Suggestions for Week of 7/23-7-29

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..

Monday June 23rd

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.. Mike Olmos Presents The Sessions . Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. N/C

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime. The Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. Highly recommended N/C

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band is such a fun band playing collection of vintage jazz, blues and swing its jump-swing rhythmic horn sections and new dances. Roberta is a wonderful vocalist with great stage presents. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Tuesday June 24th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason .. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. I saw The Polyrhythmics a few years ago and what really stood out about this great eight-piece instrumental band was how tight their grooves were and their virtuosic musicianship as they tore through a set of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afro beat. Get ready to dance your ass off.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime… This will be a special event as Jim Campilongo , Nels Cline, Chris Morrissey & Josh Dion will celebrate their critically acclaimed 2018 release “Jim Campilongo Trio – Live at Rockwood”. This promises to be one of the best Bay Area shows of the week. Jim and Nels are just incredible guitarists with Chris an amazing bassist and Josh who is equally amazing on drums. This will be a great show.. Highly recommended!!! $22 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes Blind Lemon Pledge aka Bay Area bluesman James Byfield, playing a wide range of his musical styles including blues, rock, jazz and folk performing at Ricon Center located at 121 Spear Street.

Wednesday June 25th

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards. I liken them Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Reckless Kelly was Americana before there really was such a term, as this Austin-based band combines roots, rock and country influences. Their uncompromising musical approach and boundless energy has earned this Grammy-winning group a one of the more steadfast loyal following. I love this group and hope to make the show.. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Brick & Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 Pm Showtime.. Funk pop rock indie band The Tangelos headline a benefit fundraiser for Episcopal Community Services. This is a good band performing for a great cause. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge..

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:55PM Showtime. Three really good bands from the “Big Easy” with punk 90s alt-rock Pardoner headlining the bill.. Grunge pop Pope and jangle pop rockers Lawn open the show. I really like what I have heard from all three bands.. Highly recommended!!$8 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes symphonic brass quintet Brass Over Bridges performs at 55 California; a great traditional jazz ensemble The Clint Baker Hot Five performs at 101 California; the jazz pop Dee Spencer Trio with r&b vocalist Jason Brock perform at 525 Market; The Cottontails one of the truly best vintage jazz ensembles with the great vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group performs at 405 Howard Street.

Thursday June 26th

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Tribal Blues Band is a nine piece power funk and electric blues band featuring a four piece horn section covering songs from artists such as Tower of Power, Greyboy Allstars, Albert King, Prince, Joe Bonamassa, Al Green, Etta James, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and many more. I really love this band. They will have the place rockin’!! Highly recommended!!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Highly recommended!! $25-$45-$65-$85 cover charge range..

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 Pm-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Gil Cohen Trio is a really wonderful jazz trio. When I first heard Gil playing he reminded me a lot of Roy Eldridge’s sound. It turns that Roy was one of his major influences. Gil and his trio is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime. Emily Clark & The Crew headlines tonight. Hailing from Seattle Emily is a young, blues driven power vocalist inspired by Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks and Tracy Nelson. This band will rock the house. Americana rockers The Drunken Hearts open the show. $10 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three really good bands tonight. Alt rock quartet Velvet headlines the show with indie rockers Go By Ocean and mello-psychedella Wax Statues open the night. I really like all three bands. Highly recommended!!!$10 Cover Charge.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime. Psych/rocker Agouti headlines a good show with surf rockers Mint and alt pop rockers Rugs filling out the night. I really like what I have heard from all three bands. Highly recommended!!! $7 cover Charge.

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. One of my favorite American blues and R&B bands The California Honeydrops is among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. I love their energy and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles, genres and idioms. This is a great band. Highly recommended!! $42 Cover Charge.

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes the latin jazz dance band Ritmojito performing in the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; One of my favorite Bay Area afro-latin funk bands Sang Matiz will be performing at 303 Second Street; Nova Jazz one of the best bay area jazz quartets performs at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza.

Friday June 27th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Highly recommended!! $35-$55-$75-$95 cover charge range..

