Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Mark Hummel 

Sunday, August 29, at Fat Fish Blue.

A surefire way to test the mettle of a musician is with the extended solo. The more "blow" choruses there are to fill, the clearer the read on a player's resources -- and limits. Blues-harmonica ace Mark Hummel is one of those who pass this test with flying colors. Well-versed in the work of the masters, Hummel reignites classic harp sounds and techniques with his own persevering sense of invention. It's the old sound and the real feel, but the Oakland-based Hummel consistently finds fresh ways to put it, verse after verse.

A regular in the Bay Area blues scene since moving there in the early '70s, Hummel first appeared on record in 1985. His catalog numbers eight albums, including a pair featuring late piano-and-vocal legend Charles Brown. Quite unsurprisingly for an outfit from those parts, Hummel's Blues Survivors belong to the West Coast movement that includes other harp-fronted bands such as Little Charlie & the Nightcats and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, which fuse classic Chicago blues with swing and roots-rock. Hummel's next disc, Blowin' My Horn, due out this fall, sports blues-shaded covers of Buddy Rich and Johnny Otis alongside the leader's own tunes and, oh yeah, plenty of long harp solos.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Duane Verh

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays
  • Ryan Sickler @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Dec. 9
  • Sebastian Maniscalco @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

    • Thu., Dec. 9

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation