Blues Harmonica Players
||These are the websites of the world's finest blues harmonica players, yesterday and today. Visit our Harmonica Store to purchase recommended blues instruction books, CDs, and related items.
- Sugar Blue
- "Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue is not your typical bluesman. He wasn't raised on a Southern farm or even on the South Side of Chicago -- he was raised in Harlem, New York. He didn't grow up with blues all around him -- he grew up with the sounds of Billie Holiday and James Brown and all the acts that played the Apollo Theatre. Sugar Blue has used this background to his advantage, though, creating an ultra-modern blues style and sound that is instantly recognizable as his own."
- Kim Wilson
- "Harmonica player, songwriter and singer Kim Wilson is as much a student and historian of classic blues as he is one of the U.S.'s top harmonica players. Although he's long been known as the charismatic frontman for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Wilson's solo albums—which feature bands of his own choosing for different tracks—is where the genius in his work shows through most clearly."
- William Clarke
- California based blues harp player. "Favoring the chromatic harmonica for playing Blues harmonica, he performed and recorded steadily from the mid-1970's until his death in 1996."
- Paul deLay
- Paul deLay comes from Portland, Oregon. His great virtuosity is on par with his inventiveness. Die-hard chicago blues fans, move along ! But for those who appreciate style drifting, visit his site and order his CD's !
- Tom Ball
- Tom Ball is more famous in Europe for releasing methods on Sonny Terry's harp style than for his albums, and believe me, that's a real shame. 'Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan' are really a top rate acoustic duo, somewhere between blues and country.
- Magic Dave Therault
- Magic Dave is an innovative blues harmonica stylist, using his instrument to evoke the saxophone of King Curtis, the organ of Jimmy McGriff and the guitar of Albert Collins.
- Billy Branch
- "Billy Branch is the disciple and spiritual follower of harmonica players like Carey Bell, James Cotton with a touch of Junior Wells. His style isn't hugely innovative but it is powerful and true to the master's tradition. He has several albums out both under his name and with the 'Sons of Blues'."
- Curtis Salgado
- Curtis Salgado's illustrious career spans 23 years. He has played a major role in the evolution of the modern blues scene. He was the inspiration for John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers. He coined the phrase "Master of the Telecaster" for Albert Collins, and he sang lead vocals and played harmonica with the Robert Cray Band, and was frontman for the national blues act, Roomful of Blues.
- Rod Piazza
- "Rod Piazza has been a musical force on harmonica for the past thirty-four years, and remains a commanding presence at the forefront of today' blues scene."
- Steve Guyger
- "A Harmonica player from Philadelphia, Steve Guyger seems to be considered one of the best by his peers. His blues chromatic work is also real nice, very gripping stuff. Check it out if you manage to find it!"
- Jerry Portnoy
- Veteran of the Muddy Waters band, Jerry Portnoy is a blues virtuoso who has played with the greatest. With the Legendary Blues Band, the Muddy Waters Tribute Band and Eric Clapton, he's worked a lot since Muddy's death, and has just released a new album and a very interesting sounding method.
- Mark Ford
- "Mark is on the cutting edge and is taking the harp into unknown territory, blazing a path that few will ever be able to follow. In all my 43 years, I have never heard any harpman do such a tasteful blend of blues, rock, and jazz."
- Phil Wiggins
- "John Cephas and Phil Wiggins are a contemporary Piedmont blues duo who have been called a latter-day Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. However, they are very much unique artists in their own right, creating their own unique mix of Piedmont blues, gospel, Delta blues, R&B, folk ballads, and their own compositions."
- Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes
- "Paul plays bluesy, cleanly-executed-but-drivingly delivered blues harmonica. Supported by the brilliant lead guitar work of Johnny Whitehill, the assured vocals of Chad Strentz and the bedrock rhythm of bassist Jim Mercer and drummer Martin Deegan, the sound of The King Snakes is the sound of contemporary blues finely-tuned and ready for the next millenium."
- Adam Gussow
- "Gussow, half of the Harlem-based blues duo Satan and Adam, combines overblowing and legato upper-octave work with tongue-blocking to create a powerful, original style. Instruction topics range from vibrato and warbling to the "four archetypes"--warrior, lover, painter, and trickster--that undergird soulful playing."
- Pat Hayes
- Lead singer, harmonica player, and frontman for The Lamont Cranston Band.
