La Hora del Blues

Tagline: Blues radio from Barcelona.

Vicente Zumel (Barcelona,, Spain, 1952), homeopath, Director, Host and Dj of "La Hora del Blues" has a wide knowledge on the blues world. He fell in love with the blues when he was 18 years old and, as the years have been passing by, he has acquired a deep experience on the blues field that has let him do a blues radio show in Radio PICA in Barcelona since November 1981 and a collection of more than 6.000 blues records.
In other blues fields, he has collaborated as reporter and photographer in national and international blues magazines, some unfortunately disappeared such as Quartica Jazz, Solo Blues, Rocks Musiczine, Ritmo y Blues (Spain) or Blues Forum from Germany and other that are still published such as Living Blues (USA), Blues Matters! (United Kingdom), Real Blues (Canada), Big City Blues (USA) or Il Blues (Italy). He has also collaborated in some books such as The Ecyclopedia Of The Blues (Edward Komara-Routledge, two volumes) or Una Historia de Radio PICA-25 Anys A Contrapel (Ed. Mar Blava, Spain). For more information about different articles go to Blues Bibliography Database and write Vicente Zumel into the searcher. Some of his old pictures can be find in the University of Mississippi Blues Archives
He has also helped in the organisation of international blues festivals in Catalonia -Figueres, Valls, Reus, Hospitalet (that broadcasted among others such great artisls like John Mayall, Koko Taylor, Lttle Charlie & The Nightcats, John Hammond, Carey Bell, Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Jimmy Rogers, Big Daddy Kinsley, Luther Johnson Jr, Kenny Neal, Little Willie Littlefield, Mick Taylor, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Phillip Walker, etc).. He has been musical blues advisor at the Blues, Gospel and Jazz Festival that takes place in Roses (Girona) in the middle of July and now he collaborates with Santa Blues Festival of Tenerife. As a harp player, he has been one of the first Spanish musicians who formed a Spanish blues band.

Leading the "Harmonica Zumel Blues Band" he has travelled all over Spain doing gigs in the most important blues events or backing well known blues musicians such as Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red or Johnnie Mars among others and even sharing the stage with the legendary John Mayall. The "Harmonica Zumel Blues Band" has been the blues birthplace of important blues Spanish musicians, such as Ricky Gil, August Tharrats, Big Mama, Amadeo Casas, Joan Vinyals, Joan Ventosa, Sweet Little Montse or Alex A. In 1987 the band was honoured by the Blues Foundation in Memphis (USA) as one of the best non american white blues bands and, in 1990, they travelled to Lisieux, (Normandie) France representing Spain at the European Blues Festival among blues bands of France, Netherland, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. In 1988 they published their LP "Stratto Blues". You can see a Harmonica Zumel Blues Band in 1987 on a song called "10 Bajo Cero" for a Spanish TV show at and two more at,, Vicente Zumel left live music and did not play live anymore since December 31st. 1999.
For more than five years he was also in charge of programming new emerging bands and artists in Barcelona clubs La Cova del Drac and Llantiol. Besides and for about four years he has coordinated the SBB blues jams at clubs Limerik Santutxo, Shotwell, London and Monasterio.
Zumel also belonged to the Center of Black Music Research in Chicago, one of the worldwide archives in the world in afro-american culture.
In 2009 he was nominated to the "Keeping The Blues Alive" Awards, presented every year by The Blues Foundation to recognize individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the blues world and was first Spanish person honoured and selected for these awards. Finally in 2013 he has been honoured with the Keeping The Blues Alive Award that recognizes the task or promoting blues along a whole life. He has been the first Spanish person to get this award
Vicente Zumel and La Hora del Blues are Blues Foundation affiliate member
From Februiary 2005 to March 2009, Vicente Zúmel was founder member and president of Barcelona Blues Society, a non profit organisation devoted to promote blues in our country. Among other activities, the Society did a weekly blues jam. session still running on and coordinated by Zumel. The Barcelona Blues Sociecty publshed a quartely blues magazine in Spanish, created a specialized documentary (cds & dvds) and bibliographic collection at Tecla Sala Library. Donations for the documentary collection are welcomed at La Hora del Blues. P.O. Box 12085, 08080 Barcelona, Spain. Zúmel has brought to play American and European blues artists like Louisiana Red, Little Willie Littlefield, Al Copley, Angela Brown, Rob Rio, B.B. and The Blues Shacks, Paul Lamb and The King Snakes, Axel Zwigenberger, Paul Oscher, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones or Dave Riley & Bob Corritore among others.
He has also collaborated with Bad Music Blues in the organisation and bringins artists like Bob Margolin, Dave Specter & The Bluebirds or Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas....
Vicente Zúmel has organized different combos formed by SBB associated musicians coming from different blues bands. All these combos became very popular and were asked to play every year in some blues festivals like Festival de Blues de Reus, Festival de Blues de Cerdanyola, Festival de Jazz de Terrassa, or Fiestas de la Mercè. For four years he was in charge of Thursdays weekly blues jam sessions at Club El Monasterio in Barcelona, snd know he is in charge of Fridays blues jam session in Cafe da Madeira, Barcelona.
Vicente Zumel is also a staff member of Austrain magazine, Blues Art Studio He also is a staff member and writes on the monthly on-line magazine "Distrito Jazz" where he collaborates in the "Off Jazz" section.
Now he and Roser Blues coordinate blues and other related styles shows held at the Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno in Barcelona.
He is also compiling an extensive book of all times black music anniversaries.
To do all these activities Vicente Zumel has always had Mrs Zúmel (Roser Infiesta Valls) help, support and collaboration who, on her turn, is Board Member of the European Blues Union EBU
An interview with Vicente Zúmel at


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