The Colbys are a new Orleans style piano driven R&B band, steeped in swing, gospel & blues- they are proud to have a special guest with them tonight.
Noé Socha, 27, is a guitar and harmonica player from Carpi, Italy, who resides in NYC. Noé began his studies at Conservatorio Vecchi Tonelli in Italy at age seven, where it was discovered he had perfect pitch. He was classically trained on xylophone, piano, cello and guitar. At age 12, at another private music school, Musicology, a guitar teacher introduced him to blues music by teaching him ‘Sweet Home Chicago.’ Noé liked it so much he had his Dad get him every blues record he could find. In 2004 Italian newspaper La Repubblica released a series of six blues CDs and that led Noé to discover many blues artists. Influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and blues musicians Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Noé has created his own signature sound. He pairs a fiery guitar technique with virtuoso harmonica playing, channeling the sounds of the Mississippi Delta with a touch of Hendrix-esque flavor.
Noé was graduated from Berklee College of Music, with full scholarship and has received many awards including the ”Jimi Hendrix Award” for the college’s leading guitarist and the “Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship” presented to Berklee’s top student. Noé was mentioned in Rolling Stone regarding his standout performance at the Berklee Commencement Concert honoring Willie Nelson’s career. Noé has had the great honor of performing and recording with Nona Hendrix (Labelle), Vernon Reid (Living Color), and multi-Grammy winner Javier Limón, and has also toured extensively with Grammy award-winning artist Paula Cole. In 2018 he was prominently featured in a U.S. and Canadian Mastercard Grammy Commercial along side Sza, an artist who was nominated five times for a Grammy Award. He recently played with Franchell “Frenchie” Davis, a Broadway performer and a soul singer, for the American Troops in Qatar.