MARK HUMMEL'S BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT: Featuring John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, James Harman and more!
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR, 97202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
JOHN MAYALL just turned a very youthful eighty this year. John was awarded theBristish OBE by her majesty a few years back. John started his interest in music as a child listening to his father's American jazz and boogie records. Early on, after returning from military service in Korea, John became interested in art & design. In 1963 he started the BluesBreakers and decided to make a career from music instead of art, at Alexis Korner's urging, by moving to London.When Sonny Boy Williamson came thru with AFBF in 1963 John gravitated to the older blues man and coaxed lesson's from Rice. Mayall later incorporated this into all his harp solo pieces for which he is most known, particularly on ROOM TO MOVE,PARCHMENT FARM and ANOTHER MAN'S DONE GONE .Mayall is a few years older then many of the blues and rock icons that he mentored. Eric Clapton,Peter Green(FLEETWOOD MAC), Mick Taylor(ROLLING STONES), Mick Fleetwood, John McVee(FLEETWOOD MAC), Larry Taylor(CANNED HEAT), Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Freddie Robinson(LITTLE WALTER) Harvey Mandel, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Andy Fraser(FREE), Sugarcane Harris(DON & DEWEY) and Aynsley Dunbar(ZAPPA, BOWIE,UFO,JOURNEY,WHITESNAKE,STARSHIP) all played in Mayall's bands and most early in their careers, "Clapton Is God" was a subway slogan popular when Eric was inMayall's band. Fleetwood Mac's inception was when McVee,Green & Fleetwood all played in Mayall's band, as was Cream's inception( though it was hidden away from John while Eric was still a BluesBreaker). John appears in DA Pennimaker's "Don't Look Back" film in the limo scenes with Bob Dylan, as he was showing Bob around the UK. Bob Dylan recorded one of his first band session's with Mayall's group with Clapton, though it was never released. John plays harmonica, organ, piano, guitar and sings.John has been dubbed the GODFATHER OF BRITISH BLUES because of his longstanding commitment to furthering the older blues styles to a mass audience. Many blues names were only rediscovered because sung their songs and their praises-Freddie King,Otis Rush, JB Lenior, Little Joe Blue and many more became known outside of the black blues scene and introduced to a young white audience thanks to him. Mayall has also written many original compositions and painted or drawn his own album covers(Hard Road is John's painting). Mayall continues touring most months out of the year in US and Europe and still frequently records new CDs.
Rick Estrin is the co-founder along with Charlie Baty, of Little Charlie and The Nightcats. Estrin was born in SF,CA in 1949, started playing harp after hearing his sister's Jimmy Reed and Ray Charles records as a teen. Rick dropped out of high school to pursue trouble and music, in that order. Estrin went on to play in bands in SF with a young Joe Louis Walker, Fillmore Slim, Roger Collins, Hightide Harris and Travis Phillips. Rick's obsession with blues finally overtook his extracurricular activities and kept him out of jail, after he moved back to CA from Chicago(where he played with Sam Lay,Johnny Littlejohn, Johnny Young & Eddie Taylor). By moving back to SF early he missed a call from Muddy Waters to join his band, much to Rick's chagrin. Estrin ended up meeting UC student/harmonica player Charles Baty at one of Muddy's Berkeley gigs in around 1974 and the two decided to start a band together in Sacramento, where Charlie would open the sets on harp and then back Rick's harp playing on guitar. Eventually Baty switched over full time to the guitar so Rick could do most of the evening as front man of their new band ,Little Charlie and The Nightcats. Rick found his niche in becoming a world class entertainer and first rate songwriter, penning a tune as great as any Lieber-Stoller hit.His songs have been recorded by Koko Taylor,Johnny Winter,Lonnie Brooks, Rick's comedic skills began to show thru as well and became a bona fide hit with audiences everywhere. By the early eighties they recorded their first album for Alligator Records of Chicago, which put them on the road the rest of their lives. Twenty albums later and many miles longer, Baty decided to give up the road and bandleading, after his wife passed away and he had health issues himself. Rick re-named the band RickEstrin and The Nightcats and continues to record for Alligator, with his newest release TWISTED and tear up the miles around the world. World class guitar geniusBaty continues to tour a portion of the year with many of Mark Hummel's Blowouts plus selected dates with Hummel and Anson Funderburgh in a triple threat revue called Golden State-Lone Star.
The past decade has seen the emergence of young harmonica-led blues bands. In California, groups that draw their inspiration from the Chicago school but add elements of jump blues and rock 'n' roll into the mix have come up with an exciting new style of West Coast blues. In Oakland, the northern capital of California blues, resides the incredibly powerful harmonica player and vocalist Mark Hummel, leader of The Blues Survivors, who has been a major force in shaping and defining this musical genre.
JAMES HARMAN was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama-quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and the radio. He sang in the church choir until age 16 when his family moved to Panama City Florida, where he found himself surrounded by like-minded blues lovers. Wearing a fake moustache, young James slipped into a still segregated black nightclub to see Little Junior Parker's show. He was totally overtaken by the blues and soon became a regular, known as "That boy who sings like a man" by patrons.
While still in his teens, he started playing juke joints and dance clubs throughout the South. Hs performances became legendary-he was "tapped" by talent scouts, signed and taken to Atlanta, Georgia in 1964 to begin his recording career at age 18. He had a series of nine singles (45 RPM records) released during the mid to late 60's on obscure southern labels. He tried several restarts in new home bases including Chicago in '65, New York in '66, Miami in '68 and New Orleans in '69.
During his stay in Miami Harman was befriended by fellow record collectors Henry Vestine, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite of Canned Heat, who persuaded him to move to California, promising to help him get re-started. Harman made his move to SoCal in 1970, and true to their word, Canned Heat insisted on Harman's Icehouse Blues Band as their opening act on many big shows. Icehouse Blues Band became established at venues such as The Golden Bear, The Ash Grove, The Troubadour and The Lighthouse, which all booked real blues artists.
James Harman was soon in demand for his own shows, as well as backing every living blues artist who was touring without a band. He also opened literally hundreds of shows for artist who did have their own band. Icehouse Blues Band was a real working blues band. In 1978 James tired of using band names and started billing his act as James Harman Band.
Some alumni include Phil Alvin, Bill Bateman, Gene Taylor, David "Kid" Ramos, Michael "Hollywood Fats" Mann, Stephen Taylor Hodges and Jeff "Big Dad" Turmes. All of these players did long stints in the Harman Band. James is often cited as a band leader who gave many now famous bluesmen their start. Harman stopped ground touring in 2000 and now only takes blues festival dates around the world. Nathan James has been James Harman's regular band guitar player since 1997 when he was 19 years old... he turned 35 in 2013 and he's still Harman's favorite! Nathan is also James' recording engineer and co-producer on his own projects, as well as projects they produce for other artists.
James Harman's side project: Bamboo Porch Revue features guitarist Nathan James playing rollicking, low-down, juke-joint blues over James Michael Tempo's Afro-Cuban percussion, Troy Sandow's sparse, pulsating acoustic bass and Marty Dodson's masterful drumming. Through his long career starting in the early 60's James Harman has built up an enormous song catalog and had 20 of his original songs used in movies and television. He has been nominated for 19 pestiferous W. C. Handy (Blues Foundation) awards. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and he is the harmonica player of choice on many ZZ Top releases, as well as live with them on many international TV shows. James Harman has had 31 releases, on many different labels; he currently tours every spring, summer and fall, working in as many as 28 countries. Harman is a one of a kind song writer, producer, musician, showman, vocalist and internationally known bluesman.
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