The session, the professor says, will be an overview of blues piano, with specific example of blues riffs, rhythms and stories.
And, he says, "I also may throw in some blues guitar."
David first gained recognition as the keyboard player with Country Joe and the Fish and went on to play and record with acts such as he Luther Tucker Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin, Melvin Van Peebles, Arlen Roth, Eric Anderson, David Blue, Tim Hardin, Norton Buffalo, Jerry Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles, John Cippolina, and many others.
For more info about David, head to his web page and read all about it.
To see our past sessions, and the sessions run by our Harmonica Guild, go to our YouTube page.
Blues Piano with David Bennett Cohen in the next Blues Education session
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The Inaugural Downstate Virtual Bluesfest on March 14 is a go!
Yep. Live local music for all of you stuck-in-the-house-with-nowhere-to-go blues fans! And best of all, it’s a free show. That’s right, free for nothing and you get a full afternoon of live local acts playing the blues or you.
The line-up is set . From Long Island we have Kerry Kearney; International Blues Challenge second-place winner Felix Slim; Sweet Suzi; Russell “Hitman” Alexander; Lisa Arce and Sly Geralds; Phil Kennelty; Cindy Hazell; and Matt Levine.
· No Money Down! This is a fundraising event to help support both HVBS and LIBS and there will be an optional donation button if you like what you hear.
· It's virtual! Performers will be setup on a Zoom platform. Audience can watch via Zoom or Facebook Live.
· It’s Easy to sign up to listen. Go here 3/14/21 Downstate Virtual Bluesfest to log in.
The Long Island Blues Society's Blues Harmonica Guild's February gathering (Tuesday, 2/9) features a great lesson on the style of the legendary Sonny Terry.
The free session will be the first in a series of lessons on the his unique harmonica style taught by LIBS President Bill Lifford.
We'll start by learning some basic Sonny Terry chugging patterns and riffs. Bill will be using an "A" harmonica, so be sure to have one handy.
The Zoom meeting link is here.
If you like the blues, we like you. There are membership levels for everyone, from individual to sponsor, Join us in keeping the blues alive as a living art form
The International Blues Foundation's COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund assists full-time professional blues musicians living in North America who have lost all means of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Long Island Blues Society is part of the IBF.
$200,000 has been distributed since March 2020 to blues musicians to address immediate essential needs such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities, phone and car payments.
For more details and to request funding, click here.
There continues to be a great need for funding to assist blues musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider donating to help us help these musicians with emergency needs.
of your donation to the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund goes directly to assist blues musicians.
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Messin' with the kid is one thing. Messin' with a pandemic is a different story.
We are putting off the Long Island Blues Challenge until we think it is safe to gather in large crowds and celebrate the blues as it should be celebrated. Stay tuned for news about the where and when of the next challenge.
"This was a difficult decision and I’m sure that you share in our disappointment that we are unable to go ahead with the Challenge," said LIBS President Ray Hauck. "With all the uncertainty and many Blues Societies across the country already pulling out, we feel it's the best thing to do at this time. Everyone's personal safety and well being is first and foremost. We also want to make sure that whoever goes to Memphis to represent our region has the absolute best experience possible and right now we are not able to provide that."
Hauck added that band and solo/duo entrants' current registrations for the 2020 Challenge would be held over for the 2021 Challenge.
M.C. Records announces that it is selling cotton face-masks. 20% of the purchase price goes to The Blues Foundation COVID-19 Blues Emergency Relief Fund. More dets are here: https://mc-records.com/m-c-records-releases-re-usable-mask…/
Enjoy this year's virtual awards show
Long Island Blues Society Solo/Duo rep Felix Slim was second IN THE WORLD after the final round of the International Blues Challenge held Saturday at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis.
He also won won a complete set of Lee Oskar harmonicas after blowing away (see what I did there) the competition on the blues harp.
Inspired? We are getting ready for 2021. The Long Island competition is scheduled June 7 at the Warehouse in Amityville (see below).
For the rules and the registration forms, click here.
Blues society President Ray Hauck, and members Tony Davenport, Felix Slim and Jack Maher take a day trip to Clarksdale, Miss. You can feel the blues on these streets.