Straight-ahead electric blues...

That's what you can expect from this Philadelphia based band comprised of salty and seasoned blues players. Jamey and Dave met around fifteen years ago at a blues jam, clicked immediately, and became the core of the group which has seen many good players come and go in that time. Bill signed on about a decade ago, and the trio have matured into a tight performing unit. Some terrific singers have fronted the men over the years, but none have fit like hand in glove until the stellar chanteuse, Maci, came along and claimed the stage. The foursome has hit their stride with the addition of this world class vocalist who not only has the talent and professional skill necessary, but the intense love of the blues and mellow personality to deal with three curmudgeonly guys.

Musically, they are first rate, combining the raw edge of traditional electric blues with a distinctly jazzy quality due to the training and backgrounds of each of the members - which gives their music a uniquely PBK signature sound. Their sets feature a mix of beloved standards, modern covers, originals and obscure relics that only a music historian would recognize. True to their music-first ethos, the group has never sought fame or fortune, and indeed has never even recorded an album together.

Like so many other blues artists before them, you need to go hear them live if you want to hear them at all. You can find them performing for their loyal fans every Sunday at their home base, Jamey's House of Music, where they are the house band. The Sunday Blues Brunch is a Philly institution and features local, national and international blues artists who jam with PBK at the club.

While Philadelphia has long been known for "The Philly Sound" with numerous world beating soul and R&B groups, it is quickly establishing itself as a new nexus for top jazz and blues artists and a supporting community. The Philly Blues Kings is honored to take its place alongside these new giants, and contribute "The PBK Sound" to the blues!


Somewhere near the intersection of Norah Jones and Billie Holiday, you will find Philadelphia’s soulful and stylish singer, Maci Miller.¬†Whether she’s interpreting the Great American Songbook, her own compositions or blues classics, Maci captivates and entertains audiences around the globe with her unique vocal blend of jazz, pop, and blues. As the vocal powerhouse leading the Blues Kings, Maci owns the stage with a sultry come hither voice and stunning presence that simply glues audiences to their seats.

As a young girl, Maci discovered her grandparent’s vast collection of vinyl, and after studying every great artist from Ella to Ellington, she honed her vocal skills and made her debut in local clubs and at special events.

On recordings and live on stage, Maci has worked with some of the greatest in the business, including trumpeter Steve Jankowski (Nile Rodgers, Chicago), saxophonist Larry McKenna (Woody Herman, Buddy DeFranco), Dean Schneider (former M.D. for the late Diahann Carroll), Demitrious Pappas (Smokey Robinson’s Musical Dir.), and the late, great George Mesterhazy (Shirley Horn), to name just a few.

Maci has sung in legendary rooms such as the The Jazz Standard and Danny’s Skylight Room in NYC, Ortliebs and Chris’s Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and Bally’s, Harrah’s and the Claridge in Atlantic City. Her travels have also taken her to the iconic Bamboo Bar in Bangkok,Thailand for several extended runs. Adding to her extensive musical experiences, Maci is a featured guest vocalist with numerous notable symphonic orchestras, big band and pops concerts, and cruise ships.

Maci’s other creative endeavors as an actor, model, and spokesperson have afforded her numerous appearances on film (The Sixth Sense), print (Women’s World Magazine), and television (Law and Order), to name a few. Her charitable contributions include a lullaby entitled “Butterfly Moon”, originally composed for her daughter, which she contributed to a CD for The Mercy Center in Bangkok, which gives aid to orphans and children living with HIV.

An accomplished songwriter, Maci has released 3 CD’s and has had notable collaborations and licensing/publishing deals with Disney, as well as international jazz releases in Asia. A selection from her all-original big band album, “A Very Good Night”, was featured nationally at MAC Cosmetics counters.


