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Bob Putignano's Sounds of Blue is a mix of soul, jazz, funk, blues, blues-rock, classic rock and more.

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Featured artists: Featured artists: Luther Allison, Jim Capaldi, More Pat Metheny, Van Morrison, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, John Cipollina, and Sonny Sharrock. PLUS my (weekly) frightening & exploding ($4.25 + gasoline price) reminder from NRBQ; who wrote & sang about 1979's gas, oil, energy & INFLATION crisis (FOUR +) decades ago! As Yogi Berra would say: "It's déjà vu all over again." I say: HIGH ENERGY PRICES SUCK!

Featured artists: Roger Waters, Wilton Felder, Billy Preston, David Crosby, more Pat Metheny, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, John Cipollina, Joe Chambers, Garth Hudson, and Gene Roddenberry. PLUS my (weekly) frightening & exploding ($4.15 + gasoline price) reminder from NRBQ; who wrote & sang about 1979's gas, oil, energy & INFLATION crisis (FOUR +) decades ago! As Yogi Berra would say: "It's déjà vu all over again." I say: HIGH ENERGY PRICES SUCK!

This Vintage Rewind features the artists Aretha Franklin, Don Covay, Rufus Thomas, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Gerry Mulligan, Lowell Fulson, Phillip Wilson & John Astin/Gomez Addams of the Addams Family; you rang?

On January 22nd, 2003 the New York Blues & Jazz Society organized a fundraising event for the great Hubert Sumlin who needed to raise money for lung surgery. January 22nd, 2003 was an unusually brutally cold evening, but that did not deter Hubert's fans from supporting their hero, who sold-out B.B. King's Times Square Blues Club. Additionally kind & generous fans donated for Blues memorabilia raffles that the New York Blues & Jazz Society ran throughout the star-studded evening of Blues performances.

This is the third & final of 3 installments from the 3-hour plus "Howlin' for Hubert" all-star concert.

The third portion of this segment continues with a full band that Jimmy Vivino titles as The Wolf Tribute Band; featuring Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, David Maxwell, Greg Piccolo, Mike Merritt, Frank Pagano & Vivino. Plus additional special guest: Shemekia Copeland, Arthur Neilson, Bob Margolin, Jon Paris, Ann Rabson, and a few others.

Here's the breakdown:

  • The 3rd portion opens with Anthony Kane (harp) and guitarist Bob Margolin joining the core Wolf Tribute Band with "I Got to Love Somebody," followed by "Got My Mojo Working."
  • Ann Rabson replaces pianist David Maxwell. Rabson vocalizes a slow rendition of "Sitting on Top of the World."
  • Margolin & Rabson make a quick exit as Maxwell returns on piano, as David Johansen leads the band into "Evil."
  • Jon Paris joins the Wolf band, as the band exudes heat with the classic segue coupling of "Smokestack Lightning," into "Spoonful."
  • Shemekia Copeland takes the microphone with Arthur Neilson's guitar and swings into "It's My Turn - To Turn the Tables On You." Shemekia follows with a lengthy Blues ballad "Pot of Gold At the End of My Rainbow."
  • Shemekia & Neilson exit and Margolin reappears for "Little Red Rooster."
  • Margolin exits as the core Wolf Band concludes the 3-hour "Howlin' for Hubert" festivities with "Killing Floor."
  • And that's how the curtain came down near Times Square on 42nd Street at the now defunct B.B. King's on January 22nd, 2003. The full-house crowd happily exited the club and were still "Howlin' For Hubert." That being the one & only Hubert Sumlin.

Click here if you missed part 2.

On 11/4/2004 Bob Putignano was contacted by Back Beat Books to assist with the promotion of Dan Aykroyd's book: "Elwood's Blues." Putignano's job was to solely assemble & handpick a Blues band to play at the Sirius Radio offices at their performance studio in midtown NYC. Putignano contacted & enlisted all of the performance musician/band-members (except for Dan Aykroyd which was a given.) Featured performers: Mose Allison, Hubert Sumlin, Bettye LaVette, David Maxwell, Jerry Jemmott, Rob Paparozzi, Blue Lou Marini, Calvin Owens, Michael Hill, Dan Aykroyd/Elwood Blues and more.
It's Monday September 26, 2022. Today's birthdays:
George Gershwin 1898
Jim Pugh 1954
Bryan Ferry 1945
Nicholas Payton 1973
Gary Bartz 1940
Dick Heckstall-Smith 1943
Jackie Payne 1945
Caesar Frazier:
(Courtesy of Bob Putignano) Look up additional birthdays!
Enter now to win a CD by any of these three artists, with thanks to Ira of Ruf records for the CDs!

Enter our ticket giveaways for the following shows at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ:

9/23/2022: That Sixties Show

10/4/2022: Blues Traveler 35th anniversary

10/13/2022: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

12/7/2022: Acoustic & Electric Hot Tuna


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