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January 2, 2015 at 5:02 AM

Mark Hummel takes a flyer with Bluebird Records | Concert preview

If you love Chicago blues, you are no stranger to B.B. King’s “Sweet Little Angel” and Muddy Waters’ “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.”

But did you know that these songs, popularized as electric blues in the ’50s, go back to the acoustic ’30s?

Harmonica professor Mark Hummel does, and he’s prepared some soulful lesson plans on the subject for his annual Blues Harmonica Blowout, which hits Jazz Alley next week.

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October 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Karrin Allyson back at Jazz Alley

When I heard that my favorite jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson — at Jazz Alley Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 3-6 — was making a Christmas album, I thought, “Oh, no, her record label asked her to do this.” Dead wrong, on all counts. “I’ve always wanted to do a holiday CD,” Allyson said in a phone interview last weekend from the Jersey…

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