DAVID BROMBERG AT THE TOWN HALL
DAVID BROMBERG in Concert at the Town Hall on Saturday, September 23 rd
With Special Guest BETTYE LAVETTE
A Master of the Guitar, the Mandolin and More,
Bromberg Celebrates His 72nd Birthday Doing What He Does
And Turning the Spotlight on his Musical Roots in the Blues
NYC Debut of Music from his Latest CD "The Blues, the Whole Blues &
Nothing But the Blues"
A musician's musician,
master of the guitar, the mandolin, the fiddle and several other stringed
instruments, David Bromberg is a one-of-a-kind figure in
popular music. He will celebrate his 72nd birthday and his new blues-rooted CD with
a special performance at The Town Hall in New York City on September 23 featuring
the David Bromberg Big Band and R&B singer Bettye Lavette.
Bromberg's extraordinary career spans five and half decades. He has shared
studios and stages with artists such as
Bob Dylan, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Eagles, George Harrison, and Jerry
; he learned fingerpicking and more from seminal singer and guitaristReverend Gary Davis, and once toured with the incomparable Mississippi John Hurt.
He became both an in-demand sideman and a bandleader in his own right and
his brilliant work with roots music helped define Americana in the 70s. But
by 1980, after two years nearly constantly on the road, he decided to stop
performing. "I just felt burnt out," he told an interviewer. "I had to find
another way to live life." He retreated from the concert stage for more
than two decades, from 1980 to 2002, and took time to learn about violin
construction and repair, eventually opening his own store in Wilmington,
After tiptoeing back to performing at his own pace by appearing
occasionally with a quartet and hosting a local jam session, Bromberg
returned to recording in 2007 with the release of Try Me One More Time, and has released three more albums since,
including last year's
The Blues, the Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues
, which will be showcased in the NYC show.
His return to recording and performing was enthusiastically received. "The
fluid, orchestral invention of Bromberg's fingerpicking . is in
undiminished bloom, invigorating sturdy old blues and ballads," wrote David
Fricke in Rolling Stone.
The Chicago Tribune
noted that "Bromberg's guitar playing is as agile as ever, and . Bromberg's
vocals sound bigger, freer and friskier than ever."
On Saturday, September 23, Bromberg will bring all that history to The Town
Hall for a joyous birthday concert celebration. It will be Bromberg's first
appearance in New York City since the release of The Blues, the Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues and his
only show in the city this year.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Tarrytown, NY
, Bromberg attended Columbia University, and took lessons
from the influential Rev. Gary Davis, whom he met at a coffee house on
Bleecker Street. The blind master quickly became a key figure in David's
musical and personal development. Conversely, Bromberg, as he proudly notes
in interviews, became "Davis' Seeing Eye dog," taking him to concerts and
church gatherings. Davis died in 1972. "He opened my ears and mind to
subtlety," Bromberg recalled in a recent interview.
While Bromberg has often been called "The Godfather of Americana", in
the beginning, it was the blues. 'I'm a bluesman, always have been," he
Blues was the music he discovered in high school, back in the late 50s, as
he was introduced to a collection of blues 78s belonging to a friend's
father. It became the core of his eclectic approach.
He considers The Blues, the Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues, as his
best work on record. No less an authority thanDownBeat Magazine agreed, naming it "Best Blues Album" in their 65th Annual Critics
For his birthday celebration at The Town Hall (for the record, he was born
Sept. 19, 1945), Bromberg will call on the powerful R&B and soul singer Bettye Lavette, whose five-decade career includes
recording for Atlantic and Motown, singing in the TONY Award-winning
Broadway musical, "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and garnering three GRAMMY
"Bettye is one of the most incredible R&B singers singing today," saidBonnie Raitt. "Ache has never sounded so funky." George Jones, who marveled at her version of "Choices,"
called her "a singer's singer."
Lavette will open this concert with a set of her own music and join
Bromberg for a duet later in the show.
David Bromberg Big Band - Lineup:
David Bromberg guitar, mandolin, vocals
Mark Cosgrove guitar, mandolin, vocals
Nate Grower fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Josh Kanusky drums, vocals
Suavek Zaniesienko bass, vocals
Matt Koza sax, clarinet
Peter Ecklund trumpet, french horn
Gordon Au trumpet
Birch Johnson trombone
Nancy Josephson vocals
Kathleen Weber vocals
Sylvia Popichak vocals
Bettye LaVette - Lineup
Bettye LaVette vocals
Alan Hill electic piano
THE TOWN HALL
123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue and
New York, NY 10036
The Town Hall Box Office 212-997-6661