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NAMM Show Sunday Morning Blues Session at Hammond Suzuki Stand Boys

October 5, 2016

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: NAMM Show Sunday Morning Blues Session at Hammond Suzuki Stand Boys

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First time to NAMM Show – Suzuki Harmonica artist KOEI TANAKA from Tokyo Japan with JOE BERGER aka The Berger-Meister on guitar through Leslie G37 guitar combo amp, SWISS CHRIS getting down with custom Vic Firth drum sticks only on practice pad for low volume trade show performance with JON HAMMOND at Sk1 Hammond combo organ and SCOTT MAY vocals resurrecting lyrics of Illinois band The Buckinghams (1967 release) for this classic bluesy funky tune having fun all together with Suzuki and Hammond first time combined stands full power! Special thanks to Suzuki Musical Instruments Team – Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Mr. M. Terada, Shuji Suzuki, Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Yu Beniya, Hammond Suzuki USA Dennis Capiga, Scott May, Jay Valle, NAMM President Joe Lamond Jon’s flight case Gator GKPE-49-TSA HammondCast

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My long lost bro’ Albert.. Albert Einstein​!
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Albert Einstein (/ˈælbərt ˈaɪnstaɪn/; German: [ˈalbɐrt ˈaɪnʃtaɪn] ( listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science.[3] He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).
The theory of relativity usually encompasses two theories by Albert Einstein: special relativity and general relativity.[1] Concepts introduced by the theories of relativity include spacetime as a unified entity of space and time, relativity of simultaneity, kinematic and gravitational time dilation, and length contraction.

Mill Valley CA — Very powerful photo of my friends Nick Gravenites and Julius Karpen at Memorial for my old friend Ron Polte – 2 icons of Blues and Rock,
#NickGravenites @NickGravenites (The Electric Flag) #JuliusKarpen (Manager of Big Brother and The Holding Company)
transplanted to California from Chicago just as myself and Ron as well – great to see Nick & Julius! Jon Hammond
“Breakfast with Ron, rest in peace Ron Polte manager of Quicksilver Messenger Service – Band, Ace of Cups, Wild West Fest – Jon Hammond”
“– RIP my friend Ron Polte – manager of Quicksilver, Ace of Cups, Wild West Fest – Jon Hammond (my band opened for Copperhead on one of the very few live gigs they played in 1972 at The Longbranch Saloon) Tam Junction and Piatti Mill Valley Restaurant – Breakfast with Ron, rest in peace Ron Polte – Jon Hammond : *Note: We had a lot of fun in the old days at 759 Harrison Street San Francisco when we shared rehearsal space with The Quicksilver Messenger Service at Bruce Hatch’s San Francisco Radical Laboratories aka SF Rad Lab in years 1968 / 1969 (not to be confused with radiation lab folks! I am still in touch with QSM guitarist Gary Duncan, sending my condolences Gary! – JH”
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Nick Gravenites – Nick’s bio “Biography
According to author and pop music critic Joel Selvin, Gravenites is “the original San Francisco connection for the Chicago crowd.” Gravenites is credited as a “musical handyman” helping such San Francisco bands as Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin’s first solo group, the Kosmic Blues Band.

Gravenites also worked extensively with John Cipollina after producing the first Quicksilver Messenger Service album. He and Cipollina formed the Nick Gravenites–John Cipollina Band which toured a lot in Europe.

Gravenites was also a songwriter for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which consisted of Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, and Michael Bloomfield, then formed The Electric Flag with Butterfield guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Gravenites is also responsible for writing the score for The Trip, produced the music for the movie Steelyard Blues.

He produced the pop hit “One Toke Over the Line” for Brewer & Shipley and the album Right Place, Wrong Time for Otis Rush, for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award. Together with John Kahn, Gravenites produced the album ‘Not mellowed with Age’ by Southern Comfort. Over the years, Gravenites would often use pianist Pete Sears in his band “Animal Mind”, including on his 1980 Blue Star album on which Sears played keyboards and bass. They also played together in front of 100,000 people on Earth Day 1990 at Crissy Field, San Francisco. Sears also joined him for a tour of Greece.

He still performs live in northern California. Gravenites was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003 for his song “Born In Chicago”. He recently toured with the Chicago Blues Reunion and a new Electric Flag Band.”
**Excerpted from Huffington Post about Julius Karpen: ” Barry Melton, lead guitarist for Country Joe & the Fish, was quoted: “Chet was the antithesis of Bill Graham. Chet didn’t really care about money. The music always came first.”

Julius Karpen, who later managed Big Brother, was present when Hart phoned Melton. To Karpen, it sounded like “bitching between friends.” He asked Melton, “Did Mickey call you to complain about that quote?” Melton replied, “Oh, that’s Mickey. If you’re friends with Mickey, you’re always sparring with Mickey.”

The most poetic eulogy for Chet was written by Allen Cohen, who had been the editor of the first psychedelic underground paper, the San Francisco Oracle: “…There were darkened skied and a storm about to strike. The women cried and danced in the streets while the good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye down by the dock of the Bay. The day Chet Helms died Golden Gate Park was filled with mourners all with flowers in their hair. Big Brother played on all seven hills while Janis smiled from the clouds singing you got a piece of my heart….”

