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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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January 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Blues greats pay tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson | Concert preview

(l-r) John Mayall, R.W. Grigsby, Rick Estrin, James Harman, June Core, Mark Hummel. (Nick McCabe)

(l-r) John Mayall, R.W. Grigsby, Rick Estrin, James Harman, June Core, Mark Hummel. (Nick McCabe)

Across the tracks and down a country road outside Tutwiler, Miss. — where W.C. Handy first heard a country bluesman playing a song Handy later published as “Yellow Dog Blues” — stands a modest shrine at the edge of a field often visited by blues fans — the grave of the great harmonica player Sonny Boy Wiliamson II.

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