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    Dust My Broom

    Posted by Nolan Leite Experience on Thursday, July 9, 2015
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Jeal has toured the USA and Caribbean as a Blues & Rock keyboardist (piano & organ) with the likes of the Sonny Rhodes Blues band, Lil' Ed & the Imperials, Studebaker John & the Hawks and East Coast Johnny. Jeal has also had the opportunities to sit in with: Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Jonathan Edwards, the late great Paul Delay, Tommy Castro, Greg Piccolo and various members of Roomful of Blues such as: Rich Lataille, Doug James, Sugar Ray Norcia, and Franny Christina. He also performs with Bobby Christina, Ricky "King" Russell,and Oregon's Robbie Laws to name just a few.  Jeal was first a trumpet player in elementary school and won a medal at an ensemble for being able to hit double high C.  An incorrect medical exam resulted in Jeal's Dr. and his father switching him to organ. He was first tutored by Albert Webster at an early age on organ then piano lessons thru the Christ Church music program and later under the piano greats: Al Copley, the late great Ann Rabson(of Saffire the Uppity Blueswomen) and the late great Big Joe Duskin. In fact; it was Big Joe Duskin who gave Jeal his stage name of "Big Boogie" Breckenridge.  Ann was his main mentor for over 25 years both privately and at the Bluesweek workshop at the Augusta Heritage Festival every July at Davis College- Elkins, WV. Jeal occasionally sat in and did duets on piano with Ann whenever they were in the same vicinity. "She went out of her way to meet my parents and took me under her wing. She would always answer the phone for me and ground me" says Jeal.  He credits her love, encouragement and teaching for getting him onto the big stages where more listeners can hear his music. Like his mentor Ann-Jeal plays by ear and can barely read music. This is also how Jeal teaches piano--just the basic scales and a short intro to reading and then by feel and ear.  Jeal's father Arthur was a pilot and a lifelong gigging musician who played upright bass, trumpet and valve trombone and was a jazz musicians union officer. Jeal also has done duets with Commander Cody side by side on the grand piano. Jeal's band with Lee Olive Tucker on vocals and Warren King (Kingsnake Records & Sonny Rhodes studio guitarist) opened for Bonnie Raitt at the international St.Croix Blues Festival. St. Croix also heard Jeals keys with Paula & the Pontiacs and many sessions with guitarists Gene Baldwin and recording artist Dave Weld.  On St. John he performed regularly with Patrick "Harpo" Lockett and rising star: Angele Thibodeau on vocals who is currently gaining much notoriety in the Lake Tahoe area. Jeal has performed at The St. John Blues Festival and Portland,Oregon's Waterfront Blues Festival and 3 consecutive Columbiana River Festivals and too many others to list. He has also opened for Ziggy Marley and Inner City. Jeal has been head of security at the legendary Knickerbocker Cafe in downtown Westerly,RI for five years which has also given him many shared stage magic moments with incredible blues professionals.