- James Montgomery
- "When blues legend and WC Handy nominee James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Aerosmith and Gregg Allman, playing in the Johnny Winter band, or fronting his own hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from James Cotton, John
Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells."
- Gary Primich
- "Texan Harmonica player Gary Primich's style is Jazz/Blues and his musical talent has enhanced the works of other artists, especially the blues-rock band Omar and the Howlers."
- Johnny Mars
- "Johnny Mars has been described as the Hendrix of the harmonica. He experiments a lot with effect pedals and other electronic gizmos."
- George Heard (a.k.a. Harmonica Red)
- "Often compared to War’s Lee Oskar, George Heard (a.k.a. Harmonica Red) is an ace on the mouth harp, but to truly appreciate his harmonica genius you must first know his colorful past. Red began playing harmonica in his native Baton Rouge at the age of 15. By the time he was barely 20, he was touring as a featured part of the David Allan Coe Band."
- Jason Ricci
- "I'm convinced that he – along with New Jersey's Dennis Gruenling, also 26 – is one of the very best harmonica players of his generation." - Adam Gussow (from the Blues Access article: "Playing From the Heart")
- Dennis Gruenling
- Home site for award-winning harmonica player Dennis Gruenling. Featuring CDs,
performance listings, Online Lessons, Vintage Microphones for sale
(with audio clips) and more..."
- Tom Hall (Flattop Tom)
- Flattop Tom Hall is the lead vocalist for Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats. He plays both the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas, and is officially sponsored by Hohner Harmonicas, Inc.
- James Harman
- The James Harman Band is a bar band in the best definition of the term and the accomplished musicians that played for him for years tend to move on to great commercial success in other bands leaving James keeping the faith in his favoring California watering holes.
- Matthew Skoller
- "At the forefront of a new generation of musicians who have come-up in Chicago's prodigious blues scene, Matthew Skoller and his band are mesmerizing audiences and gaining fans everywhere they
- Preston Smith
- "Consummate blues singer-songwriter, harmonica and guitar player comes to us from Houston, Texas. National television appearances include Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Star Search and numerous cable television appearances and live radio broadcasts on both the West and East Coasts."
- John "Juke" Logan
- "JUKE RHYTHM" is the much-anticipated follow-up to Logan's "The Chill", the first solo-album from the noted harmonicist / keyboardist / singer / songwriter / session-player / KPCC Blues radio-host.
- Rob Paparozzi
- "Not only is Rob a top rate harp player, but he's also a very soulful singer. His thing is R&B and his band, The Hudson River Rats, sure
know some about that. They have released one album (First Take) which is really exceptional and a live tape."
- Matyas Pribojszki
- "Matyas Pribojszki a most amazing world-class jazz/blues harmonica performer and singer from Hungary."
- Bob Bogdal
- "Bob is a Hill Country Harmonica player and guitarist who has performed as sideman to artists such as Richard Johnston and Daniel "Slick" Ballinger, He appeares all over the country with various artists and also his own band and currently is working on a solo release scheduled for November 04, 2004."
- "Hurricane Bob" Alfano
- "Rock, Funk and Blues Harmonica. Whenever someone comes up to me and asks "how long have you been playing harmonica?", my favorite response is: "Hmmm, let me see, I got the book last week..."
- Mark Hummel
- "Mark Hummel is one of a handful of virtuoso's on the instrument, well versed in the styles of its famous practitioners. His recent recordings for Flying Fish, Tone Cool, Mountain Top & most recently ElectroFi have broadened his reputation as a thoughtful songwriter and fine singer, while cementing his reputation as one of our best players. Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowouts in 1991, a traveling Blues Harp road show that's featured blues harpers including: Huey Lewis, James Cotton, Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, and many others."
- Stan Ruffo
- "Singer, harmonica, sax, and guitar player, Stan Ruffo, based in southern CA, is also well known around the world as the host of Blues On Tap. The
show, heard on the Internet at www.broadcast.com, is a by-product of Stan's love of playing blues. Stan has performed at pre-concert parties for
Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Stan has also shared billing with B.B. King & Ray Charles."
- Don Baker
- "Don Baker is one of Ireland's most revered musicians a singer, songwriter and guitarist of stunning individuality whom U2's Bono described as "the
greatest harmonica player in the world". He has been feted by audiences, the
media, the music industry and fellow musicians all over Europe and the USA.
As an actor he starred in his debut role as Joe McAndrew in the movie In the
Name of the Father and since starred in several other films."
