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Canada South Blues Society and WCSX’s Pazman to Receive 2011 KBA Awards November 10, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

2011 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients Announced

Honorees Include Key Movers from Around the Globe

Memphis, TN – On the heels of achieving its all-time high membership (quickly approaching 4,000 total), The Blues Foundation will honor 21 individuals and organizations with its 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award during a recognition brunch on Saturday, February 5, 2011, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the blues music world.

The KBA ceremony begins at 10:00 A.M. and will be held in conjunction with the 27th International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events that will feature the final rounds of the world’s most prestigious blues competition and largest gathering of blues acts, as well as seminars, showcases, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals on February 1-5.

The KBAs are awarded strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of blues professionals to those working to actively promote and document the music. Nominations are accepted from affiliated blues societies, past KBA recipients and current members of The Blues Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“The recipients of this year’s awards – as with every year – are people and organizations who are an integral part of not only promoting blues music, but of preserving it as well. Their work applies to the business of recorded music, but also to live events, print media, radio and visual broadcasts, and increasingly, the internet,” notes Art Tipaldi, KBA chairman.

Congratulations to Mark Pasman and our friends across the river, CSBS, for this honor!

Historical Preservation: Canada South Blues Museum – Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Opened in 2004, this is a live performance museum housed in Place Concorde at the Oasis Pub, a 175-seat venue, where the Canada South Blues Society inducts each honoree before a full house. Once the MC unveils the induction star, the artist performs a show. The initial inductee was Johnny Johnson, and to date 28 artists have been inducted, including Eric Burdon, Jeff Healey, Bobby Rush, Honeyboy Edwards, Kim Wilson, Downchild, Alberta Adams, Jimmy McCarty, Little Jr. Cannaday, and Jeremy Spencer. The museum is also hosting youth clinics where professional musicians provide children lessons in the blues.

Radio (Commercial): Mark Pasman — 94.7 WCSX-FM, Detroit, Michigan
Mark Pasman has hosted “The Motor City Blues Project” every Sunday night for 22 years on the classic rock station WCSX-FM, with over 50,000 watts. “The Paz Man” has one of the top 10 shows in the market, with an average listenership of over 35,000. Pretty good numbers for the blues on radio! In 2009, Pasman was awarded the Blues Horizon Award by the Detroit Blues Society and was inducted into the Canada South Blues Society Museum. In addition to his “anything blue will do” blues attitude in music selection, Mark has brought many legendary performers like B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Lonnie Brooks, and Robert Cray to the show for personal interviews and plugged in his guitar to host live, on-show jams with Double Trouble, Levon Helm, Robert Randolph, Johnny Bassett, Thornetta Davis, and many others.

The complete list of other winners is as follows:

Agent: Intrepid Artists, Charlotte, North Carolina
Blues Club: Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Blues Organization: Billtown Blues Society, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Education: Gary Allegretto, Los Angeles, California
Festival (International): Notodden Blues Festival, Notodden, Norway
Festival (U.S.): Tampa Bay Blues Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida
Film, Television, and Video: Mako Funasaka, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
International: Paul Jones, London, England
Internet: Mary4Music.com, Baltimore, Maryland
Journalism: Tim Parsons, South Lake Tahoe, California
Literature: Mary Lou Sullivan, Coventry, Connecticut
Manager: Paul Nelson, Bullseye Management, Stamford, Connecticut
Photography: Bill Steber, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Print Media: Twoj Blues, Chorzow, Poland
Producer: Michael Freeman, Barrington, Illinois
Promoter: Didier Tricard, Montferrier sur Lez, France
Publicist: Debra Regur, Blind Pig Records, San Francisco, California
Radio (Public): Tom Wendt, KBOO-FM, Portland, Oregon
Record Label: Electro-Fi Records, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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