John Abrahamsen and Bluesmovers Present:



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GIGS IN THE RELATIVELY NEAR FUTURE INCLUDE:

Saturday, October 25, 2014, Roger Ceresi's All Starz, Tri City Elks 1915 West Shore Road (upstairs), Warwick, RI
[(401) 737-9510, Nice wood floor for dancing, UPSTAIRS]
[Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door, 8:15 pm - 11:15 pm]

Saturday, November 1, 2014, Rosemary's Baby Blues, Morse Tavern, 85 East Central St, Natick, MA
Sunday, November 2, 2014, Afternoon Blues Jam (w/ Rosemary Casey), Village Trestle, Goffstown, NH
Sunday, November 9, 2014, Roger Ceresi's All Starz, Twin Rivers Casino, Lighthouse Bar, Lincoln, RI.
Swingin' Afternoon from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 23, 2014, Roger Ceresi's All Starz, Dance2Swing Dance, 134 North Main Street, Leominster, MA
[Cover $14, Dance lesson @ 6:30 pm, Dancing starts @ 7:30 pm]
Saturday, December 13, 2014, Roger Ceresi's All Starz, Russell Library, Middletown, CT [2-4 pm]
Saturday, December 20, 2014, Rosemary's Baby Blues "Kiss-mas" Party, Morse Tavern, 85 East Central St, Natick, MA
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Roger Ceresi's All Starz, New Year's Eve 2014 Party, Tri City Elks 1915 West Shore Road (upstairs), Warwick, RI

... and MORE which I will post SOON! ...
P.S. - If you have a gig for me, contact me...


This is my first 2 camera edit... "Come On, Let's Boogie!"
The 2012 Providence WaterFire TD Bank Ballroom Swing Dance, our EIGHTH year!

Our NEW CD "On The Right Track" is released!
Available for purchase at the following distributors:
CD Baby, Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, EMusic, Napster, Nokia, Tradebit, GreatIndieMusic, Amazon MP3, Myspace Music, MediaNet, and Deezer
Roger Ceresi



A Blast from the past! This is the K.D. Bell Band playing a New Years Eve gig at Newport Blues in Newport, RI on December 31, 2000 - Eleven years ago!






Blues on the Beach with Sugar Ray Norcia and The Bluetones Big Band




This is Rosemary's Baby Blues Band, whom I hooked up with at the last minute at Harper's Ferry.
Yes, Rosemary talked ex-blues club, and now rock-club Harpers into doing a BLUES show.
Good job, I couldn't do it! She's on Facebook as Rosemary Casey, and the band is there too, I think.
Look at the guys in this band, I'm sure you can recognize some of them?


Playing with Rosemary's Baby Blues Band at Harpers Ferry, Allston, MA - March 9, 2010 ... Opening up with "Last Night".



Playing with Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetones Big Band at the Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI on September 5, 2009....
Mama Don't Like Blues Music ...
But ... WE DON'T CARE what Mama don't like! Yeah!



Tab Benoit stopped by, and he and Johnny Nicholas joined us on the Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Big Band gig at the newly renovated Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI, September 5, 2009. What an awesome surprise!



5 YEARS IN A ROW ROCKIN' PROVIDENCE AT WATERFIRE SWING!!!
This is "Pink Cadillac", taken at about 11:30pm, August 22nd, at the Turk's Head Building.




Playing Reelin' and Rockin' at Duffy's Tavern, Kingston, RI on August 1, 2009. We'll be back there Sunday afternoon, Sept 6th, to close out this summer!



Playing Snatchin' It Back at the Charlestown Seafood Festival, Charlestown RI on August 8, 2009. This was a great gig with a tremendous sound crew! We're booked next year already, for August 7, 2010!



Me and James Cotton after the show at the Bull Run Restaurant, April 3, 2009.



Roger Ceresi's All Stars playing "Walking On A Tightrope" at the Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI on February 21, 2009.