- Pat Ramsey
- "It's been 18 years ... since Pat did all the harmonica work on the Johnny Winter Lp "White Hot & Blue." Since then... he has been considered by many to be a harp player's harp player..."
- IronMan Mike Curtis
- "The One Man Blues/Jazz Band. Electric Harmonica, Guitar, Bass Pedals (same time), Vocals."
- John Clifton (Mofo Party Band)
- "The group is fronted by blues dynamo John Clifton on vocals, harmonica, and occasional guitar, and with "Wild" Bill Clifton on lead guitar and occasional vocals. The high energy stage tactics of the Clifton brothers can be compared to Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy meet Parliament."
- George Butler
- "An unsung hero of the harp, George Butler is now in his sixties and is just starting to get the recognition he deserves. A contemporary of all the great blues players of the sixties, he's coming back to the scene with the re-release of his album 'Lickin' Gravy'."
- Max Gowland (website in French)
- "AprŹs avoir joué avec les plus grands musiciens de blues de sa génération - ALEXIS KORNER, ALEX HARVEY, DAVY GRAHAM, PETER GREEN, JOHN MAYALL, ERIC
- Pat O'Brien
- Guitar Player Magazine Readers Poll Winner, Scott Henderson says:"I saw him play (Pat O'Brien), and I got scared".
- Mark Spivey
- "Independent Western Australian recording artist Mark Spivey produces instrumental material with an ambient feel.With influences from Vangelis, Enya and Tony O"Connor, his material is beginning to create interest both locally and overseas.His debut album "Esperance" has regular airplay and has featured in a recent marine documentary. Along with other instruments, the harmonica features prominently and gives a soulful feel to his recordings."
- Hans Olson
- "Hans plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica. He is known as one of the best "harp-in-a-rack" players in the world."
- Hook Herrera
- "...the harmonica came after the guitar. Mowing yards to get $2.50 for a marine band 'c' harp is how i got the first one. The first bands were garage 'ccr' 'fleetwood mac with peter green' 'stones' 'santana' song murdering sessions. Brutal and very fun."
- R.J. Mischo
- "Singer/Harmonica player R.J. Mischo began his music career 20 years ago in Minneapolis. He worked with the area's legends of the Blues scene like Muddy Waters Alumni Mojo Buford and Sonny Rogers, as well as Percy Strothers & Milwaukee Slim. R.J. then led his own groups and gained a reputation as one of the region's top acts. During his tenure in Minneapolis, R.J. was nominated into several categories by the Minnesota Music Academy and in 1996 won the award for Best Harmonica Player."
- Kid Java
- "Before forming the band, leader/harp player Bill Ferns (a/k/a Kid Java) had performed and recorded with a range of artists including blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush, and Big Mama Thornton, pop / folk artists Richie Havens and Dave Van Ronk, and contemporary rap performers Melle Mel and Afrika Bambataa. In 1984, Ferns launched Kid Java in order to present his own powerhouse style of blues-n-rhythm."
- Bob Stannard
- "Website of Vermont Blues Harmonica Player, Bob Stannard. The site has information on Bob and the incredible people with whom he has played, including BB King, Stephan King, Joe Sample, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Maria Muldaur, Jon Butcher, Joey Molland, John Hammond. You will find a complete Gig Schedule, Press Releases, Biography as well as learn about his new CD, “Made in Vermont – Live Performances from Obscure but Popular Places."
- Keith Dunn
- "Contains interviews, multi-lingual biographies and CD reviews, sound samples, videos, harp, amp, and cooking tips, a gardening section plus Keith's recipe of the month."
- Paul Orta
- "Paul Orta has traveled the world and has played with many blues greats. Endorsed by Hohner U.S.A. & Hohner Europe."
- Lester Butler
"Harp player/singer Lester Butler sang blues with conviction and blew a mean harmonica. In the early 90's he led The Red Devils, a hot blues band who tore up the L.A. club scene. Their Rick Rubin produced live album called "King King" led to their nationwide endless touring schedule. Many famous names used to sit in with him: Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Wolf and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons."
- Rock Bottom
- "A veteran of the blues if ever there was one, Rock Bottom has been performing the blues for almost 30 years. A harp slinging, vocal powerhouse, he has performed all over the U.S. as well as most of Europe, playing over 200 dates per year. Rock has toured and recorded with some of the top players in the blues, including Roy Book Binder, Ronny Earl, and Lucky Peterson."
