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September 25, 2009 Volume # 4  Issue # 36

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Gordon & Paul
Editors Note:I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped out with tips on where to jam on our trip up north last week. A special thank you to the folks at Bill's Blues Club in Chicago, as well as host Tom Crivellone and the house band. They made me feel right at home and it was a blast to get to jam at this cool, local club.
Another big thanks to Paul Filipowicz, who not only guided me to a jam near Osh Kosh, but was also gracious enough to let me sit in at his gig near Madison. Paul is a great guy, a fine player and a true "Bluesman". Make sure you check out his website.
Once again, thanks to all and we will be looking to jam the next time we hit the road.
Gordon & Nancy
Mike Zito's passion for music has long been fueled by his love of the guitar and the icons who helped propel the instrument to its legendary status. While growing up Zito was initially captivated by the innovative guitar sounds of Eddie Van Halen, but later discovered the soulful blues inspired playing of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. A job fresh out of high school working at the local music store, Tower Grove Music, near his home in St. Louis, Missouri, further solidified his enthusiasm and devotion to his craft. The journey towards stardom and a life long career in music was officially underway.
After years of tirelessly touring and four independently released projects under his belt, 2008 heralded the national debut of Zito’s album "Today" on Eclecto Groove Records. Boasting top notch production values with the guidance of producers David Z. (Prince, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Jonny Lang) and Tony Braunagel (Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Phantom Blues Band), along with assistance from a team of world class musicians including keyboardist Bentmont Tench (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash) and bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker), Zito realized his most satisfying and accomplished work to date. “Today” garnered high praise and critical acclaim for Zito’s strengthened focus on songwriting and his resulting efforts landed his album on the Billboard Blues charts for six weeks, in addition to daily rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio over the past year.
Now Zito returns with his follow up effort "Pearl River", accompanied by the skillfully adept David Z. sitting in once again at the helm of the producer’s chair, along with label CEO Randy Chortkoff. With his guitar back to the forefront, Zito revisits his musical roots while still maintaining an emphasis on his affective songwriting. “Pearl River” stands as another solid achievement by Mike Zito who is joined this time out by a handful of special guests including Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Reese Wynans (Double Trouble), Susan Cowsill, Lynwood Slim and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone. The result is a rollicking slice of Americana served up with heaping slabs of greasy New Orleans funk, gritty blues and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll.

 The seventh Al Basile CD follows two releases which made #14 on the Living Blues charts in 2006 and 2008. Soul Blue 7 adds trombonist Carl Querfurth to the horn section while keeping the rhythm section intact from The Tinge and featuring guest spots from Sax Gordon Beadle on tenor and Sugar Ray Norcia on harp. This time the music centers around soul blues and swing, with lots of cornet solos from Al. There’s even a foray into blues reggae, and Al’s version of his tune “This Dream” which producer/guitarist Duke Robillard has recorded twice himself over the years.
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Eddie C. Campbell brings his unmistakably individual, engaging and memorable verve and variety and his command of the Chicago blues tradition to Tear This World Up, his most fully realized chapter in a highly regarded discography which has generated covers by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Lee Atwater and a Christmas staple. Eddie has long been a master of classic Chicago blues, but always his own man, turning out venues worldwide with funk and rock & roll as well as blues, all with his rich, wide-ranging vocals, the trademark reverb-drenched sound of his vintage metallic purple Fender Jazzmaster guitar and creative songwriting.

Government Of Canada Invests In The Harvest Jazz And Blues Festival
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Funding for the 2009 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, which took place from September 15 to 20 was announced. The announcement came on behalf of the Honorable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honorable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament (Fredericton).
"Our Government is delighted to support the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, a world-class event that contributes to the vitality of the community," said Minister Moore. "This much-loved festival gives audiences of all ages the chance to enjoy well-known, established artists and discover the exciting work of new artists."
Now in its 19th year, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is one of the largest specialized festivals of its kind in Atlantic Canada and attracts more than 70 000 visitors annually. The Festival celebrates jazz, blues, and world music-from traditional and acoustic to funk, zydeco, and contemporary Canadian jazz.
