Professor Harp at Del Vaudo’s
“I had a ball doing the harmonica boogie and “Harlem Nocturne.” Harp told me. Owner Jim delVaudo called it an “awesome night!” It is a very small club and I know they noticed all sorts of subscribers and friends of The Blues Audience newsletter showed up to party with us and that made my night. Martha and Lee Goodwine and their 2 friends, 2 people who came with a new subscriber (who’s name I can’t remember, sorry), Mike Michaels, his friend Paul Montero from Worcester, and Paul Suihkonen, who was the trumpet player for a band that was very popular in my youth, called Widespread Depression Orchestra, a wonderful Big band with a vibe player named Johnny and his sister played bass, I saw them at the Village Barn in Brattleboro, VT WAY BACK. Paul M. took this picture of a bunch of us. Paul S. is in the back with his thumb in the air, next to him is Harp’s bass player, front row, Martha and Lee Goodwine, Harp, Diana Shonk (that’s me) and Mike Michaels, cover star of the Dec/Jan issue where ther is an article about his very successful Blues Jam at 3-G’s Sportsbar in Worcester, MA.
Professor Harp’s band is an authentic four piece, pared down, all blues band including Tom Williams on guitar, who played an interesting original that had the taste of New Orleans Zydeco swing to it called “Hellbilly Stomp”. Professor Harp had this to say about his long time guitar player: “Tom absolutely shone when we did Johnny Bassett’s ‘I’ll Get Over You’ (classic Detroit blues).” Tom is a great guitar player and can play all sorts of cool styles to compliment Harp’s singing and harp playing, it is not easy to play behind a singer/harp player, it takes a certain touch and a lot of knowledge and feeling for blues.
Martha Goodwine long-time subscriber and good friend, helped me during the raffle, thank goodness because I forgot my reading glasses, yes, I am wearing glasses, but those don’t work! With Martha’s help we gave away 13 CDs and a subscription. A couple of people won 2 CDs! Mike’s friend won 2 CDs and a subscription! No shortage of prizes at a BLUES AUDIENCE PARTY! Photos by Paul Suihkonen- trumpet player with the Widespread Depression Orchestra.