The First Harmonica Jazz Player – by Art M. Daane The Beginning. Max Geldray was born Max van Gelder in Amsterdam in 1916. It was not until 1932 that he first saw a chromatic harmonica; the shop owner offered it to him when he was taking refuge from a torrential rainstorm in his shop.By 1934 […]
Captain James Reilly, RMSM, was responsible for setting up the musical side of the Hohner HSB from 1935-55.- tuition books, music publishing, concerrts and the examination structure.
by Gianandrea Pasquinelli – with contributions from Roger Trobridge, Steve Jennings, Pat Missin, Dror Adler, Al Smith and Brendan Power. This blog post gives links to information and media about the artists who are discussed in the book written by Gianandrea. This page is still being worked on! Borrah MinevitchBiography – Borrah Minevitch and the […]
The London showing of the Paul Butterfield documentary Horn from the Heart. 25 March 2020, at the Regent Street Theatre,
With contributions from Steve’s wife Josie, and his friends – Tom Hunter, Steve Jones, Rowena Millar, Johnny Mars, ‘Pip’ Rowland, and Paul Gillings. Stephen John Jennings or ‘Steve’ as he was universally known was one of the small group of volunteers who are responsible for the survival and success of the National Harmonica League (NHL) […]
This is an extended version of the review that was published in the Aug/Sept 2019 issue of Harmonica World. Tommy Reilly – A Life in Music – Vintage Tommy Reilly.Chandos CD20143 – CD Review by Cheng Jang Ming Tommy Reilly is widely recognised as the master of the chromatic harmonica. He was born 100 years […]
The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, SPAH, was founded in 1963 by Earl Collins (1924-88), Gordon Mitchell (1927-2001) and Richard Harris (1938-2015). Fortunately, the youngest member of the trio, Richard Harris, was an enthusiastic photographer and recording engineer so you get a chance to hear the history of SPAH as it […]