Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dr. John Returns to Jazz Alley September 2011

Swamp-rock piano legend and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. John, along with his band the Lower 911, will be performing at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, September 22-25, 2011This is going to be a weekend of great music from one of the finest cultural resources from New Orleans.
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Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr.John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to name a few. He also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.

In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for Sippiana Hericane, his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. Other awards include the American Society of Young Musicians 2007 Trailblazer Award. After Hurricane Katrina and government bunglers bashed New Orleans in 2005, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with both generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings and angry public words of protest. One of the Crescent City's most favored sons; Dr. John does his considerable bit to keep the world's attention focused on what needs to be done to help New Orleans come back. In 2008, he released the Album City That Care Forgot, which deals with various aspects of post-Katrina New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. In 2009, City That Care Forgot won the Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.” It is considered to be his finest recording in twenty years.

After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with apassion that has yet to wane. He continues to dazzle and delight audiences across the globe touring consistently. In fact, Dr. John, veteran of decades in music, is at the height of his creative output right now, having recently released grandly-conceived tribute albums to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer, and having famously revived his full-blown, magnificently-costumed 'Dr. John, the Night Tripper' stage persona in June 2006 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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