Performers

The Band:


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Eef, guitar & vocals:
Eef, the-tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar, seamlessly blends traditional blues with funky and contemporary riffs, creating her own groovy Eef-style. Her fans, who reside on both sides of the pond, love her tasty guitar play, sultry voice and great stage appearance. Eef has self-produced three albums that get airplay across the US as well as in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. Occasionally she tours Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Tennessee. Eef has appeared three times on legendary Sunshine Sonny Payne’s King Biscuit radio show and has shared the stage with many great musicians including Ana Popovic, Mike Zito and Eden Brent.

Nancy FitzgeraldNancy Fitzgerald, keys:
Nancy was trained classically in piano and majored in piano performance but always wanted to play blues and rock n’ roll.  At 50, she finally got on board. She’s been livin’ that for the past several years with the local Bluezzers band, playing keyboards and singing blues, jazz and rock.  When she’s not jammin’ she’s teaching piano full time, performing solo as Black Tie Piano for parties and events, and composing music in jazz and blues.

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Kim Leonard, harp:
Kim Leonard grew up in Denver, Colorado, picking up the Blues Harmonica when she was 12 years old.   Inspired by the Blues recordings of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson,  Jason Ricci, Annie Raines and many more.   She has been fortunate to have played with Coco Robicheaux, Dan Treanor,  Erik Boa and the Constrictors, Randall Dubis Band,  and the Alan Knight Band.  Kim considers one of the Highlights of her career being part of Jodie Woodward’s  Women Rock the Night and Female All-Star Blues events from 2004 to the present.

Our wonderful drummer, DeannaDeanna Saulsbury, drums:
Originally from the East coast, Deanna (“D”) has always known that she can keep a beat on the drums.  In her late 20’s she felt the need to find a band and keep that beat.  After moving to Colorado, she has had success in a couple local bands playing primarily funk and hip hop and is currently playing in the very eclectic music scene around Denver. Regardless of whom she is playing with, you’ll typically find her swinging her head back and forth, keeping the groove and having fun with a huge smile on her face.

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Regina Winter, guitar:
Regina Winter has been playing guitar and singing Jazz and Blues since she was a youngster. In her early twenties she became a devotee of Flamenco guitar and studied the style for three years while living in New Mexico; where she continued to pursue blues and singing jazz both in college and traveling throughout Europe and Mexico. In the past 14 years Regina has been studying solo fingerstyle guitar, particularly the music of Tommy Emmanuel and is mostly known as a solo fingerstyle guitarist; but she still loves to plug in and jam out to the blues.

Regina has been passionately involved in playing and singing Brazilan jazz as well. The latin influences show up in all her playing styles. Regina plays solo guitar and sings jazz locally in the Denver area restaurants, as well as private parties and Mountain Resorts. She also teaches guitar from her home in Arvada. After meeting Tommy Emmanuel at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Olde Town Arvada in 2001 where she worked for 3 years, Regina sites Tommy as her greatest influence and teacher.

Jodie Woodward

Jodie Woodward, bass:
Jodie Woodward is the winner of Colorado Blues Society’s ‘Best Bass Player of 2012 & 2013′.  A vivacious and talented bass player who tours internationally… and Texas.  She currently plays her own groovy style of bass with Erik Boa & the Constrictors as well as Allen Knight & Company.  Jodie is the heart and brains behind the ‘Women Rock the Night’ event, since 2004.  The event was created to highlight the great female instrumentalists in the Front Range Area.  The event began at Ziggie’s in Denver and has been transformed into a community of supportive and vibrant women.  The event was called Female All-Star Revue for a few years and has now returned to its roots as “Women Rock the Night”.

The Vocalists:


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G’Jai:
G’Jai (Gee-Jay) is a blues vocal dynamo coming out of the Motor City.  She has a vocal style that is just simply put…Blues! She’s no cookie cutter, copy-cat artist and there’s nothing fabricated or fake about her presence or vocal style. What you hear from her is powerful, emotionally charged blues. You hear it in each note and can feel it at every performance.  She’s serving you the blues with a whole lotta Soul and Sass!

HannahHallHannah Hall:

Hannah Hall is a 24 year old highly talented vocalist/ songwriter who’s passion for music has sparked since the age of 10. Starting with her eighth grade talent show, Hannah has moved above and beyond singing at sports events and choir competitions. Since graduating from highschool, she has worked with multiple local r&b/ hip hop/rap artists and has been featured in shows with N1LS and multiple other bands, including her own band HANNA. What is left to come?
We shall see…

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Jill Watkins Michko:
Lead vocalist, Jill Watkins Michko is a powerful singer and an entertaining performer. Her soul-grinding blues style and passion for performing have made her a Colorado favorite for years.
Jill grew up singing in an award-winning church choir. She was approached in her twenties to be the back-up singer with Blue Fish Jam, but was better equipped to be the lead singer. She moved to the front of the stage with Buckethead Dog.  She grew [BOOOOOOOOBS] to lead her own band, “The Jill Watkins Band”.  Then mastered the art of fronting big bands playing with “George Whitesell and His All-Stars Featuring Jill Watkins” and “Jockamo“. Jill brings a playfulness and joyful energy to all her performances on stage.

Kerry Pastine

Kerry Pastine:
Kerry Pastine has been hitting the stage for almost 20 years, tapping into all styles of retro music while putting her own twist of modern soul, blues and rock and roll on everything that she sings. A rocker at heart, whenever Kerry takes the stage she’s on a rampage. After seeing an impassioned show with The Informants, Scene Magazine described her performance, “Pastine burns and soars, her voice taking center stage to sell her anguish with total sincerity.”
Blues Revue Magazine said, “Singer Kerry Pastine is terrific – gutsy without shouting, with a smoky timbre.”

Jessica Rogalski

Jessica Rogalski:
Jessica Rogalski is the front woman for local R&B favorite Mojomama. She has co-written all three original albums and continues to create new music with her husband, bassist Paul Rogalski. Jessica’s style reflects her passion for music and reveals her influences of soul, blues, and rock. Jessica is also a highly respected voice instructor and business owner of Mojo’s Music Academy. Jessica consistently sings from her heart blowing audiences away with her power, emotional prowess and vocal skills.

Gretchen Troop

Gretchen Troop:
Gretchen Troop is a soul~funk~blues~jazz singer. She started her singing career in New York City, then found her niche in San Francisco where she played all original soul~funk music in the band Sideways.  She is a unique and gifted singer that always puts it all on the table, with a voice that is soulful, rich and emotional.  Since she moved to Colorado in 2003 she has led two bands, The Shamans, and her own band, the Gretchen Troop Band.  Both of these bands combine her unique arrangements of blues, jazz, funk & soul standards and her own artistic originals.  With 25 years of professional experience she is a seasoned performer who delivers a dynamic, funky and professional performance.

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