Marty Stokes was originally raised on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida and has been playing different variations of Blues Music since he was a kid. Raw and melodic, original, and reaching to the emotional core, Stokes will not disappoint a good blues audience. . A group of long-time friends, the band 'delivers the goods' with tasteful grooves over Stokes' originals, alongside creative arrangements of covers. Jennifer Mazziotti, Daryl Best and Carv Clauson make up the 'core' of the MARTY STOKES BAND. Jennifer Mazziotti, also well known as Jazzy Mazzy has been playing faithfully alongside Marty for the past six years, and laces their sound with wonderful harmonies and jazz overtones. Jennifer's artistic contributions are well evident in his lastest CD release as well. Reviews are great on the compositions and engineering of Stokes' first and second CD releases. The first CD entitled HEAR YOU CALLIN' is a collection of mostly Stokes' originals, laced with a few licensed and tastefully arranged covers. Progressive Blues marks the color of this initial bold statement, and listeners have nothing but the best comments to offer. The 2nd CD release is entitled LEAVIN' BLUES, loaded with plenty of hot blues guitar, vocals, and the saxophone work of Jennifer Mazziotti. Probably the greatest difference between the first and second CD's would be a specific focus on hard core Blues---both style and delivery---and everyone who has heard Stokes' latest work is certainly glad they did !
The MARTY STOKES BAND performs in clubs around Florida, in places like Berts Bar at Matlacha, George and Wendys on Sanibel, Cadillac Jacks in South Ft. Myers, Space 39, Downtown Fort Myers, Englewoods on Dearborn (Bluz Under The Starz), Flounders (Englewood Beach) , BB Kings in West Palm, Chrissy's Tavern in Naples, The Blue Monkey (Naples), SS Hookers in Punta Rassa, Marco Island Fish Co, as well as several other venues. Marty's band has travelled to compete in the annual IBC competions, and 'placed' in both the South Florida, as well as Suncoast Blues Societies, and winning the Peoples' Choice Award in both of the 2013 & 2014 competitions, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Blues Society. Marty Stokes has also wowed audiences in the Blues Festivals of Pine Island, Bonita , and Buckingham. The band also performed at the 2011 Bonita Blues Festival for a 2nd time, receiving the popular vote (held online) for 'Peoples Favorite Act'.
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