Jerry Portnoy

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25 November 1943, Evanston, Illinois, USA. Portnoy’s father owned a rug store on Chicago’s Maxwell Street, and every Sunday his son could drink in the wealth of music to be heard in the bustling street market. Blues was an early influence but he took little interest in the piano lessons that began when he was 10, nor in the accordion or the guitar that he adopted during the folk boom. Portnoy did not take up the harmonica until he was 24, but within two years he had formed a duo with... Read more