Only, Cohen himself was already dead. He had written that eulogy in January 2000, when there was a false report in the Chronicle that Chet had died. Chet decided to have a combination wake and resurrection. He hired a hearse and a coffin and invited 200 guests. He was driven up to the Gold Coast Restaurant. The coffin was rolled into the restaurant and opened. Chet lay there with flowers and a cell phone on his chest. All of a sudden, the phone rang. Chet rose to answer it, then walked through the crowd, toasting the mourners and greeting the cameras.”

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Jon Hammond Band showcase for Hammond Organ USA / Suzuki Musical Instruments at The NAMM Show in honor of 80th anniversary of Hammond Organs on the Sound Soul Summit program – Jon Hammond original funk composition “Head Phone” featuring legendary Fatback Funk drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Jon’s long-time colleague Joe Berger on guitar, from Tokyo Japan Koei Tanaka Suzuki Harmonica artist Suzuki Harmonica – Alex Budman tenor saxophone and Jon Hammond at the B3mk2 organ and high-power model 3300 Leslie Speaker with FOH mix by Brian English Audio Denny Mack – MC Stephen Fortner & Scott May

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Jon Hammond Band showcase for Hammond Organ USA / Suzuki Musical Instruments at The NAMM Show in honor of 80th anniversary of Hammond Organs on the Sound Soul Summit program *Note: Jon Hammond Band played immediately before the late great KEITH EMERSON on the program, Keith was up next – Jon Hammond original funk composition “Head Phone” featuring legendary Fatback Funk drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Jon’s long-time colleague Joe Berger on guitar, from Tokyo Japan Koei Tanaka Suzuki Harmonicas artist Suzuki Harmonica – Alex Budman tenor saxophone and Jon Hammond at the B3mk2 organ and high-power model 3300 Leslie Speaker with FOH mix by Brian English Audio Denny Mack – Youtube LINK: – MC Stephen Fortner and Scott May

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Head Phone stick with Sennheiser (headphones) Jon Hammond’s 20th annual Musikmesse Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim – funky jazz with Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor saxo, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at the Sk1 Hammond organ – Jon’s keyboard stand by
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Playing Now — Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary ‘Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years’ – A Must See for all Beatles Freaks (as myself)!
I highly recommend this film folks, Jon Hammond​

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The Beatles​: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard about The Beatles’ career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966.

The film was released theatrically on 15 September 2016 in the United Kingdom and 16 September in the United States, and started streaming on Hulu on 17 September 2016.
Directed by Ron Howard
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Written by Mark Monroe
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The film was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.[2][3] In addition to directing the documentary, Ron Howard also served as a producer alongside Brian Grazer, Nigel Sinclair, and Scott Pascucci.[4] Paul Crowder edited the film, and Mark Monroe wrote the film.

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Jon Hammond in Chicago IL interviewing Barry Dolins is Deputy Director of the Mayorâs Office of Special Events and the coordinator of the Chicago Blues Festival since 1985 on HammondCast show for KYOU & KYCY Radio 1550AM (San Francisco CA) Headliners & Program for 2007 Chicago Blues Festival: Thursday 6/7

Front Porch

11:30 AM Blues in the Schools
Carrying on a Blues Fest tradition, boogie-woogie pianist Erwin Helfer, vocalist Katherine Davis, and guitarist-pianist Eric Noden lead a group of students from Stone Academy in a performance that will no doubt also feature enthusiastic cameos from an assortment of guest stars. –DW

1:30 PM Aaron Moore
If this pianist hadn’t opted for a dependable day gig with Chicago’s Bureau of Streets and San in the 50s, relegating the blues to his spare time, he might now be as revered as Otis Spann or Johnny Jones. In the decade since his retirement he’s made an enthusiastic return to music, his hearty vocal style and rollicking technique — much influenced by Roosevelt Sykes — still intact. –BD

3 PM Bobby “Slim” James with Joanne Graham
Bobby “Slim” James, a club stalwart on the south and west sides, puts across his percussive guitar playing and choked, dramatic baritone vocals with a dose of flamboyant showmanship. He’ll perform with singer Joanne Graham, whose winning combination of sass and class lets her sound lusty or tough without getting too coarse. –DW

5 PM Phil Guy & the Chicago Machine
Notwithstanding his status as “the other Guy,” at this point Phil Guy is far more of a meat-and-potatoes bluesman than Buddy, and he’s certainly paid his dues — behind his brother, with Junior Wells, even on his own. You can hear both his south Louisiana upbringing and his south-side Chicago panache in his guitar work: he tosses in a little low-down funk now and again, but his lead lines stay blissfully focused. –BD


Noon Charles E. Shaw & the Chicago Blues Rebellion Band featuring Lady Sax and Lady Kat
Guitarist Charles E. Shaw can play everything from raw Chicago boogie blues to breezily romantic soul to post-John McLaughlin celestial fusion. His band will be joined by Lady Sax, an alto saxophonist from Gary who plays a solid blend of smooth pop-jazz and boogity funk, and rough-edged south-side vocalist Lady Kat, who does a knockout version of the witty, little-known Gloria Thompson Rodgers number “VooDoo Woman.” –DW

