A four time Muddy Award winner, Hank Shreve started playing the harmonica at the age of eight and has established himself as major harmonica talent on the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest. He won the Northwest Harmonica Championship in 2006, the Muddy Award for Best Harmonica in 2009, and a Muddy Award for the Best New Act as the Hank Shreve Band in 2012. Hank was a featured artist in the Waterfront Blues Harmonica Blow-off in 2009 along with Rick Estrin and Randy Chortkoff. In addition to many music luminaries, Hank has shared the stage with Honeyboy Edwards, Merle Haggard, Norton Buffalo, Paul DeLay, SistaMonica, Greg Rolie, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Curtis Salgado, Coco Montoya, and many others.
Paul Green's professional career began in New Jersey in 1968 with The Blackberry Booze Band. He also performed with other Jersey musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and Little Steven Van Zandt. Moving to Oakland, California, in 1975, Paul became a member of the house band at a popular blues spot, Eli's Mile High Club, performing there weekly and recording two albums with JJ Malone and Troyce Key. From 1975 to 1989 he performed throughout the Bay Area with his own band and other musicians, including Sonny Rhodes, Little Frankie Lee, JJ "Bad Boy" Jones, Cool Papa, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, John Little John, and many others.
In 1989 Paul relocated to Chicago where he continued to "cool himself" in the blues. He performed in such legendary Chicago blues clubs as Buddy Guy's, Rosa's, Kingston Mines, and Blues Etc., and shared the stage with such notables as Sugar Blue and Junior Wells. Paul came to the Seattle area in 1991 and promptly won the Washington Blues Society's award for "Best Blues Harmonica" in 1992. Since then, he has won that award several times as well as best male vocalist twice. In 2008 he was voted into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.
Jay Mabin is a familiar name to Northwest audiences. For over 30 years, he has been a mainstay on the jazz and blues scene, having performed with Bo Diddley, Lee Oskar, Norton Buffalo, and Greta Matassa, among many others. When he was 14 years old, Jay had the opportunity to perform with the legendary blues duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. Terry became Jay’s mentor and taught him the basics of the blues. Jay also studied with jazz greats Toots Thielmans and Howard Levy, whose revolutionary system of harmonics for the harmonica has given Jay the tools to create his own unique style.
Jay regularly appears in jazz and blues clubs, at festivals, and in the studio, recording with some of the Northwest’s finest.