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The John Cole Blues Band, one of Rochester's best-loved and well-known bands, plays regularly in many clubs in Rochester and surrounding areas. It is a favorite of blues fans and dancers in Rochester, and throughout western New York. Although it is unusual for a band to maintain repeated engagements in clubs year after year, and to be booked well in advance for the entire year, that is exactly the case with this band. They are happy to perform at any private events large or small!

In the Spring of 2008, the band recorded an episode of OnStage for WXXI-TV.

John Cole, born in Union Springs, Alabama, has long been a favorite of Rochester Blues fans and swing dancers. He started in music early, playing guitar behind Sonny Boy Williamson as a teenager in Alabama, and sitting in with Bill Doggett while he was still in high school. As a young man, John played guitar, bass, and drums in bands in Haines City and Clearwater, Florida. He first began singing out of necessity when the vocalist for the "Flaming Rockets" walked off stage in the middle of a gig! He also worked with his brother's band, the "Blues Rockets," and backed O.V. Wright, among others. He was offered jobs with James Brown and Silas Green, but declined, not wanting to travel at the time. Later, John moved to New York state and worked in the early 60's with Sidney Blue in Sodus. There, he met Rochester blues legend Joe Beard and joined the "Blues Union" band in 1981, first playing bass, then guitar. John's opening vocals were always a highlight of the Joe Beard show. In 1992, the John Cole Blues Band was formed and was a fixture at Shep's Paradise, playing there every weekend until the club closed. Now, John is well known throughout upstate New York; his show features soul ballads and R&B favorites in addition to the blues, delivered with John's trademark smooth vocal style and fiery guitar sound that consistently delights crowds of all ages and backgrounds. No one leaves one of John's sets without having been touched by his music. Consider that, along with the band's repertoire of all the favorite blues tunes, as well as more than just a few ballads and R&B classics, and you know why they almost always close the house with the audience begging for just one more tune.

John's sidemen never go unnoticed, however. On Bass is Ted Mosher, a veteran of the Rochester Blues scene. Ted was a founding member of the band, and has recently returned after a hiatus of several years to rejoin his friends. He is a versatile musician who is based in the blues but also has just the right touch for light jazz and swing. Ted is a veteran of the "Blues Union" Band that backed Joe Beard for years, and currently is heard performing with the "White Hots", the "Blues Explosion", "The Beale Street Band", and the "Dynamics", as well as with the John Cole Blues Band. In addition to performing live, he is an experienced sound engineer and producer.

On piano and organ is Gian Carlo Cervone; he has been with John Cole since the band's second gig, and they worked together for several years before that in other groups. It is very apparent when you see and hear Gian Carlo and John Cole that they have come to that place where words can go unspoken. Gian Carlo is a veteran of the blues and jazz scene in Rochester, and his solos are a favorite of the audience. He has also composed some of the band's instrumental tunes. Gian Carlo is also known for his jazz performances with his own groups and with Jazz Vocalist Janet Beaman, as well as with "Dan Schmitt & The Shadows", "The White Hots", and other blues and swing dance groups.


Band performances, Audio, & Video Samples

The drummer, "Papa" John Chaffer, also adds an essential touch to the band's sound - he joined the band about a year and a half after it was formed and has since become an essential part of its sound and personality. John is always right there in the pocket, due in no small part to his many years of experience playing with various Upstate New York groups such as The Earl Weems Revue, Tom Grills, and Texas Son. There are no roller coaster rides with this drummer. He is always tasteful, and holds it down for the good of the groove. Every now and then you might get to hear him in a solo!


The John Cole Blues Band's Performance Schedule
  • Sat, Apr. 19
    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    private event
  • Sat, May. 17
    8:30 pm - 12:30 am
    Murph's Irondequoit Pub
    &05 Titus Avenue - Rochester, NY
    585-342-6780
  • Sun, Jul. 27
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Pluta Cancer Benefit
    Eyer Park
    100 Wilson Avenue - East Rochester, NY
  • Sun, Aug. 3
    private event
  • Sun, Aug. 10
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    private event
  • Sat, Aug. 1
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    WNY Jazz Festival
    Historic Downtown Wolcott
    Main St and Northrup Park - Wolcott, NY

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For Bookings Contact:
Jim McGrath
585-473-4735
Email Jim: jim@johncolebluesband.com


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