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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Marva Wright (vocals)


BANDS:
  • Marva Wright Band

BIOGRAPHY:

Amazing vocalist born and raised in New Orleans, USA, she started singing very soon, at 9, although she didn´t became a music pro until 1987, when she was almost 40. Since then, she has recorded several great blues albums (also some gospel).

She has won many awards, such as Best Blues Vocalist from Offbeat or Best Female Performer from the Big Easy Entertainment Awards.


MARVA WRIGHT BAND


This was the lineup of The BMW´s (Band of Marva Wright) that recorded the album Marva:

MARVA WRIGHT BAND #?
?
Marva Wright
vocals
Anthony Brown
guitar
Scott Thomas
guitar
Benny Turner
bass, director
Marc Adams
keyboards
Tracy Griffin
trumpet
Charles Elam III
sax, vocals
Brian Cayolle
sax
Jeffrey Alexander
drums

In July 2007, Marva played some European festivals teaming with guitarist Vasti Jackson:

MARVA WRIGHT BAND #?
?
Marva Wright
vocals
Vasti Jackson
guitar
Benny Turner
bass
Joe Krown
keyboards
Eddie Dejean
drums

This was one of the latests editions of BMWs (Band of Marva Wright), with some veterans such as Benny Turner:

MARVA WRIGHT BAND #?
?
Marva Wright
vocals
Anthony Brown
guitar
Derwin Perkins
guitar
Benny Turner
bass, director
Keiko Komaki
keyboards
Josh Paxton
keyboards
Tracy Griffin
trumpet
Charles Elam III
sax, vocals
Gregory Dawson
sax
Jeffrey Alexander
drums
Earl J Smith Jr
drums, vocals

Sadly, she passed away on March 23rd, 2010, after some health complications derived from 2 strokes. Her friends were organizing a benefit concert for her.

DISCOGRAPHY: (22 albums known to me - Status: In progress)

OWN ALBUMS (9 credits)
  • Marvalous - Marva Wright ( - )

  • Heartbreakin´ woman - Marva Wright (1990)

    • Members: (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Guests: (RIP: Sammy Berfect, Juanita Brooks)
  • Born with the blues - Marva Wright (1993)

    • Members: Benny Turner (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Guests: Herman Ernest, Freddie Koella, Sonny Landreth, Lenny McDaniel, Dave Woodward (RIP: Sammy Berfect)
    • Comments: Reissued in 2006 with a different title, Do right woman, with different song order.
  • My Christmas song - Marva Wright (1994)

    • Members: Jeffrey Alexander, Benny Turner (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Guests: (RIP: Sammy Berfect, Michael Robinson)
  • I still haven´t found what I´m looking for - Marva Wright (10/1995)

    • Members: (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Guests: (RIP: Bernard ´Bunchy´ Johnson)
  • Bluesiana Mama - Marva Wright (02/1999)

    • Members: Benny Turner (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Comments: Recorded in December 1994.
  • Marva - Marva Wright (10/2000)

    • Members: Jeffrey Alexander, Benny Turner (RIP: Scott Thomas, Marva Wright)
  • Blues queen of New Orleans - Marva Wright (2004)

  • After the leeves broke - Marva Wright (05/2007)

    • Members: Jeffrey Alexander, Benny Turner (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Guests: Donald Harrison, Donald Ramsey, Allen Toussaint, Steve Wood
ALBUMS WITH BANDMATES AND FRIENDS (4 credits)
  • Brother´s keeper - Neville Brothers (07/1990)

    • Members: Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Brian Stoltz
    • Guests: Steve Jordan, Leo Nocentelli (RIP: Fred Kemp, Marva Wright)
    • Producer: (RIP: Eric Kolb)
    • Technical: Greg Calbi
  • Choices - The Adams/Griffin Project (06/1996)

  • Blue moon risin´ - Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters (09/1999)

    • Guests: Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Dave Woodward (RIP: Michael Ward, Marva Wright)
  • New Orleans cookin´ - Cyril Neville (10/2000)

    • Members: Cyril Neville
    • Guests: Gary Brown (RIP: Eddie Bo, Bobby Wilson, Marva Wright)
COLLECTIVE ALBUMS (1 credit)
  • Christmas gumbo - VVAA (10/2004)

    • Guests: Sonny Landreth, Steve Nathan, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Thadeus Richard, Brian Stoltz, David Torkanowsky, Allen Toussaint (RIP: Juanita Brooks, Marva Wright)
SESSIONS (7 credits)
  • Angels - Fred Leonard ( - )

  • Jimmy Witherspoon with Panama Francis & The Savoy Sultans sings the blues - Jimmy Witherspoon & Panama Francis (05/1980)

    • Members: (RIP: Panama Francis, Jimmy Witherspoon)
    • Guests: Jimmy Bond, Eric Burdon, Billy Graham (RIP: Ray Brown, Frank Butler, Johnny Copeland, Teddy Edwards, Herb Ellis, Groove Holmes, Sonny Stitt, Marva Wright)
  • Turn up the zydeco! - Rockin´ Dopsie Jr And The Zydeco Twisters (10/1998)

  • Gospel glory! - Zion Harmonizers (02/1999)

  • Life is a carnival - The Wild Magnolias (03/1999)

    • Guests: Bruce Hornsby, Robbie Robertson (RIP: Marva Wright)
  • After the beep - J Monque´D (10/2000)

  • Live in New Orleans - The Blind Boys Of Alabama (2009)

    • Guests: Dr John, David Torkanowsky (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Comments: Live DVD.
COMPILATIONS (SESSIONS) (1 credit)
  • Duets - The Blind Boys Of Alabama (2009)

    • Guests: Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Timothy B Schmit (RIP: Marva Wright)
    • Comments: Compilation of duets, with 3 unreleased tracks.

RELATED MUSICIANS:

Marva Wright mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
Anthony Brown (5)
Benny Turner (5)
Marc Adams (4)
Tara Darnell (4)
Charles Elam III (4)
Tracy Griffin (4)
Earl J Smith Jr (4)
Jeffrey Alexander (3)
Sammy Berfect (3)
Bo Dollis (3)

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