- Dirk Jan Vennik
- "Dutch piano player, singer and harmonica player who was invited by Junior Wells to join his band on piano at a concert in Holland in 1993. Dirk Jan played the North Sea Jazz Festival twice, and did gigs at various blues and boogie festivals in Europe. He also performed with Little Mack Simmons, Blondie Chaplin, Michelle Willson, Chris Jagger, Otis Grand a.m.o. From 2007-2010 Dirk Jan hosted and produced his own blues radio show Blauw Haarlem for Haarlem105. One of the highlights of the show was an interview with Honeyboy Edwards."
- Ian Collard
- "Fronting the band Collard Greens and Gravy on vocals and harmonica is Ian Collard, who first came to light on the Melbourne music scene in the band Checkerboard Lounge. In 1996, he trekked to the Tamworth Country Music Festival to participate in the National Harmonica Championships where he left with a further enhancement to his reputation - first place."
- Sonny Boy Terry
- "The Sonny Boy Terry sound is unique and original, not the copycat beer commercial blues performed by many young blues artists today. He avoids novelty tunes and clichés. Sonny Boy Terry's blues have real roots in the Houston/Gulf Coast blues tradition, honed from nearly twenty years on the Houston music scene playing with and mentored by the likes of Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Albert Collins, and others."
- Dave Toussaint
- "Chromatic, diatonic and special tunings.Teacher, Session Player, Songwriter, etc. He's taught top players and worked with T.V. and Radio.
He's played with bands and solo artists. Recently did soundtrack of John Malkovich film- The Hideous Man."
- Barbeque Bob Maglinte
- "This is the official website of Barbeque Bob Maglinte, blues harmonica player based out of the Boston, MA area, who has worked with such greats as Jimmy Rogers, Louisiana Red, Sunnyland Slim, and Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, and also has played on part of the soundtrack of the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes."
- James Supra
- "Supra has been known in the Valley for his harp playing, having dominated the Lehigh Valley Music Awards on harmonica for years. Besides his skill, though, he knows when and how much to play. He is both forceful and tasteful, as he emphasizes tone over speed, and he uses his technique to enhance a song and make it exciting."
- Shakin Smith
- "Buffalo New York's Harp Virtuoso and songwriter Shakin Smith has his site up
and running. World Class Blues Offering New CD with 14 originals."
- Simon "Honeyboy" Hickling
- "Two decades of blowing the harp as a way of life and Simon "Honeyboy" Hickling is now established as a virtuoso player of International repute. His harp technique, honed through years of touring and recording, combined with a live wire stage presence and a voice that can justifiably be described as "authentic", have won over an ever increasing fan base, united in their conviction that when it comes to the thing he does, nobody does it better."
- Guitar Nick & Blue Al
- "Guitar Nick & Blue Al's first album "Tribute to Robert
Johnson" includes covers by Johnson and 5 original compositions. Both
musicians live and play in Bulgaria, Europe. Guitar Nick (Nicolai Tanev)is
a classical & bossa nova guitarist too, while Blue Al (Alexander Donchev)has opened for Blues Brothers at Bourgas Blues Festival (Bulgaria) in
2000. Their music is a combination of powerful and subtle guitar
accompaniment, typical vocals and real delta blues harmonica riffs."
- Bob Corritore
- "Bob Corritore is a Phoenix based, Chicago bred harmonica player who
specializes in traditional Chicago blues. Bob has a CD out on Hightone
Records as well as appearing on releases by Henry Gray, Big Pete Pearson,
Sam Lay and more. He also is a record producer, nightclub owner, radio show
host and blues music collector."
- Steve Potter
- "Website for blues harp player and frontman Steve Potter. Performance schedule, CD's, sound bites, photos and more."
- Igor Flach
- (in German) "Igor Flach creates music without boundaries, steeped in the tradition of blues. His goal is not to emulate the old blues masters, but to reflect root sounds originating from across the country. When they take the stage, the audience begins to bounce and by the end of the set, all seats are empty and the dance floor stomps with rhythm."
- Little Johnny Moore
- "Little Johnny Moore is a triple theat ... Guitar/Harp/Vocals. Johnny was voted by the Midwest Beat Music Magazine "Favorite Harp Blower" by its readers poll. Johnny's new CD "Working Man Blues" is pushing him from a local band to a regional band."
- Ron Campbell
- "Singer/songwriter in several styles, usually plays harp on a rack, accompanied by guitar. Based in Western Canada."
