69th Street Band

69th Street Band

Originally started in 2007 as a way to get Tom Paronis out of the house, the 69th Street Band has evolved into an 'only in New York' amalgam of American roots styles and African rhythms. Tom cut his teeth on the South Side of Chicago in the 80s with the illustrious Buddy Scott clan, playing a wide variety of classic Chicago blues and R&B. After moving to Europe in 1990 he played in various clubs in Frankfurt, Germany. Upon moving to New York in 1992 he played in various blues clubs (the late, lamented Dan Lynch's being the most frequent) until impending parenthood led him to give up gigging in 1998. During his hiatus he taught himself the fine art of Travis/Atkins picking and listened to a wide variety of African music and old Studio One reggae. When the urge to play out again struck he wanted to find a way to incorporate these rhythms into his blues/country/R&B reportoire. The natural choice for the bass chair was old chum Lenny Nelson, who has arguably played with almost every blues/R&B outfit in the greater tri-state area over the last three decades, including countless gigs with the late, great Howie Wyeth. On precussion the band calls on the services of 2 of the planet's premier African drummers. Abou Diarrassouba first came to the US while on tour with the great Alpha Blondy and liked it so much he decided to stay. Since then he has become a 'go to' drummer for numerous African and reggae bands, among them the legendary Wailers and New York-based Easy All Stars. Other drummer Jojo Kuo paid his dues with African legends Manu Dibango and Fela Kuti and spent a decade or more in the studios of Paris and stages worldwide, touring with the Gypsy Kings and Peter Gabriel among others. In a typical set the band warms up with some soul jazz classics (Sunny, The Preacher, Sugar, etc.) and then goes on a grand tour of American roots music with a few side trips into Afrobeat or reggae. For the quieter restaurant gigs they swap out the drums for a djembe.

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69th Street Band

Friday, October 4 · 9:30 PM at Hill Country

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