It’s been four months since this wonderful concert happened in Pordenone. There was the Original Blues Brothers Band performing in the city center for the new year’s eve and Riccardo was invited to join the band by Rob Paparozzi (be sure to check his website, a hell of harmonica player and singer!) and playing some harmonica on “Sweet Home Chicago”.
Considering the band was the first inspiration for Riccardo to pick up a harmonica and blow some Blues into it, starting a long and surprising journey into the music world, the experience was exciting and Riccardo was up to the seventh cloud.
Here’s a little video of the tasteful event. Thank you Rob Paparozzi and to the wonderful gentlemen in the Original Blues Brothers Band.
There was a harmonica hero who you may not have heard about. His name was – and still is becase legends never die – William Clarke.
A wonderful singer and harmonica extraordinaire, William Clarke was both diatonic and chromatic Blues player and had this take-no-prisoner attitude when he was playing music.
Riccardo has been listening to Clarke’s music since he was in a teenager, blown away by the music of this wonderful Blues artist.
It was on rehearsal when Riccardo came up with the suggestion “why don’t we play William Clarke’s Greasy Gravy? A II-V-I turn around instrumental somewhere between a shuffle and a swing? I do the chromatic theme and we’ll see what happens?”
The band was cool with that and the song was multitracked and mixed in a DIY way.
Here’s what happened.
We hope you enjoy this.
You can join us for two different sets: the first is at 7pm until 8pm; the second set starts at 10pm and we are going to play until midnight.
Venice is a city that doesn’t need introduction. It is the place where love borns, lovers meet, history took and take place and it is – with no fear for disagreement – the most beautiful city in the World.
Right behind Saint Mark’s square (the only square of Venice, all the others are called “campi” or “campielli” that you would translate as “field” or “little field”) there is one of the best Jazz Clubs you would visit. It’s the B-Bar of the Bauer’s Hotel, world famous hotel where people like Marylin Monroe, Jackie Onassis, Paul Newman, Elton John and Keith Richards has spent some good time.
If you check better, you’ll see the Jazz At The Bauer’s events: a lot of Jazz and few Blues concerts happening in there.
After the two days gig of November 2nd and 3rd when Riccardo has performed with his “Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson II” – an idea born from the desire of paying hommage to one of the greatest harmonica players who ever lived – we are coming back to the Bauer’s as Riccardo Grosso Blues Band.
Why you should come? You may be wondering…you have the chance, this time, to listen to our whole renowed repertoire, with some really cool stuff added and to see the new member of the band Alessandro Marchesin – on guitar.
If you had the chance to listen to the music, before reading this – you know what we are going to say. It is all about how we feel, but even more important it’s all about how we make YOU feel.
What it’s important for you to experience is to find and walk some unbeaten path of the Blues world when listening to Riccardo Grosso Blues Band. And from these paths the band would take you to the final destination AND beginning of the real journey: the one into the Blues, now.
The philosphy behind every show, every note and every single mile under the hood of this unusual Blues band is to take you to the Blues world of today.
You will be disappointed if you are here to find walking shoes, yonder’s wall or mojo hands: that is something in the Blues culture, but they are not from the Modern Urban world and Blues is about life we are living and things we are experiencing in our real and present life.
Wasn’t the great master lessons about not being a copycat, trying to be original and come up with your own songs? This band is delivering this philosophy instead of trying to emulate as close as possible this or that Bluesman.
You’ll get what you see and it is prime quality because it’s the original thing, the real idea with a willing of taking chances and playing band’s own thing.
You would love to find yourself dip in the Blues and diving into stories, songs and atmospheres that seem to be taylored on your life. They are, in fact. They are something we all share as exprience and you would experience sharing some of your life-time listening to the “Blues Now” of Riccardo Grosso Blues Band.
See you on the road.