Winner of the 2008 IBC solo/duo division, Lionel Young has played with numerous luminaries (Count Basie, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tab Benoit, Chris Cain, Bob Margolin, Otis Taylor, Kenny Neal, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Thackery) and major world venues and festivals (Montreux Jazz Festival, 1988 Olympics, Legendary Blues Cruise Pacific). Chip Eagle of Blues Revue: “If you’re not familiar with Lionel, you’re missing out…What makes Lionel stand out is that when he plays, he owns the room. He’s one of those special performers whose able to do his own thing while still playing to the crowd.
Dexter Payne – Sax, Clarinet, Harmonica
Dexter Payne, twice a finalist in the Downbeat Readers Poll, with repeat performances on the NBC Today Show, Prairie Home Companion, KOOL (now JVC) Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and in 12 countries throughout the Americas. With Judy Roderick for many years, he has played often with Lionel Young since 1995. Also performed/recorded with Dr John, Artie Traum, Rene Marie, Washboard Chaz, Beth Carvalho, Johnny Long, Little Joe McLerran and many others. Dexter has 3 CDs out in collaboration with composer Thiago de Mello. “After five sets I was ready to hear more.” Gary Giddins, Village Voice