Upwards of 350 professional and emerging artists from across Canada and abroad were showcased during this year's six-day festival. In addition to performances at a variety of venues, the Festival also featured a KidsFest, programming for teenagers, and a "Blues in the School" program, as well as interactive workshops and opportunities for the public to play instruments.
"It is so great to see the city of Fredericton come alive each year during this festival," said Minister of State Ashfield. "And it is wonderful how this festival is supported by community participation and volunteers. I would like to congratulate everyone involved who has made this event the success that it has come to be over the past 19 years."
"This is a critical contribution from the Government of Canada," said Patti Graham, Festival Chair. "It allows Harvest Jazz and Blues to continue its development into one of Canada's premier music festivals. Harvest is poised to deliver an excellent return on the federal government's investment."
The Government of Canada has provided $43,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada program) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Live Nation is taking its act inside--to the House of Blues, "For a limited time only," music lovers who buy something called "The Live Nation Club Passport" for $49.99 through can see any and every show at the House of Blues, providing the gig is not already sold-out.
Here's all the details on the House of Blues promotion, from the Live Nation press release:
LOS ANGELES -  For a limited time only, concert fans can buy The Live Nation Club Passport for $49.99, All-In and No Fees, and see every show at Live Nation clubs in their city for the rest of the year, subject to availability. If you're a Live Nation Club Passport holder, and the show's not sold-out, you're in! The Live Nation Club Passport is available only at
Here's how it works. Beginning today concert fans go to and purchase a Club Passport. A list of participating shows will be immediately available. Every Monday thereafter, Passport holders log on to or follow LiveNation on Facebook or Twitter to see the list of participating club shows in their city and to reserve their ticket. From here, Club Passport holders just bring their Live Nation Club Passport number and photo I.D. to the club's box office and get right in, no extra charges, no hassles.
"This summer we helped concert fans save more than $14 million on nearly 800,000 tickets to shows in our amphitheaters through our weekly 'No Service Fee' offers," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "Since then, I've heard from fans and artists alike saying they'd like us to make it just as easy and affordable to discover new artists in our clubs. With The Live Nation Club Passport we're doing just that, helping fans discover up-and-coming artists, and helping those bands build new audiences."
The Live Nation Club Passport is valid in Chicago for House of Blues! Participating shows* include: Hanson, Mason Jennings, Saving Abel, Foreigner, Mavis Staples & The Blind Boys of Alabama, Badfish, Cavo, Shwayze, Enanitos Verdes, Children of Bodom, Ghostface Killah, Yonder Mountain String Band, Skinny Puppy, Keb'Mo', Stryper, Revolting Cocks, Bassnectar, Relient K, Honor Society, Rakim and many more!
*Participating shows and venues. Based on availability. Parking not included. Cannot be combined with other offers. The Live Nation Club Passport is good for one person only and does not guarantee entry. Visit for complete program details.

Editor Note: Blues Festival Guide Sales Rep Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw and her husband Tom Yearnshaw are taking a well deserved vacation.  A vacation in search of Blues!
Although the trip is winding down and we’re headed for home, the past week was filled with music and wonderful surprises.
We left Mississippi with a visit in Duck Hill with blues guitarist and bandleader Little Willie Farmer and in Greenville with boogie-woogie pianist and vocalist Eden Brent. Both enjoy a good laugh and sent us on our way with smiles on our faces.
A three-day stop in Louisiana only whet our appetites for the wonders of the Cajun kingdom. In addition to great food, the music is not to be missed. We tried a little Louisiana two-stepping to renditions of traditional Cajun music by Huber Maitre and Friends at Randol’s in Lafayette and thoroughly enjoyed an hour of absorbing local musical history at the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in Eunice, Louisiana.
We also visited with Zydeco musician Chubby Carrier, who can effortlessly drag a song like “Rock Me Baby” through the swamp for a bayou twist and were able to catch a Blues Jam in Lafayette at the Artmosphere, a combination bistro and art gallery. “Jam” on the long road is always preferable road kill, and this one was a treat. It was hosted by a loosely assembled local group who were all deeply entrenched in Louisiana and Texas blues traditions – local music from local guys.