- Dov Hammer
- "Born in Chicago and currently residing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dov Hammer is a Blues Harmonica player, singer and songwriter. His Blues is passionate and honest, raging and sexy, rootsy and up to the minute - check it out!"
- Madison Slim
- "A world renowned harmonica player and singer who has been shaking the shack since the early
days at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE with the Heart Murmurs. He went on to perform with and
record with the Legendary Blues Band, featuring Willie Big Eyes Smith, Pinetop Perkins, Calvin
"Fuzz" Jones and Billy Flynn. Slim left The Legendary Band to play with Jimmy Rogers for eight
years and experience that took him to all over the world doing what he loves, which is play and
sing the blues. Slim has performed with all the greats in the blues world. He's appeared on the
Conan O'Brien Show with Jimmy Rogers and he can be heard on Honey Boy Edwards’ and
Jimmie Lee Robinson’s recent CDs."
- Ken Holmes
- "Been Playing over 35 years....some of my friends Include Banner Thomas of MollyHatchett Fame...Matt Rage...and others...I've Played from Key West To Grand Ol' Opry....Thanks for Looking at my site Ken."
- David "Hurricane" Hoerl
- "Canada's hottest jump/swing blues band featuring David "Hurricane" Hoerl on harp and vocals. Born and raised in San Francisco, Hurricane was taught by Rick Estrin and David Burgin, and played
in the Sonny Rhodes band in the late 70's. He backed Percy Mayfield, Big
Mama Thornton, Albert Collins, and others while in the Bay Area. He played with Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, who brought him up to Canada and recorded 3 albums. He's recorded 2 with his band The Twisters."
- Andy Lee and The Bluecats
- "Authentic harp driven blues. Sponsored by Suzuki Harmonicas."Not just another Blues Band"....Blueprint Magazine."
- Dale King
- "The harmonica player, guitarist, singer and songwriter Dale King was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Virtuosic and expressive he moves along the rich sound palette of the harmonica. Although Dale is havily experimental and living in improvisation, he is deeply rooted in the blues tradition."
- CG & The Hammer
- "Site of "CG & The Hammer Blues Band" - The premier blues band operating in Israel -- Dov Hammer is harmonica player and vocalist of this veteran blues band. Originally from the USA, today active in Tel Aviv Israel, he has worked alongside some of Chicago's finest blues artists, as well as leading his own band."
- Big Harmonica Bob
- "From Los Angeles blowin' the Blues. On the Road with Big Harmonica Bob...Thank You!"
- Wally "Sweet Daddy" Greaney
- "Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze from W/Ma. High Energy Blues that delivers a top-notch blues show. They can be heard from Maine to
the FL.Keys and all over Europe."
- Henry Chung
- "Henry "Sonny Boy" Chung is one
of the most versatile harmonica players in DC and all of Asia. A Native of
Hong Kong, China, and educated in the United States, Chung is rated the "No.
2 blues harmonica player in Hong Kong." Plays with the legendary Bill Heid,
Koko Taylor's piano player. Also, regulary performs in Kennedy Center, DC
Blues Festival, and local clubs. Tours Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, and Denver,
- Joan Pau Cumellas
- "A harmonica player of Catalonia, he is one of the best. He's played with the famous Catalan blues singer Big Mama and others. His technique of super fast single notes is perfect, same his tremolo, overblowing, etc."
- Slawek Wierzcholski & The Blues Nightshift
- "The most popular bluesman in Poland."
- Junior Thomas
- "Junior Thomas is a blues harmonica player from Mobile, Alabama. Vocalist, songwriter and harp player Junior Thomas was born in nineteen hundred and fifty-two in Chickasaw, Alabama and given the name Cecil Roy Thomas, Jr. after his father Cecil Roy Thomas, Sr. Being a native son of the South, it was only natural that he would gravitate to the music indigenous to the South – The Blues."
- Bliggins and Goines
- "Jr. Bliggins is a Piedmont style player reminiscent of Sonny Terry. He was born, Robert Liana Jr., on September 13, 1955 in the piedmont section of west central New Jersey. He caught the wonder lust young and in1976 hit the road criss-crossing the U.S.A. and later Europe on a ten-speed bicycle. Sometime in the late 1970's Jr. Bliggins met a master harmonica player Jordan Webber in the North Carolina hill country. Jordan Webber befriended Jr., gave him his nickname (Bliggins) and taught him to whoop the blues."