2 PM Osee Anderson & Da Blooze Folks
Formerly Lonnie Brooks’s second guitarist, Osee Anderson is equally at home with Delta minimalism and Wes Montgomery-style sophistication. He tends to rely a bit too heavily on pyrotechnics, but when he reins in that bad habit you can hear how committed he is — both to blues tradition and to his own eclectic set of influences. –DW

4 PM Hoochie Coochie Boys
Muddy Waters always hired stellar sidemen, and this set reunites five of them: harpist George “Mojo” Buford, guitarists John Primer and Rick Kreher, bassist Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and drummer Ray “Killer” Allison. Local pianist Barrelhouse Chuck will do his best to fill the shoes of the late Otis Spann, and vocalist Muddy Waters Jr., who recently surfaced with plans to follow in his dad’s footsteps, will front the band. –BD

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

12:30 PM Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
Despite their similarities, Cajun and Creole musical traditions are distinct, and many fans and practitioners are adamant about keeping them that way. Not so accordionist Willis Prudhomme: mentored by Cajun legend Nathan Abshire, he combines bluesy, hectic zydeco with more sedate but no less complex Cajun material. –DW

2 PM Bob Hall
At least since the trad-jazz revival in the 40s and 50s, there have been plenty of die-hard aficionados of early American jazz and blues in Britain. London pianist Bob Hall plays as though he’s memorized stacks of classic blues, barrelhouse, and boogie records note for note, but his enthusiasm — and his freshly minted variations on vintage themes — help his music sound immediate instead of dated. –DW

3:30 PM Renaud Patigny
This Belgian pianist specializes in transcribing early 78s, and for this set he’ll deliver note-for-note re-creations of sides by the great Albert Ammons — despite the poor quality of the source recordings, he says his versions are 98 percent accurate. Those who already distrust the repertory movement among jazz preservationists won’t be thrilled with Patigny’s premise, but his dedication, expertise, and virtuosity make the results worth checking out. –DW

5 PM Carl “Sonny” Leyland and Lila Ammons
English pianist Carl “Sonny” Leyland, who specializes in what his Web site calls “obscure and primitive” styles, peppers his re-creations of vintage blues, jazz, and boogie-woogie with irreverent flashes of rockabilly and R & B and occasionally tosses in a wittily conceived original tune. He’s joined here by Lila Ammons, granddaughter of Albert, who sings with classical precision and bluesy gusto. –DW

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30 PM Super Percy
This coarse-voiced belter and his Soul Clique Band are regulars in south- and west-side clubs and have recently been playing weekend gigs at Lee’s Unleaded Blues. Their energetic sets are mostly the usual Saturday-night fare, but they liven up their selection of blues, soul, and R & B standards with occasional tunes from Percy’s self-released 2005 CD Is It Real. –DW

2:30 PM John Primer
With his long service in bands led by Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Magic Slim, John Primer is about as well–seasoned as a Chicago blues guitarist can possibly be. A native of Camden, Mississippi, he’s been playing electric blues with his own band for a while, his exuberant vocals and uncommonly fluid leads sticking close to the Chicago tradition. –BD

4 PM Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Guitarist Jimmy “Duck” Holmes was mentored by Jack Owens, torchbearer for the so-called Bentonia school of acoustic blues, which is most closely associated with Skip James. Whether such a school existed at the time or was invented retrospectively is open to debate, but Holmes has mastered the primary components of the style: ghostly, high-pitched vocals and languorously picked chords and leads, mostly in an open E or E-minor tuning. –DW

6 PM Chicago Jam Station with Dave Specter, Aron Burton, and Kenny Smith
This evening the festival’s pro jam session is anchored by Dave Specter, a concise, T-Bone Walker-influenced guitarist who blends Kenny Burrell-style jazz with tough Chicago blues; veteran bassist Aron Burton, a former Albert Collins sideman; and drummer Kenny Smith, whose precise timekeeping owes something to the influence of his dad, longtime Muddy Waters trapsman Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. –BD

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon Boogie Woogie Stomp: Honoring the Ammons Family
Three pianists who performed on the Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club stage earlier today — Bob Hall, Renaud Patigny, and Carl “Sonny” Leyland — discuss boogie-woogie music and its legacy. They’re joined by vocalist Lila Ammons and her father, Edsel, one of Albert’s sons and a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church. –DW

2 PM Soul-Blues: The Lifeblood of the Blues Today moderated by Larry Hoffman
R The style known as soul-blues or southern soul — which has its roots in R & B, 60s deep soul, and the smooth, swinging 12-bar blues pioneered by the likes of T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and Bobby “Blue” Bland, and these days draws increasingly on rap and hip-hop — not only continues to thrive in the south but has made plenty of converts outside it (a showcase at Arie Crown earlier this year sold out). This discussion features songwriter Bob Jones; singer Willie Clayton; Rip Daniels, owner of powerhouse Mississippi soul-blues station WJZD; and Julius Lewis, the Memphis promoter who put on the Arie Crown concert. –DW

4 PM Centennials Memorial
Jim O’Neal of Living Blues magazine, Michael Frank of Earwig Music, and writer-producers Bob Porter and Larry Hoffman reminisce about the festival’s centennial honorees, Albert Ammons and Sunnyland Slim, and a number of blues greats who’ve died since last year’s fest, including guitarists Homesick James, Henry Townsend, and Robert Lockwood Jr., singer Ruth Brown, harpist Snooky Pryor, and drummer Chico Chism. Sadly, they’ll now be able to add harpist Carey Bell, who passed away May 6. –DW