Yes, I also have a MySpace Page which is rather sparse at the moment...

My Youtube Page is just starting to grow.
I'm on facebook under my full name, which is "John Abrahamsen". College friends have been connecting with me lately... pretty cool.
My email is john@bluesmovers.com


My Music Bio
My Schedule




Danny Vitale, my great friend and singer from "The Movers" days, posted a slide-show video with "Rock Doc" from our 1995 CD, "On The Move". I love this song... Danny's posting youtube videos as "dunskie", check them out... they're GREAT! I really like this one... other vids he has up, like him and Paul doing "What the Hell"... and on others, the harmonies they have thrown out there are killer.



"Take It Like A Man" from our first gig at Swing City, October 17, 2008




This is my musician friend Brian Magoon, who runs a band I play with from time to time, called "B.J. Magoon and Driving Sideways".
He hosted the Acton Jazz Cafe Thursday night blues jam for the first eleven years, and has just scaled his involvement back to once a month.
Come on down to the jam, its great fun!.



Waterfire Swing was great (as usual) September 13th!
This was our fourth year in a row on this gig... awesome!
This our friend and great DJ "BigDaddyKool", Paul Rodrigues...
Great Voice! Great Show! His email is bigdaddykool@cox.net if you need a Swing DJ ... but hire us too, please?! ... nice '59 Ford, too!




Take a ride in the Bluesmobile, my '54 OLDS!





Turk's Head Place... whoa!




Roger Ceresi's Loaded Dice AllStarz playing "Woke Up This Morning" at Table 28, East Greenwich, RI, July 12, 2008.




The gig at the Belcourt Castle in Newport, RI was fantastic - What a fine time we had!





Here's a little viddy you will enjoy... Roger Ceresi's Loaded Dice AllStars, Boarding House Reach, Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drums party it down at the Belcourt Castle on Bellevue Ave in Newport, RI. Need I say more? I didn't think so! (I think it was a full moon, too)...




The traditional Irish band "Boarding House Reach" played at the Shamrock Ball held at Belcourt Castle in Newport, RI on April 19, 2008.





Our very own Fantastic Irish-American Drummer Joey Sullivan "osuillabhain" singing Roll Over Beethoven with Loaded Dice (aka Roger Ceresi's Loaded All Starz) at the Music Lady in Moosup, CT on April 5, 2008. Loaded Dice on this evening was John A/Carl Q/Barry F on Tpt/Bone/Saxes respectively, with Joey (drums/vocal), Papa Dick Souza (bass), Steve Burke (keys), and Rob Nelson (guitar). Some of our mostest favoritest dancers showed up that night!





Playing "24 Hours A Day" with Duke Robillard (guitar, vocals) and Doug 'Mr Low' James (sax) at Muddys Club in Weinheim, Germany, on March 17th was great fun. Mark Teixeira (drums), Bruce Bears (keys) and Jon Ross (bass) rounded out the band. Duke is one of the greatest bluesmen in the world, but I'm biased... and so is everyone else who's heard him, by the way. Here is a short clip from that gig, taken by my friend Peter Volk. I also would like to thank our host Klaus Gassmann of the great German soul band Soul Finger for his generous hospitality, including a very fine meal we will NEVER forget! NOTE: I have recently improved the bit-rate for this video, and posted another Duke Robillard video "Swinging with Lucy Mae" on my youtube site.


