Club Fox Blues Jam

The Club Fox Blues Jam is heaven on earth for Bay Area blues fans. Through the efforts of a passionate group of local musicians, the hospitality of the Club Fox and local sponsorship, the jam has become the most exciting event in the area's fertile blues scene - and it's attracting both national and international attention. Most importantly, the jam is the catalyst for bringing out more and more blues fans to hear live blues at its spontaneous best.

Every Wednesday from 7 PM to 11 PM, the beautiful historic Club Fox opens its doors to the jam hosted by the elite of Bay Area Blues - Kenny Neal, Steve Freund, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin, The Ford Blues Band, Volker Strifler, Andy Just, E. C. Scott, Terry Hanck, Kenny Blue Ray, Sonny Rhodes, Daniel Castro, RJ Mischo and Mark Hummel just to mention a few. What follows is a jam like no other. For a mere $5.00 cover charge, folks get to experience some of the finest blues artists, national artists on tour, local luminaries and talented amateurs mixing it up. For the musicians, it's an opportunity to play the blues with peers of unbelievable talent. For the fans in the 240 seat capacity crowd, it's an amazing show every week with new talent and the unpredictable excitement that only a blues jam can bring.

If the music were not enough, appearances at the jam provide an unparalleled promotional opportunity for artists with upcoming area gigs. The buzz following the jam in the highly active local blues community often results in sold-out shows for participating artists. If you are a touring blues performer, drop in and you'll not only get a chance to "cut heads" with the best but also get the word out about your upcoming gig. If you are a member of the blues entertainment media, you'll experience a jam session like no other .

We invite you to come to jam and be a part of this phenomenal event, unequaled since the hay days of LA and Chicago blues.

Join us for the music and be a part of Bay Area blues history.

Jackie Payne

Jackie Payne's experience as a professional entertainer spans over thirty years. He began his singing career at age 13 with the Allen Swing Band in Atlanta, Georgia. At age 17, he moved to Houston, where he was privileged to work with many blues legends, including T-Bone Walker, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, Lowell Folsom, Freddy King, and Pee Wee Crayton, to name a just a few. He has also worked with Gladys Knight, Etta James, and Buddy Ace. Jackie's first recording was the 45 rpm single "Go-Go Train" released in 1965 on Jet Stream Records, and produced by Huey P. Meaux.

Since 1987, Jackie has completed three world tours as lead vocalist with The Johnny Otis Show and has appeared on the Johnny Otis Saturday morning radio show broadcast live on KPFA-FM, Berkeley and KFCF, Fresno, California. The University of Indiana has entered 700 of these tapes into their musical library, making Johnny Otis and Jackie Payne a part of musical history forever. "Spirit of the Black Territory Bands," recorded by The Johnny Otis Orchestra, featured Jackie on vocals and was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award. The band's earlier release, "Good Lovin' Blues," also had Jackie on vocals. Jackie's 1998 CD, A Day In the Life of A Blues Man, produced by Kenny "Blue Ray," is available on Britain's JSP Records label, and in 1999 he appeared on Kirk "Eli" Fletcher's CD "I'm Here and I'm Gone," also on JSP. Jackie's latest CD, "Ain't Nothin' But A Party!" came out in November 2000 on his own Shades of Blues label and he has recroded vocals for 10 songs that will appear in Kenny "Blue" Ray's next CD, to be released on Kenny's Tone-King label early next year.

Jackie was nominated for Best Male Vocalist in the 2nd Annual South Bay Blues Awards (San Jose, California), and was voted Los Angeles Entertainer of the year five consecutive times. The Los Angeles Times calls him "a performer of classy presence and subtle physical movement [who's] got the raspy-voiced Wilson Pickett-Otis Redding thing nailed flat." California Jazz Now declares, "Jackie Payne leads the way." The San Diago Union says he is a "singing sensation" and a performer of "sultry suppleness."

Jackie Payne has headlined shows from Belgium to Tokyo. He headlined the 1989 San Francisco Blues Festival, headlined the 1992 Sacramento Blues Festival, and collaborated with Rare Form for the Monterey Blues Festival in 1993, and again with the Johnny Otis Orchestra in 1994. For several years he was the lead singer with the veteran show band the Dynatones. Nowadays he can be heard with his own band in venues around his home base, the San Francisco Bay Area.



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