Guitarist, bassist and vocalist, Jerry Dugger, was born in The Bronx and raised in Harlem. A decades-long veteran of the New York City blues scene, Jerry honed his skills over thirteen years playing at, and eventually hosting the weekend afternoon jams at the famed Dan Lynch Blues Bar, which, in it’s time, had been the hub of the New York City blues scene.

Dugger continues to work regularly at Terra Blues, and The Red Lion, both on legendary Bleecker Street, as well as solo acoustic guitar performances at Banjo Jim’s, all located in New York’s Greenwich Village. He has toured Europe as bassist and background singer for The Andy J. Forest Blues Band, and he most recently performed with Chris Blanden at the Ferrara (Italy) Buskers Festival.

In addition to his current bands, The Dugger Brothers and The Harlem Blues Project, Dugger has worked with a long list of blues artists, including The Holmes Brothers, James Cotton, Eddie Kirkland, Little Milton and Hubert Sumlin.

Before beginning the set, Dugger thanked his parents, “who put up with him locking himself in his room playing to Meatloaf”, as well as the late legendary R&B vocalist, Frankie Paris, Johnny Allen, “who put me in my first band”, Dan Lynch’s Bar, and others, and acknowledged the audience, saying, “We appreciate you appreciating us, so thank you!”

Jerry Dugger was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on September 25, 2011 as “Great Blues Artist from New York”.

© September 2011
Photos: Susan O'Kane