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Tears are flowing down my Face!
Our dear friend Janice Scroggins has passed away on Tuesday May 27, 2014. The Portland piano legend was a Master of blues, gospel, jazz and any other genre she played. Janice moved to Portland in the late 70s from Oklahoma. A pianist since early childhood, she won fans as part of the classic soul band, The Esquires. It was said that her first language was music, as she started to play piano at age two. Janice said that “music was like food and drink to her”. She had an internal metronome, perfect pitch ears and a soul filled with Music.
Over the years, she performed with Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Lloyd Jones, Reggie Houston, LaRhonda Steele, Paul Delay, Obo Addy, Linda Hornbuckle, and countless others. Most frequently she teamed up with her Daughters Arietta & Nafisaria who are following in their mother’s musical footsteps. In her 1987 solo album, Scroggins took on Scott Joplin’s works in a stately, deliberate stride style. Janice is recorded on so many Albums of Individual & Band’s recording projects; her playing is woven throughout our area’s Music History. Michael Allen Harrison produced her new release “Piano Love” which also features her amazing depth as a pianist(Harrison produced her new release “Piano Love”email@example.com, Janice was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2013.The Pacific NW has lost one of the greatest talents of our time.
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The Norman Sylvester Band has shared the stage with BB King, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Otis Clay, Peter Frampton, Mavis Staple, Lil Ed and the Imperials, Junior Wells, Isaac Scott Five Blind Boys of Alabama and WAR.
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Louisiana-born guitarist/vocalist Norman Sylvester has been gigging around Portland, Oregon, since the mid-’80s, and he was recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. His style, though, carries strong echoes of his Gulf Coast roots. The title tune is a swampy 6/8 ballad; elsewhere he alternately showcases a sophisticated jump-and-jive elan (the topical Outsource At the Top) and a funk-flavored strut (Senior Moments, Fine as Frog Hair); his guitar work invokes T-Bone, toughened by an Albert-Collins-by-way-of-Gatemouth aggressiveness.
Sylvester’s ballad work is equally convincing. On Bad Weather, he summons a deep, clear-toned baritone croon to sing about the disaster wreaked on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina If You Didn’t Want Me to Have the Blues features an extended guitar solo that highlights Sylvester’s finely honed melodic sensibility and tonal suppleness. In Please Lie to Me, he lays his Charles Brown–like ruminations over Bill Rhoades’ atavistic harp squalls as Frank “Funk Master” Redding contributes some moody after-hours organ work.
Sylvester can also call forth images of Mississippi. S-E-N-D, a cyber-age updating of folksy aphorisms (“don’t e-mail what you heard, only what you know”) is couched in a Delta-fried boogie. Blues Is in Control echoes a stripped-down Smokestack Lightning; Sylvester’s lyrics are rife with images of erotic betrayal, guns-and-whiskey mayhem, and “a new big-leg woman” who sounds as if she’ll either help Sylvester’s protagonist get over his earlier travails or create new ones of her own.
If Sylvester’s storylines occasionally get a little arch (he invokes “the blues” pretty often, and some of his high-tech references sound like self-conscious attempts to be contemporary), he remains a first-rate storyteller with vocal and instrumental chops that do justice to his unique lyric vision. Judging from what’s here, it seems likely that one of the Northwest’s better-kept blues secrets won’t be a secret for much longer.
Our New CD product “Blues Stains on my Hands” can be purchased at:
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- Norman Sylvester inducted to Oregon Music Hall of Fame - When he was a kid, Norman Sylvester would get up on Sunday mornings before church and listen to his father’s gospel quartet sing on a radio station broadcasting out of Monroe, La. “One of the most beautiful sounds you’d ever want to hear,” he says. Sylvester was born in Bonita, La., in 1945 on his grandmother’s […]
- Oregon Music News Video - Norman Sylvester on the meaning of “Fine as Frog Hair” among other things. Interview for Oregon Music News. www.oregonmusicnews.com on May 26, 2011 in Portland Oregon.