NAZBA currently has an Officer level position open in Flagstaff. Position is responsible for organizing and promoting Flagstaff area NAZBA events and staying connected with both the musician and business communities. For more information, please contact NAZBA President Chris Berry at email@example.com for further details.
History and Mission
Founded in 2012, Northern Arizona Blues Alliance's (NAZBA) mission is to promote, teach, and advance Blues, through networking with fans and musicians, entertainment venues, promoters, and music organizations and the community at large throughout the Sedona/Cottonwood/Verde Valley, Flagstaff, and Prescott areas. In addition to special events such as Concerts, Festivals and other Music Themed Events like “Harmonica Blowouts”, “Guitar Shootouts” and just plain having fun, the organization is a 501 c(3) registered non-profit and an affiliate of the Blues Foundation.
Our affiliation with the Blues Foundation, (Headquartered in Memphis Tennessee with over 200 chapters in 22 countries), enables the organization to host a local International Blues Competition (IBC), where the winners in both the Band and Solo/Duo categories gets to go to Memphis to compete against some of the best Blues Entertainers in the World. NAZBA is also permitted to send a locally produced CD for consideration in the "Best Self-Produced CD" competition. Locally, the organization also hosts smaller scale, single and multi day events, featuring touring national acts, coupled with local talent.
Did you know "Hound Dog" Taylor, Renowned Chicago guitar player was born with six digits on his left hand? Born Theodore Roosevelt Taylor in Nachez, Mississippi on April 12, 1915, Taylor later moved to Chicago and co-founded Alligator Records. When asked what he wanted for his epitaph to be he was quoted as saying "He couldn't play shit but he sure made it sound good!" Ironically while possessing a thumb and five fingers on his left hand, (a guitar players dream) Taylor was famous for playing slide guitar requiring only one finger!