With a nod to the past and an
eye to the future, Carlos Colina & Straight
Up (CCSU) have set up shop at the
‘Intersection of Jazz & Blues’ where they
purvey an eclectic blend of the two genres.
Led by charismatic frontman Carlos Colina
(vocals/harmonica), the group has been
winning over audiences with their live show
for nearly two decades, appearing at
renowned metropolitan area venues such as
Turning Point Café, BB King, Stanhope House,
and Watercolor Café. Performing their
original compositions and interpretations of
standards, CCSU builds upon the legacy of
the great Chicago harmonica masters with a
sound that is both traditional and fresh.
Back in May, CCSU appeared at the Wailin' For Walter benefit show to assist blues guitarist
Walter Trout with medical expenses after having a liver
transplant. Here are a couple of videos from that show courtesy of
Joan Mallotides, the BluesBroad(thanx, Joan!)
"Put the Hammer Down"
Blues on the High Seas!
the spectacular Summer
Sunset Blues Sail in 2011 courtesy of John Muller.