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime. The Funk Revival Orchestra brings old school rare funk, grooves and soul to the masses. I love this 11 piece band’s high energy and heavy sound. This a great party dance your ass off band. The funk jam band Big Sticky Mess opens the show. I highly recommend checking out this show. $15 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:45 PM Showtime. A night of pop punk with three good bands Berkeley’s Mr.T Experience, Santa Barbara’s Nerf Herder and Sacramento’s Kepi Ghoulie rounding out the night. Should be a lot of fun.. $20 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime.. Nashville Honeymoon is another Bay Area band I really love. Their music is a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s. Their songwriting draws on country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk traditions. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..On Stage Together! Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore , have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences. An added bonus is the opening act Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls. This is definitely one of the best shows of the week. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes a great jazz flutist Gerald Beckett performing at 425 Market; Another one of my personnel favorite bands the western swing The B Stars performs at 560 Mission Street.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Marcia Ball has been a personnel favorite of mine since I first saw her more than 30 years ago. Marcia is rollicking, playful and a good-time playing two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and singing in a husky voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time. She is a national treasure and I highly recommend seeing her. $36 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime. Akira Tana performs with his Friends from Osaka including a great Hammond B3 organist Atsuko Hashimoto, guitarist Yutaka Hashimoto, and tenor saxophonist Hideki Kawamura, to share the stage for an evening of swinging, unadulterated jazz organ music, in the spirit of jazz organ master Jimmy Smith. The group will celebrate the CD release of their October 2016 live performance in Kobe under the leadership of Mr. Kawamura. They will be joined by jazz vocalist virtuoso Kenny Washington. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge.

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great Portland, Oregon indie rock band The Decemberists performs tonight. Highly recommended!! $49.50 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. The Charlie Hunter Trio is one of the Bay Area’s great and most innovative and creative ensembles. Charlie consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones , Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight – string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. His signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today’s great guitarists. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge..

If you live in the North Bay you may want to check this out.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 8:30 Showtime. It can be easily argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. Booker T’s Stax Revue is a presentation of Booker’s hits with the MGs, such as “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High” and “Time is Tight” and of the classics recorded on Stax Records by legendary artists such as “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, “When Something is Wrong with my Baby” by Sam and Dave and “Gee Whiz” by Carla Thomas. The Stax Revue features a ten-piece big band with three lead vocalists, a three-piece horn section and Booker’s usual rhythm section and delivers a high energy experience curated to take the audience on a journey through Booker’s eyes. Highly recommended!! $36 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime..One of my favorite American blues and R&B bands The California Honeydrops is among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. I love their energy and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles, genres and idioms. This is a great band. Highly recommended!! $42 Cover Charge.

If You live around Santa Cruz you may want to check this out.

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Subdudes are one of the great an American roots rock group to come out of New Orleans. Their music blends folk, swamp pop, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues, country, cajun/zydeco, funk, soul and gospel with harmonic vocals. This is one of my very favorite bands. Highly recommended!!! $50 Cover Charge..

Saturday June 28th

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Showtime.. Ryosvany Terry Afro Cuban Sextet led by Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Yosvany Terry is in the vanguard of Latin American musicians transforming the US jazz scene. Blending a verdant continuum of influences from West Africa, Cuba, and American jazz, he’s created a singular sound, one of the most ambitious and consequent cross-cultural visions on the contemporary scene. His sextet features a stellar cast of longtime collaborators, including his younger brother, bassist Yunior Terry, and fellow Cubans Manuel Valera (piano) and Mauricio Herrera (percussion). Oakland-born trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire and Miami-reared Haitian-American drummer Obed Calvaire, a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, round out the all-star combo. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. New York City saxophonist Caroline Davis returns to Bird & Beckett with a quartet featuring fellow New Yorker Carmen Staaf on piano, Noah Garabedian on bass and Evan Hughes on drums. I love her original compositions and arrangements of standards. She is also a great player. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Punk country rockers The Supersuckers are the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World.” and are celebrating three decades of liquor, women, drugs and killing and their 30th anniversary as the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world with a series of special BIG SHOWS to commemorate this monumental footnote in music history! California outlaw country Charlie Overbey opens the show. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge.

