HINGHAM PATCH.com – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) congratulates jazz/rock/pop piano instructor Anthony Geraci of Marshfield for four prestigious Blues Music Awards nominations by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 5.
Geraci’s “Fifty Shades of Blues” album, which was released in October, finds itself up for Best Album, Best Traditional Album, and Best Song for the title cut, while Geraci himself is nominated for the coveted Pinetop Perkins Piano Players Award.
In addition, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, a band in which he is the pianist, was nominated Best Band.
Having toured extensively in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, Lebanon, and the United States, Geraci was an original member of the first House of Blues (Cambridge, MA) Blue Monday All-Star Band, and occasional “Blues Brother” member with Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and James Belushi.
He has had the honor of backing up great musicians such as Jimmy Rodgers, Big Walter Horton, Hubert Sumlin, Big Joe Turner, Wilson Pickett, Bo Diddley, Billy Boy Arnold, Eddie Taylor, Jimmy “T 99” Nelson, Snooky Pryor, Lazy Lester, J.B. Hutto, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Carey Bell, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Dickie Betts, Van Morrison, Jeff Healey, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Bob Margolin, Mark Naftalin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Eddie Shaw, and many more.
Geraci performs regularly with his fellow jazz/rock/pop faculty members, and has taught at South Shore Conservatory since 2012.
In describing the evolution of his award-nominated CD, Geraci says, “I started this project about a year ago. I had some original songs that I wanted to record. At that time I was writing and arranging, and sending MP3’s that I recorded on Garage Band to musicians that I wanted to play and sing them. Eventually those songs became Fifty Shades Of Blue.”
He continues, “Sugar Ray Norcia and Michelle Willson sing the title track “Fifty Shades Of Blue” which has been nominated for Song of the Year. This song is a playful duet between Sugar Ray and Michelle with shades of the popular ‘Grey’ novels thrown in throughout.”
For more information about Anthony Geraci, visit http://sscmusic.org/fac_geraci.html. For more information about South Shore Conservatory, visit sscmusic.org.
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