2005 Chicago Blues Harmonica Project

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Wed Nov 17 01:22:10 EST 2004

I cant wait until This music hit the street I want to be one of the first to
get a copy.
                       Guitar Mac.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Twist Turner" <bluesking2@webtv.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 7:51 PM
Subject: 2005 Chicago Blues Harmonica Project



The Chicago Bluesmasters are presenting a recording project available
for purchase or lease to foreign and domestic record labels.

How many times have you heard this?

The blues is dead, there are no harmonica players left in Chicago!

The Chicago Bluesmasters are a group of musicians, friends and blues
lovers who have played with the masters of the Chicago blues scene. We
were getting tired of hearing about the lack of talent on the scene,
weall knew better, there are literally hundreds of talented blues
just waiting to be discovered. There is still a wealth of great unknown
and underrecorded talent in this city. All you have to do is go out any
night of the week and you can hear musicians doing their individual take
on Chicago Blues. You just won't find these players at the trendy
Northside or Loop tourist destinations; you've got to head deep into
poverty stricken South and West Side ghettos of the Windy City. We
present to you six harp player/singers who we think deserve wider
recognition. Their styles range from the grit of Maxwell Street to
Classic Chicago Blues to modern interpretations of Classic Chicago
Blues. Each musician chose the songs they wanted to record mostly from
the classic Chicago harmonica catalog but hey this is what they do and
wanted to do. The results are great performances by great musicians
backed by a great band. We hope this CD will help quiet the rumors and
shine a light on some deserving musicians.


Dusty Brown
Dusty Brown was born in Mississippi in 1929. Like many of his fellow
bluesmen he migrated to Chicago in 1946 looking for a better life for
his family. In 1955 he recorded 'He Don't Love You' for the Parrot
label. This was a superior example of Chicago blues at its best, which
also featured the driving piano of Henry Gray. Dusty has updated this
song for our release with all the fire of the original. Dusty embarked
on a tour of Europe in 1972 and recorded an album while there that was
never released. In 1975 he opened a lounge in Chicago Heights, Illinois
called Dusty's Lounge and featured many of his Chicago blues
friends,including Sunnyland Slim and Hip Lankchain. Dusty moved back
down South in the early '90's and has recently returned to Chicago where
he has been reviving his music career appearing at many clubs and

Larry Cox
Larry was born in Tennessee in 1937. He received his first harmonica at
the age of 4 from Sonny Boy Williamson #2,with which his father played
guitar. Moving to Chicago in 1956 Larry took up playing pool and soon
made this his profession. He returned to playing harp in the late 70's
and began hitting the clubs like Theresa's and the Checkerboard Lounge.
He played a steady gig with Louis and Dave Myers into the early 80's.
His only prior released recording was a JSP date with Phil Guy in '81.
Larry's main influences on harmonica are Sonny Boy Williamson and Little
Walter. His classic Chicago blues sound is heard on this CD and this is
the way it should be done.

Harmonica Kahn #1
Harmonica Kahn #1 (George Meers EEL) was born in North Carolina in 1934.
He learned to play harmonica from Bogey Scott in 1944. He spent many
years' tap dancing, singing and playing harmonica on the streets for
tips. His appearance on this recording brings us back to the heyday of
Maxwell Street with his primitive foot stomping, bone rattling and
hoots and howls. In 1957 he moved to Camden, New Jersey and played
throughout the Philadelphia area. Appearing as Harmonica Kidd he
at New York's Apollo Theatre and on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. In 1968
Harmonica Kahn moved to Chicago where he became a regular at the many
Southside clubs and played with musicians as Junior Wells and James
Cotton. Kahn has recently returned to the Chicago music scene after
spending many years at Stateville prison in Joliet, Illinois. With, his
as he calls it, a once in a lifetime act Harmonica Kahn #1 is once again
becoming a favorite on the Chicago blues scene.

Russ Green
Russ Green was born in Chicago in 1967 making him one of the so-called
new generations of the blues. This time the moniker fits the man, as you
hear on this CD Russ is a great singer and powerful harp player. His
first ambition was to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix; unable to
afford this he picked up the harmonica. The sounds he heard in his
came to a realization when he first heard the harp player Sugar Blue in
1992. After a 3-year stay as a film student in Seattle, Russ returned
to Chicago and again found himself searching out Sugar Blue. This time
they became fast friends and Russ began to learn the technique of his
style. Russ took this education and created his own creative individual
style. Russ currently plays in Chicago with various musicians while he
readies his own music career.

