Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 189 #232)

My Babe!!!

Joe started the first class of this session off with a study of the Little Walter classic, My Babe (transcription). My Babe was written by Willie Dixon and based on the gospel tune This Train by Sister Rosetta Tharp. It is a non-standard sixteen-bar form so if you're playing it with a band, they'll need to know the form and the bass line. Little Walter's solo (over a twelve-bar form) is one of his absolute finest swinging solos on record!

But enough about Little Walter, let's talk about the BASH!

Chicago Blues Harp Bash #3!!!

The show is in less than two weeks! Tickets are on sale and they're selling fast - get yours now!

We're thrilled to have living legend Jerry Portnoy headlining our show. The Bash will also feature local harp players Shoji Naito (with special guest Willie Buck on vocals), Highway RickEy, Harry Garner, Lamont Harris and Kirk Manley. And we're excited to announce we have the amazing Gerry Hundt supporting everyone on guitar!

Events like the Bash and guest appearances in class happen because of great financial support from those of us in the class and our friends, so buy tickets and spread the word. The Bash is on Facebook at: ChicagoBluesHarpBash. Shoji suggests each of us call three friends and encourage them to come out to the show. Let's make this a packed house! Tell everyone about it!

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

Tickets at: www.chicagobluesharpbash.com

(Note that Jerry will also be in B1 as a special guest on Monday, September 13, 2010, 8:00pm - all Joe's students are welcome.)


We are still looking for people to help sponsor some of the costs associated with the Bash such as airfare and hotel accomodations for our headliner, Jerry Portnoy. If you can make a donation toward these costs, please notify Joe or contact youmissedmonday.


Class Notes
  • Old Town is not in session next Monday due to the Labor Day holiday. Spend your free time promoting the Bash!
  • Please remember to do your Portnoy merchandise purchasing in class Monday the 13th rather than at the Bash.
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew