SFJAZZ Presents Merle Haggard at Oakland's Paramount Theatre, 12/4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

SFJAZZ presents Merle Haggard, Paramount Theatre

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of SFJAZZ's concert with country music legend Merle Haggard on Friday, December 4th at Oakland's Paramount Theatre.

GRAMMY-winning guitarist, fiddler, and vocalist Merle Haggard has enjoyed a 50-year career as a giant of American songwriting and early originator of the California-bred take on country music called “the Bakersfield Sound.” It was the honky-tonk style of Lefty Frizzell and the Western swing of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys that first reached the young Haggard when his brother gave his battered guitar to the twelve-year-old as a gift, and it remained a constant as the troubled youth bounced from juvenile detention to jail.

An inmate at San Quentin prison in 1958, Haggard attended Johnny Cash’s first-ever prison Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmieperformance, which was the inspiration for Haggard to finally clean up his act for good and embrace music as a path to turn his life around. The momentous career that followed saw Haggard inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. He has recorded 38 songs that have hit #1 on the Billboard country chart, including the classics “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” and “Pancho and Lefty” with fellow country legend Willie Nelson. His songs have been recorded by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Dean Martin, Joan Baez, and Gram Parsons, and he was named a Kennedy Center honoree in 2010.

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Django Reinhardt

Posted by Whitmore, January 23, 2010 08:41pm | Post a Comment
Django Reinhardt 100th birthday
Legendary Jazz guitarist  Django Reinhardt was born 100 years ago today, the 23rd of January, 1910.

From the Gypsy camps where he learned to play to his Quintette du Hot Club de France fame in the Parisian jazz scene, the man’s style has probably been ripped off more times than any other guitarist of the 20th century. His playing was joyous, often wild, always expressive and lyrical. His legend was sealed way before his early death from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 43.django100th birthday
The most amazing story about Reinhardt is, of course, how at the age 18 he was caught in a caravan fire that left his left hand partially paralyzed. As the story goes, one night on his way to bed he knocked over a lit candle, it hit the floor, catching some artificial flowers made off celluloid and paper on fire. Everything, caravan and all instantly burst into flames. His injuries, from trying to save his pregnant first wife, Florine "Bella" Mayer, were severe. The entire right side of his body was badly burned, especially his leg, which doctors intended to amputate. His left hand, his fretting hand, was also horribly burned. Reinhardt would spend over a year in and out of hospitals. He was never expected to play again, but his brother bought him a new guitar, urging him to give it a try. With only the index and middle fingers on his left/fret hand for soloing, and his two twisted fingers for simple chord work, he re-invented his own technique.
Happy Birthday Django Reinhardt!