ANDY COHEN: Acoustic Blues Master Appearing Sunday April 12th 2015 7:30pm


Tickets: $10


Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Rev. Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America¹s great musical fountainhead.

A versatile performer, Cohen includes a generous helping of Country Blues in his stage performances along with other styles.    Concerts cover material from before the twenties to about the fifties, and ranging over the several states to which Memphis is adjacent.

"I grew up during the Sixties Revival in Massachusetts, but I¹m a Southern boy at heart. I made a point of acquainting myself with all the blues players I could, on record and in person. In my shows, I do material by Rev. Davis, John Hurt, Big Bill, Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Patton, Ted Bogan, Henry Spaulding, or any of a hundred other blues people.

I¹ve studied Reverend Gary Davis¹s repertoire extensively. He was from western South Carolina, but lived in several places in North Carolina before coming to New York, finally and permanently. I regard him as enough of a guru that I¹ve issued one CD of his sacred songs, and produced a tribute album to him ("Gary Davis Sty le"), editing together twenty players who were either his students or 'grand-students'.  "

Andy Cohen also performers on the rarely heard Dolceola. 
A major purveyor of what historians call the Social Gospel (think of Dr. King) was Washington Phillips. He made 78¹s back in the twenties, playing on a *pair* of zitherform contraptions called Celestephones. I play his music and a good deal more on a Schroeder-sized grand piano called a Dolceola, made in 1905 .