The next stop was Texas. Texas is rich in blues music and history, but this stop was for some “Hill Country” gospel at Angela’s Icehouse in Spicewood. Spicewood is located about 30 miles west of Austin, and the whole Hill Country area draws great musicians like blossoms draw honey bees. Angela’s weekly Sunday afternoon show features BB & Cindy Morse in front of a band consisting of Phil Brown, Pete Mitchell, and Phil Fajardo, all veteran road warriors in national rock and/or country bands. This group moved from Gospel to Hendrix and from Tejano to Dylan. It was an interesting mix from a talented bunch.
While music feeds the soul, “Q” (as in “BBQ”) feeds the body. Here’s a sampling of some great food:
• Tony’s Barbeque in West Point, Mississippi – There’s a smoker out front and the rib tips were great.
• Ruthie’s Café on the west end of Navasota, Texas – There was a thick plume of smoke coming from a shed on one side, and the smoked pork butt was excellent.
• Opie’s Barbeque in Spicewood, Texas – We didn’t see the smoker, but there’s enough hardwood piled out back to heat a small town. We tried it all. Opie is long gone but he left his name and some great food. Beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and sausage.  Superb stuff!
Thanks to everyone we met on this trip and that includes Will Tierce and the folks at the Crossroads Blues Society, Dr. Luther Brown and Al White, Grassroots Blues Festival, who shared their time and insights on the blues in Mississippi. Also, special thanks to everyone who sent us emails directing us to blues and BBQ on our trip.  

Museum of Making Music to honor Jeannie Cheatham
Jazz legend to perform with her Sweet Baby Blues Band
San Diego jazz musician Jeannie Cheatham will be the guest of honor Sept. 26 at Carlsbad's Museum of Making Music. She'll also perform with her Sweet Baby Blues Band. 
Jeannie Cheatham is the closest thing that San Diego has to music royalty, and the Museum of Making Music is honoring her Saturday evening with a gala that will see the jazz and blues singer/pianist perform with her and her late husband Jimmy's Sweet Baby Blues Band.
Cheatham will be presented with the museum's Music Maker of the Year Award at Saturday evening's annual fundraising event. The museum's executive director, Carolyn Grant, said the decision to honor Cheatham came down to the impact that her music has had not only on the local music scene, but nationally.
"She is recognized as one of the great local contributors to the jazz and blues scene," Grant wrote in an e-mail earlier this week. "Secondly, from a museum perspective, she definitely holds an important place for the fact that she and Jimmy were responsible for the launch of the Sweet Baby Blues Band and re-establishing the Kansas City style. Their contribution to keep that style alive and in the public ear is very important."
Talking to anyone around town in the local jazz and blues scenes garners similar reactions to Cheatham's Saturday honor.
Mark DeBoskey, station manager of KSDS-FM (Jazz 88.3), wrote in an e-mail exchange, "When Jimmy and Jeannie located to San Diego, they helped to enhance the image of San Diego as the home of world-class jazz and blues, along, of course, with many other fabulous musicians. And Jimmy's role as an educator only served to further the future of jazz."
North County-based jazz guitarist Peter Sprague counts himself among their fans: "Jeannie and Jimmy brought to San Diego the full-on hard-core jazz-blues roots of Kansas City. Hearing them live was to take a cool ride back to where the tradition was formed ---- lots of attitude, saucy notes and fantastic enthusiasm. I love their spirit!"
Bassist Gunnar Biggs of Carlsbad was for about four years the regular bassist at the Cheathams' Sunday night jam sessions at the Sheraton on Harbor Island, and, later, the Mercedes Room at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay. He said those long-running jam sessions (from the mid-1970s through the mid-'80s) were a critical part of growing and nurturing San Diego's jazz community.
"It was not only the school for jazz, but one of the last great hangs in San Diego," Biggs said by phone Monday. "You could be sure if you went down to the jam session, there'd be someone to hang out with. That's what created the jazz community around here.
"I counted 15 horn players once! I asked Jimmy, 'Why don't you limit it to four horn players per song? We'll still get through everybody over the course of the night.' But Jimmy said, 'No, everybody gets a chance to play!' Of course, that meant the bassist and drummer had to play the same song for 30 or 40 minutes! For the rhythm section, this was our pushups, our long morning runs.
Starting out playing the jazz and blues clubs near her Akron, Ohio, home in the years before World War II, Jeannie Evans played with everyone from Dakota Staton to Jimmy Rushing. And when she met and married Jimmy Cheatham in the mid-1950s, they began a musical and domestic partnership that lasted until his passing in January 2007.
