The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to increasing awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).
Programs and Services Offered
To further our mission, we sponsor Blues in the Schools programs, in which musicians present music and information to students at all levels (kindergarten through college). We offer programs in American social history, women in blues, language arts, conflict avoidance, storytelling and even math.
We also donate Blues-related materials (books, videos and CDs) to public libraries and offer educational programs in conjunction with those donations. Because many musicians learn to perform during jam sessions, we sponsor blues jams in many Colorado locations. We also work with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Volunteers of America, Hudson Gardens, Swallow Hill Music Association, the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, and Performance International. Our members number approximately 600 and range in age from 17 to 75. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and culture of the blues.
We also publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Holler, and a weekly email blast, The Blues Update. The purpose of the newsletters and web site is to provide information to our members and the public about blues-related events in Colorado.
We work with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the blues as an art form.
The Colorado Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Every member is welcome at the monthly board meetings. They are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Radio Station KGNU 4700 Walnut Street Boulder, CO
Colorado Blues Society Officers and Board Members
President - Tarry Underwood Email |
Tarry has always been a music lover. At age 15, he became a disc jockey at his hometown radio station when they started playing rock and roll. In the early 80’s he heard Stevie Ray Vaughn and started his research of the blues. In 1993, Tarry discovered photography and combined his two loves: Taking pictures of blues artists. In 1995 Tarry became a charter member of the Colorado Blues Society and finally had an avenue to feature his photography in The Holler. Having served on the board of directors for several years and as vice president for three years, in 2014 Tarry took over as president of CBS. Tarry feels the best part of being a part of CBS is the camaraderie and the family of blues society members where he has made many great friendships.
Vice President - Chick Cavallero Email |
Chick was born in New Jersey and moved to Colorado in 1976. He spent more than 20 years with Hewlett Packard as a Project Coordinator and is now retired. He and his family live in Loveland. Chick has been a blues fan since the sixties when he discovered the ‘rock’ songs he liked the most were really re-worked blues songs. Chick and his lovely wife, Patti, have seen over 2000 live blues performances. Chick served 4 years as CBS president and chaired the local IBC committee. He is also a volunteer for the Blues Foundation and has been a judge at the IBC Memphis competition the last 4 years. He serves as the CBS Games Manager and oversees CBS raffles. Chick writes and edits the Weekly CBS Update. He initiated CBS’s entry into the Best Self-Produced CD competition at the IBC and directed CBS’ process for nominating local artists, programs and institutions for the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive awards (KBA). Chick is a member of the Grand County Blues Society and the Blues Foundation. He works with Blue Star Connection, collecting instruments. Excerpts of his writing have found their way into the Grand County Blues Newsletter, American Blues Scene Magazine, The Holler, many blues performers’ websites and the Blues Foundation website.
Vice President - Scott Fitzke Email |
Scott is a shareholder with Shortridge, Fitzke & Hultquist. He practices in the area of commercial law, with an emphasis on litigation and real estate. He has also represented many non-profit, charitable and educational organizations as well as private and religious foundations. He also dabbles in entertainment law. Scott is actively involved in the community and volunteers for many organizations including Blue Star Connection, Urban Peak, Ronald McDonald House, Jeffco Action Center, Food Bank of the Rockies and other homeless and hunger projects. He had a long involvement with Scouting. He is married and the father of two active college students. Prior to becoming Vice-President, he served CBS as President and as a member of the Board of Directors. Scott has been actively involved with CBS since 1998. Scott also served on the Board of Directors of Swallow Hill Music Association from 2007 to 2009. Scott is on the Blues Foundation Board of Directors, currently serving his first term.
Treasurer - Kyle Deibler Email |
Board member Kyle Deibler comes to the CBS Board having served as the President of the Phoenix Blues Society for 8 years and a member of their Board for 10 years. A key volunteer at the national level for the Blues Foundation, Kyle has worked as a Venue Coordinator for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 12 years and continues to be in charge of the Handler crew for the Blues Music Awards for the last 11 years. Over the course of his 15 plus year involvement with the Blues, Kyle has actively produced and been involved with 10 Blues Festivals and well over 100 events in total.
Secretary - Joe Menke Email |
Previously a classic rock fan, Joe got hooked on the blues several years ago. For several years, Joe hosted annual blues concerts in his back yard featuring local solo/duo artists and bands. A highlight was the Blues Benefit Concert in 2012 which raised $5700 for the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. Joe attended Board of Directors meetings for the last couple of years as a member learning the mission, programs, and operational aspects of the Society before joining the Board of Directors. Since 2012, Joe has judged several rounds of the local CBS IBC competitions that select CBS’ representatives to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Joe is currently an electrical engineer for Keysight Technologies. Arriving in Colorado in 1981 via California with a BSEE and MSM from Purdue University, Joe is a native Hoosier.
Board of Directors
Director - Daryl Reichenender |
Daryl is pleased to join the Colorado Blues Society Board of Directors. His career background has been in banking and corporate finance at both mature companies and at start-up companies from inception through maturity. Daryl has lived in Colorado almost his entire life and likes to bike, camp and ski. And, of course, listening to the Blues! Daryl loves it here and is looking forward to contributing and helping CBS and introducing the Blues to others. Daryl would like to thank CBS members for their support. Daryl is starting his first term on the Board.
