Re: [Harp-L] Need your help

Check with Mark, owner of Tapas restaurant in Forest Park IL...very near  
Chicago.  He is an outstanding bass player...blues, jazz and he'd likely  
know a drummer.
Blues Girl Phyllis  

In a message dated 1/23/2015 11:02:53 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
scojoharp@xxxxxxxxx writes:

Folks:  While I have not signed the contract yet, it looks 99.9% likely that
I am  going to play a big festival in Chicago this summer. I'm trying to get
my  head around the logistics of this trip, and I really need help on  two

1) I am flirting with the idea of using a Chicago-area  bassist and drummer
for my festival set. Can someone recommend a pair of  ringers for me? I need
players who are rooted in blues and jazz but can  play anything... my songs
have elements of jazz (not hardcore bebop, but  more along the lines of
standards and walking bass that transcends simple  1-4-5) and rock, and are
a lot closer to pop constructions than straight  blues.  In other words,
they should be equally comfortable with James  Cotton, Miles Davis, or Peter

2) I am going to need to book  at least a couple of other gigs between here
(Jackson, Mississippi) and  Chicago to make the trip feasible. Ideal
locations: Chicago city, Chicago  suburbs, St. Louis, Indianapolis,
Louisville KY, Memphis, Nashville... but  I am open to other possibilities
as long as they make logistical sense. As  I may be using a Chicago rhythm
section for the festival itself, at least  one of these additional gigs
could be acoustic (duo or  trio).

Thoughts, ideas, connections, good vibes all welcome. Thanks in  advance,

*"**Scott Albert Johnson's debut mixes blues,  rock, folk and jazz, unified
by first-rate harmonica playing." *(Maureen  Palli*, Relix*)

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