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    The family-originated band The Blu J’z began as the vision of Reggie Silva. He grew up in a family of musicians, so it’s no coincidence that he chose to make music his life.  As a guitarist, composer, and vocalist,  Reggie’s influences came from performing and listening to bands and artists of the seventy’s era, like Earth Wind Fire, Chicago, Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Tower Power, Andre Crouch, The Winans, and many others.  In 1998 Reggie’s vision in creating The Blu J’z sound originated from a dream, a dream of hooky melodies that paved a way in creating their first Cd in 2001, “Feeling the moment.”  Reggie felt a connection with the album’s title because “it came from the heart.”  Originally starting out as a five piece band, his son Richard Silva (saxophonist) joined the band during his sophomore year in high school.  Since then they became popular around Fresno’s jazz music scene, performing familiar cover tunes, and along with promoting their original material that overall gave a smooth jazz vibe.  Their unique sound that attracted listeners consisted of styles of Funk, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin, and Rhythm and Blues.


     In 2000, a newspaper writer from the Fresno Bee stumbled upon one of their performances at an Indian Casino named Table Mountain (Fresno, CA). Afterwards, he was compelled to write an article in which he titled “Family Band,” which was a full front page article on the Life Section displayed on Thursday, April 20, 2000. The original band members included:  Reggie Silva (Band leader, guitarist), Joe Silva (Saxophonist, vocalist, percussion, brother), Richard Silva (Saxophonist, percussion, son), Julian Molina (Bass), Ricky Gonzalez (Rhythm guitar), and Juan Chevalier (Drummer, vocalist).


    In addition to performing at Fresno’s hot spots, they got a chance to perform twice (2001 and 2002) at the Sacramento Jazz Festival, which in 2001 was the year The Blu J’z debut their first Cd.  In 2004 they then opened for Fresno’s own Smooth Jazz Festival at Coombs Riverbend Ranch, which featured Chris Botti, Euge Groove, Norman Brown, and Rhian Benson.  Later that year they opened for Hiroshima.


      Within 4 years of the article, the band decided to break from the entertainment business.  During this break many changes occurred in the structure of the band to include original members’ passing and moving away.  Around mid-2010 Reggie was diagnosed with throat cancer.   As a cancer survivor, in mid -2011 Reggie was ready for a comeback and this time his aspirations would lead him to rely on the abilities of his son Richard Silva.  Richard Silva began to promote stronger for the Smooth Jazz sound that Fresno had slowly been lacking in the music scene since the departure of Smooth Jazz music from the local radio station 96.7.   


    Since Richard Silva took over the promoting of the band they have gained national radio attention by way of internet and were nominated for Best Indie Smooth Jazz Group (GHP Radio Station -2014) and Favorite Northern California Jazz Band (Eventmaster Entertainment-2016).  The promotion of their originals has helped them gain recognition worldwide not only through airplay but also interviews and more.  The Blu J’z has been recognized by magazine companies both in California (Coffee Talk Jazz Network, Smooth Jazz News, Sunday in the Redwoods 2015 Edition) and Texas (Jazz In M.E.E.)  By the watchful eye of promoters and diligent hard work they had been asked to be an opening act for smooth jazz artist Boney James in concert at the Woodward Park Amphitheatre in Fresno California (2012). It was this performance that has helped opened the door to many other opportunities including opening for other well-known smooth jazz artists that included Fred Yonnett, David Sanborn with Bob James, and Brian Culbertson, Patrick Lamb (2013), Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows (2014), Gerald Alright, Maysa (2015), and Julian Vaughn (Upcoming event August 27, 2016).  To this day Richard is very much determined in spreading the word about The Blu J’z.  From the Jazz In M.E.E April Magazine (2014) they referenced our Cd and wrote this, “Buyer beware, the melodies will grab your attention and provide an intense form of musical

expression. Watch out! This band is creating a buzz.


"Our goal is to express what we feel, while giving the audience an entertaining experience.” Reggie Silva

 

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