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Thank You for Smoker-ing – The Paul Smoker Notet: Sunday, July 3, 5:30 p.m., Tent Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2011-06-22 12:05:01

Paul Smoker

It would be hard to argue that acclaimed trumpet player and bandleader Paul Smoker isn’t an ideal local-musician-makes-good choice for the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. After all, the 70-year-old was raised in Davenport, performed in numerous Quad Cities nightclubs (starting at the tender age of 14), and earned four degrees from the University of Iowa, including a doctorate in music.

Granted, if you were feeling particularly quarrelsome, you could note that Smoker isn’t a blues musician, as he freely admits. But while he and his bandmates – the four-man ensemble the Paul Smoker Notet – will be performing at this year’s festival in the annual slot reserved for jazz artists, it’s not as though the blues is a genre he’s unpracticed in.

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