Vocalist, pianist, arranger, Alizon Lissance is best known to area music fans as the versatile keyboard wizard for The Love Dogs, Boston's premier band for swing and R&B. Her gutsy rock 'n blues style has delighted audiences on local, national, and international stages. A 1991 Boston Music Awards winner for "Outstanding Keyboardest", Alizon has worked with, among others, Lavern Baker, Daena Girdella, Shirley Lewis, and Mighty Sam McCain. Before she started her 12 year stint with The Love Dogs, Lissance was a founding member of Girls Night Out, Boston's 1970s all-female rock 'n' soul band.
A New York City native, she is a diplomate of the Berklee College of Music where she is currently an assitatn professor in the harmony department.
Alizon is joined by hard blowing R&B sax player “Sax Gordon” Beadle. After early career work with Bay-Area Blues giant Johnny Heartsman, Beadle relocated to the East coast. Five years and many recordings with Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson established Gordon on the international scene. Beadle has performed with a who’s who of R&B and soul stars including Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Duke Robillard, Jimmy Witherspoon. Jay McShann, Roomful of Blues, Junior Watson, John Hammond, Sherman Robertson, Toni Lynn Washington, and Soul legend Solomon Burke. He has also performed with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Little Milton, Ben E. King, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Johnny Johnson, Howard Tate, Martha Reeves, and Johnny Copeland.
Drummer Steve Brown has been playin' the blues with Boston's best since 1975, when he started with the legendary band Powerhouse. He provided the back beat for Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, backing up blues greats: Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, and Sunnyland Slim. Steve has also toured with Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Motor City Rhythm Kings, and Little Frankie and the Premiers.
Well known for his encyclopedic knowledge of soul and blues idioms, Steve was the drummer behind Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson and the Susan Tedeschi Band in 1993 and 1994 respectively, as each band represented Boston at the National Blues Competition in Memphis, TN.
Vocalist Tierney Sutton, who has garnered four Grammy Award nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and whose band picked up a fifth in 2012, performs at JazzFest Falmouth 2013. The Tierney Sutton Band members, Christian Jacob (piano), Kevin Axt (bass) and Ralph Humphrey (drums), all preeminent musicians in their own right, have been playing together with Sutton for twenty years. With nine CDs to their credit, and appearance at major international jazz festivals, the band earned two 2012 Grammy nominations: Best Jazz Vocal Album, and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist, for their rendition of “On Broadway”.