Where the Deep South
and the Caribbean meet.
There is a modern day Crossroads where the Deep South and the Caribbean meet in Jacksonville, FL. At that Crossroads, a new sound has been formed called AZUL, a blend of Southern Funk and Blues with Caribbean Latin Grooves.
At the forefront of this new sound is Kim Reteguiz and the AZUL Allstars!
Leading the charge for the Azul Allstars is Kim Retequiz. The critics call her music “Uniquely Floridian!”. The group mixes funk, soul and Caribbean flavor with classic juke joint Diva Blues.
Reteguiz began singing in the church choir when she was 5. Since then, she has performed on stages throughout the world including the King Biscuit Festival, Springing the Blues and the House of Blues. Her powerful vocals have brought many crowds to a roar. At the same time, her heartfelt, passionate singing has brought crowds to tears. Those skills combined with her incredible songwriting have resulted in being a Semi-Finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, along with many other accolades listed below. With the Azul Allstars, Retequiz combines her Puerto Rican heritage with her blues, funk and soul experiences.
The Azul Allstars
Bernard Johnson- Bass
Kent McKinney- Drums
Dorian Lopez- Percussion
Shawn Pfaffman- Keys/ Musical Dir.
- 2017 International Blues Challenge SEMI-FINALIST, Memphis
- 2017 Women in Blues Performer, Memphis
- Jacksonville IBC Winner for Solo/Duo Competition
- Jazz & Blues Florida Magazine Cover Artist
- 12th Annual Jax Idol Winner
- 25th Anniversary Springing the Blues George’s Featured Artist
- Blues Rumble, Daytona Beach, FL
- Springing the Blues Festival , Jax Bch, FL
- Benji’s Bluesdoggle Fest, New Smyrna Bch, FL
- Las Olas Blues Fest, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- 2017 King Biscuit Festival Main Stage; Arkansas
- 2017 Michael Burkes BMA Celebration; Mississppi
- Porchfest, Jacksonville, FL
- Gastro FEST; Downtown Jax, FL
- The Florida Theatre’s Blues, Brews and Bar-B-Q
- 2nd annual Women Who Rock the Blues & Scholarship Give A-Way; Mojo Kitchen
- Women Who Rock the Blues, Freebird Live, Jax Bch, FL
- HOUSE OF BLUES, Orlando, FL
- Amelia Island Blues Festival