|Tags:||blues harmonica blues harmonica classic blues mark hummel avant-garde jazz contemporary blues jazz|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
15 December 1955, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Hummel was raised in Los Angeles, California, where as a child he became interested in blues rock as practised by contemporary popular rockers such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Rolling Stones. He had begun playing harmonica and gradually stretched his musical interests backwards in time to those artists who had inspired the blues rockers. From the early 70s he was based in Berkeley, California, where he played with various musicians and in blues bands and after leaving school travelled widely, listening to bluesmen, plying his developing craft and constantly seeking to advance his knowledge and understanding of the idiom. In 1980 he formed his own band, the Blues Survivors, and later in the 80s recorded for his own label, Rockinitis Records. Among musicians with whom Hummel has recorded are pianist Charles Brown, guitarists Sue Foley, Dave Myers and Rusty Zinn, bass player Bob Stroger and drummer Willie Big...