Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival

Jerimiah Marques and the Blue Aces

“Bring your dancing shoes!”

Born in Guyana, Jerimiah was one of the many immigrants that arrived in London in the 60s, having been sent for by his father when he was 11.  He soon started playing with various groups around town.  One afternoon in 1968 when walking past the Marquee Club, he happened to hear visiting Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters and his band rehearsing for their evening show.  That was the moment, he now insists, when he understood which musical genre was for him and since then he has dedicated his life to the blues and its many styles.  However, thanks to the insistence of the many artists who admire him and know him as a musician with a much wider range, he also performs songs in a roots-reggae style that always turn out to be showstoppers.

One of the most memorable acts you will ever witness – a mesmerizing mix of Blues and Reggae singer, storyteller and shaman.”  Band Profile – “Ain’t nothing but …” (the blues club in Soho)

Jerimiah Marques & the Blue Aces are truly unique, insofar as they present stunningly authentic performances of two of the world's most exciting musical genres.  The emphasis is on deep Chicago Blues, which transports the listener to the blues heyday of the 1950s and the magic sounds of Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters.  The band will then switch to another different groove, that of Roots Reggae, as exemplified by Toots and the Maytals.  The key to this great combination is the charismatic Jerimiah Marques, a vocal master of both musical styles and a performer who has to be seen live in order to appreciate his electrifying talent.

“Great playing, great grooves and a fabulous singer” - Blues in the Northwest

Reviewing gigs by former Booze’n’Blues member Jerimiah and his “superbly talented band the Blue Aces” Ashwyn Smith says “If there were any justice in this World, this band’s name would be near the top of major festivals bills around the UK & in Europe … audiences, wherever they play, are blown away by the intensity and power of their 50’s style Chicago Blues and their authentic and exciting roots reggae numbers.” 

He continues “Jerimiah is mesmerising, equally at home in both genres and a man whose energy and sheer presence seems to increase as the set progresses and he becomes almost possessed by the music.”  “Jerimiah and his great band played a glorious set … Jerimiah has charisma by the bucketload … the Blue Aces, a superbly tight outfit as at home with the contrapuntal rhythms of Jamaican roots & rock steady as they were with the glorious 50s style Chicago blues.”  - www.Digitalblues.co.uk

Stephen Foster in the Foster Factor on BBC Suffolk reports “The former Booze'n'Blooze front man needs no introduction to the region's blues fans and has never sounded better than on his new album "This Is Hip".  It certainly doesn't do you any harm when you have an outfit like The Blue Aces backing you.  It's a collaboration second to none on the UK blues scene.  Jerimiah's piano playing pal Pete Nash and Pete's fellow producer Mike Thorne on drums are never tempted to rain on the main man's parade.”  He continues “Jerimiah digs deep to get to the roots of the blues and is clearly in his element surrounded by class musicians who share his deep love of the blues and where it came from.  Miss them at your peril.”

“One of the best shows of consummate musicianship and collective community enjoyment I have ever witnessed.” - Abi Rhodes Zigzag wanderings (14/06/2008) http://abi-rhodes.typepad.com/abi_rhodes_zigzag_wanderi/2008/06/dust-my-room.html


Blue Aces are:

Pete Nash – keyboards (& occasional slide guitar)

Pete has been playing professionally since the early 60s – a former member of Steve Marriott’s Moments where his personal highlights were playing with Jimmy Reed & Sonny Boy Williamson.  Pete has gigged regularly ever since and has toured with Chuck Berry, Canned Heat, Dr Feelgood and Booze’n’Blues.  Pete has been performing with Jerimiah since 1987.  He also sits in with Little George, Big Joe Louis and The Magnatones among others.


Mike Thorne – Drums

26 year old Mike first saw Marques & Nash (Booze’n’Blues) playing live on Central TV on a show hosted by Jules Holland when he was 9!  He joined up with them by chance 11 years later when they formed the Marques Brothers with Geoff Shaw on guitar.  Mike has also played with Big Joe Louis, The Big Town Playboys, Little George Sueref, Eric Bibb, and many more.  Mike’s “Rimshot Studios” has been home to some of the best Blues releases of the last 6 years - Mike and Pete engineered three of Matt Schofield’s Albums – “Live at the Jazz Cafe”, “The Trio, Live” & “Sifting Thru Ashes”.  They also engineered Ian Siegal’s first album “Meat and Potatoes” as well as Jerimiah Marques & the Blue Aces’ own release “This is Hip”.  All releases have been well received by the global music press and audiences alike.

West Weston – harmonicas

Played harp on the band’s first CD ''The Marques Brothers'', The Chess Sessions released in 98 and on ''This is Hip!”.  He has made his reputation as a top class harp player with bands like Big Joe Louis, the Bigtown Playboys and Eddie Taylor Jr.  West’s own band features regularly at “Ain’t Nothing But … ” in London - West Weston’s Bluesonics.



Lewis Fielding – Guitar

Lewis grew up in Stirling, Scotland, and joined the Blue Aces in 2002 after playing on their “This is Hip!” CD, his unique guitar style blending perfectly with their music.  He has gained his reputation for being a tasteful accompanist and incisive lead guitarist - playing with bands and performers including Big Joe Turner’s Memphis Blues Caravan, Lazy Lester, Dana Gillespie and the Jetsuns.  Lewis is also guitarist for Little George Sueref and the Blue Stars.

Orlando Shearer – Double Bass

Played Double Bass with Otis Grand and then with the Cadillac Kings for 4 years until he left the band in 2006.  Since and currently, as well as playing with Jerimiah, Orlando plays with Lizzie Scott and the Do-Rite, Slim Lightfoot, The Freeze (Ritchie Lane, John Stokes and Mike Thorne), King David’s Trio Royale and with West Weston’s Bluesonics.