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The band

Founded in December 2012 in Geneva/Switzerland, Three Hours Past Midnight - named after Johnny Guitar Watson's classic tune - is a blues band made with an unusual recipe: a drummer and a bassist in their early twenties, a guitarist old enough to have attended the famous Blues Explosion night at the '82 Montreux Jazz Festival, a soulful singer with a blend of jazz, and a repertoire mainly made of 50s and 60s classics. Blues, and nothing but the blues!

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Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson

Vocals

Known to blues lovers across the globe as “Evil Gal” and acknowledged by aficionados of jazz and blues as a passionate and gifted performer, bandleader and songwriter, Michelle has recorded and released 4 critically acclaimed albums for Rounder/Bullseye Records and performed in 18 countries. Michelle has also performed and played with Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Sugar Ray Norcia, amongst others.

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Jody Van Ooijen

Drums

Jody started off in 2008 at the academy of music in Utrecht where he studied percussion at the Jazz / Pop department. Here he received instruction under the tutelage of Andre Groen and Joost Kesselaar. Jody spent the past couple of years playing with The Strikes, Duke Robillard, Alex Schultz, Dede Priest, Monster Mike Welch, Mitch Kashmar, Guitar Ray, Hook Herrera, Scott McKeon, Memo Gonzalez, James Harman, Gene Taylor, Oscar Benton, Debby Lee, Matt Schofield, Brian Templeton, amongst others.

Antoine Gilliéron

Bass

Antoine has been listening to music - and blues in particular - since he was a little boy. Following his dad to concerts, at the age of ten he had already seen blues greats like Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, The Severn Soul Revue featuring Tad Robinson and Darrell Nulisch and Dave Specter & The Bluebirds. He even ended up on stage clapping his hands between Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper during a Blues Brothers Band concert in Lucerne in 2003!  It was obvious that he would play an instrument someday. At the age of 15, he started to play guitar and then switched to the bass at 16. Now at 29, he's an experienced musician and teaches bass and guitar in Geneva.

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Laurent Gilliéron

Guitar

A genuine blues lover since his teenage years, Laurent has been the leader of the Backstroke Blues Band (which appeared in many festivals like the Basel Blues Festival, Gossau Blues Nights, Cully Jazz Festival, Geneva Blues Summit) for 15 years before the band stopped in 2010.  He has played with some of his heroes like Darrell Nulisch, Johnny Moeller, Dave Specter, Steve Freund, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Monster Mike Welch, Raphael Wressnig, Alex Schultz, John Németh, etc... His influences go from Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and T-Bone Walker to Ronnie Earl, Anson Funderburgh, Duke Robillard, Little Charlie and the heroes listed above.

Additional musicians

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Larry Lee

Atomic Horns- Sax

Coming from the USA, Larry is a half of the Atomic Horns (named like this because its two members were working at the CERN in Geneva). They have played all the big stage festival gigs and are featured on most of the songs of our album.

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Renato Cazzaniga

Vocals

Renato is most certainly the best soul-blues singer in Switzerland. He has been Lucerne's Bluecerne singer for 20 years with which he won the Swiss Blues Award in 2010.

Juliana Tarris

Vocals

Native to New-York, Juliana has loved music since she was young, singing in various choirs, involved in musical theatre, and performing in a cappella groups. She has been THPM singer since 2014 and is the featured vocalist on our album. Juliana relocated back in the USA early 2018 and sings now with two bands in New-Jersey. As she won't be able to come in Europe in June 2024, we have asked the great Michelle "Evil Gal* Willson to replace her for a couple of gigs.

 

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Lucien Mullener

Drums

Lucien has a diploma of the Conservatoire de Fribourg and a bachelor from Haute Ecole de musique de Lausanne in jazz. He received the La Spirale 2019 award in jazz drumming. He plays with many bands in different styles jazz, pop, afro beat and blues, including his sister Manon's - jazz pianist - quintet.

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Little JC

Harp

Little JC. …otherwise known as Jean-Claude Bovard, has been an active member of the European blues scene since the mid-80s when he formed his first blues band. He has been performing and playing for more than 30 years, either with his group, as a solo performer, or accompanying renowned American artists such as Louisiana Red (who gave him the nickname “Little JC”), Big Time Sarah, Eddie C. Campbell, Tommy McCracken, Matthew Skoller or Rock Bottom, to name a few.

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Alberto Oliva

Atomic Horns - Trombone

Alberto from Italy has studied jazz in Rome and is the other half of the Atomic Horns.

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Egidio "Juke" Ingala

Harp

One of the best harp players in Europe, Egidio tours all Europe with his band Egidio "Juke" Ingala and the Jacknives.

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Levent Özdemir

Drums

Levent is part of the famous Özdemirs from Germany with his dad Erkan and brother Kenan. He has started to play professional gigs at the age of 15! They have backed up countless frontmen and frontwomen from Johnny Rawls to Trudy Lynn. They have released their first CD under their name last year. One of the best blues drummers in Europe!

Baptiste Paracchini

Drums

December 2017 - Baptiste has decided to focus on other projects

 

Baptiste is the newest member of the band. He has met Antoine in high school and has played for two years in reggae/ska band Naranjah before joining Cold Bath three years ago. Baptiste is an educated musician - he has graduated from the Geneva music academy (drums and percussion) - and his complicity with Antoine allows the two youngsters to lay down swinging shuffles, jazzy grooves and funky rhythms.

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Anthony Geraci

Piano/organ

Simply one of the best blues piano and organ players in the world. Anthony has won the Instrumentalist-Piano Blues Award twice in 2021 and 2023. He has played with Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, BB King among countless others. Original member of Sugar Ray & The Bluetones and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, he leads now the Boston Blues All-Stars and is touring all around the world.

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