- Lee Bates and Billy Newton
- "Good-time Blues and Boogie! Blues Duo from Northeast England in the style of the legendary Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee."
- Benny Rickun and Reverend Raven Band
- "Benny is a protege of Milwaukee harmonica great Jim Liban (Short Stuff). He plays his fills and comps like Big Walter Horton and solos with a style all his own with nods to Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Carey Bell. He’s been tearing up the clubs in Milwaukee with the Blue Rubies, The Alex Wilson Band and now as a member of Rev's band. His music store "Gearheadz", located at 40 w. National Ave. in Milwaukee, is quickly becoming the place to buy and sell vintage amps and guitars. His store is a great place to meet and hang out with all kinds of unique musicians from the midwest."
- Robert IvaCiC
- "I've played harmonica since 1992. I started with tremolo, but ended up playing diatonic, mostly blues. I'm from Slovenia, Europe and I've played with many bands and artists like Hiram Bullock, Blues etcetera band, Tony lee king, Vlado
Kreslin and others. I currently play with ABB blues band from Maribor and also with the blues band BLUESTEAM. I give instructions too."
- Brian Brazil
- "An accomplished stage performer, studio musician, touring artist and arranger, Brian Brazil is a professional entertainer with Baritone Vocals and skillful Harmonica expertise for Blues, Rock, Roots and Country Music. Brian's signature trademark is playing melodic, intricate and fiery solos that sound far beyond ordinary. Currently based in Southern California, he's shared the stage with legends like Albert King, Albert Lee, Coco Montoya and Don Preston. Brian's also opened shows for artists like Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. He's worked in a 14-piece TV orchestra, toured nationally and been in more than a dozen groups as bandleader or sideman."
- Big Rockin Daddy and the Usual Suspects
- "Big Rockin Daddy leads the band with his deep Blues shouting vocals and his classic West Coast to Chicago Blues harp that follows the tradition of the Great West Coast harp players."
- Marco Pandolfi
- "Marco Pandolfi & the Jacknives are the best Italian blues band I've heard in years. It's pure authentic Chicago blues drenched in the vintage sound of the '50s... just the way I like it!" Jeff Scott - The Blues Disease KUCI 88.9 FM
- Paul Brodsky
- "An exciting new harp-oriented blues band from New Mexico. Jumpin' Paul creates and uses unique harp tunings, thick vibrato and leaping bends to get wild sounds out of the harmonica. Refreshing interpretations and original material."
- Joakim Barcheus
- "One of Sweden’s best harmonica players. He's played with several of the best blues acts in the land of the polar bears. He also makes great custom harmonicas. Take a look at the web site and listen to some hard hitting Chicago blues. . . that's all folks."
- The Veldman Brothers / Bennie Veldman
- "Everything about the Dutch Bluesband "The Veldman Brothers" and info about blues harp player Bennie Veldman."
- Nelsen Adelard
- "Nelsen's been playing harp for over 25 years and has 4 solo albums released."
- Ian 'Harmonica Mac' McInally
- "Harmonica Mac is one of Scotlands only true trad/west coast swing style harp players to master both big toned diatonic & chromatic
harmonicas very much in the Rod Piazza,William Clarke style. He also does fantastic Sonny Boy Williamson II style harp as well his first love!"
- René Perrier
- "Early urban blues."
- Schoolboy Cleve
- "Schoolboy Cleve was born to sing the blues born on June 10, 1925 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Schoolboy Cleve out of Louisiana was most noticed for playing the Blues Harmonica (Hohner). His style was of a "Swamp Blues" rock and roll nature with that foot patting back and forth southern Down Home Blues sound. He learned how to play the harmonica from the legendary "Sonny Boy Williamson" and was fascinated by the way he kept time with his big feet when playing music. Schoolboy Cleve's first big break came in 1954-55 when he recorded with the legendary "Lightnin' Slim" (Blues Guitar) in Crowley, Louisiana and played with many others like Slim Harpo, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy. Now with Cherrie Records, his record label has extremely rare personal collectible recordings."
- Leandro Chiussi
- (In Spanish) "Personal site of Leandro Chiussi, Argentina."
- Aníbal Repetto
- (In Spanish) "Harmonica player from Buenos Aires - Argentina, frontman of "Aníbal Repetto & bemol 3". Virtuous and expressive, he combines fast single notes, with large tremolos and tongue-blocking, creating a powerful original style."
