|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.