Filisko's back from the European tour, a little hoarse but happy to be back in B1 with all the craziness that entails! (We're looking at you, RickEy!)
We extended the playing period in Level IV last night to get rehearsal for the upcoming recital jump-started. Be ready to run through your tunes in the next weeks - that's priority number one.
Joe passed around an incredible new harmonica tuning and repair toolkit from Hohner. In the past he's always resisted requests to spend class time talking about maintainence and repair but this toolkit opens the door for possible discussion. If it happens that a critical mass of students have the kits and show interest in learning what to do with it, he'll consider spending time on the topic in the future. Our own repair junkie, Al Taylor, is giving the toolkit a thorough examination and will be reviewing it in a coming issue of YouMissedMonday - stay tuned!
Jim Lucas Show!!!
ORIGINAL SONGS IN THE CHICAGO BLUES HARMONICA TRADITION
Songwriting monster Jim Lucas is performing this Friday at Northeastern Illinois University's Faculty Symposium and the public is welcome to attend. Backing him are B1 Band members Al Taylor, Grant Kessler and Highway RickEy.
The performance is at 12:10pm in the Golden Eagles Room of the Student Union.
The main campus address is:
5500 North St. Louis
Directions to the university
The campus map
There is open parking on Bryn Mawr Avenue, just west of the university. Permits may be purchased for $5.00 in Lot H in a drive up machine.
Little Walter Tribute Recording!!!
This in from alert reader Big Jim Themelis:
"Blind Pig Records has announced a live recording date for a special tribute to Little Walter Jacobs featuring some of the finest harmonica players on the current blues scene - Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, James Harman, and Sugar Ray Norcia. The show will take place on Thursday, December 6th at Anthology in San Diego, California."
Lots of B1 friends on this recording! We can't wait to hear it. Meantime, to read more, click here.
Chicago Harp Players On New Releases!!!
Speaking of new recordings, here are a couple in the can you should look into, shared with us by Bob Corritore. Congrats to Chicago harp players featured - Scott Dirks, Dave Waldman and Martin Lange!
- "Elmore James Jr., Old School Lover on Wolf Records is another "on the mark" release that mostly stays in the senior's bag but also covers some Jimmy Rogers. Guest stars on Elmore's CD are Illinois Slim, Eddie Taylor Jr., Scott Dirks and Dave Waldman.
- Another gold nugget is Willie Buck, Cell Phone Man on Delmark Records, where Willie's no-nonsense voice is backed by Rockin' Johnny and Rick Kreher on guitars, Barrelhouse Chuck on piano, and Bharath Rajakumar and Martin Lange providing spectacular harmonica work."
- Recital sign-up sheets are due YESTERDAY. Which means you must email YMM or Joe right away to let us know if you'd like to participate. All of Joe's current students are welcome - speak up!
- Joe's away one more date this year - November 26th. Already planning a turkey hangover, apparently! No worries though - Shoji Naito has got it covered so don't miss class!