Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Album Release Feat: Rusty Zinn, Mark Hummel, RW Grisby, June Core & Bob Welsh
Hummel’s new cd on ElectroFi records, HarpBreaker is not a strictly Blues cd as he wanted to present a varied palette of instrumentals-jazz, acoustic, amplified, jumping, shuffling, swinging and mournful tunes. He also features more third position harmonica than usual here. That is really the position he feels most free in, most himself in. He wish he’d included a bit more chromatic but most of the songs he has are on the jazzier side -it will have to be a jazz album they will appear on! Many songs here are unissued songs off prior CDs-RetroActive, Hustle is Really On, plus a few new ones.
Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Vocalist/guitar phenom RUSTY ZINN resides in Oakland and has been on the Blues scene since 1990, when he absorbed guitar from Chess Session guitarist Luther Tucker. 2018 Grammy nominated Bob Welsh doubles on Guitar/piano, as he does in Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. Cleveland native June Core is Charlie Musselwhite’s regular drummer for the last twelve years. Bass player RW Grigsby has been in Hummel’s bands since 2007. RW was nominated for best Blues Bass Player last year at BMAs.
BLUE NOTE NAPA is located on the first floor of the Historic Napa Valley Opera House at 1030 Main St. We are an intimate 144-seat jazz club and restaurant, where you can enjoy performances of world renowned and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a full menu with market-driven cuisine, as well as an elegant wine and cocktail list. Enjoy fantastic main courses, sharing plates, and desserts while you take in a show.
All ticket prices are based on per person. Dinner is served in all sections. Your ticket is your dining reservation. Separate reservations are not needed.
“Sapphire” Booth Seating:
Booth seating for parties of 4, 5- 6 persons: Our premier level of seating! Booths are only sold as four, five or six and are not available as singles or pairs. 1st come, 1st seated. You will be seated when you arrive. (Seating is dark blue color on map)
“Royal Blue” Center Table Seating:
Seating in premier center table areas in front of stage: Pairs are seated across from each other. 1st come, 1st seated (Seating is light blue on map)
Standard Side Table Seating:
Seating in side table areas left and right of center section: Pairs are seated across from each other. 1st come, 1st seated. (Seating is yellow on map)
Bar Area Ticket Seating (only patrons 21+ may sit at bar):
Great View!! Bar Chairs are tall with backs and comfy padded seats. Purse hooks too. (Bar area is pink on map).
A portion of all ticket fees goes to the historic preservation of the Napa Valley Opera House.
Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online.
Dinner Menu available in all seating areas
Harmonica man/singer/Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove club on Melrose Ave. in LA where he saw (in a three month period) three blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis; Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton. Hummel moved to Berkeley in 1973, because of a more lively blues scene and started to perform regularly in ghetto clubs with many old timers. In 1976 he formed The Blues Survivors with Johnny Waters and JJ Bad Boy Jones. JJ left in 1977 and was replaced by Sonny Lane. This band lasted till 1981, when Hummelwould go full time with music. By 1985 Mark Hummel's Blues Survivors hit the road full time & continue till the present (Hummel's memoir, "Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80" recounts many road exploits). In 2014 Blind Pig Records released "REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER" (a recording of a Hummel Blues Harp Blowout.) The CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards. Hummel's latest CD "THE HUSTLE IS REALLY ON" features GS/LS. "Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience." - (The New Yorker)
Vocalist/guitar phenom RUSTY ZINN resides in Oakland and has been on the blues scene since 1990, when he absorbed guitar from Chess Session guitarist Luther Tucker. Hummel gave Zinn his start in 1991, taking him all over the world and into the recording studio, both as a band and behind blues legends Jimmy Rogers, James Cotton and Billy Boy Arnold. By 1993 Kim Wilson hired Zinn into his band, where Rusty appeared on the Antones' TIGERMAN LP. Zinn debuted in 1996 as a frontman singer on Black Top Records SITTIN & WAITIN, following it up with a second CD in 1999 " "CONFESSIN",before the label folded. Rusty was nominated for a Handy Award for "best new artist". Rusty's vocals and guitar playing garnered rave reviews. Alligator Records recorded Rusty's THE CHILL in 2000. Zinn's "in demand" sound landed him recording sessions with Kim, Rod Piazza, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Hummel, Jody Williams, Phillip Walker, Fingers Taylor, Wee Willie Walker, Johnny Dyer, Johnny Jones, Indigo Swing, T 99 Nelson, Pinetop Perkins & Lou Pride. The last few years Rusty has pursued reggae and recorded with Sly & Robbie, Hux Brown among others.
2018 Grammy nominated Bob Welsh doubles on Guitar/piano, as he does in Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. Bob also plays regularly with Kim Wilson, Hummel, Aki Kumar and has been a member of Charlie Musselwhite Band and Rusty Zinn’s projects for many years.
Cleveland native June Core is Charlie Musselwhite’s regular drummer for the last twelve years and has played with Hummel, Little Charlie & Nightcats, Robert JR Lockwood & Johnny Shines, Soul Drivers, Lavern Baker, Angela Streli & many more. June has been nominated for Best Blues Drummer at Blues Music Awards several years running now.
Bass player RW Grigsby has been in Hummel’s bands since 2007. RW was nominated for best Blues Bass Player last year at BMAs and has played with Mike Morgan & the Crawl,Gary Primich, Carlene Carter, James Cotton & many others