- Reverend Walter Herleman
- "Blues, and Roots Rock band from the Central Eastern High Sierra's of California. Reverend Walter fronts the band, on Vocals, and Harps, with 25 years playing Blues Harp. Playing in the Owens Valley/Mammoth Lakes region of Calif. First CD "All Mine" with 11 originals just released. Rocky, our guitar player was in bands at different times with, George "Harmonica" Smith, and Henry Vestine (from Canned Heat)."
- Chris Harper
- "A very talented Harmonica player from Switzerland. Blues and the Harmonicas are a part of his life. News, olds, sounds, picts, and gigs are found on his website."
- David Rotundo
- "Inspired by James Cotton, he is one of those rare players whose superb use of the harmonica retains your interest, simultaneously expressing his passion for essential blues in their entire emotional spectrum!"
- Brian Potenziano
- "Harp driven swingin' blues."
- Joe Lee Bush
- "Road veteran of 50 years playing. One of the last alive to have been coached by Little Walter."
- JT Ross
- "Singer, songwriter and bandleader - JT Ross was Born in Chicago and studied under the tutelage of James Cotton and Junior Wells. JT's got a style all his own - part Chicago and part West Coast. His friend and mentor [the late] William Clarke encouraged JT to find his own sound. JT's fresh and unique sound has listeners wondering how he gets the harmonica tones he does. His live performances pay tribute to the greats and are dazzling displays of Harmonica wizardry. JT Ross now lives in Los Angeles California and he plays Hohner Marine Band and Hohner Super Chromonica Chromatic Harmonicas exclusively."
- Alexander Belkin - Road Blues Band
- "This unique artist is a Songwriter and Leader of the Road blues band (from Vilnius/Lithuania). He also a vocalist and plays harmonica, acoustic/steel and electric guitar."
- Chris "Hammer" Smith
- "A veteran dynamic harmonica player Hammer Smith's been performing professionally for over 35 years. His resume includes recording with many top name artists including: Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones, The Stylistics, Sammy Hagar , Gary Wright, Jennifer Warnes, Queen Latifah, Art Garfunkel, Hiroshima, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Julio Iglesias, David Benoit, Smokey Robinson, Dolly Parton, John Hiatt (and many more) as well as playing Internationally with his own Rockin' Blues band: The Hammer Smith Band. Smith's first CD got major airplay in U.S. and hit #9 on NAC charts of R&R magazine."
- Steve "The Harp" Mehlberg
- "Chicago Harmonica Blues by an International Blues Hall Of Fame Illinoisan and his blues band. Steve "The Harp" ranks among the best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world today. His work on the harmonica is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II, Charlie Musselwhite and Little Walter, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. His band of seasoned bluesmen is being heard around the world; fifty states and 56 foreign countries,, hear his blues daily. See him play Blues Harp to "standards" and his latest tunes from his newest CD "Harp Blower Man" on Bluesman Records."
- Miguel Weissman
- "Miguel Weissman has been playing and teaching Harmonica for 35 years. Miguel Now plays with the Cangelosi Cards a traditional Jazz band that plays every Wednesday at the telephone bar in NYC as well as touring."
- Bill Hills
- "Website of two Canadian Blues players; Bill Hills is the harmonica player. A veteran Canadian blues artist, he has worked for 30 yrs in Canada, and has played with many well-known performers."
- LeRoy "The Bluesdog" Falconi, Jr.
- "The Bluesdog" is considered to be a very unique and world class harmonica player by many of his music peers. "The Bluesdog" has been playing for over 20 yrs and with his upbringing from a small town in Conneticut and his travels from around the country has shaped his style and flair. He has been known to adapt his playing to all types of music from blues, gospel, country to heavy metal and beyond. He has shared the stage with many music legends.
- Kevin Jordan & the Shuffle Kings
- "Harmonica Man Kevin Jordan set out to reproduce the authentic blues, with a west coast texas/swing shuffle style with the shuffle kings. Look out for The Shuffle Kings to be assured a jump jivin, foot stompin night of the best blues entertainment available."
- Slawek Wierzcholski
- "The most popular harmonica player and bluesman in Poland."
- Steve Hartnett
- "Steve plays reverse diatonic harp in "Backbeat Drivers" a legendary Canberra (Australia) band. Styles vary from blues to rock to jazz. There are some samples on the site from their album "The Emperor's New Blues" as well as some history of the band/photos etc."
