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Hey Joe

Blues harp player, customizer and all-around explorer Mike Fugazzi joins in the harpboxing revolution with his one man band treatment of the classic Hey Joe. This is just a practice run, so we can forgive the awkward video angle, but it sounds promising. Mike’s looking for some Midwest venues for his omb rock-harp show, so if you know of a place, hit him up.

Steve Jobs: Visionary, Artist… Harmonica Player?

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One more reason to love Steve Jobs (even if you didn’t before): it looks like he may have been a harmonica player! Eagle-eyed Flickr user tqbrady noted the above photo from the new biography of Steve Jobs, a shot of his home office from 2004. We can only imagine what might be in his GarageBand library…

Keep the (Harmonica) Blues Alive!

Ronnie Shellist, SPAH member, YouTube star and real-deal blues harmonica player is ready to record a new album, and you can help him. He’s got a Kickstarter campaign going to fund the recording, with lots of goodies to give away if you donate. Even if you can’t afford to fly him to the Ukraine to teach you and your best harmonica buddies to bend that 3 draw just right, you can pre-order yourself his new album and get him that much closer to his goal.

The First Jazz Harmonica Player

Geldray with Reinhardt and Ellington

A recent discussion Harp-L brought a nearly-forgotten name to mind: Max Geldray. Geldray recorded with Django Reinhardt and has been called “the first jazz harmonica player.” The photo above is from this Swedish public radio piece which started off the whole Harp-L discussion.

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Al Smith Wins 2 Awards at SPAH 2011

Just like the video description says: “For the first time ever, SPAH awarded two of its most prestigious awards to one person. Our sincere congratulations to Al Smith the 2011 winner of The Bernie Bray Harmonica Player of the Year Award and The Pete Pedersen Lifetime Achievement Award.” Many thanks to Danny G. for putting this together!

SPAH 2011 in Videos

So it’s been over a week since the SPAH convention ended—long enough for videos to start popping up on Youtube for those of you who missed the action (and even if you were there, you musta missed something!), so here’s a collection of what’s out there so far.

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Harmonica Mass Appeal

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How cool is this? Not only do you get to form a street harmonica band in NYC, but it’d led by none other than Jia-Yi He! Would love to see video of this or hear more about how it went.



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