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Festival Review: Blue Note Jazz Festival 2015
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 Photos By: Ernest Gregory

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Review and Photos By: Michelle King 

 


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Buddy Guy @ B.B. King Blues Club
Venue: New York, NY


Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, "Born to Play Guitar."

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It was a legendary kind of night at BB King Blues Club, one of the hosts of The Blue Note Jazz Festival. 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Buddy Guy, playing in the house the late great BB King created, was watched with respect and reverence by a packed house, including Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters at a table near the stage. Seeing him enjoy the show along with us puts in perspective the history and influences that help the music we love evolve and endure.
 


The evening opened with Guy’s current producer Tom Hambridge,  an accomplished writer and performer in his own right, who played a set of his own unique songs. Standout -- “The Upside of Lonely,” which Tom introduced as “a happy blues song.”  
 

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Definitely worth a listen--check it out on iTunes! The charismatic and bluesy Marty Sammon on keyboard accompanied Tom, and stayed as Buddy Guy took the stage, along with Orlando Wright and Rick Hall on guitar and Tim Austin on drums.

 


There was no set list, all was improvised. Guy opened with a strong, sanctified  “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues,” and from there never looked back. Song after song, including “Fever,” “My Mama Done Told Me,” and of course some “Strange Brew.”

 


Buddy Guy is 78 years young and is an absolute powerhouse, both in his musical prowess and salty language and rhythmic movements with the guitar. Lots of cussing and gyrations! It’s all in stride--playing chords with his belt buckle or against his chest, and still sounding distinctive and better than most ever will.  

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Humor, tales of youth, memories with other greats, and the music that lingered and left us wanting more blues. That’s Buddy Guy.

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