February 11, 2017
Big Joe Fitz is a warm, engaging performer whose shows never fail to entertain and connect with the audience. He is a singer of uncommon sensitivity, with roots deep in the blues, but whose music combines elements of jazz, swing, funk, and soul as well.
“When people ask ‘What do you play?’ …I tell them we call it Soulful Swinging Blues”
Big Joe is well remembered as the host of WDST’s Blues Break, and has been a fixture on the Hudson Valley Music Scene for more than 30 years.
At the Cafe for this performance will be the man himself on vocals & harmonica, Robert Bard on bass, Mark Dziuba on guitar, and Eric Parker on drums.
Fitz’ latest CD release, Shoulda Known Better, will be available for sale at the show.
“Backed by a tight swinging quartet known as The Lo-Fi’s, Big Joe Fitz is one mellow fellow with a laid-back jazzy style that’s reminiscent of Mose Allison and Charles Brown.” –Tom Cullen Blues Revue
“Big Joe Fitz is one cool cat. On his first album the upstate New Yorker sings lyrics with poise and equanimity… Fitz is especially good at reconditioning songs from the songbooks of kindred spirits Charles Brown and Doc Pomus.” –Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat * * * 1/2
“Simply overflowing with heart and soul… and his bandmates play like brothers.” –David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman
“It was such a pleasure to play with you all, and the warmth and enjoyment you guys conveyed while playing really set the tone for the whole party. A lovely evening. Thanks so much” –Kelleigh McKenzie, Re>Think Local
“…every note played by Robert Bard is true and clear, each one offered with dedication to the music and generosity for the folks who listen.” –Cafe Guide
“Mark Dziuba brings a jazz sensibility to blues and roots music honoring the traditions while expanding the vocabulary. He is an endless font of lyricism and creativity.” –Big Joe Fitz
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