7-Time Grammy Winner Buddy Guy headlined Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2016. Buddy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture.
Lee Ritenour, AKA Captain Fingers, a Jazz/jazz-funk/jazz fusion/smooth jazz guitar virtuoso. He has recorded over 40 albums with 35 chart songs. As a young guitarist, he put his combination of diverse musical styles and brilliant technical chops to work on more than 3,000 sessions, and was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful group in contemporary jazz. His prolific career includes a Grammy Award and 19 Grammy nominations.
The Legendary John Mayall, an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, also performed at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2016. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians (including Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington).
Jazz fusion/funk master of the bass guitar Victor Wooten. This five time Grammy Award winning musician has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. His legendary live shows continue the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince. In 2011, he was named #10 in the “Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone .
Dennis Chambers, an American drummer, has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke,Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play “in the pocket” but can also stretch very far out of the pocket which is also a hallmark of his technique. Chambers exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient, yet highly musical and groove-oriented.