Three Tri-City musicians got together nine years ago and decided to call themselves BlueZette.
Nearly a decade later, the trio of pianoman Steve Haberman and singers Trish Thompson and Cathy Kelly have decided to go their separate ways.
"The choice was made with the thought it allows each of us to work with other musicians without the confusion of tying us together as just one entity," Kelly said.
They remain good friends and may even perform together from time to time down the road, they said.
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"We had a blast keeping the music alive here in the Tri-Cities," Thompson said. "As a group we shared a lot of laughter, a few tears and plenty of awesome music. I'll continue to perform with Steve and Gary Danielson as well as Bent on Blues."
Haberman will continue to provide the piano music with Mary Lou Gnoza as well as the Kira Palm Trio and a new blues group taking shape called Seven Wheel Drive, Haberman said.
"I love working with both of my girls, and we remain the best of friends," Haberman said. "But it was time for a change. Cathy, for the longest time, has been wanting to go in a solo direction. Trish and I will continue to work with each other and other musicians. And I am always busy being a pianoman for many singers and shows."
He adds that there will be plenty of new adventures on the horizon for all three BlueZette musicians, as none of them is planning to pull up roots and leave town.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal