NYC blues extra: Grammy winner Honeyboy Edwards @ BB King’s

City Arts, for space reasons, left off the last graph I'd submitted: True blue fans will flock to hear David "Honeyboy" Edwards, running buddy of legendary Robert Johnson and recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, at B.B. King's March 11. Edwards is 95, a lifetime achievement for any blues musician, and according to this report from two years ago, he can still play. Continuing with the strength that it has for more than 100 years is an achievement for the blues itself, and American culture, too. howardmandel.com Subscribe by Email … [Read more...]

The blues in NYC

My column  http://tinyurl.com/NYCblues in City Arts - New York's Review of Culture, focuses on America's deep, dark musical strain as it is today in a blues-challenged city. It doesn't mention that Wynton Marsalis is the world's greatest blues trumpeter, as he proved last night playing "bread and butter" from the Count Basie songbook with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra, a show repeated tonight (2/12) and Saturday. … [Read more...]