Here is proof I'm in Germany... Today, my friends Peter Volk, Mike Gearan (videographer on this clip), and I went to visit Hohenzollern Castle, home of Kaiser Wilhelm and his family in the foothills of the Swabian Alps in Germany. This historic and iconic Castle, and Germany as a whole, is a beautiful place which richly deserved a tribute before we left! Here is the Wikipedia entry for the song, if you want to know why I played it


My band "The Movers" in 1995 won what is now called the International Blues Challenge. This website was built for that band, hence the bluesmovers.com name. We opened the Handy Awards In Memphis, TN on May 2, 1996. It was a great priviledge to play that and the "after-party" at B.B. King's on Beale Street with everybody (Ronnie Earl, Toni Lynn Washington, Bob Margolin, Luther Allison). Here's a fun (but technically rough ... old VHS tape) video of me with The Movers at the awards show ... followed by an interview with myself, Kemp Dunn (drums) and "Chili" Mike Davis (guitar). This was done by LCH Roberson and Curtis Lee of Buffalo, NY. Curtis is on WUFO-AM out of Buffalo these days, 1-5pm Saturday. They have "Listen LIVE", so check him out!

Jim Shaw, my dear friend and former housemate passed away on February 8, 2008, unexpectedly. There are a lot of hurting people right now who were deeply touched by this guy. This is original music he wrote (and the first performance), which we played at the Hatch Shell in 1992. I was the flugelhorn player.


Sad News, trumpeter Bob Enos, known to his friends as "Bubba" or "Big Guy", of the great Roomful of Blues band passed away January 11, 2008. I got a call from Ephraim about it and all of us are quite upset and shaken by this terrible loss. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family and all of his friends around the world. Here is a link to the band's Myspace page, as well as their official website.


"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" from Roger Ceresi's Loaded Dice AllStars, Leominster Eagles Swing Dance (Dance2Swing.com), Dec 30, 2007

"Back To Memphis" from the West Hartford Town Hall Swing Dance, Dec 7, 2007 (Thanks to Tory for the camera work!)

"Hello Josephine" from the Cape Verdean Club Dance, May 22, 2007.

"Love Struck" straight off the TV!
Danny Vitale and Loaded Dice, Beverly Homecoming, Lynch Park, August, 2005.

The New Live at The Narragansett Cafe CD is OUT!
You can buy this GREAT LIVE CD, "Come On, Let's Boogie"
on Trombonist/Producer Carl Querfurth's website,
as well as other rare and wonderful offerings.
Major credit cards and Paypal are accepted.


Two events held for the Florence Roche PTA succeeded in paying for a great playground for the Groton Elementary School. We thank all the musicians and friends which helped us out! This past February 10th, the "Sweet Sounds: An Evening of Jazz and Dessert" event, featuring Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin, Billy Novick. And, more recently, October 27th, the "Blacktop Blues Bash", featuring "Monster" Mike Welch, Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetones, as well as Roger Ceresi and the Loaded Dice AllStarz "Knock your socks off, leaving your shoes on your feet!" Orchestra. We all loved doing the events, and everyone is better for it, especially the kids!



This is the stage at The Sea Note, Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA

I dropped into the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley to see Roomful of Blues! Got more than I bargained for, and played all night!!! To top that off, I Just found out that I'm playing with Sugar Ray and The Bluetones Big Band!
Carl Querfurth, Greg Piccolo, Tommy Mahfood, and the Bluetones, at the Regattabar, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA - NEW YEARS EVE! UPDATE: That went great, and we're doing a fund-raiser at the Arlington, MA for Breast Cancer at the Regent Theatre April 14th!

Me with Jim Belushi August 3, 2006 at The Black Rose WB56 Party! Jim just sent us some nice stuff for a fund-raiser auction you will hear about soon...


Roger Ceresi and the Allstarz Loaded Dice Orchestra



Gilrein's is multi-decade old, yet newly renovated club in downtown Worcester, MA ... please support this place... The new owner is doing a great job!

Roger Ceresi's All Starz!

Dance 2 Swing Studios
Dance 2 Swing Studios

Free Republic

WaterFire!
WaterFire!
WaterFire!

Here's a bluesmobile welcome for gags... Click on the picture above for a different one.


Look very closely at this picture my dad took in the fifties of my Uncle John with his new Pink Cadillac. Behind it is my dad's 50 Rocket 88, and behind that is someone's 54 Olds .... The Bluesmobile is a 54 Olds! How cool is that?

