Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar w/ Eddie Shaw
Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar series, which has been running at SPACE for the past two years plus, has featured some truly memorable and electrifying moments with some of the finest guitarists in blues and jazz including Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Jeff Parker, Steve Freund, Billy Flynn, Nick Moss and John Primer.
For this show, Dave welcomes legendary Chicago bluesman Eddie Shaw to SPACE, famous for his honking tenor sax and gritty, soulful vocals.
Winner of the 2011 Living Blues Critics Award for Most Outstanding Blues Musician/Horn, Eddie Shaw has rubbed elbows with an amazing array of luminaries over his 50-plus years in the business. By the time he was age 14, Shaw was jamming with Ike Turner's combo around Greenville, MS. At a gig in Itta Bena where Shaw sat in, Muddy Waters extended the young saxman an invitation he couldn't refuse: a steady job with Waters's unparalleled band in Chicago. After a few years, Shaw switched his onstage allegiance to Waters's chief rival, the ferocious Howlin' Wolf, staying with him until the very end and eventually graduating to a featured role as Wolf's bandleader.
Eddie Shaw also shared a West side bandstand or two along the way with Freddy King, Otis Rush, and Magic Sam. The saxist did a 1966 session with Sam that produced his first single, the down-in-the-alley instrumental "Blues for the West Side" (available on Delmark's Sweet Home Chicago anthology). Shaw also blew his heart out on Sam's 1968 Delmark encore LP, Black Magic.
Shaw's own recording career finally took off during the late '70s, with a standout appearance on Alligator'sLiving Chicago Blues anthologies in 1978, his own LPs for Simmons and Rooster Blues, and fine recent discs for Rooster Blues (In the Land of the Crossroads) and Austrian Wolf(Home Alone). Eddie Shaw, who once operated the hallowed 1815 Club on West Roosevelt Road (one of Wolf's favorite haunts).
Dave Specter and Eddie Shaw most recently performed together at The 2012 Chicago Blues Festival's Tribute to Hubert Sumlin and Dave recently returned from festival performances in France and California.
Specter recorded his ninth album "Spectified" at the LOCM recording studios behind SPACE and and will be performing in Argentina later this year.
Fans of tough and traditional Chicago blues will not want to miss this show.