CHRIS CAIN with The Rodger Fox Big Band – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – September 13th, 2017

CHRIS CAIN with The Rodger Fox Big Band

Jazz tinged, blues soaked guitar

CHRIS CAIN with The Rodger Fox Big Band

Rodger Fox, Erna Ferry

Wed 9.13

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


Chris Cain
Chris Cain
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.

Cain was raised on stories of his father's childhood upbringing on Memphis' Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, "I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats."

At the age of eight, Cain taught himself to play guitar and began playing professionally before he was eighteen. Chris studied music at San Jose City College, and was soon teaching jazz improvisation on campus. Over the next twenty years, Cain would also master piano, bass guitar, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone. The combination of his blues upbringing and his jazz studies melded to form the searing guitar style that sets Chris Cain apart and has moved him to the top ranks of the blues music scene.

Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year." Dan Forte of Guitar Player wrote, "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist." Cain's next two releases; "Cuttin Loose" (Blind Pig Records-1990) and "Can't Buy a Break" (Blind Pig Records-1992) collected a long list of awards and accolades. In August of 1995 Blind Pig released "Somewhere Along the Way" his 4th compilation of his unique brand of original music sophisticated blues, funk, jazz and gospel.

In 2003 Patrick Ford produced Chris's latest CD, "Hall Of Shame" (Blue Rock'it Records-2003). "...this is now the sixth Chris Cain solo release I have produced, not to mention his work with me on projects like the Ford Blues Bands' "In Memory Of Michael Bloomfield" CD, and I continue to be in awe of his incredible talent. As a guitarist/singer, Chris has been praised by mentors like Albert King and peers like Robben Ford."

Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, "Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, "Hall Of Shame" is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today's scene."

Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues."
Rodger Fox
Rodger Fox
One of New Zealand’s jazz premier artists:
Over the years Rodger has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz – blues and commercial music including Michael Brecker, Diane Schuur, Joey Defrancesco, Mike Stern, Randy Crawford, Michael Houstoun, Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Chris Cain, Jon Papenbrook, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Smith, Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse, Joe La Barbara, John Fedchock, Clay Jenkins, Eric Marienthal, Bill Cunliffe, Steve Houghton, Dick Oatts, Alex Sipiagin, Bob Sheppard, Bruce Forman, Charley Davis, Denise Perrier, Alan Broadbent and Jim Pugh name but a few.

Recorded some 42 albums/CDs including two live recordings at the Montreux Jazz Festival, one at the Vanguard Studio’s in New York City which featured premier jazz artists Guitarist John Scofield, Bassist Ron McClure and Trumpeter Tom Harrell. Chris Cain, Blues Vocalist/Guitarist.

In April of 2015 released “Concerti” featuring iconic classical pianist Michael Houstoun with the Rodger Fox Big Band - gaining a 5 star review from Jack Bower from “all about jazz”.

Other recordings have featured performances by Bobby Shew, Bill Reichenbach, Gary Grant, Bill Cunliffe, Jon Papenbrook, Midge Marsden,Tom Warrington and Steve Houghton, Randy Crawford, Alan Broadbent. Ray Woolf with the NZSM Big Band and “Run For Cover“ featuring the NZSM Big Band and guests Clay Jenkins, Bob Sheppard, and Bill Cunliffe, plus a host of New Zealand stars.

Winner of five Tui awards for “New Zealand Jazz Recordings of the Year”. 1984, 2001, 2004. 2009 and 2011 plus has been nominated on 9 other occasions.
Erna Ferry
Erna Ferry is a paramount jazz and blues singer, and comes with stellar experience in many styles of musical performance.

Erna is a vivacious, fun, sparkling stage personality. She has the ability to grab the crowd and make them hers. Whether she is singing a slow sultry ballad or belting out a swinging blues, you are in no doubt that Erna is giving the song her utmost.
Erna has performed at all the leading jazz festivals throughout New Zealand, and her career highlights include winning the 1993 Wellington Jazz Quest, supporting American vocal star Al Jarreau as well as touring New Zealand with leading American Jazz performers Bruce Forman - Guitar, Bill Cunliffe- Piano, Holly Hofmann - Flute and Jon Papenbrook - Trumpet.

In 2000 Erna toured the USA with the Rodger Fox Big Band appearing at the Monterey Jazz Festival and performing in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In 2000 Erna also released her first CD “Devil May Care” which featured The Rodger Fox Big Band. Musical arrangements are by acclaimed American writers Gordon Brisker and Jeff Driskill with special appearances by star performers Bill Cunliffe and Jon Papenbrook.

In 2002 her powerful performance in a guest appearance on the “World Blues Revue – New Zealand Tour” (alongside Long John Baldry and Robben Ford) gained Erna a lot of recognition.

“Her powerful vocal style captured the audience” – Evening Post Wellington
“Great vocal styling and this woman also plays great blues harmonica” – Christchurch Star

A second cd was dropped in February 2004 – “Big Blues”. This recording features Danny Caron – Guitar, Dewayne Pate – Bass, Deszon Claiborne – Drums and Dave Mathews – Keyboards, all who have performed with the World Blues Revue.

May 2010 - Close Your Eyes. This CD was recorded at the Blue Room Studios in Los Angeles with star American jazz artists: Joe LaBarbera - Drums, Tom Warrington - Bass, Larry Koonse - Guitar, Clay Jenkins - Trumpets, Bob Sheppard - Saxophone and New Zealand’s own Rodger Fox – Trombone

July 2013 – Erna toured to the USA with The Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra and recorded with the band at the famed Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles – This CD has been released under the title of “The Capitol Sessions”.
In 2015 Erna toured the Peggy Lee Story to much acclaim, while continuing to work with the Rodger Fox Big Band and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra.

2016 sees Erna continuing to work with Rodger – and also finding a way to get back into some blues with the initiative “Two Bluesy Blondes”
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607