Guitarist Tommy Z bringing the blues to bases

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 4, 2003

Guitarist Tommy Z will bring the blues to several U.S. military areas in Japan this month during his Armed Forces Tour of the Pacific Rim.

Tommy Z, voted 2003 Top Male Blues Vocalist in western New York at the Buffalo Music Awards, will be jamming for servicemembers at Camp Zama, Camp Fuji, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Sasebo Naval Base, Akizukui Army Amunition Depot and Sagami General Depot.

He will follow up his Japan appearances with performances on Guam. Times, dates and venues have yet to be announced.

The shows are open to all ranks and admission is free.

Tommy Z will be touring with drummer Paul Campanella Jr., pianist/vocalist Chu Nero and bassist Aaron Trubic.

According to Tommy Z’s Web site, http://www.tommyz.info/, he has shared the stage with a number of top blues artists, including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healy and others.

He is touring in support of his new release, “ChuZ,” which also features Nero’s jazzy background and vocals. The album contains a variety of songs ranging from jazz and blues to funk to acoustic and rock ’n’ roll.

Armed Forces Entertainment is promoting the tour.

The schedule ...

Tommy Z will be touring several military bases in Japan and Guam during December. Here’s the tentative schedule:

Saturday: 8 p.m., Sagami Lounge, Sagami General Depot.

Sunday: 7 p.m., Camp Zama Community Club, Camp Zama.

Monday and Tuesday: 8 p.m., Fuji Roadhouse, Camp Fuji.

Dec. 17: 8 p.m., Club Iwakuni, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station.

Dec. 18: 7 p.m., Kure Harbor Club, Akizuki Ammunition Depot.

Dec. 19-20: 8 p.m., Galaxies Club, Sasebo Naval Base.

Dec. 22-25: Guam performances to be announced.