[Harp-L] RE: NY harp clubs, jams or teachers
The two quintessential blues jams that are held in Manhattan are led by Big Ed Sullivan. One is downtown on Bleeker Street in the West Village on Mondays starting at 8. You need to get there early to sign the board to jam as it gets crowded (The Red Lion: 151 Bleeker St). The second is at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and you should also get there early if you want to play. It is on the upper West Side ( 78 below: 78th street and Columbus avenue- down the stairs). I play with Ed's house band when I can get by which can be a lot of fun. When the jam bands are created after Ed's 45 minutes or so on stage it can get guitar-centric but the energy is high. There are some other jams in the city and one on saturdays in hoboken which is a quick direct commute which I can let you know about if you need more direction. Terra Blues on Bleeker street is the only "full time" blues club in NYC (here's their calander link: http://www.terrablues.com/cal/thismonth.html ) with a lot of tri-state performers sprinkled with national acts. I play regularly at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar with most of my listings on facebook.
Regarding lessons: I'd recommend contacting Dennis Gruenling (I believe he's playing at Triad this Tuesday on West 72nd to promote his newest cd) after his East Coast tour is over. Although he's a NJ'er he is innovative in getting lessons out. Rob Paparozzi could be another great resource (also in Jersey) as these guys personify professionalism and Olympian talent...You can google either. If you need an intro name for Big Ed or Dennis G. feel free to use mine. That's a start! My best. d
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