Band Bios

Johnny Tanner
Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals

Johnny started off in the early 1970's as a blues lover, listening to records and getting to hear some of the blues greats performing live. He started playing harmonica, falling under the spell of the Chicago Blues style, with the amplified electric harmonica. Thru all the challenges of the last 5 decades, Johnny hasn't lost his love of the blues. With his new trio in Phoenix, Arizona they hope to keep the tradition going and win over some new blues fans! Johnny plays guitar and bass, which allows the group to cover a wide range of material.


He has compiled some photos and videos of earlier in his career with some of the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Sunnyland Slim. Also, some self-produced recordings featuring Jr. Watson, Rusty Zinn, Billy Flynn, & The Hollywood Fats Band's "rhythm section". Click on the link below to visit Johnny's Blues Archive:


Dave Clark
Guitar

Dave Clark worked on the blues scene in Chicago for close to 30 years, originally as a guitar player and then as a saxophonist and bandleader.From the age of 20 he was working with artists like Johnny Littlejohn, Carey Bell, Otis Rush and many others. He used to play many of the little blues clubs on the west side of Chicago with Little Arthur Duncan, Prez Kennith, Kansas City Red, Hip Linkchan, Tail Dragger and others too numerous to mention. In 1976 he recorded with Hip Linkchan,

sessions that originally came out on the the Blues King label and later were reissued on European label JSP. He joined drummer Sam Lay's band, which at the time included Jimmy Rogers and Wild Child Butler. That band toured extensively in the U.S.A. and Canada and from time to time also included Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and A.C. Reed. In 1982 Jimmy formed his own band taking Dave and Wild Child Butler with him. Dave played 3 years in the Jimmy Rogers Blues Band.

By 1985 Dave was wanting to play saxophone more and in 1986 met Floyd MacDaniel, a jazz and blues guitarist with a storied background. Floyd's caeer included playing the World's Fair in 1933 that was held in Chicago. Floyd relocated to New York in the mid 1930's and held a steady gig for three years at the famous Cotton Club with his trio "The Rhythm Rascals" on the same bill with Cab Calloway's orchestra and Duke Ellington's. In the 1940's and 1950's he was a member of "The Four Blazes", a group that had a couple chart topping hits on the United label in the early 50's. Dave together with Floyd formed "The Blues Swingers" an eight piece band with four horns, that also included bassist Bill Yancy, who for a time in the 1960's played and toured with Ella Fitzgerald and drummer Kansas Fields, who had worked with many jazz greats and recorded also with Charlie Parker. They worked around Chicago and recorded a critically acclaimed CD on the Delmark label in 1994 and that summer performed at the Chicago Blues Festival. They played their own set and also backed up Texas bluesman Zuzu Bollin and former Bobby Blue Bland guitar player, Wayne Bennett. In 1995 they went to Europe and in June of that year played the Petrillo Bandshell at the Chicago Blues Festival. They were also booked to play the Chicago Jazz Festival that September but in July, Floyd suffered a heart attack and died. The night before they had performed at Chicago's famous Green Mill Jazz Club to a packed house in celebration of Floyd's 80th birthday. After playing the Jazzfest that September with Indianapolis based jazz singer Everett Green doing vocal duties, Dave broke up the band.

After two years he reformed the band with all new members, retaining saxophonist Van Kelly. The band took off once again with the help of the swing craze that was sweeping the country in 1999. They recorded a new CD "Who's Yo Daddy?" which gained them more work than ever.

By the end of 2001, bookings started to slow down and in January 2002 Dave relocated to Los Angeles where he resided for eight years. In 2009 he relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where he presently lives.



Frank Rossi
Blues Drummer

Frank Rossi has been playing gutbucket Chicago Blues around Chicagoland since the late 50s, taking his early influences from the many blues greats like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and The Aces with Jr. Wells or Little Walter to name a few, Frank has shaped his own powerful brand of Chicago style shuffles over the last 50+ years & recently relocated to Arizona. We think Frank Rossi is a perfect fit for Johnny Tanners Aces and is a welcome addition to the local blues scene.