Stafford Sturdevant & Tolling featuring special guests at the historic Benbow Inn performing August 16-18 and 23-25. The first weekend will feature multi-reed/clarinet master John Stafford from New Orleans and San Francisco. Both weekends will especially feature "Queen of the Alto" Ylonda Nickell, who is well known in those parts, along with legendary drummer Jimmy Hobson, and bandleader/founder of the Medicine Ball Musical Family David Sturdevant on guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Known for playing upbeat, infectious music that is jazz oriented, but crossing many boundaries. Celebrated for their unique ability to play to the likings of each particular audience, these long time local musicians offer something for everyone with a vast repertoire, and many harmonized vocals.
The second weekend will will be bringing the extremely talented keyboardist/vocalist Benny Watson and upright bass/vocalist Karla Kaufman. We will be adding multi-Grammy winning violinist Mads Tolling (Stanley Clarke, Turtle Island String Quartet) on the last two days.