Petrillo Music Shell

6 PM Willie Clayton
R One of the leading lights of the contemporary soul-blues scene, Willie Clayton shows off his versatility on last year’s Gifted (Malaco), offering up buoyant pop tunes (“My Lover My Friend”) as well as his usual boudoir ballads (“When I Think About Cheating”) and synth-driven dance-floor workouts (“Sweet Lady,” “My Miss America”). His voice alternates between mellifluous crooning and hoarse, churchy imprecations, and though he’s sometimes so cocky onstage he comes off almost arrogant, he’s still a thrilling and charismatic showman. –DW

7:20 PM Jimmy Dawkins
R In 1969 Jimmy Dawkins’s Fast Fingers (Delmark) won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Hot Club de France, boosting his reputation but in the process saddling him with an inappropriate nickname. He tends to avoid flamboyant high-speed pyrotechnics, instead creating extended, slowly unfurling lines that burn savagely into your brain, and his preference for midrange tones over brilliant upper-register stuff reinforces the dark intensity of his music. His most recent release, 2004’s Tell Me Baby (Fedora), is a bit less harrowing than 1994’s Blues & Pain, but songs like “Falling Tears” and “Hard Life Blues” are still anything but easy listening. –DW

8:30 PM Koko Taylor & the Blues Machine
R She’s been hailed as Chicago’s Queen of the Blues for so long that it’s all but impossible to pinpoint the precise date of her coronation. Taylor’s seminal version of “Wang Dang Doodle,” cut while she was a protege of Willie Dixon at Chess Records, became a national hit in 1966, when Chicago blues records seldom managed that feat; the song remains her calling card today. She survived a life-threatening illness in late 2003, and on her comeback album, this year’s Old School (on Alligator, her label for more than 30 years), her voice is a bit growly with age but her bone-deep commitment to blues tradition is as strong as ever. –BD

Friday 6/8

Front Porch

11:30 AM Blues in the Schools
Harpist Billy Branch, a founder of the Blues in the Schools program, leads a group of Mississippi children who came to Chicago for a class with him, organized by the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. –DW

1 PM J.W. Williams & the Chi-Town Hustlers
When bassist and vocalist J.W. Williams formed the Chi-Town Hustlers in the 80s, he was still a member of Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues, and his band was sort of a subsidiary of the older group — they often played together and shared personnel. Williams spent some time away from the scene, but in recent years he’s been gigging in town with a reconstituted crew of Hustlers, playing the same brand of flamboyant, funky, irreverent blues. –DW

2:45 PM Vernon and Joe Harrington
Southpaw guitar slinger Vernon Harrington and his bassist brother, Joe, are members of the Bell-Harrington clan, which also includes Joe’s regular employer Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater and the late harp maestro Carey Bell. Vernon has a slinky, insinuating guitar style and a deft harmonic imagination, but he relies a little too heavily on overcooked standards. –DW

4 PM Lurrie Bell, Steve Bell, Billy Branch, and Matthew Skoller
R Guitarist Lurrie Bell was originally scheduled to play with his father, harmonica legend Carey Bell, who died on May 6. Three local harp men will be taking his place: Lurrie’s brother Steve, who was taught by Carey and has been playing with Lurrie on and off since they were boys; Billy Branch, Lurrie’s bandleader in the Sons of Blues in the early 80s; and dependable local Matthew Skoller, with whom Lurrie has worked regularly in recent years. Each of these harpists can establish a powerful synergetic empathy with Lurrie even under ordinary circumstances, so this set ought to be devastatingly intense. –DW

5:45 PM The No Static Blues Band featuring Mary, Lynn, and Renee Lane
Vocalist Mary Lane has been gracing west-side bandstands since the 50s, when she worked with the likes of Elmore James, Magic Sam, and Morris Pejoe (then her husband). She’s joined here by daughters Lynn and Renee, whose sweet singing and contemporary styles ought to leaven their mother’s stentorian, occasionally labored vocals and decidedly retro leanings. –DW


Noon Carl Weathersby
A former member of the Sons of Blues, this remarkably versatile guitarist can segue from screaming blues intensity to deep-soul seduction without missing a beat. The imaginative transitions he crafts between the different ideas and conceits he visits during a song make his music engaging and exciting rather than merely disorienting. –DW

2 PM Mighty Joe Young Jr. featuring Chontella Renee
The late guitarist Mighty Joe Young was an important figure in the development of modern Chicago blues, and Joe Jr.’s guitar style, both intense and subtle, is almost eerily reminiscent of his father’s. His daughter Chontella contributes fiery vocals that simultaneously evoke the church, the street corner, and the dance floor. –DW

4 PM Carlos Johnson & the Serious Blues Band
Yet another alum of Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues who’s carved out a solo career for himself, Carlos Johnson is a wide-ranging guitarist who sometimes forgets to connect the dots on his mix-and-match flights of fancy — though in recent years his playing has been more reliable and tasteful than ever. –DW

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

Noon Daryl Davis
This gifted young African-American blues and boogie pianist studied music at Howard University, but he doesn’t wear his erudition on his sleeve: his shows are jubilant celebrations, not textbook lessons. –DW

1:30 PM Ken Saydak
This pianist has been a sideman to some of the best — Willie Kent, Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks, and Johnny Winter, just for starters — but his solo work is what’s brought him the most acclaim. Saydak’s blend of traditional and modern blues styles reflects both the dedication of a craftsman and the zeal of an explorer for whom even well-trod paths represent opportunities to discover new beauty. –DW

3 PM Ariyo
Currently the pianist in Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues, Sumito Ariyoshi moved here from Japan in the early 80s, and before long was sitting in with legends like Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood Jr., and Jimmy Rogers. Over the years he’s tamed his weakness for excessive ornament and expanded his stylistic range: a typical set now includes rumba-laced New Orleans R & B, driving Chicago-style blues and boogie, and nuanced pop balladry. –DW

4:30 PM Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
See Thursday.