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime.. The Persian Flamenco Jazz Band led by Farzad Arjmand will perform Persian Flamenco style music, mixture of original and classics. Performing along with Farzad will be Felix Amirian Guitar Andy Woodhouse Bass Joey Chang Cello Pepe Jacobs Drums. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces are unquestionably one of the great rockabilly bands around. The high-energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late ’50s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:30 PM Showtime.. Amy Winehouse Back to Black Tribute Band With Victoria Wasserman is back at Mr Tipple’s with the Back to Black Band to recreate all your favorite Amy Winehouse music! Incredible soulful singer and 8 piece band with horn section under the musical direction of Jordan Feinstein with Jacinto Castaneda on guitar, Blake Ritterman on Drums, Andrew Coutiie on bass and the bay area’s premier horn section..Andrew Ferren, Liz Larson and Patrick Byers. Highly recommended!! $8 Cover Charge

The Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Tonight he teams up with tenor & alto saxman Patrick Wolff to resurrect great original tunes written by some of the masters of ‘50s and ‘60s jazz. In addition to presenting these gems, the band also features some originals by Shulman. Joining Adam & Patrick Wolff are James Gallagher on drums and TBD on bass.. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Highly recommended!! $35-$55-$75-$95 cover charge range..

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards. I liken them Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Ivy Room860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 Showtime.. Kofy Brown Band are fiercely independent recording artists and authentic talents based in Oakland. The Washington DC native has thrived by following her own creative path. She and her band the KBB have developed a reputation for putting on an outstanding live show. Her music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge.

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 Showtime. On Stage Together! Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences. An added bonus is the opening act Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls. This is definitely one of the best shows of the week. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

If you live in the North bay you may want to check out

Big Easy 128 American Alley, Petaluma 8:00 PM Showtime.. The French Oak Gypsy Band gives a fresh spin on French and American Swing Era classics. With repertoire derived greatly from French Chanson, Gypsy Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, they also play with Traditional World Folk music, and Modern tunes from around the world. North Bay Native and vocalist, Stella Heath, and French/American guitar player, Gabriel Pirard, lead this group of gypsies in their undeniable fun performances. Reed player, James Inciardi, rounds out the group. I really love this band and highly recommend seeing them. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Sunday June 29th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Highly recommended!! $25-$45-$65-$85 cover charge range..

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime..Bernal Hillbillies.. A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. N/C

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Brother Spellbinder veers off the beaten track with plaintive vocals, unusual arrangements, and a variety of textures. Incorporating elements of folk, gypsy jazz and indie, the music moves from rousing and infectious to dreamy and fragile. Lyrics flow from the uncensored mythical realm of the human psyche to the here and now of human experience. Brother Spellbinder aims to enchant in the age of disenchantment. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bazaar Cafe Front Door 5927 California St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime.. Singer songwriter Ira Marlowe has been described as “four-minute movies”, known for a rare combination of lyrical wit and emotional impact. Marlowe grew up listening to his parents’ jazz and show tunes, begged for guitar lessons at eight, finally got them at thirteen, experienced a high school conversion from folkie to rocker, and at nineteen started penning songs that sounded somewhere between Daltrey and Townsend and Lerner and Loew. Mario Speedwagon is a video game music group out of Oneonta, N.Y. that plays original arrangements of tunes from video games past in the setting of a live ensemble. (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth/Keytar).. Highly recommended!! N/C

If you live in the North bay you may want to check out

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 4:00 PM Starting time. The Subdudes are one of the great an American roots rock group to come out of New Orleans. Their music blends folk, swamp pop, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues, country, cajun/zydeco, funk, soul and gospel with harmonic vocals. This is one of my very favorite bands. Highly recommended!!! $40 Cover Charge..

HopMonk Tavern 224 Vintage Way, Novato 7:00 PM Showtime.. The Charlie Hunter Trio is one of the Bay Area’s great and most innovative and creative ensembles. Charlie consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones , Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight – string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. His signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today’s great guitarists. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge..

Napa Porch Fest 1754 Second Street Old Town Napa, Napa 12:30 PM-5:00 PM.. Napa County musicians play on a variety of house porches in and around downtown neighborhoods. People stroll from porch to porch with family and friends enjoying the sounds of Napa’s musical talent. A detailed map with a schedule will be available online here when we’re closer to the event date. Highly recommended!! N/C

Video Pick Of The Week

AKA Doc Pomus brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations…Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden rhythm and blues musicians. He wrote a thousand songs – including some of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music – but his most lasting gift may have been his uniquely generous spirit. “If the music industry had a heart,” the record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, “it would be Doc Pomus.”Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, A.K.A. DOC POMUS features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King. Passages from Doc’s private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus’ gripping life story makes for a powerful and lively film that introduces this unique American character to a new, much wider circle of admirers. Highly recommended!!!!!

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