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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues - June 23, 2018 - 7:30 PM - Colonial Fox Theater - Pittsburg KS

“LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS: Amazing combination of blues & classical that can’t be missed.” - St. Paul

Pioneer Press

A BLUESMAN & A CLASSICAL CONDUCTOR WALK INTO A BAR...

you won't believe what happened next!

A bit of background first: In 1965, music students Corky Siegel (21) and his partner Jim Schwall (later known as the Siegel-Schwall Band) crossed the tracks and walked into Pepper's Lounge looking for somewhere to play the blues they were exploring. They were asked to audition, and hired immediately to be the house band every Thursday night from 9pm till 4am. To their amazement, guess who shows up to jam with them and guide them? It was the very artists Corky & Jim (and the Rolling Stones) were listening to on record: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, and all the Chicago blues greats of the day - every Thursday - all night long - learning directly and in person from the masters.

But It was 1966, Maestro Seiji Ozawa, the guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony for the Ravinia Summer Series, walks into another renowned blues bar, Big Johns, and asks Corky; "Would your band jam with my band?"

1968: "When Corky Siegel cupped his harmonica and the pavilion microphone together and began a half saxophone half blues trumpet wail, even the least conservative Chicago Symphony Orchestra member might have shivered at the hand-writing on the crumbling walls." Chicago

Tribune

2017: "Corky Siegel is an underappreciated national treasure... For more than 50 years, Siegel has been melding his masterful blues harmonica playing with accessible classical music, and at age 73, he has just released an album [Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues - Different Voices] containing some

of the best work of his career." Downbeat Magazine - Editor's Pick

Different Voices: "The breadth and layers of this project are so stunning that I can't recall hearing anything like this." Elmore Magazine

Few can claim to have forged an entirely original genre of music. In 1966, Corky Siegel did just that. Guiding the blues out of the smoky caverns of Big John's and Pepper's Lounge and onto the stages of the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and beyond, Corky reaches across the globe from different sides of the musical landscape, dissolving the walls between genre and people to take us to places we have never been before.

"Chamber Blues has the possibility to tear down the walls that keep music fans apart" Living Blues Magazine

Corky Siegel, brings his ground-breaking Chamber Blues ensemble to the Colonial Fox Theater in Pittsburg KS on June 23 for a once in a lifetime performance experience.

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