Mississippi Juke Joint

Noon Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
See Thursday.

1:30 PM Terry “Big T” Williams, Wesley Jefferson
Bassist Wesley Jefferson and guitarist Terry “Big T” Williams are fixtures on the thriving blues circuit around Clarksdale, Mississippi. Their recorded debut, this year’s Meet Me in the Cotton Field (Broke & Hungry), throbs with sinister energy even when they’re playing acoustically — and when they plug in, like they do for their bone-shattering version of “Catfish Blues,” the intensity is almost unbearable. –DW

3 PM Clarksdale Delta Blues Museum
The Mississippi kids who appeared with Billy Branch on the Front Porch stage earlier today play a set of their own. –DW

4:30 PM Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
See Thursday.

6 PM Chicago Jam Station with Guy King, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and Kenny Smith
This evening’s jam session is led by guitarist Guy King, ex-sideman to Willie Kent, former Muddy Waters bassist Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and drummer Kenny Smith, son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Jones’s longtime partner both with Muddy and in the Legendary Blues Band. –BD

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon The Significance of the Berlin Jazz Festival as told by Jim O’Neal
In 1977 Living Blues magazine cofounder Jim O’Neal assembled a revue called “the New Generation of Chicago Blues” for the Berlin Jazz Festival, and here he trades stories with some of the musicians involved. See today’s Petrillo lineup for more. –DW

2 PM Blues: A Family Affair with Johnnie Mae Dunson and Jimi “Prime Time” Smith
Johnnie Mae Dunson and her son Jimi discuss some of the blessings and challenges faced by a multigenerational blues family. See below for their Petrillo lineup set. –DW

4 PM Chicago Blues Today
Reader blues critic David Whiteis, author of Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories, and Karen Hanson, who wrote the new guidebook Today’s Chicago Blues, talk about the state of the Windy City scene. –BD

Petrillo Music Shell

6 PM Johnnie Mae Dunson and Jimi “Prime Time” Smith
In the 50s and 60s Johnnie Mae Dunson occasionally wrote songs for Jimmy Reed or drummed in his band, and today she’s carrying on as a charismatic and flamboyant singer. Her son, guitarist Jimi “Prime Time” Smith, played with Reed for a while before his death in 1976, then in the 80s accompanied other older–generation bluesmen, notably harpist Big Walter Horton. He usually stays rooted in the traditional styles he learned from his mentors but enlivens them with youthful zest and imagination — and best of all, he writes most of his own material. –DW

7:15 PM Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues 30th-anniversary reunion
R In 1977 Jim O’Neal of Living Blues magazine was commissioned to put together a group of up-and-coming Chicago bluesmen to appear with Willie Dixon at the Berlin Jazz Festival under the name “the New Generation of Chicago Blues.” Those dozen or so musicians put the world on notice that there were a bunch of young Turks in Chicago itching to bring the blues into a new era, and several important bands, most notably Branch’s Sons of Blues, evolved directly out of the Berlin group. This performance won’t be a full reunion — Dixon passed away in 1992 and several others have dropped out of music or out of sight — but it should have plenty of the adventurous, untamed spirit of the original event. –DW

Saturday 6/9

Front Porch

11:30 AM Fruteland Jackson’s Birthday Party
Local multi-instrumentalist, singer–songwriter, and educator Fruteland Jackson celebrates his 54th birthday. There’s no word as to whether Jackson has come up with any special music for the occasion, but given his flair for spinning songs out of day-to-day experiences (“Is That Your Real Name?” is about strangers’ favorite thing to ask him), it wouldn’t surprise me if he had. –DW

1:30 PM Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim
South Carolina singer Wanda Johnson sometimes sounds a bit brittle, but she makes up for it with a supple vibrato and a tone that stays warm even in her upper register — not to mention her Tracy Chapman-esque knack for blending soul, blues, folk, and pop. Pianist Gary Erwin, aka Shrimp City Slim, runs the Erwin label, which has released two of Johnson’s discs so far; his melodic, splay-fingered style complements her well. –DW

3:30 PM Chicago Blues Harmonica Project Part II featuring Little Arthur Duncan, Charlie Love, Big D, Jeffery Taylor, Mervyn “Harmonica” Hinds, and Reginald Cooper
Septuagenarian Little Arthur Duncan and south-side mainstay Mervyn “Harmonica” Hinds are the best-known harpists in this lineup. Two of the others often play other instruments: Charlie Love leads the Silky Smooth Band as a singer and guitarist, and Jeffery Taylor is a popular drummer on the north-side circuit. Big D, a relatively young player, mixes jazzy jump and emotional Delta blues a la Little Walter, and Reginald Cooper has jobbed around town but isn’t yet established. The backing band consists of guitarists Rick Kreher and Illinois Slim, bassist E.G. McDaniel, pianist Mark Brumbach, and drummer Twist Turner. As with the first Harmonica Project in 2005, Severn Records will release a compilation showcasing these musicians later this year. –DW

