ABOUT THE BAND

Judy Mangini – Vocals

Powerhouse vocals!!” “Soulful!!” “What Pipes!!” “WOW” are some of the descriptions people have used after hearing Judy sing! Lead vocalist and percussionist for Judy Sings the Blues, Judy has tremendously, powerful, wide range vocals! She will draw you in from the time she hits the stage until the “curtain closes”. She sings with passion, strength and feeling that you not only hear the story, you feel it too. Judy has been singing in area bands since she was 16, but truly loves and enjoys singing the Blues. Growing up, performing is the only thing she has ever wanted to do and she has been writing her own songs since her early teens. Even though she has her own style and sound, Judy has been compared to Ann Wilson (Heart), Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and more. Do yourself a favor!! Go check out Judy Sings the Blues !!! Playing the blues is not just playing music. It is a feeling from deep within your soul capturing the moments in life that make you or break you and telling a story people can relate to. Sharing your emotions with complete strangers and knowing they relate… they’ve been there too… That’s Blues baby!!

Artists we like:

  • Susan Tedeschi
  • Danielle Nicole Band
  • Trampled Under Foot
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Etta James
  • Steve Vai
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Janis Joplin
  • Ann Wilson
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Nina Simone
  • Keb Mo
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Allman Brothers
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • ZZ Top
  • Muddy Waters
  • Buddy Guy
  • Albert King
  • B.B. King
  • Albert Collins
  • Junior Wells
  • Gary Moore

Jan Zukowski – Bass/Vocals

Jan grew up playing many instruments, but found his true love when he picked up the bass. Jan has a long repertoire of playing in many bands including The Cherry People. In 1974 he joined the Internationally acclaimed Nighthawks and remained with them for 30 years. Jan also backed up Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters and Otis Rush, playing bass on John Hammond Jr. album “HOT TRACKS”. He also played bass, piano and trumpet for the Fabulous Hubcaps as well as playing bass for Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman to name a few!! Jan was fortunate to play bass for George Thorogood and the Destroyers at “Live Aid” in 1985 in front of hundreds of thousands of people!! In April of 1969 while in the The Record Plant studio with The Cherry People, he was asked to perform in two recording sessions with Jimi Hendrix, Al Marks and Eddie Cramer as engineer. What an amazing career!! We are honored to share the stage with such fine talent!!

Ray Lombardo – Drums

Raised in Washington DC, Ray later moved to the suburbs of Maryland. At 13, he studied privately with percussionists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bands of Washington DC. He started playing drums professionally at thirteen and he attended Berklee College of Music for two semesters. Ray auditioned for the United States Army Band and passed and enlisted from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, he has performed with local pop, club and private function bands in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area, most notably, The Admirals, Dimitri Callas, Joe Stanley, Olney Big Band and the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. Settled now in Delaware, we are so glad he has joined this project! What an amazing talent!