SUGAR BLUE Grammy-Winning Blues Harp Legend at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue is not your typical bluesman. Born James Whiting, he was raised in Harlem, New York, where his mother was a singer and dancer at the fabled Apollo Theater. He spent his childhood among the musicians and show people who knew his mother, including the great Billie Holiday, and decided that he wanted to be a performer. Blue received his first harmonica from his aunt and proceeded to hone his chops by wailing along with Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder songs on the radio. He was soon influenced by the jazz greats such as Dexter Gordon and Lester Young. Blue has used this background to his advantage, creating an ultra-modern blues style and sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.