6 PM Khalif Wailin’ Walter
With his high-energy brand of roadhouse-rocking blues, this former sideman for Carl Weathersby and Lonnie Brooks hasn’t often seemed to care much about subtlety. But on his forthcoming CD, Let Me Say That Again, the guitarist and singer focuses his Albert King-influenced leads with unprecedented taste and craftsmanship — a level of sophistication befitting a musician who claims a degree in jazz performance from Roosevelt University. –DW


Noon Elmore James Jr. with Cadillac Zack
Like his legendary father, Elmore James Jr. can fire off triplet-laden slide-guitar riffs in a raw, Delta-influenced style. Though he’s also capable of playing more contemporary blues, closer to R & B, here he’s backed by a rootsy band led by California guitarist Cadillac Zack and will likely stick to the older sounds. –DW

1:45 PM David Dee & Family
Primarily known for his song “Going Fishing,” an insistent good-time shuffle that became something of a blues-club standard in the mid-80s, Saint Louis guitarist David Dee serves up sparse, stinging Albert King-influenced licks as a tangy complement to his soul-streaked vocals. His daughters, who’ll join him here, are talented R & B singers in their own right. –BD

3:45 PM Honeydripper All-Stars
Featured in a forthcoming film by director John Sayles, this intriguingly eclectic group includes performers from all over the country: veteran Chicago saxman Eddie Shaw, young Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Mississippi harpist Arthur Lee Williams, jazz pianist Henderson Huggins from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Detroit-bred singer Mable John, a former Raelette who recorded for both Motown and Stax in the 60s — her sassy “Your Good Thing (Is About to End)” was a hit for Stax in ’66 — and now lives in LA. –BD

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

12:30 PM Dave Drazin
A nationally renowned photoplay pianist as well as a music scholar and film archivist, Chicagoan David Drazin provides period-appropriate accompaniment for silent films, using jazz and blues instead of the usual ragtime. –DW

2 PM Drink Small
R South Carolina septuagenarian Drink Small, aka “the Blues Doctor,” styles himself as the modern-day equivalent of a medicine-show minstrel. A lot of his material is anachronistic — what might have been subversively outrageous in a 1930s tent revue in rural Mississippi doesn’t pack quite the same wallop today — but his sly, barbed wit and bottomless energy lift him out of self-caricature. Though some of his zingers are meant for the crowd, he usually leavens them with self-deprecating buffoonery so his audience can laugh rather than cringe. –DW

4 PM Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
See Thursday.

5 PM Tony Llorens
Best known for his work in theater and film, Tony Llorens currently serves as music director of Chicago’s esteemed ETA Creative Arts Foundation theater. But he’s also put in time as keyboardist, bandleader, and producer for Albert King and worked with ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan — as the best blues artists have always done, he fuses high- and low-culture sensibilities with refreshing irreverence. –DW

Mississippi Juke Joint

Noon Terry “Big T” Williams
The Mississippi bluesman plays solo here. See Friday.

1:30 PM Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band
This family band consists of three siblings from the Perry family of Tupelo, Mississippi: 15-year-old guitarist Ryan, 12-year-old bassist Kyle, and 8-year-old drummer Taya. They won second place at the Blues Foundation’s 23rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis this year and have gotten rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. –DW

3 PM Alvin Youngblood Hart
R It’s hard to believe that guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart, who these days bills himself as “the Cosmic American Love Child of Howlin’ Wolf and Link Wray,” was ever pigeonholed as a blues revivalist, but that’s exactly what happened after he released his all-acoustic debut, Big Mama’s Door, in 1996. Since then, though, he’s interspersed his rootsier efforts with projects as diverse as a collaboration with guitarist Audley Freed of the Black Crowes and an ensemble combining blues and jazz that also includes saxophonist David Murray, Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, and spoken word by author Ishmael Reed; under his own name he’s branched out into grungy garage rock, western swing, honky-tonk waltzes, and Sonny Sharrock-style free-form explorations. And no matter what he plays, his molasses-rich baritone and bottomless vocabulary of melodic and harmonic elaborations, on themes both vintage and modern, keep his music aesthetically and emotionally focused. Here Hart will play solo, but even in such a stripped-down context he’s reliably provocative and forward looking. –DW

4:30 PM Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
See Thursday.

