Tassos Skouras (Special Guest: Doug James)

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Tassos Skouras (Special Guest: Doug James)

Time: September 8, 2023 all day
Location: Rockwood Live Stage
Street: Βασ. Ηρακλείου 2 & Πατησίων 46
City/Town: Αθήνα
Website or Map: http://www.rockwood.gr/
Phone: 2155010941 | 6980762062
Event Type: blues, jazz, soul
Organized By: Walnut Entertainment
Latest Activity: Aug 30, 2023

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Tassos Skouras is a Greek American songwriter, performer and guitarist, based in Athens, Greece. He has a long track record both as a solo artist as well as band member and session musician with lots of collaborations including Socrates drank the conium, Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Nelly "Tiger" Travis, Cookie McGee, Christos Thiveos, Giannis Zouganelis, Panos Mouzourakis. The setlist features Tassos Skouras original songs as well as covers of blues, rock and soul/funk timeless hits (Blues Brothers, Bobby Womack, Etta James, Pink Floyd, Toto, Socrates, BB Κing, etc). Skouras’ concerts are known for high energy, impeccable sound as well as nostalgic 60s-70s retro vibes, as well as his virtuoso guitar skills, overall comprising a top-notch spectacle!

Doug " Mr. Low" James, 2012 / Photo © by Rachel Kumar

Baritone and tenor sax specialist Doug James was born in Turlock, California in 1953. In 1970 Doug found himself in Rhode Island just as guitarist Duke Robillard was adding horns to the original version of his band Roomful of Blues. Now christened "Mr. Low" (after a song Joe Williams recorded with the Red Saunders Orchestra called "Blow Mr. Low", featuring McKinley Easton on bari sax), Doug held down the bari sax chair until 1998, participating in countless tours across the USA and Canada as well as Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan. As a member of Roomful, one of the pace-setting bands of the blues revival, Doug often backed blues and swing greats like Roy Brown, Helen Humes, LaVern Baker, and Jimmy Witherspoon, comedians John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd (in the first incarnation of the Blues Brothers Band), and jamming with stars like Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Junior Walker, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt was all in a days work.

Doug's baritone sax anchored the horn section and was featured soloing on at least a half-dozen albums with Roomful as well as recordings backing such legends as Big Joe Turner, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Earl King, Lou Rawls and modern music industry heavyweights Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Benetar, Colin James, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, earning 5 Grammy nominations and a W.C. Handy Award along the way.

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