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JW WILLIAMS BLUES BAND W/ LARETHA WEATHERSBY


JW WILLIAMS

BLUES BAND

JW and his Chi-Town Hustlers have been performing at BLUE CHICAGO since 2007 and continue to showcase their smokin’ blues.  In 2011 he and the band were honored as Best Blues Entertainer of Chicago at the 30th Annual Chicago Music Awards.

JW is multi-talented having started out playing guitar and harmonica at age 12 in Magnolia, Mississippi  with an ear for gospel music.  By high school he added trombone and soon picked up the bass guitar. 

Arriving in Chicago in 1962, he formed his first R&B and Blues band.  He has played in both the great Blues clubs of Chicago and throughout Europe exporting his dynamic talent and showmanship to audiences worldwide.

Throughout his career, JW has performed with many Blues greats—BB King, Big Momma Thornton, Buster Benton, Carl Weathersby, Eddie Clearwater, Eddie Shaw, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Jimmie Reed--just to name a few.

jwchitown@gmail.com


TENRY JOHNS

BLUES BAND

Entertaining audiences at BLUE CHICAGO since 2010,  Tenry brings his love of the blues to the stage with such a fun and energetic presence that he's known as TJ "the King Kong Rocker". With four albums under his belt, Tenry has come a long way from his humble beginnings in a small town in the Delta called Shelby, Mississippi.

Tenry started his own band at the age of 15 while he was still in high school.  After graduating in the mid '60s, his family moved to Chicago. Shortly after hitting town, Tenry looked up his cousin, notable local singer/songwriter and performer, Johnny Drummer, and the two started playing together regularly. Eventually, Tenry and his brothers formed "The Johns Brothers Band" playing behind the fabulous Denise La Salle and her protege, Bill Coday.

Tenry is truly an authentic blues man of our day; carrying on his family’s legacy as one of Chicago's Ambassadors of the Blues to the world.

Band Members

  • Terry Mason (Drums and Vocal)
  • Bob Murphy (Key board)
  • Albert Anderson (Guitar)
  • Clarence Johns (Guitar)
  • Claudette Miller (Lead and Background Vocal)
  • Tenry Johns (bass Guitar and Lead Vocal)



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