This coming Sunday, our own ‘SPIDER’ JOHNKOERNER turns 70!!! Other Birthdays-in-Blue are a trio of Kansas City Jazz Legends—Mr Five-by-Five—JIMMYRUSHING, The Genius of Modern Jazz—CHARLIEPARKER and PREZ—the President of the Tenor Saxophone—LESTERYOUNG. Additiional Birthdays include the ‘Queen of the Blues’ herself—DINAHWAHINGTON, the Once and Future ‘Mayor of Harlem’ WILLIEBRYANT and GENEALLISON.
The aroma of hot grease in the air means its opening day at the Minnesota State Fair, and the Rockhouse celebrates with songs about sideshows, merry-go-rounds and the midway. Also — a tribute to the late great record man, Jerry Wexler, new music from Irma Thomas and a tear it up set of soul covers from Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band recorded in 1968!!