The Original Chicago Blues All Stars (OCBAS) are the Blues band that Willie Dixon, the greatest Blues songwriter of his generation, put together as a touring band in the 1970’s. With Willie at the helm, the OCBAS toured and thrilled audiences for more than 10 years worldwide. The band re-formed more recently to carry on the legacy of the founders of the Chicago Blues. They have played extensively all around the city and the world as well as appearing as Good Will Ambassadors for the City of Chicago in Paris and Toronto.
The current lineup is headed by Freddie Dixon, bass player extraordinaire, who learned the instrument at the feet of his father, Willie Dixon. Freddie, the second son of ‘The Seventh Son’ was born and raised in Chicago and has been covering many of his father’s hits, such as The Seventh Son, Backdoor Man, 29 Ways, and The Same Thang, just to name a few. He has played and recorded with many of the greats of the Chicago Blues scene, and Freddie continues his father’s legacy by singing and playing the Blues worldwide.
The other Original Blues All Star is Dr. Jimmy Lee Tillman, the man who literally wrote the book on the art of blues drumming. He was born in Meridian, MS, and currently resides in Chicago. As a child Dr. Tillman began playing music at Du Sable High School at age 16 and went on to become a sought-after session drummer as well as a live performer. He has played with Blues and R& B greats such as Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, Syl Johnson, Tyrone Davis as well as Willie Dixon in the Original Chicago Blues All Stars. Dr Tillman has a PHD in Education, and is the founder of the University Life Community Center and the Farm School Intl.
Another Blues legend who has joined the band for this tour is Doktu Rhute Muuzic, (formerly Roy Hytower) Known as the Rhute Doctor, he was born and raised near Mobile Alabama, where he began his music career backing touring artists such as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Fats Domino. Doktu moved to Chicago in the 1960’s and immediately hooked up with legendary bluesman Otis Rush. The rest is history as the Rhute Doctor formed his owned bands and played live all over the world. He has appeared on stage and screen in addition to his music career.
Michael Damani, 24, is the youngest member of the band. Michael is also the leader of his own group as well as lead guitar for the funk group Tamarie T and the Elektra Kumpany. Michael was “discovered” at a weekly jam at Motor Row Brewing, in Chicago and quickly became a stalwart of the group. Raised in Silver Spring MD, he began playing music at age 15 and moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College. He has spent the last several years honing his skills as a guitarist of many genres and is excited to continue to develop his skills for all eternity.
Chicago – Illinois, USA
Dr. Jimmy Lee Tillman
Doktu Rhute Muuzic