- "Singer/Songwriter - guitar and blues harp player Chas. Born and raised in the Chicago area, now living in Easton, PA. Website highlights self-produced CD with fifteen original songs and the talents of over twenty talented Lehigh Valley musicians. Blues-based songs venturing into jazz, dixieland and rock."
- Riccardo Grosso
- "Considered today as one of the most interesting harmonica players in Europe, Riccardo Grosso is a skilled vocalist as well. Delivering burning solos with his soulful harmonica and fiery vocals, his style is influences by Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson and Paul Butterfield, like his music. 'What Grosso does on harmonica is top' (Roots Time), 'An outstanding succes' (Wasser Prawda), 'Tremendous' (Charlie Musselwhite) are just few comments on Riccardo Grosso's takes on Blues music, happened with his RGBand, one of the major groups on the international scene."
- David Miller
- "David Miller is a blues harmonica player and teacher, vocalist, and guitarist."
- Egidio Juke Ingala
- "Egidio Juke Ingala is a dynamic, smooth vocalist and harmonica player with a sophisticated urban style. His harmonica sound has been described as a cross between Little Walter, George Harmonica Smith with a touch of Walter Horton and, you'll agree that his grooves... swing like mad! His solo albums are solid productions, highly recommended for
harp players and fans of Chicago Blues and West Coast Swing."
- Alan Glen
- "British harmonica player best known for his work with The Yardbirds; Little Axe; Nine Below Zero; and his own band, The Barcodes. He has also recorded/performed with Steve Vai; 'Slash'; Skunk Baxter; Jeff Beck; Dr Feelgood; and Junior Delgado; and as a session player is heard regularly on TV and Radio."
- Val Tomato
- "Harmonica player with 3 cds released, phrases with modern influences of Chicago blues."
- Richard Sellers
- "The site describes me, my first CD, and a group of poems which I have written. Some of them have become songs on the CD."
- Chris Fast
- "Chris Fast has been described by veteran sax man Bud Deal as a "relic from a non-existent past." He surfaces from time to time opening a show for a major artist here, or headlining an obscure blues show
- Garth Asmussen
- "Diatonic and Chromatic player, blues and jazz originally from Boston Mass. Players in Pittsburgh PA area with the pawnbrokers blues band and various
festivals with the Memphis Tenn. based barbera blue band,
heavily amplified fat west coast tone."
- John O'Leary
- "Irish born harpplayer based in England. Started playing blues harmonica in
1962. In 1965, I became a founder member of Savoy Brown Blues Band and been
playing blues ever since. Currently leading own band "Sugarkane". Recent
CD @Two For The Show@ released on Trapeze label."
- Jr. Johnny
- "Jr. Johnny has made 14 original blues CD's plus a harmonica instructional CD. As of this date, Jr. has written 190 original songs. Jr. is endorsed by Hohner harmonicas and got his monicker from John Lee Hooker in 1973 at the Lion Share in San Anselmo, CA. Jr's powerful tone is unsurpassed. A unique and inventive player that every harp enthusiast must hear!"
- Ronnie Owens
- "Singer / song writer & Hohner Harmonica endorsee Ronnie Owens has been leading his own bands for over 25 years and has performed with many of the top blues artist including shows with Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowouts."
- Joe Lee Bush
- "Blues Harmonica Player. Champion "Midwestern Harmonica Shootout", 40 Year blues road Warrior, and featured artist in "Blues With a Feeling - The Little Walter Story."
- Michael Reid
- "They call him “Shrimp Daddy” and he plays the blues. With a pseudonym like “Shrimp Daddy” one conjures images of the fishing fleet of Louisiana’s’ “Bayou Delcambre,” Cajun accents, Zydeco music, washboards, accordions & fiddles. Not to be! His deep gravelly vocals, accompanied by the mesmerizing sound of his harmonica, supported by his hard playing band “The Sharpshooters” whisks you to the juke joints of Mississippi as well as the hard edge blues clubs of Chicago."
- Stuart 'Son' Maxwell
- "Son Maxwell is the acclaimed harp-playing front man for Storm Warning, whose debut album 'Breaking Out' has received rave reviews and national airplay in the UK. He is also the author of two harmonica tuition books, available for sale through the site."
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SAMPLE VIDEO: Advanced Harmonica Instruction
Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow.
Dave explains the value of not just learning a scale up and down, but dividing it into smaller "bite-size" chunks, which can then be used as blues riffs.
Dave demonstrates how you can use the "Tonguing" technique to create interesting sounds such as the "Chicken Call".