Director - Fordham Murdy aka “Reverend Freak Child” |
In the tradition of such Blues Reverends as Rev. Gary Davis and Rev. Robert Wilkins - such is the irreverent Reverend Freakchild. Like John Hammond Jr. he is a student of the Blues. He has played in many bands including an early incarnation of Soul Coughing with M. Doughty leaving to form the roots rock jam band Bananafish in Boston and then on to some work with The Neptune Ensemble, The Soul Miners (w/ guitar virtuoso Matt Rae), The Lucky Devils and The Cosmic All-Stars touring internationally.
The Rev. spent 3 years off-off-off Broadway singing blues and spirituals on Sundays at Tobacco Road, the now defunct NYC hippie hangout replete with drug addicts, hookers and music freaks. The Rev. has also served as a member and featured soloist of the Metro Mass Gospel Choir performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and the Town Hall Theater. The Rev's music has been featured in many TV programs and commercials, and also national radio advertising campaigns. He grew up in Hawaii, holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern University and is now pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He continues to perform and preach saying, "Music is my religion. Through song I seek transcendence!" The Reverend is starting his first term on the Board
Director - Kerry Morrison |
Kerry was born and raised in North Platte, NE. She moved to Colorado in 1976 with her two daughters. The daughters are all grown up now and she has been blessed with three grandchildren.
Kerry has been a blues fan for as long as she can remember and looks forward to working with the CBS Blues in the School program. She has always felt that her mission here was to introduce people to good music and feels that being a director for the Colorado Blues Society will help her in that regard. Kerry is starting her first term on the Board.
Patti Cavallero Email |
Patti grew up in South Dakota, graduated from nursing school and now works at the Medical Center of the Rockies. Music has been a large part of her life, starting with high school, where she marched in Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural parade as a member of the Platte (SD) High School Marching Band. Patti has a lifelong commitment to live music.
Patti sits on several committees at the Medical Center of the Rockies and has been involved in a number of fundraising events along the Front Range. Since 2010, Patti has been a member of our International Blues Challenge committee, where she serves as a scorekeeper and timekeeper during our talent competitions.
Patti has been a volunteer for the Blues Foundation at the Memphis IBCs the past three years. She has been part of the organizing committee of the Foundation’s Health Fare and has been a huge part of its success, helping set it up, promote it, and working from start to finish during the entire Health Fare and its workshops.
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Director- Peggy Jamison |
Peggy’s introduction to the Colorado Blues Society was in 2010 at the Pearl Street Blues Festival. “I attended with my 5 year old granddaughter Jordan. At the time she was carrying around a harmonica and playing it constantly. The headliner for this festival was Grady Champion, winner of the 2010 IBC. In the midst of Grady’s performance, he stopped playing his harmonica and invited little Jordan up to the stage to play with him. It was a memorable moment I will never forget. After her performance, a gentleman by the name of Jim Primock handed me a business card and said if I emailed him he would send me the pictures he took of her. In addition, Patti Cavallero took a video of the performance and put it on YouTube and also sent me a disk with the video on it. Well…that was the beginning of my friendship and connection with people in the Colorado Blues Society. It has been a great connection for myself and my granddaughter right from the beginning.” She wasn’t raised on Blues, but it was mixed in with everything that she did listen to growing up in Minneapolis. Peggy believes Blues is the bedrock of most all music we listen to. “I am not one who can recite historical facts about Blues artists………I’m still learning! But I know what I love and I love the Blues. I would consider it a privilege to assist the Colorado Blues Society with sharing this genre with others, in whatever areas that I can.” If you are still wondering who the heck Peggy is, you may have seen or heard of her granddaughter, Jordan “Stixx” Jamison. She has evolved from the harmonica to playing the drums and can be seen at various festivals and Blues jams. Being able to share her love for music and in particular, Blues Music, has been wonderful and the Colorado Blues Society and Blues community has been supportive to her from day one. Peggy wants to be a part of this organization to help continue what CBS has already been doing and help to make it even better.
Director - Sandee Lewin Nye |
Sandee attended the University of CO, Boulder earning a BA in Fine Arts, Art Education and Sociology; taught Art in Longmont, Fredrick and Erie, CO for 2 years before going back to school to earn a Prof Photography Certificate in Miami, where she met her future ex-husband and was stuck in Heat Humidity and Hurricanes for the next 30+ years. The mother of 3 adult children who live around the world(!) she also earned a MA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Nova SouthEastern Univ.
Sandee has been photographing the local and National Blues scene for over 15 years. (mostly in South FL – until she moved back to CO almost 2 years ago.) Her book South Florida has the Blues was published in 2008, which includes 40 pages of photographs, history and quotes from interviews. Future projects and collaborations are in the works.
Sandee is a lifetime member of the South Florida Blues Society. She joined the Colorado Blues Society (and Mile High) while still living in Florida before she moved here. She can honestly say that the people who love and support the BLUES are a FAMILY! Sandee is completely impressed with CBS, its board, members and the talent in our Blues community. She hopes to help the CBS to grow and continue to be the wonderful organization that it is in any way she is needed.