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Joanie Cere (formerly Griffin), vocals
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Former New Mexico Jazz Workshop Executive Director Ed Ullman calls her Albuquerque's "Empress of the Blues". New Mexico diva Hillary Smith calls her "Soul Sister #1". Her middle school English students call her "Your Majesty". Augie calls her "Mom". No matter what the handle, Joanie Griffin delivers music with the Combo Special that is swinging, soulful and full of heart.

For over 25 years, Joanie has been a fixture on the music scene in Albuquerque, belting out the blues, harmonizing with her sisters and singing sultry jazz ballads. She has shared the stage with some of the most accomplished musicians in New Mexico and held her own. She spent several years as an administrator with the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, and is still an active participant in many of its events.

With Larry Freedman, Bob Barron, Melvin Crisp and Ed Schultz, Joanie has found the perfect vehicle to showcase her talent. The Combo Special provides arrangements and stellar performances of Joanie's original songs.
Larry Freedman bio
Bob Barron bio
Melvin Crisp bio
~our first CD~
Click to read a great article, "BIG BAD MAMAS", written about Joanie by Adelita on Duke City Fix!
Ed Schultz, guitar