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Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout featuring John Mayall, Curtis Salgado, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty and James Harman

Tue, Jan 14 -
Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$30.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes the Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout featuring John Mayall, (harmonica/keys/vocals), Curtis Salgado (harmonica/vocals), Rick Estrin (harmonica/vocals), Little Charlie Baty (guitar), James Harman (harmonica/vocals), RW Grigsby (bass), June Core (drums) and Bob Welsh (guitar and piano) for two nights only! One show each night at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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Since 1991 Mark Hummel has been both producing and performing at his Blues Harmonica Blowout series. These shows have grown to be a much-heralded event and continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear. He brings his all-star lineup to Jazz Alley for two nights.

John Mayall is a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical career spans over fifty years but the most notable episode occurred during the late '60s. He was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and has been influential in the careers of many instrumentalists, including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Jon Mark, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, and Buddy Whittington.

Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. He plays each and every show like it’s the most important gig of his career. Salgado’s been perfecting his craft since he first began playing professionally in the last 1960s. He fronted his own group, The Nighthawks, inspired John Belushi to create The Blues Brothers, was co-star of The Robert Cray Band and sang and toured with Roomful of Blues.

Rick Estrin, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, “is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” The award-winning musician, another critic said, “sounds like Little Walter playing and singing Leiber and Stoller.” Estrin serves up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.

Charlie Baty was attending U.C. Berkley when he formed Little Charlie and the Nightcats with Rick Estrin in 1976. Initally, both of them were harmonica players and singers, but Baty happened to play guitar as well, and switched to guitar. Eventually, they sent a demo to Alligator Records and were immediately signed after catching their live act.

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