6 PM Chicago Jam Station with Guy King, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and Kenny Smith
See Friday.

Route 66 Roadhouse

11 AM The Great Lakes Blues Society Summit
In recent years local and regional blues societies have emerged as major forces in promoting and supporting the music. Here representatives of the Great Lakes Blues Society, one of the more influential in the midwest, will lead a panel discussion hosted by Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine. –DW

1:30 PM Blues on Film: John Sayles’s The Honeydripper
Director John Sayles will discuss The Honeydripper, scheduled for release later this year, which stars Danny Glover as the proprietor of an Alabama juke joint and also features the Honeydripper All-Stars (see above) and guitarist Keb’ Mo’. The late R & B vocalist Ruth Brown, who was supposed to appear as well, became too ill to travel to Alabama for filming but did record some songs for the soundtrack. –DW

3:30 PM Cultural Tourism: A Virtual Blues Tour on the Blues Trail
Do busloads of tourists really benefit a local or regional blues scene, given that most of those people will probably never set foot in the community again? Living Blues magazine cofounder Jim O’Neal discusses the role of “cultural tourism” with representatives of state and local organizations in Chicago, Mississippi, and Louisiana that have taken the lead in sponsoring pub crawls, bus tours, and similar enterprises. –DW

Petrillo Music Shell

5 PM Nellie “Tiger” Travis
Nellie Travis’s sultry vocals lend themselves most effectively to slick R & B-flavored soul-blues, and on her latest disc, 2005’s Wanna Be With You (Da Man), recorded with veteran soul-blues producer Floyd Hamberlin, she’s at her best — she croons, testifies, and occasionally wails through its densely textured slow jams, jaunty dance-floor workouts, and agreeably abrasive up-tempo booty shakers. –DW

6:10 PM Big Jay McNeely with Jesse Scinto
R Honking tenor saxophone was the backbone of both 1950s rock ‘n’ roll and its direct precedent, postwar R & B, and nobody exemplifies that sound like LA horn titan Big Jay McNeely — his 1949 smash “Deacon’s Hop” became the prototype for countless primal, blistering sax solos to come. Big Jay didn’t finesse anything: he reared back and squawked one mile-wide note incessantly, often while flat on his back or being pushed around a nightclub on a cart, driving his young fans into an apoplectic frenzy. He still has that big sound down pat, and when I saw him last month, not long after his 80th birthday, he used some of his old moves, droppingto his knees or strolling through the crowd while wailing on his trademark fluorescent–lacquered horn. If Jesse Scinto’s band provides him with a sufficient level of swing, Big Jay is liable to blow the band shell down. –BD

7:20 PM Irma Thomas & the Professionals
R Hurricane Katrina robbed Irma Thomas of her home and her nightclub, but those losses haven’t hurt her music. She’s long been revered in New Orleans the way Koko Taylor is here, but her sweet, understated voice is the antithesis of Koko’s strutting growl. At an outdoor gig last summer Thomas drew from her latest album, After the Rain (Rounder), whose poignant songs reflect the heartbreak of Katrina’s aftermath. But she can also radiate happiness — for instance when she exhorts a crowd to wave their hankies along with the second-line-powered “I Done Got Over It,” one of the classic tunes she cut with Allen Toussaint in the early 60s. Thomas also recorded the original version of “Time Is on My Side” — and though she seldom performs it now, her plaintive rendition blows the Stones’ out of the water. –BD

8:30 PM Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Though they now make their home in Lincoln, Nebraska, Magic Slim and his Teardrops were long one of Chicago’s most reliable blues bands. The Teardrops value ensemble work over virtuosic soloing, leaving plenty of room for Slim’s barbed-wire guitar and pulverizing vocals; the group has a bottomless shuffle-dominated repertoire, ranging from the warhorse “Mustang Sally” and a hilariously ribald “Mother Fuyer” to decades-old obscurities. –BD

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Jon Hammond: Late Rent
by Steve Rosenfeld
Jon Hammond says “the fingers are the singers.’” The latest CD from this exceptional and soulful Hammond organist is the proof. “Late Rent” draws on decades of great recording sessions and top live performances to showcase his own playing and many top jazz and funk artists. It shows why the Hammond organ is one of the most enduring electric instruments and why Hammond is one of its best players.
Late Rent
Label: Ham-Berger-Friz Records
Genre: Jazz
All Jon Hammond profiles…
The Late Rent Story

Jon Hammond waited half his life to make this CD – starting with being an underground TV host.
Swingin’ Funky Jazz & Blues
Jon Hammond describes his style of music and how he learned to play it.
Two Hot Tracks
Jon Hammond recalls one of his first songs – from age 15 – and a great Sunday session.
Sonny’s Advice
A little advice on melody from a great sax player went a long way.

Producer Jon Hammond
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
Topics MNN TV, #ASCAPEXPO, Jon Hammond, Public Access, Melody, Hammond Organ, Sk1, B3, Accordion, Musicians Union, Local 6, Local 802

Good times with Michael Leuschner & LaJazzO MV Bigband in Zeughaus Wismar! – Jon Hammond – camera by Heinz Lichius

das Landesjugendjazzorchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LaJazzO MV) mit seinem diesjährigen Solisten Jon Hammond in der Hansestadt Wismar zu Gast. #hammondcast
“Organ meets Big Band” wird dieses sehr traditionsreiche Instrument der Jazzgeschichte in den Mittelpunkt der Konzertreihe..