Little Addison
Little Addison (Nathaniel Addison) was born in Louisiana in 1936. He
moved to Chicago in 1950 where he began to take in the burgeoning blues
scene. One of his main influences was Little Walter with whom he became
a friend. Little Addison played with many of the Chicago greats
including Elmore James in the late 50's. In the 1960's Addison fronted
his own 10 piece band which included Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson on
guitar. Throughout the 70's and 80's Little Addison played with the
cream of the Westside players including Jimmy Dawkins, Willie Kent ,
Freddie King, Luther Allison and Piano Red. During this time Addison
also had an auto repair garage which also became the meeting place for
all the Westside blues musicians. Recently Addison has been doing some
work with his cousin in Dallas, R & B singer Ernie Johnson This CD is
the first recording by Little Addison, it shows a real down home
musician whose time should have come long before now.

Omar Coleman
Omar is another one of the young lions on the Chicago scene today, born
in Chicago in 1973.He cuts hair as a barber during the day and cuts
heads as a musician at
night. With his great voice and harp playing, Omar gives a funkier take
on his style of blues. His influences are the generation just a little
older such as Billy Branch and Sugar Blue and also the legends Jr. Wells
and Big Walter Horton. Omar plays regularly with John Primers' band and
is a feature at clubs such as Rosa's Lounge.


Twist Turner (Drums)
Twist has been active on the Chicago blues scene for the last 30 years
playing and recording with a literal who's who of the blues. He was
raised in Seattle Washington and began his career with the late Isaac
Scott. Twist moved to Chicago in 1975 and began working almost
everynight of the week including holding down the gig as house drummer
at the Legendary Theresa's lounge with the Jr. Wells band. He's
worked with artists Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Guitar Jr, Sunnyland Slim,
Hubert Sumlin, Willie Kent, and thousands more. Twist also spent 5
years in the bay area in the late 80's early nineties where he worked
with Luther Tucker, Arkansas Larry Davis, Deacon Jones, Sonny Rhodes,
Guitar Gable and others. He is current running his own recording studio
"Twist Turners House of Sound" in Chicago.

Mark Brumbach (Piano) Mark ( Max ) Brumbach is a native chicagoan who
started playing guitar and harmonica in the mid 1960's. His first jobs
on harmonica were with the late Johnny Young, Wild Child Butler and the
great Sunnyland Slim ( with whom he recorded for Airway Records in
1974). He began playing piano in the early 1970's, backing up such blues
stalwarts as Eddie Taylor, Sam Lay, Johnny Littlejohn, J.B.Hutto, and
Otis Clay. He toured Canada with the great Jimmy Reed, and ended up
staying there two years to tour with rockabilly wild man Matt Lucas. He
has also performed with many country artists over the years,
and recently recorded with guitar legend James Burton, on a Matt Lucas
revival album.

Rick Kreher (Guitar)
Born and raised in Chicago, Rick has been on the blues scene for over
30 years. He was a member of the great Muddy Waters last band with
which he played nearly 5 years. He also had long stints with Studebaker
John and the Hawks, Mojo Buford and The Rockin' Johnny Band. He has
recently toured and recorded with many of the Chicago masters for all
the major blues labels. During the late 60's and '70's he was a
member of the same group that included many of the current movers and
shakers in the blues business visiting as many clubs as you could every
night of the week in Chicago.

Pat McKeever (Bass)
Pat is one of the best blues bassists in Chicago today. He has a great
style and tone. Among his many credentials, was a long stint with Eddy
Clearwaters band.

Little Frank (Guitar)
Little Frank hails from South Bend Indiana, but does most of his gigging
around Chicago. Still in his 20's Frank has become one of the most
sought after players by the older generation such as Willie Smith,
Pinetop Perkins and Carey Bell.

Any parties interested in purchasing or leasing the masters for domestic
or foreign release, or booking "The Blues Harmonica Project" for live
performances, should contact:

Rick Kreher


Twist Turner

Twist Turner

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