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Ogdensburg blues musician readies to feature new music at Colton concert

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COLTON - They will be singing the blues along with band-director and blues artist Don M. “Papadon” Washington from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday the Colton-Pierrepont Central School auditorium.

The show will be the first time Mr. Washington, a music teacher at Colton-Pierrepont, performs his own compositions at the school and will feature some music off his new album, “The Blues in Me,” which dropped in November.

Mr. Washington said the goal of the show – which takes place during Colton’s Winterfest – is to encourage students to fall in love with music as a career and will feature the high school band and elementary school musicians alongside the pros.

On stage Mr. Washington will be joined by Canton Central School Band Director Tim Savage on the saxophone and Crane School of Music graduate Kyle Tuper on the drums.

Mr. Washington’s latest album was a two-year effort that saw the veteran musician taking turns on the guitar, keyboard, trombone and other instruments in order to produce a truly personal sound.

“We’re always trying to increase the quality so sometimes you have to go back and self-edit,” he said. “In my line of work you kind of half to make your way through the whole gambit.”

The material was edited with help from Mr. Washington’s wife, Dawn, as well and Mr. Washington said he is doing as much as he can to focus on digital distribution.

“Things keep working out for me so I’ll keep plugging away,” Mr. Washington, who has been performing on a professional level since 2005, said.

Mr. Washington said the “reception so far has been quite good” for his newest album. “It’s received some air play and gotten some pretty good reviews.”

The album, along with his older work, can be purchased at donwashington.com.

At Saturday’s show Mr. Washington said in addition to his original music they will also play some of the classics by Ray Charles and other blues artists.

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