Al Tobias, Marie Birkholz, Jan Rolle, Henning Schiewer, Nane Schüßler, Oliver Herlitzka, Elli Sooss, Leon Saleh, Gabriel Rosenbach, Matthis Rasche, Michael Leuschner, Hörni Thorun

Jon Hammond at ASCAP Expo with Seth Saltzman Senior VP of Adminstrative Services at ASCAP “Protect Your Music”

Jon Hammond’s 1965 Blackface Fender Band-Master on the bench

Jon Hammond’s XK-1 Hammond organ with 1965 Blackface Fender Band-Master and 15″ Bag End Speaker cabinet with Coaxial horn

Sunday Blues, NAMM Session, Hammond Suzuki, Koei Tanaka, Chromatic Harmonica, #BluesSession #NAMMShow #HammondOrgan

Jon Hammond’s Sunday Blues & Jazz Session NAMM

January 26, 2015

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jon Hammond’s Sunday Blues & Jazz Session NAMM

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Jon Hammond and Friends traditional Sunday Blues & Jazz Session Winter NAMM Show in Hammond Organ USA Stand: Joe Berger guitar, Koei Tanaka Suzuki chromatic harmonica, Chuggy Leslie J. Carter percussion, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ – special thanks Steve SimmonsGregory Gronowski, Suzuki Musical Instruments Team, KHS America Hercules Folding Stands — with Koei TanakaChuggy CarterLeslie J. CarterJoe BergerJon Hammond and Jon Hammond Organ Group at The NAMM Show.




Hammond and Friends’ Sunday Blues and Jazz Session in Hammond Suzuki
Stand at Winter NAMM Show #TheNAMMShow with Joe Berger, Koei Tanaka
Suzuki harmonica, Chuggy Leslie J. Carter percussion, Jon Hammond at his
slightly modified Hammond Sk1 organ – Funky Swinging Jazz and Blues 
Hammond and Friends’ Sunday Blues and Jazz Session in Hammond Suzuki
Stand at Winter NAMM Show #TheNAMMShow with Joe Berger, Koei Tanaka
Suzuki harmonica, Chuggy Leslie J. Carter percussion, Jon Hammond at his
slightly modified Hammond Sk1 organ – Funky Swinging Jazz and Blues
Hammond and Friends’ Sunday Blues and Jazz Session in Hammond Suzuki
Stand at Winter NAMM Show #TheNAMMShow with Joe Berger, Koei Tanaka
Suzuki harmonica, Chuggy Leslie J. Carter percussion, Jon Hammond at his
slightly modified Hammond Sk1 organ – Funky Swinging Jazz and Blues

The Leslie Family (Leslie J. Carter aka Chuggy Carter)
Sunday Blues and Jazz Session in Hammond Stand Winter NAMM
L to R Joe Berger, Jon Hammond , Koei Tanaka, Chuggy Leslie J. Carter
— with Joe Berger and 7 others at The NAMM Show

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‪#‎TheNAMMShow‬ “White Onions” Jon Hammond Funk Unit NAMM Showcase lunch set
23rd 2015 reprising 1989 Late Rent Sessions recording ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP with special guest Bernard Purdie drums, Leslie J. Carter percussion Jon Hammond organ (original members on record) featuring Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica from Tokyo Japan Suzuki world star, Joe Berger guitar JJ guitars, Alex Budman tenor saxophone Dom Famularo returning to the NAMM Stage – special thanks NAMM President CEO Joe Lamond, KHS Hercules folding stands – congratulations KHS America: Announces Acquisition of Hohner Inc. USA

KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany. Hohner, Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded Harmonicas, Accordians, Melodicas, Guitars and Bluegrass Instruments; SONOR Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands. Transfer of ownership will take place today, January 12, 2015 – Jupiter Wind Instruments, XO Professional Brass, Mapex Drums, Majestic Concert Percussion, Hercules Stands and Aaltus Professional Flutes, the new KHS America


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hammond Organ NAMM Extravaganza to take place Friday January 23 2015 Center Stage 12 Noon All Star Band

Anaheim Convention Center — Hammond Organ NAMM Extravaganza to take place Friday January 23 2015 Center Stage 12 Noon All Star Band

Jon Hammond Funk Unit – featuring the incredible Dom Famularo drumming legend, from Tokyo Japan Koei Tanaka aka Suzuki Santa on harmonica,
tenor saxophonist Alex Budman, The Wild Man aka Berger-meister Joe Berger guitar, original member of Jon Hammond & The Late Rent Session Men:
Leslie J. Carter aka Chuggy Carter on percussion and Leader Jon Hammond at the Hammond Organ for a very special Lunch Set Showcase on the
NAMM Center Stage on Center Patio of Anaheim Convention Center by the excellent BBQ – special thanks to Bespeco Accessori (Musical Accessories) from Castelfidardo Italy, JJ Guitars of UK, Suzuki Musical Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Sennheiser Discover True Sound, P.Mauriat Pmauriat Albest Saxophones, Bernies Music Land, Australian Music Association – as seen on MNN TV Channel 1 The Jon Hammond Show 31st Year Manhattan the Bronx and Streaming World Wide – Swinging Funky Jazz and Blues – member publisher ASCAP, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, Local 6 Musicians Union of San Francisco CA – Excelsior Accordions – HammondCast Radio and TV

Performance Info
Set Time:
Friday, January 23, 2015 – 12:00pm to 12:40pm
Anaheim C.C.
Artist Info
Joe Berger: Guitar/Guitarist
Dom Famularo: Drums/Drummer
Alex Budman: Tenor Saxopohone/Saxophonist
Koei Tanaka: Harmonica
Jon Hammond: Organ / Leader
Chuggy Carter: percussion


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