Corky Siegel

w/ Grant Sabin

Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:00 PM
Doors Open at 7:00 PM

Daniels Hall

71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210  

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Featured Artist #1


Corky Siegel

Corky Siegel first appeared on the American music scene in the early 1960's when his ability to provoke stirring emotions through his unique synergy of vocals, keyboards, and electrifying blues harmonica quickly established him as a contemporary among the leading artists of his generation.

In the beginning, Siegel teamed with his friend and guitarist, Jim Schwall to form the Siegel-Schwall Band. They were signed overnight by Vanguard, and later RCA Wooden Nickel. During the 60's and early 70's the band drew capacity crowds to the most popular clubs and auditoriums while their recordings received world acclaim.

During 1975 and the early 1980's Siegel toured as a solo artist, and singer-songwriter, showcasing his engaging blend of pure virtuosity, mixed with tongue-in-cheek humor. As a solo artist he has performed internationally from the Grenoble Jazz Festival in France to Canada's Montreal Jazz Festival and also toured with comedic icons Bob Hope and George Carlin. During this period, Siegel released two critically acclaimed solo recordings that captured his sterling harmonica, dazzling piano chops, and satirical lyrics.

During this period he also released his 2nd ground-breaking recording as guest soloist with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon. Whether performing solo, with symphony orchestra, with his Chamber Blues ensemble, the Siegel-Schwall Band, or with the Chicago Blues Reunion Band, Siegel is a joy to hear and watch.

Wry humor, fiery piano playing, and superb harmonica captivated the crowd. - Kansas City Star

Siegel plays piano ... and ignites the crowd with his masterful blues mouth harp. - Billboard

Corky Siegel held listeners visibly spellbound with an amazingly eclectic musical style. It verged on the avant grade, and recalled the sweet sounds of reggae with a healthy dose of Chicago style blues - Chicago Tribune


Featured Artist #2


Corky Siegel

Corky Siegel first appeared on the American music scene in the early 1960's when his ability to provoke stirring emotions through his unique synergy of vocals, keyboards, and electrifying blues harmonica quickly established him as a contemporary among the leading artists of his generation.

In the beginning, Siegel teamed with his friend and guitarist, Jim Schwall to form the Siegel-Schwall Band. They were signed overnight by Vanguard, and later RCA Wooden Nickel. During the 60's and early 70's the band drew capacity crowds to the most popular clubs and auditoriums while their recordings received world acclaim.

During 1975 and the early 1980's Siegel toured as a solo artist, and singer-songwriter, showcasing his engaging blend of pure virtuosity, mixed with tongue-in-cheek humor. As a solo artist he has performed internationally from the Grenoble Jazz Festival in France to Canada's Montreal Jazz Festival and also toured with comedic icons Bob Hope and George Carlin. During this period, Siegel released two critically acclaimed solo recordings that captured his sterling harmonica, dazzling piano chops, and satirical lyrics.

During this period he also released his 2nd ground-breaking recording as guest soloist with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon. Whether performing solo, with symphony orchestra, with his Chamber Blues ensemble, the Siegel-Schwall Band, or with the Chicago Blues Reunion Band, Siegel is a joy to hear and watch.

Featured Artist #3


Grant Sabin

Like the foreboding rumble of a southbound freight through the cold emptiness of the San Luis Valley night, the indomitable voice of Colorado native son Grant Sabin has captivated fans across America and around the world while quickly become an integral part of the new generation in blues standard bearers. This comes as little surprise when you consider that the blues called to him at the age of 13, becoming a student of the late Colorado bluesman, John-Alex Mason, who's commitment to the authentic sound of the music was and still is respected greatly throughout the Mississippi Delta.

From humble beginnings, the ensuing years brought about a grit and authenticity only achieved by a dedication to the ideals and actions of a bluesman. Throughout his last four albums, beginning with 2007's "Listen and Learn" through to 2012's Blank Tape Records release, "Anthromusicology," Grant Sabin has developed a sound that is rooted in an understanding and feeling for the soul of the blues achieved by few of his generation.

Like the great forefathers and legends of the sound: Mississippi Fred McDowell, RL Burnside, and Bukka White, Sabin delivers the excitement of rhythmic mysticism while maintaining an easy persona that draws the audience into the experience, each person leaving with that feeling that is rarely experienced anywhere but under the blanket of a Mississippi Delta midnight. In addition to the singularly unique voice is the equally unique Steeltone guitar and dobro designed and built by Grant and his father, Scott Sabin, which completes a sound that is impossible to achieve by anyone other than Grant himself. That is what makes him an essential piece in the future of American blues music, and why fans and fellow players alike have supported Grant Sabin since those humble beginnings in 2004.

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