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John Scofield Plays Country Music? Yes, He Does!

I know John Scofield‘s jazz as well as his work with Medeski Martin and Wood, and was intrigued enough when I read the description of this project to attend a show at Regattabar (one of four that weekend). I am so glad I did!

John Scofield

John Scofield

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What A Set Of Pipes!

I saw Shemekia Copeland about nine years ago, opening for the late great Koko Taylor, and have been waiting for the chance to see her again. My patience was rewarded with the perfect seat at a stellar show at Regattabar last month.

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

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Mike Stern Never Fails To Please

Mike Stern is one of those musicians whom I will never tire of seeing perform. As soon as this recent series of shows at Regattabar was announced, I ensured my place at show.

Mike Stern

Mike Stern

I have seen Mike perform with a variety of musicians, from Eric Johnson with whom he recorded an incredible album in 2014 to numerous session musicians.

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Swamp Blues Masters Rocked Regattabar

A couple of years ago, I saw Sonny Landreth, one of my favorite guitarists, perform with Cindy Cashdollar (who I saw for the first time that evening) at Regattabar. It can be incredible seeing one fabulous guitarist do a solo show, but adding a second one can bring a show to a whole other. What a duo!

Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar

Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar

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Bass and Groove Masters Were In Da House

I thought I knew what to expect from Victor Wooten, the amazing bass player who coaxes notes from the strings that I have rarely heard from other bassists. I was wrong – Victor delivered a show that was mind-bending and better than any show of his I had seen. The sold-out audience at Regattabar was the lucky recipient of this goodness.

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten

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An Evening Of Superb Jazz Guitar

Since 2010 when I saw Lionel Loueke (pronounced lee-uh-nel lou-ek-e) perform as part of Herbie Hancock’s band, I have wanted to see him play his own music. My patience was rewarded last week when I saw his trio at Regattabar.

Lionel Loueke

Lionel Loueke

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Gypsy Jazz Filled The House

On this evening, the night after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the French band Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars appeared at Regattabar. They began the show with a moment of silence for the victims and also had a candle of remembrance burning on stage.

Candle of Remembrance

Candle of Remembrance

Dedicated to the gypsy jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt, Dorado bears a resemblance to Django (could it be what looks to be a false mustache that does it?).

Dorado Schmitt

Dorado Schmitt

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A Melange Of World Music

All I knew about Grand Fatilla before I saw them perform at Regattabar was that the same bass player who is in one of my favorite bands (Club d’Elf) was in the band, and that was enough for me to want to see Grand Fatilla perform.

Fabio Pirazzolo

Fabio Pirozzolo

I was not at all surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed this show; excellent musicians and interesting music are a great combination!

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An Evening With An Extraordinary Guitarist

For those of you who do not know of him – and I bet there are a fair number of you who do not – Andy McKee is one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. I did not know of him until a friend told me about her favorite musician over a year ago, and decided to see him at Regattabar last year.

Andy McKee

Andy McKee on his harp-guitar

As soon as this weekend’s shows were announced, I knew we would be in the audience once again to see this extraordinary guitarist work his magic.

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Lil’ Ed Is Little Only In Stature

Lil’ Ed Williams, the leader of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, may be lil’ in stature but he is a powerfully large ball of energy when he performs. When I saw him on the schedule at Regattabar, I knew I would be in the audience.

Lil' Ed

Lil’ Ed

This was my first time seeing him live, and all I knew was to expect to hear Chicago blues.

Lil' Ed

Lil’ Ed

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