Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 175 #218)

Recital Rehearsal!!!

Class time this week was devoted to rehearsing songs for the upcoming recital. B1 would especially like to thank Gavin Tun for spending time with us playing bass in preparation for the recital the past two weeks. Thanks Gavin!

Just back from San Jose and carefully observing the hand technique of people like Rod Piazza, Gary Smith and Dennis Gruenling, Joe is more convinced than ever of his techniques: fingers together at all times, left side of your hand firmly against your face at all times, and use the two right hand positions to vary your tone. He did a careful review of these ideas in class this week.

See you at Harlem Avenue Lounge Friday!!!

Morry Sochat Show at SPACE!!!

Don't miss Morry this week at SPACE in Evanston. His show will be awesome and Guy King is also a great blues act to catch if you haven't seen him yet. Get out to this show!

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s
SPACE, Evanston
Thursday, May 27

Jerry Portnoy To Headline Chicago Blues Harp Bash #3!!!

B1 is excited to be planning another fantastic Chicago Blues Harp Bash and we're thrilled to have living legend Jerry Portnoy headlining our show. Jerry is a Grammy Award nominee who spent six years in the Muddy Waters band followed by time leading the Muddy Waters Tribute Band and his own band the Streamliners. Jerry then also toured as part of the Eric Clapton band for four years. It is a huge honor for us to have Jerry come headline our show.

The Bash will also feature local harp players Shoji Naito, Highway RickEy, Harry Garner, Lamont Harris and Kirk Manley, all backed by the amazing Billy Flynn Band.

Chicago Blues Harp Bash #3
at SPACE in Evanston
Sunday, September 12, 2010

Full details and artist links at: www.chicagobluesharpbash.com

Mark your calendar and don't miss this show!
(Note that Jerry will also be in B1 as a special guest on Monday, September 13, 2010, 8:00pm.)

Class Notes
  • No classes next week at Old Town due to the Memorial Day holiday.
  • Recital: The ensemble tune Juke will be around 9pm Friday.
  • Recital: If you are unable to make recital for some reason, be sure to send an email to info@youmissedmonday.com (which we'll be monitoring even during the recital) so we can alert Joe.
  • Recital: Joe records the recital and produces a "best of" CD which will likely include one of your songs. If you would like him to make a disc of ALL your songs at recital, be sure to let him know well before June 7.


We ran an incorrect email address for Al last week. Please note the one below is now correct.

The YouMissedMonday newsletter would like to welcome its newest member, Al Taylor, who will be in charge of updating our gig calendars. Thanks Al for taking on this project! If you're a gigging musician who plays in Chicagoland, please put Al on your email distribution list: taylorar2010@gmail.com.

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