Archive | November 2012

Hey Joe

November 25 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their UK live debut at the Bag O’Nails Club, London! (via

I always wanted to be the Jimi Hendrix of piano but nobody ever let me play that loud.  At some point in my life I will play that loud. Don’t worry about my hearing – I’m already deaf! 🙂

I played with Michael Powers at Terra Blues a couple of weeks ago for the first time. He plays a lot of Hendrix and we jammed on Hey Joe for about 20 minutes! I had a blast, so was excited to see today was a Jimi Hendrix day!

We are back from Virginia. It was a long ass drive – – traffic was brutal what with the Thanksgiving weekend coming to an end but we listened to music and comedy (Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Louis CK) and got home in time for Sunday night television (Revenge, Walking Dead).

We’re going to have to go to the gym a lot this week to make up for eating piggy-like. We tried to be healthy but it wasn’t easy finding green stuff on menus, and last night the only rstaurant open after 11 p.m was Joe’s Crab Shack. Also, why the hell are we eating dinner at 11p.m ?  But we did start each hotel morning with a green smoothie – carrying that Blendtec with us wherever we go!

Here’s Hey Joe for today in music.  And I’ll be back (after the gym and some catching up on work) with more tomorrow.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

November 24, 1985 Big Joe Turner dies in California.

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I never got to play for Big Joe Turner but I have always used the chorus of his Shake, Rattle and Roll somewhere in my night’s set list. Not until today did i ever know the words to the verse. It’s a liitle cold him singing about his woman shake rattling and rollin’, how he can’t believe all a that stuff is hers!  I thought we were all shake rattling and rolling.  Dancing or something.  Oh well!

I’m in a hotel room in Fairfax, Virginia with Claudia and Casey. We’re going to Casey’s Chanticleer concert tonight at George Mason University.

Being in this neighborhood reminds me of my childhood with my Uncle Tom and Aunt Agnes and my cousins.  They lived nearby here in Vienna, Virginia and I spent so much time with them  They were great. I miss them.

Can’t wait to hear my son sing tonight!!!!  Claudia and I will shake rattle and roll ourselves over to the concert hall.

more tomorrow

Je t’aimais, je t’aime et je t’aimerai

November 23, 1953 Happy Birthday to French singer/songwriter Francis Cabrel!

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As a working musician in New York City what you are never sure of is if any of your friends or fans will show up at the gig.

The one thing I can count on is that our dear friend and biggest fan Elodie Pauwels will always be there. Elodie is French and has been coming to see my shows for the past 4 years. She has also been bringing all her French friends who visit to see the band with her.

I can’t remember how it happened but somehow I mentioned that I should sing a song in French, so of course everytime i see Elodie she would remind me I said that. So finally it worked out that one of her favorite French singer/songwriter’s birthday coincided with my son Casey who sings and speaks French being home.  Of course, this means that it wasn’t me who actually sang in French, but I think she got a better deal having Casey.

So, Happy Birthday Francis Cabrel and this is dedicated to Elodie, who will be leaving NY and returning, after 5 years, to France in December.

PS – we are going to have a combination going away party for Elodie and birthday party for myself and Holiday shindig at my December 11 Stinger gig. Everyone is invited.

PPS  Elodie has translated today’s blog into French (and it’s quite possible she added her own 2 cents into the French version below the video….)*

*23 novembre 1953. Joyeux anniversaire, Francis Cabrel (auteur compositeur français)
Quand vous êtes un musicien basé à New York City, vous ne savez jamais si au moins un de vos amis ou fans va venir à vos concerts.

Une chose sur laquelle je peux compter est que notre chère amie et plus grande fan Elodie Pauwels sera toujours là. Elodie est française et est venue me voir jouer lors des quatre dernières années. Elle a aussi régulièrement amené ses amis français en visite.

Je ne sais plus comment cela est exactement arrivé, mais d’une façon ou d’une autre j’ai mentionné que je devrais chanter une chanson en français, donc Elodie me le rappelait évidemment à chaque fois que l’on se rencontrait.

Ca a finalement pu se faire, car l’anniversaire d’un de ses auteurs compositeurs français préféré coïncide avec la venue de mon fils Casey qui parle et chante en français. Cela veut bien sûre dire que je ne suis pas celui qui chante, mais je pense que c’est mieux avec Casey interprétant la chanson.

Donc, joyeux anniversaire, Francis Cabrel, et cette chanson est dédicacée à Elodie, qui va quitter NY et rentrer en France en décembre, après presque 5 années passées aux Etats-Unis.

PS – nous aurons une soirée pour le départ d’Elodie, pour mon propre anniversaire et pour les fêtes de fin d’année lors du concert des Stingers le 11 décembre. Tout le monde est invité.

PPS – Elodie a traduit en français l’article du jour sur mon blog (et c’est tout à fait possible qu’elle y ait ajouté son grain de sel dans la version française…)… en effet, je tiens à rajouter un immense MERCI à Skip et sa famille pour tous ces bons moments en musique.

The Nearness of You

November 22, 1899 Happy Birthday Hoagy Carmichael!


It’s Thanksgivin’ and I’m stuffed.  Claudia and I have been eating carefully but today I went crazy. I just couldn’t stop eating. It was that good! But now I want to take a nap for about 3 days.

We picked up Casey at Newark this morning at 6 a.m. Great to have both my boys home for Thanksgiving and my in-laws Mike and Juliette were over. A simple, nice Thanksgiving and as usual Claudia cooked for 15 people even though we had 6.

We’re going to record Casey tonight and then we are going to drive him to Virginia tomorrow and see his Chanticleer concert.

I am not going to eat ever again!

I love The Nearness of You.  There’s a version by Norah Jones that i really like.

So, Happy Birthday HC!  This one’s for you!

Makin’ Whoopee

November 21, 1940 Happy Birthday Dr. John!

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Dr. John is my favorite New Orleans style piano player. He and Rickie Lee Jones did a duet of Makin’ Whoopee! which is my favorite version of this song!  Louis Armstrong also did a great version.

There a lot more verses to this song but I got to run to the Red Lion to play with the Stingers.

Thanksgiving eve is a big bar and club night! Everybody comes out tonight and Bleecker street becomes like Bourbon Street!

Come join us!