Ray DeSylvester’s Blue Smoke plays high energy classic Chicago Blues throughout central and Northern Arizona. They keep the Blues alive with their soulful sound as they portray music similar to juke joints on the South side of Chicago.
The bands inspiration draws from the great Chess record artists who made the Mississippi saxophone (harmonica) famous, such as: Little Walter, George Harmonica Smith, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Junior Wells. These great masters continually inspire Ray DeSylvester’s Blue Smoke to apply legendary tones and licks to each performance.
Harpmaster Ray DeSylvester is known for his solo harmonica renditions of the national anthem at festivals and weaving throughout the audience when he performs. Ray earned the honor to represent NAZBA and compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016. He won the Phoenix Blues Society’s Arizona Blues Showdown for top traditional solo act and was also an International Blues Competition finalist, two consecutive years.
Ray DeSylvester’s Blue Smoke, was filmed in the Spring of 2013 by the Arizona Highways Magazine Television Crew. The show features Arizona regions, and is aired on network television.