[Harp-L] re: New England Harmonica Stars question...
From: Seth Holzman, PO Box 866, Ardmore, PA 19003-0866
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Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011
Hi WB -
I don't consider myself a "star," but I thought you might want to
I played harmonica with Ronnie Earl in his first band - it was a blues
band called Bright Lights, Big City - from 1975 to 1976, in the Boston, MA
area. Back then Ronnie was known as Ronnie Horvath. Ronnie was superb
even way back then! (Lead vocals and also on guitar - Danny Starobin.
Various bass players - Phil Leach, David Starobin.... Drummer - Dyl Wiley).
Around this time I sat in with Muddy Waters (either at Paul's Mall or
the other adjoining underground club in Boston) and with Koko Taylor (in a
large club in Rhode Island).
I also played harp with the Jaguars (blues and rock 'n' roll) in the
Boston, MA area from about 1977-1978. That band had Maynard Silva on guitar
and vocals, Bob Case on bass and vocals, and I can't remember the
drummer's name - I think it was Doug .... (?)
I taught private harmonica lessons as early as about 1973, and
harmonica classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education beginning in 1975,
and then harmonica classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education, and
I moved to Syracuse NY in 1978 with my girlfriend (future wife) where
I continued to teach harmonica and played in several bands and duos.
During that time I played with brilliant acoustic guitarist Frank Corso - he
played mostly blues and ragtime blues (Blind Blake, etc.) on steel body
(National) guitar. He moved to New England and I believe still lives in the area
(Newburyport?). I studied music at Syracuse University and received a
Bachelor of Music degree in 1983.
I moved to the Philadelphia area with my wife and daughter in 1983 and
still reside here (with my larger family), where I continue to teach
adult education harmonica classes, private lessons, and play in several bands.
Pierre Beauregard was a superb harp player with Powerhouse - George
Leh - lead vocals, Tommy Principato - gtr., etc. He played a Papa Lightfoot
song (Mean Old Train) among other great stuff.
Kaz Kazanoff played great harp (and sax) with John Nicholas and the
Richard "Rosie" Rosenblatt played harp with Joyride Express.
Richard Hunter and Chris Turner played some incredible harmonica duo
gigs that I was thrilled to witness (and I sat in with them on one - at the
Boston Food Co-op, I think).
I'd be happy to provide further info if you want it.
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:52:32 -0400
From: W B <wbharptime2@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] re: New England Harmonica Stars question...
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Thank for all the great responses! I am familiar with many of the names
that came up, I just seeded the start of the list to get the flow of names
flowing. It worked, so many that I did not know about thanks again. A few
chromatic names and mostly diatonic's. Any of the famous trios, Bass and
chord players from up this way?
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