European Blues Union Board
Current board – July 2022:
Davide Grandi, A-Z Blues, Italy
I was born in 1970, during a period in which the blues, thanks mainly to Great Britain and France also, was spreading throughout Europe. Son of one for the main, if not the best, blues lovers and experts in Italy, Marino Grandi, I had the chance to see most of the old and well known bluesmen while I was a child (Johnny Shines in Milano, Luther Allison, Willie Dixon in Montreux and many many others), and I grew up listening to blues, soul, R&B and rock-blues. When just 12 years old I saw the birth of Il Blues, the first and still only Italian blues magazine, around a group of musicians, journalists and simple blues lovers, lead by my father Marino. Year after year, I gave my personal contribution to the Italian blues scene development, writing reviews and articles, going to the first Italian blues festivals, helping musicians like James Son Thomas or Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes to feel at home so many miles away from their country. Slowly but continuously I was involved in many projects related to the magazine and not, up to the new coming European Blues Union that, as I said many times, will probably help to overcome the usual local problems to develop a grid and a collaboration useful first of all to the music we love!
Pertti Nurmi, Finland
Pertti Nurmi has been heavily tied with the activities of the non-profit organization, Finnish Blues Society and its publication, the Original Blues News magazine, since the early 1970s. Blues News is one of the oldest still existing journals, globally, devoted to African American music derivatives. Pertti was the editor-in-chief of Blues News during 1983-90 and has been since then, and still is, the magazine’s principal photographer. He has also been one of the team responsible for the compilation and layout of the magazine for the past quarter century. Pertti started photography as youngster in 1970, soon specializing on black Blues artists visiting and touring Finland. This is closely associated with his love for the Blues and affection in record collecting – he may have one of the largest collections of black Blues music in Finland. Pertti’s Blues photography archive covering 40+ years is unique in Finland and of high appraisal even internationally. His exhibitions have toured all major Finnish Blues festivals and have also been on display in New York and Hollywood.
Winne Penninckx, Naked Productions, Belgium
Jostein Forsberg, Norway
He is the Creative Director for the Notodden Blues Festival. A festival that now is in its 25th year. Jostein Forsberg has also been instrumental in starting the Notodden Blues Society, the Norwegian Blues Union, European Blues Senter (KBA winner 2004 for Historic Preservation) and the Norwegian independent blues distribution company Blues Music Club Notodden that now is in its 12th year. Besides being a musician and songwriter in the Norwegian blues band Spoonful Of Blues, he is also co-owner of and producer for the Norwegian record label Bluestown Records. Bluestown Records has recorded and released several award winning albums with Norwegian blues artists in addition to the 2010 Blues Music Awards-winning album ‘Chikadelic’ by Mississippi bluesman Super Chikan and the 2010 Blues Music Awards-nominated album Louisiana Red & Little Victor’s Juke Joint – ‘Back To The Black Bayou’ and the 2012 Blues Music Awards-nominated Lazy Lester – ‘You Better Listen’.
Fred Delforge, ZicaZic – France
Ewa Matysik, Poland