Keyboardist/7 string guitarist and vocalist David "Bluesman" Reiter is a consumate multi-instrumentalist and has been backing national acts for many years, including Sydney Ellis, Frankie Lee, Sista Monica Parker, Chris Cain, Larry Garner, Kenny Neal, and a very young Shemekia Copeland (at the original Warmdaddy's).  He also backed many local blues and jazz greats including Jeannie Brooks, Zan Gardner, Ron Kraemer, Greg Underwood, Frankie Alston, and our own Georgie Bonds.

Dave was a regular sideman at east coast festivals for several years, including the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland Maine, the Pocono BF, the Hudson River Park BF in Manhattan, Blues & Microbrews in Wilmington, and the annual BF in Monkton MD.

Dave contributes a notably jazzy feel to the blues, which gives PBK a sound all its own. Indeed, he is one of the finest jazz musicians in Philadelphia. While humble in nature, he is a true renaissance man with a wide ranging mastery of many fields, and can easily give Wikipedia a run for its money with an exhaustive knowledge of blues and jazz.

Since completing a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance, drummer Bill Marconi has pursued a wide range of teaching and performing experiences including: The Jimmy Bruno Trio, The L.A.Jazz Workshop Big Band, Trio Nova, The Magic Casino Orchestra (Zurich) and various orchestras and opera companies. Bill has also performed with The Bamboo Jazz Quartet, fusing jazz rhythms and Indian ragas, The Mighty Little Big Band & City Line Swing. He recently has performed with Jazz Volcano. He is currently on the teaching faculty at the Settlement School.

Bill has studied drumset with Jeff Hamilton, Greg Bissonette and Armand Santarelli among others. He has studied with world percussionists Tony Vacca, Randy Crafton and Ustad Mohammed Lutfi.

Bill also has extensive classical experience having been Principle Percussionist and Timpanist for 7 years with The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. He has also done stints with The Haddonfield Symphony, Bridgeton Symphony And the Whitewater Opera Company. He can be heard on the 2002 Trio Nova release “Parallel Lines”, and Adam Berenson's 2002 release, “ Stand In The Corner And Breathe.” and the Bamboo Jazz Quartet cd,”Breath” Bill can also be heard on 2 duo recordings with Adam Berenson , “A Way Out”(2009) & A Codex of Silent Voices”(2010). A trio album wad released in 2010, ”Jnana”, featuring Adam Berenson on Piano, Scott Burnam on bass and Bill on Percussion.

Bill provides a steady and rhythmically complex drive to the blues.

 

Bassist Jamey Reilly was trained on accordian, piano and guitar at a young age, and has held down the low end since 1965 when he joined the pop group, "The Abstract Design." He has been an avowed blues lover since 1970 when he did a stint with legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker, and tried to coax Son House out of retirement. It was a reunion performance at Boston's Fenway Theatre that Jamey pulled together, with Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield that cemented his life long addiction to the blues.

Jamey has done gigging around the east coast and has backed some well known national blues names. His playing can be found on a number of CDs by various artists. He spent several decades in numerous roles in the professional audio engineering and live music industry. He pursued a degree in Physical Therapy after two separate accidents with a car and a power saw left his right hand partially paralyzed.

After spending many years on the road and living in various parts of the country, he finally set down roots in Philadelphia and joined the vibrant Philly music scene. Jamey opened the popular Jamey's House of Music, Livehouse, restaurant and bar in Lansdowne PA where PBK is the house band, hosting the Sunday Blues Brunch and Jam.

Jamey enjoys an old-school pocket-playing style (no bass solos please), and provides a solid bottom to the music on his extra long scale fretless 5 string bass. He fell in love with the low end while growing up listening to the great bass players of the '50's on his parents hi-fi, and spent a life-time seeking the holy grail of flawless bass reproduction during his many years in pro-audio. His current self-designed and built (8 foot tall!) bass rig is the apotheosis of his efforts and can be heard/felt and marveled at at his club.


Contact Jamey Reilly at jamey@jameyshouseofmusic.com