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11/4/2013 2:49:00 PM
Bresnan Blues Band to rock Old Town Cottonwood
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What: The Bresnan Blues Band

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th Street & Main, Cottonwood

How Much: $15 advance, $18 door and $20 priority seating in the first 3 rows

More info: (928) 634-0940

The Bresnan Blues Band brings high-energy, blues-inspired originals and blues classics with a fresh twist to The Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood on Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

With influences ranging from traditional blues, 50's rock and roll, jazz and classic rock, the Bresnan Blues Band puts an expressive stamp on their diverse repertoire and adds a big does of "creative improvisation" drawn from years of performance and recording experience.

Bringing together some of the most accomplished musicians in northern Arizona, the Bresnan Blues Band features Dan Bresnan on guitar and vocals, Lesli Carroll on sax, vocals, and keyboards, Hutch Hutchinson on bass, and Bob Sellani on drums. Visit their new website,

Band leader Dan Bresnan comments, "The group is passionate about improvisation. In performance, we are inspired by the Blues, because it provides a framework for a tremendous amount of emotional expressiveness. It is this emotional energy that drives the direction of our music".

Bresnan added, "We are thrilled to announce that Lesli Carroll, saxophonist extraordinaire, has joined the Bresnan Blues Band, and that this performance will represent her first public appearance with the group. Lesli is a native of Los Angeles and a 40 year music industry veteran. As a solo recording artist and sidewoman, she has wowed audiences worldwide, with her soulful & melodic sax stylings, sultry vocals, & energetic dance moves".

Bresnan has been a guitarist for more than 40 years, and has been publicly performing for more than 30 years. Having performed, written, and recorded across a wide variety of musical styles, Dan's performances represent an expressive fusion of many diverse influences. Dan is a Board Member and Officer for the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance, and performs regularly across the Northern Arizona and the Phoenix areas playing guitar, bass and keyboards.

Hutch Hutchinson has been gigging for more than 40 years, and is strongly influenced by the playing styles of Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Jack Cassidy, Stanley Clark, Larry Taylor, and Criss Squire. During the '70's he was a member of Whisper, managed by June Smith (The mother of Alice Cooper's drummer). He has performed throughout the Southwest and as far east as Texas and Kansas, and was a member of the legendary Northern Arizona blues/rock band, Dry Heat.

Drummer, Dr. Bob Sellani, a.k.a. "Dr. Bob," is regarded as one of the top blues shuffle drummers in South Florida and has provided backup for Blues Hall of Fame inductee Matt "Guitar" Murphy, BMA nominee Albert Castillo and two-time Memphis IBC winner, Joey Gilmore. Following his 2012 relocation to Arizona, Sellani performed for the 2012 IBC competition in Phoenix with "The R.D. Olson Band" and in Flagstaff with Sammy Mac and "The Monday Night Blues Band" before joining the Bresnan Blues Band. In April of this year, Sellani founded the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance, an organization dedicated to spreading, educating, and preserving the Blues.

Lesli Carroll, a 40 yr. music industry veteran has appeared on Johnny Carson, The Playboy Jazz Festival, and performed for President Bill Clinton. She has also contributed her composing, arranging, & orchestrating skills to hundreds of TV, film, video, recording, & touring projects. Lesli's performance/recording credits include, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Smith (Organ/piano), Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, Arturo Castro, Bobby Womack, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Bruce Conte (Tower of Power), Pauline Wilson (Seawind), The Pacific Symphony Orchestra, L.A. ChamberOrchestra, Martik, Dariush, and Shohreh. Lesli's other performance instruments include clarinet, flute, and percussion.

Tickets for The Bresnan Blues Band are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $20 priority seating in the first 3 rows. Tickets are available online at, in Cottonwood at Orion Flour Garden Café, Desert Dancer and Mount Hope Natural Foods; and in Sedona at Crystal Magic. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. 5th Street (5th Street & Main) in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please visit or call Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.

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