After hosting their weekly jam session for the better part of a decade, Jeannie and Jimmy released a series of albums with their Sweet Baby Blues Band on Concord Records ---- with their signature song, "Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On," making them a staple of jazz and blues festivals around the world.
Now living in Rancho Penasquitos after moving out of the University City condo she and Jimmy shared for some 30 years, Cheatham said by phone Monday that she's reassembled the Sweet Baby Blues Band and is looking forward to Saturday's show.
Cheatham said that when she and Jimmy arrived in the mid-'70s, moving from L.A., where they'd relocated from Madison, Wis., they found San Diego to be a town well-stocked with top-flight jazz talent.
"I thought it was bubbling. It was sort of scattered, but the quality of the guys who were here ---- you had Peter Sprague, Daniel Jackson, Calvin Jackson, Jimmy Zollar. That's where I found all of the guys. I remember some of those ancient guys we met, who had been here when we got here. Oliver Luck was here, played trombone. Frank Lamarca was here; he played with us in Grover Mitchell's band."
While in Madison, where Jimmy had taught in the music program at the University of Wisconsin, they had hosted a weekly jam session at a local club ---- a tradition they soon re-established in San Diego."That's how we learned, because the older musicians let us sit in when we were growing up. Jazz school was the jam session. ... They'd let us sit in, and if we weren't good enough, they'd say, 'You better go back to school,'" Jeannie recalled, laughing.
Their San Diego Sunday night jam sessions grew in fame to the point that big-name jazz stars from Los Angeles and even Las Vegas would drive down to San Diego on Sunday nights to share in the experience. Red Callender, Illinois Jacquet, Snooky Young ---- you never knew who would be there on a given night.
"Most of the cats who made the trip were from the Middle West or New York," Cheatham said. "They had that extra energy that they wanted to play at all costs.
"We did that from the time we were in high school ----- we'd drive 100 miles for a jam session. If we heard so and so was going to be there, we'd go find somebody good to cut him down!
"Now they don't really have it like that. You get a bunch of cats who know each other and play well ---- that's not a jam session. A jam session is a diverse group of people from all over ---- like a gumbo. A real jam session you don't know half the tunes, you don't know the guys, but you dare to come in and add your voice to this. That's a real jam session." Cheatham said the famed Kansas City "cutting sessions" of the 1930s ---- in which two musicians playing the same instrument would attempt to out-play each other, the audience voting for the winner with their cheers ----- were an example of the traditional jazz jam session. "That was part of the jam session ---- the challenges," she said. And how many times did Cheatham herself get cut? "Not many!" she said quickly, then broke out laughing. "Most piano players, we can play all by ourselves ---- we get an attitude." Still, she said, those few times she did lose, she learned from it. "I learn something every time I play, even now. You don't know the stage. When you get on, you have to immediately come together with what you have to work with. You have a sound check, but sometimes you get a soundman who's got itchy fingers who wants you to sound different than you did when you rehearsed."
While she's 82 now, Cheatham sounds as good as ever ---- and given her family history, there's no reason to suspect she'll be slowing down any time soon.
"My mom is 101 ---- still growing her roses, and going to her ice cream socials."
"An Evening of Note Honoring Jazz & Blues Legend Jeannie Cheatham"
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
Where: Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad,Ca
Admission: $90
Info: 760-438-5996, ext. 177, or



Cody Dickinson is the son of legendary musician and producer Jim Dickinson.  He and his brother, Luther, started the North Mississippi Allstars.  Now he has a new band, the Hill Country Revue.  The CD is called MAKE A MOVE.  Cody talks with Elwood about the switch from being a drummer to guitar player, about what hill country blues is, exactly, and about what the Allman Brothers mean to him.  Plus some music from his Dad, Jim Dickinson, who passed away on August 15th. You’ll hear new music from soulman, Eric Lindell.  Here on the site, you can win new music from Joe Bonamassa, a DVD of his performance, taped lived, at the Royal Albert Hall.  And this is the final week for the Alligator Records contest: Alligator is giving 10 lucky brethren a copy of any 10 CDs in their catalog.  Don’t miss out. 
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