Blind Boy Paxton

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 7.30pm

Tintype photo of Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon TN. Photo for personal use and promotion only-No commercial use without permission.

Meet young Jerron Paxton, born in 1989, an American musician from Los Angeles, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He draws from blues and jazz music before World War II – influenced by Fats Waller and ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson. The virtuoso is a joyous entertainer, humorous with a smooth vernacular, dazzling wit, a terrific storyteller, exuding an affable excitement. He hails from an African American Jewish family with mixed Creole/Choctaw Indian ancestry, transplanted Louisiana sharecroppers who moved to South Central Los Angeles, but Jerron now lives in Queens. In other words, he is a true American.

Will Friedwald writes in the Wall Street Journal ‘Paxton is virtually the only music-maker of his generation – playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements – to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ’30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson’

He is the whole package – witty, fast rhyming, poetic, fun, exciting, wonderfully skilled as a musician and a fine singer. Clearly destined for greatness, he is very young and his career will ascend like a rocket. Phil Wiggins, harmonica ace, referred to Jerron as ‘a musical genius’.

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Tickets available at The Art Shop and at the Chapel

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