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Italian Instrumentalist Distributes Demo

Italian John Di Ruzza is currently distributing his three-song rock instrumental CD-R demo, entitled Memories. Each of the three compositions sounds totally different from each other, and features Di Ruzza's ability to portray 'situations' in the music, rather than relying on technique to overwhelm the listener. With that in mind, songs such as "A London Tale" and "Seagulls At The Door" are top notch productions that bring the music to the listener in an intimate way. Aided by Pat Andolfi on bass and Robby Romano on keyboards and piano, the songs unfold as a Maurice Jarre soundtrack might, only with Di Ruzza's guitar supplying the 'edge' to keep a six-string fan's interest. Good work, and hopefully Di Ruzza will produce more recordings of this quality. John Di Ruzza was originally profiled in the December-January, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb John began studying guitar at the age of twelve, after five years of piano studies. His studies were focused around classical and jazz music, but at age seventeen he discovered the incredible technique of players such as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Al DiMeola and others. Since that time John has passed through several stages of music which each reflected his feelings at that moment in his life, rather than reflecting technical achievement on the instrument. He currently works a regular job during the day as well as continuing to play and teach guitar.

Di Ruzza's goal is to have some of his compositions included on a compilation CD of some kind, and have his music discovered by interested music fans.

Contact Information
Giovanni Di Ruzza
Via Canapine Inf. 25
03031 Aquino (FR)
Italy

E-mail: John Di Ruzza

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Howard And The White Boys

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Chicago's Hardest Working Blues Band

Back with their fourth CD of electric blues is the Illinois based band Howard And The White Boys. Live At Chord On Blues was recorded during three shows at the Chord On Blues club, and showcases the band whipping an enthusiastic audience into a frenzy. The band has always prided themselves on delivering dynamite live performances, and so a live CD is an appropriate way for their fans (and a whole bunch of new fans) to experience the group from the comfort of home. Guitar freaks will trip on the twin guitar attack provided by Dan Bellini and Giles Corey, while enjoying singer and bassist Howard McCullum's low end and drummer Jim Christopulos' blusey thwack. Live At Chord On Blues even features some excellent covers; Muddy Waters' "I Got My Mojo Workin'" and James Brown's "Sex Machine" (you won't find too many blues bands with the saavy to do that one). Howard And The White Boys were originally profiled in the December-January, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic The members of Howard And The White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, where they were all students pursuing different academic disciplines including Art, Sociology, Communications and Philosophy. Guitarist and harmonica player Dan Bellini met vocalist/bassist Howard McCullum in a bookstore and original guitarist Steve Asma in an art class. With the addition drummer Jim "Bucka" Christopulos (who Asma knew when they were in high school) the band was complete. They started jamming together in 1988 just for fun at first, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them that they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for B.B. King. The band has released several CDs on Mighty Tiger Records, "Strung Out On The Blues" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", and another CD on their own label, Evidence, entitled "The Big $core".

The band continues to tour and play out relentlessly in order to convert the maximum number of music fans into disciples of their high-powered blues.

Contact Information
Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
1443 Seward St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States

E-mail: Howard And The White Boys
Web site: www.howardandthewhiteboys.com

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