessions together in the old Euclid and 105th area are the stuff of local legends. Kirk would go on to national acclaim before his untimely death in the late 70's. Baccus stayed close to home and it has been our good fortune.
Eddie Baccus Sr. has been a mentor to countless Cleveland jazz musicians, notably Joe Lovano, Ernie Krivda, and more recently his son, Eddie Baccus Jr. His work has only been documented infrequently. He recorded an LP with Kirk back in 1962 "Feel Real" on Smash records. His other recording is a session done with Lovano in the mid 1980's entitled "Hometown Sessions". Although he has not gone on to greater glory playing the national circuit, Eddie Baccus Sr. has been the bedrock of the Cleveland jazz scene and his influence on fans and musicians alike has been invaluable.
Joining Eddie Baccus Sr. for his appearance at BOP STOP will be an All-Star Cleveland lineup including Billy Artis on guitar who backed the late great Bill Doggett at the Theatrical in downtown Cleveland. Shirley Cook will be the featured vocalist and Gary Jecnkins will be on drums.