Blue Eclipse, the latest youth blues band based in Chicago, is compromised of students that met at DePaul University and are ready to touch your soul. They got their start performing at the world-famous International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where they presented an all-original set. They execute their twist of blues with their fresh songs and personalized covers such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King. This determined group seeks to perform regularly and will start recording soon. Their main goal is to play music straight from the soul and make audiences leave with a new feeling. You won’t want to miss out on this new energy! Check out the rest of the band members in addition to Radka here:
New to the blues scene, Jesse Bockwinkel is a vocalist from the Kansas City area. Studying voice since 6th grade, he pursued education, musical and academic, at Rockhurst High School. His music director there, Sam Anderson, and his private voice teacher, Joshua Lawlor, both sung under the direction of Charles Bruffy as part of the KC Chorale, a multi-grammy winning choir. With their help, Jesse was able to participate in a multitude of choirs. One of which, The Mid-American Honor Choir, gave a tour through Europe singing in famous cathedrals, such as Notre Dame in Paris, France. Other achievements include receiving top rating in Missouri state solo competitions in 2015 and 2016, participating in the Missouri All-State choir in 2016, and performing Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the UMKC Conservatory. These achievements lead to his further study of music at DePaul University, where he currently pursues a degree in voice under the direction of Dr. David Alt. With Blue Eclipse, Jesse hopes to improve his vocal skills in areas outside of the solo, choral, and academic settings, and, more importantly, create great music with some of his greatest friends.
An instrumentalist with a varied background, Paul Roach hails from the Idaho Treasure Valley. Paul first became interested in music while in kindergarten, and soon after, began classical piano lessons at the age of seven. In sixth grade, Paul discovered saxophone and jazz, and by the time he reached high school, he was taking private lessons both with locally legendary saxophonist, Sandon Mayhew, and with nationally lauded concert pianist, Sean Rogers. During his productive time at Vallivue High School, Paul played saxophone everywhere he could, including first chair spots in both the school's wind ensemble and top jazz band; local gigs; and NAfME honor ensembles on the state, regional, and national level. He also received superior placement in Idaho's state solo competition on both alto and tenor saxophone. After high school, Paul decided to shift his focus on piano once again, leading to his interest in solo improvisation and performance of contemporary music. Currently studying jazz piano at DePaul University, Paul intends to further broaden his musical horizons by drawing influence from several musical idioms. As a part of newly formed Blue Eclipse, Paul hopes to make the blues tradition an integral part of his expanding vocabulary at the keyboard, all while enjoying the company of great musicians.
Tom Farnsworth is a percussionist in the Chicago Land area. Tom started playing percussion in the sixth grade. In seventh grade, he started to learn how to play the drum set and started taking drum lessons with Dean Radzak. Tom attended James B. Conant High School in HoffmanEstates, Illinois. In High school, and started taking classical percussion lessons with Michael Kozakis, a well-known percussionist in the Chicago area. In high school, Tom started playing the renowned Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing with famous musicians such as the Blue man group and famous venues such as the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, and music festivals such as the Grant Park Music Festival. Tom currently attends DePaul university studying music education and classical percussion. At DePaul, he studies with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Timpanist, David Herbert, Lyric Opera Percussionist Michael Green, and Michael Kozakis.