ABOUT


THE SOUTHWEST MUSICAL ARTS FOUNDATION


Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation was formed in the year 2000 by acclaimed musician and producer Bob Corritore for the purpose of expanding musical awareness through live performance, recordings and education. SWMAF incorporates a wide array of musical styles, but primarily focuses on the more artful, non-mainstream genres including blues, jazz, gospel, zydeco, rockabilly, folk, surf, singer/songwriter, Americana and roots. Many recording have become uniquely available through SWMAF’s label, including an A Capella album by the Reed Family, a historic collection of vintage Phoenix R&B, blues and gospel and a collection of rate 1970’s Chicago recordings focusing on the work of the late bluesman Chico Chism. SWMAF is also involved in blues education and various outreach shows to distressed populations. SWMAF’s work focuses on both on its resident community and work of a more national and international scope. Thank you for visiting our site and please consider a tax deductible donation to the Foundation.

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FEATURED ARTISTS

CHICO CHISM


Chico Chism was born on a riverboat outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. During his high school days he regularly appeared on Shreveport's first black TV program before recording "Flat Foot Sam" with TV Slim. Later he moved to Chicago where he gained fame for being the Howlin' Wolfs last drummer. He spent his last years in Phoenix, becoming a legendary session player and a local celebrity.

LOUISIANA RED


Louisiana Red is a downhome blues master who performed with an unabashed energy of raw emotion. He led a remarkable life filled with struggles and tales of bad luck but also stories of worldly adventures and meetings with seminal blues figures such as Muddy Waters and more.

HENRY GRAY


Henry Gray is a living legend and a national treasure whose recording career spans seven decades. Despite his vibrant solo career, he is often remembered for his significant contribution to post-war Chicago blues during his time as a session player for Chess Records and a member of the Howlin’ Wolf band. 

DAVE RILEY


Dave Riley is a downhome blues master who honed his professional blues skills as a member of the Jelly Roll Kings with the late great Frank Frost. He toured extensively with Sam Carr whose is featured on Riley’s first solo record for the Fedora label. 


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