Anyhow, back to music... I will be posting all gigs I get as a trumpet player on this site as they come in...

Music News



Roger counting the money trench loot in the plastic hallway, after the gig on Friday the 13th, in October 2006 at Okies!
You'll notice lots of gigs with Roger Ceresi... this guy can hustle up the work, I'll tell you... Lot of energy with this fella...

That night I saw a HUGE COBALT BLUE FIREBALL METEOR on Route 4 at about 2:20 am (Saturday morning October 14, 2006). What a sight that was. Sorry, didn't get a picture it happened too fast, but I wonder if anyone else saw it. I was in the queue for "Coast to Coast AM with George Noori", but my cellphone kept crapping out. Did anyone else see the BLUE METEOR?


In March, 2004, I had the priviledge of subbing on trumpet for Bob Enos of Roomful of Blues for a few gigs... What an experience, meeting everyone... 'cept Bob ... we met before.. years ago. Real nice bunch, friendly atmosphere. And this band still swings, kicked my a__ to get to be with 'em.
December 9, 2006, after being "double-booked"...a very special event every real musician has experienced, I decided to go out to see Roomful of Blues at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA. Being a "make lemonade out a lemons kind of guy", I got more than just on the bandlist... ended up working the whole night with them!

That was awesome, and something I always wished I could do... trumpet players don't get to play in a kick-ass jump blues band together very often... much less the best little big band in America!!!

Getting to play with Bob "Bubba" Enos on his gig, the great "roomful", is a night I will never ever forget.

And look at the fan club this man has!!!

Here's us warming up before the gig in the "green room"... Thanks to Ron Rice for the pictures...


Looking back at my past days, I worked with K.D. Bell from 2000 through 2004, mostly with his New England band. Two guys from K.D. Bell's band are in Roomful today, Ephraim Lowell (drums) and Travis Colby (keyboards). I tell you the truth, we all ARE related!


My friend from the Hot Tamales, Scott Shetler did the horn arranging for his CD, and I have to say he did a real bang-up job, I'll tell you! I work with him and Mickey in the Hot Tamales sometimes... Got to check out his C'mon Man jazz organ trio, and sat in on a few tunes.
K.D. Bell was produced by Bobby Keyes of Thrillionaire Records, one of the very greatest guitarists I have ever heard!

One gig with K.D., in particular was an absolute blast! It was called "Reel Blues Fest", associated with the Woods Hole Film Festival. I was playing with K.D. Bell on a billing with Shirley Lewis, James Montgomery, and the great Johnny Winter! A great night with a sold-out house! Wow! It will be a forever cherished memory.
Sadly, "King Drummer" Frederick Bell left us in September of '04... You are sorely missed, old friend...
Back in 1995, while Danny Vitale was fronting The Movers, he and the band were winners of the Battle Of The Boston Blues Bands at Harpers Ferry, and then went on (I joined them at that point) to win The International Blues Talent Competition, now called the International Blues Challenge, held by the National Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. They were invited to perform at The W.C.Handy awards, also in Memphis. Lots of big shows followed such as an industry party at B.B. King's, The Ultimate Rhythm And Blues Cruise with Taj Majal, KoKo Taylor, James Harman and other greats. "Vitale channels the timbre, if not the soul of Louis Jordan."
Blue Revue Magazine, Where NYC Gets The Blues

Better yet, if you want a some good music, email me...


Swing Daddy doing his thing!

The schedule below will include whatever has come my way... Been to some jam sessions... I like the Acton Jazz Cafe on Thursday w/BJ Magoon of Drivin' Sideways.


Please see my "Blues That Moves" schedule below for all the various dates, as well as others.


Playing With JIM BELUSHI, August 3, 2006

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Blues That Moves Schedule

Don't forget to check the links at the bottom of this page to verify the club schedules, get directions, or flame 'em if they fire us.






