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23Mar/11

JAMES BLOOD ULMER WITH THE MEMPHIS BLOOD BLUES BAND FEATURING VERNON REID

James Blood Ulmer will be at the Jazz Standard celebrating tenth anniversary of Memphis blues album

Jazz Standard
116 East 27th St. between Lexington and Park Aves.
March 24-27, $25-$30
212-576-2232
www.jazzstandard.com
www.myspace.com/jamesbloodulmer

Ten years ago, South Carolina–born jazz and blues legend James Blood Ulmer released Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions, a collection of fourteen classics recorded in Sun Studio in Memphis with Ulmer on guitar and vocals, Vernon Reid on guitar, Charles Burnham on violin, David Barnes on harmonica, Rick Steff on keyboards, Mark Peterson on bass, and Aubrey Dale on drums. Ulmer, who recently turned sixty-nine, will be celebrating the Grammy-nominated album’s tenth anniversary by reuniting the band — except for Steff, who is being replaced by Leon Gruenbaum — for a series of shows at the Jazz Standard. It should be quite a time, as the album features such tunes as Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful,” “Little Red Rooster,” and “Back Door Man,” Muddy Waters’s “Evil,” Son House’s “Death Letter,” John Lee Hooker’s “Dimples” and “Money,” Otis Rush’s “Double Trouble,” and Chester Burnett’s “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline).”

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