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Charlie Musselwhite - harmonica, vocalist Charlie Musselwhite seemed destined to be a bluesman. Born in Mississippi, the cradle of the blues, in 1944, Charlie moved to Memphis at an early age and became immersed in the city's diverse musical culture. While Charlie soaked up the music of Memphis with the enthusiasm of a true devotee, it was the blues that caught his soul. In his teens, he befriended several of Memphis' legendary traditional bluesmen, including guitarist Furry Lewis, Will Shade and the surviving members of the Memphis Jug Band. It wasn't long before Charlie began sitting in with his more experienced friends, and establishing a name for himself. When Charlie was 18, he had an awakening

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ace of Cups: Ace of Cups

Read "Ace of Cups" reviewed by Doug Collette

There's a solid Ace of Cups album within the twenty-one plus tracks on this set. Never having released a studio work in the fifty-one years since the group made a name for itself in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, it only stands to reason AOC would be sorely tempted to make a statement for its debut, particularly in ...

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The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

June 28th of 2018 marks the start of the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival. Recognized as the world's largest jazz festival by the Guinness Book, this 10-day event brings together an international roster of artists that encompass genres beyond jazz. The over 150 performances take place in 16 indoor and outdoor venues in and around downtown ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Read "A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival" reviewed by Arthur R George

It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon

Read "Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon" reviewed by Doug Collette

Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been fans of blues music since their first days together playing music in high school, so it only makes sense they'd eventually record am album in this seminal form. Accordingly, in 2011 the band delved into the blues with their first 'Big Head Blues Club' project, 100 Years of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit

Read "Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of the major proponents of contemporary blues-rock guitar, Harvey Mandel has some impressive credentials nonetheless. Cutting his teeth in the Chicago well-spring of the blues, he collaborated with harpist Charlie Musselwhite, among others in that scene and subsequently became a pivotal member of Canned Heat around the apogee of their career, including their appearance at ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Birmingham: The Manchester Camerata Orchestra, The Gloaming & Kirk Fletcher

Read "Live From Birmingham: The Manchester Camerata Orchestra, The Gloaming & Kirk Fletcher" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Godfather, with live accompaniment by The Manchester Camerata Orchestra Symphony Hall September 16, 2016 There seems to be a growing tendency for talkie screenings with live musical scoring. Back in the day, it was only silent movies that received the fleshly musician treatment. Current digital technology makes it easier ...

The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirit Of The Century and Higher Ground

Read "The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirit Of The Century and Higher Ground" reviewed by James Nadal

The experience of spiritual jubilation has taken The Blind Boys of Alabama far and wide from their southern roots. For over seventy years they have maintained their unwavering commitment to only sing in praise and service of the Lord, and they have succeeded on that. They take their role as guardians and bearers of the gospel ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul

Read "Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Joe Louis Walker Live in Istanbul MVD Visual Valutazione: * * * 2015 Un Louis Walker energico e pimpante, più giovane di vent'anni (oggi ne ha 67), è il protagonista di questo DVD ripreso a Istanbul in uno dei periodi più felici della sua carriera. Tra i protagonisti ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter Hosts Grammy Nominee Celebration

The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter Hosts Grammy Nominee Celebration

By Walter Atkins The Recording Academy jny: San Francisco Chapter’s GRAMMY Nominee Celebration was held Tuesday, January 20,2015 at The Lodge at the Regency Center in downtown San Francisco. The exclusive reception was well organized and attended by Bay Area artists, city officials and key Academy members including Michael Romanowski, Larry Batiste, and John Poppo, Vice ...


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