Playing with The Movers at B.B. King's club on Beale St, Memphis, TN (1996)
August 2006
  • Thursday, 8/03/2006, All Starz, Private Party w/Boston's WB56 (WLVI), Boston, MA Jamming w/ Jim Belushi!
  • Friday, 8/04/2006, All Starz, Table 28, 28 Water Street, East Greenwich, RI 401-885-1170
  • Sunday, 8/06/2006, Loaded Dice w/Danny Vitale, Beverly Homecoming, Lynch Park, Beverly, MA 4-6pm
  • Saturday, 8/12/2006, All Starz, Private Party, Richmod, RI
  • Wednesday, 8/16/2006, Loaded Dice, Cape Verdean Progressive Center, Swing Dance, East Providence, RI
  • Friday, 8/18/2006, All Starz, German Club, 78 Carter Ave, Pawtucket, RI 8:30pm - $10
  • Sunday 8/20/2006, All Starz, Private Party, Cranston, RI
  • Friday, 8/25/2006, All Starz, The NEW! Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI 9:30pm-1:00am 401-423-2150
  • Saturday, 8/26/2006, All Starz, WaterFire Swing Dance, Sovereign Plaza, Downtown Providence, RI FREE! Lesson at 7pm, Dance 8pm-midnight


  • Playing at Harper's Ferry with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1991)
    September 2006
    • Saturday, 9/2/2006, All Starz, Sand Bar and Grill, 885 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, RI [start at 8:45pm]
    • Saturday, 9/9/2006, All Starz, Private Party
    • Sunday 9/10/2006, All Starz, Swing Dance, Leominster Elks, North Main St, Leominster, MA
    • Thursday 9/14/2006, All Starz, Newport Blues, Newport, RI
    • Friday 9/15/2006, All Starz, Fat Boy Bill's, Central Street, Milford, MA ph 508-634-0301 [10pm-midnight]
    • Saturday, 9/16/2006, All Starz, Private Party
    • Friday 9/22/2006, All Starz, Chan's, Woonsocket, RI
    • Saturday 9/23/2006, Loaded Dice w/ Danny Vitale, Boston Blues Festival, Hatch Shell, Boston, MA [1pm?]
    • Saturday 9/23/2006, All Starz, Private Party, New London, CT
    • Saturday 9/30/2006, All Starz, The Sea Note, Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA


    Me with George Leh at the Acton Jazz Cafe (2006)
    October 2006



    Playing with James Harman at The House of Blues, Cambridge, MA (1997?)
    November 2006



    Out for Ice Cream at Johnson's with Phoebe (2005)
    December 2006
    • Friday, 12/1/2006, All Starz, The NEW! Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI [music at 9pm]
    • Saturday 12/2/2006, All Starz, Private Party, Peabody Marriott, Peabody, MA
    • CANCELLED - Saturday 12/9/2006, All Starz, Okies, Narragansett, RI - CANCELLED
    • Wednesday, 12/20/2006, All Starz, CV Club Dance, East Providence, RI
    • Friday, 12/22/2006, All Starz, Bovies, East Providence, RI
    • Wednesday, 12/27/2006, Loaded Dice, CV Club Dance, East Providence, RI
    • Sunday, 12/31/2006, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones Big Band, Regattabar, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA



    Me and Greg Piccolo after the New Year's Eve gig with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Big Band
    January 2007
    • Wednesday, 1/3/2007, Loaded Dice, CV Club Dance, East Providence, RI
    • Friday, 1/5/2007, All Starz, South County Tavern, Exeter, RI
    • Saturday, 1/13/2007, All Starz, Corinnes, Pawtucket, RI
    • Sunday, 1/28/2007, Loaded Dice, Swing Dance, Leominster Elks, North Main St, Leominster, MA


    • Playing with Jay Geils and Carl at the "Sweet Sounds" gig, Feb 10, 2007.

      February 2007