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W.C. Handy Music Festival Headliners


 

 

 

 

 

2012
The Blind Boys
of Alabama

2011
The Drive By
Truckers

2011
The Decoys

 

2011
Spooner Oldham

 

2011
Donnie Fritts

 

Walt Aldridge
John Amos
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
Roy Ayers
Take 6

2010
Walt Aldridge

 

2009
John Amos

 

2008
Harlem Blues
& Jazz band


2008
Roy Ayers

 

2007
Take 6

 

Bonnie Bramlett
The Capricorn Rhythm Section
Henry Butler
Ellis Marsalis

2006
Bonnie Bramlett

 

2006
The Capricorn
Rhythm Section


2006
Henry Butler

 

2005
Ellis Marsalis

 



*2004
The Legends of
Jazz with
Handy Allstars

 

Clarence Carter
Roy Ayers
Bobby Blue Bland
Percy Sledge
Little Milton

2003
Clarence Carter

 


**2002
Roy Ayers &the
Legends of Jazz
with Handy Allstars

 

2001
Bobby "Blue"
Bland

 

2000
Percy Sledge

 

1999
Little Milton

 

Freddy Cole
Hank Crawford & Jimmy Mcgriff
Charlie Byrd
Herb Ellis
Mundell Lowe


1998
Freddy Cole

 


1997
Hank Crawford
& Jimmy Mcgriff

 

***1996
Charlie Byrd

 

***1996
Herb Ellis

 

***1996
Mundell Lowe

 

Phil Woods Quintet
Diane Reeves
Billy Taylor Trio
Diane Shuur
Ramsey Lewis Trio


1995
Phil Woods
Quintet

 


1994
Diane Reeves

 


1993
Billy Taylor Trio

 


1992
Diane Shuur

 


1991
Ramsey Lewis
Trio

 

Jimmy Smith
Anne Hampton
Nancy Wilson
Mike Sheppard
Cleveland-Eaton Trio

1990
Jimmy Smith

 



1989
Anne Hampton
Callaway

 


1988
Nancy Wilson

 


1987
Mike Shepherd

 



1986
Cleveland-Eaton
Trio

 

Carrie Smith
Roberta Flack
Manhattan Transfer
Dizzy Gillespie


1984-1985
Carrie Smith

 


1983
Roberta Flack

 


1983
Manhattan Transfer

 


1982
Dizzy Gillespie

 

*2004 The Legends of Jazz with Handy Allstars; Photo not available.

**Note: The Handy Allstars are made up nationally and internationally known artists with a wealth of talent and musical experience who come home to Handy each year from all over the United States to play together in the Shoals area throughout Festival week. When they get together, it is difficult to believe that the only time these artists really have an opportunity to play together is during Festival Week, a wonderful testament to their abilities.

*** The Great Guitars 1996


 

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