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 my introduction to the book written by Gianandrea. The Handbook of Chord and Bass Harmonica.
Biography – Borrah Minevitch and the Harmonica Rascals
Video Tribute – Compiled by Brian Holland (30 mins) from John Bryan’s archive recordings
Videos – Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals from the film Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942) and their comedy routine on stage.
Audio recordings – The Best of Borrah Minevitch on Spotify or Amazon
Biography – Larry Adler
Video – The young Larry playing St Louis Blues and Stardust , Clair de lune from the film Music for Millions in1944, and a great video of Summertime from when he was 80.
Audio – Larry Adler on Spotify and Amazon
John Sebastian Sr
Biography – On Wikipedia
Video – No videos are available.
Audio – There are audio tracks on YouTube, and his recordings appear on eBay. 78s, vinyl and a CD – John Sebastian Plays Bach , A Harmonica Recital, Profile of John Sebastian, and John Sebastian Plays Villa-Lobos/ Tcherepnin Concertos for Harmonica.
The Harmonicats and Pete Pederson
Biography – Jerry Murad web site and this one , plus Pete Pedersen’s biography available on used book sites
40th anniversary party – cassette recording (audio)
Videos – Peg O’My Heart and Scheherazade
Biography – Tommy Reilly
Videos – Michael Spivakovsky’s Concerto for Harmonica – Midnight Cowboy , Serenade for unaccompanied harmonica and a medley of five Standards: Thanks for the Memory, Smoke gets in your eyes, One night of love, Misty, The way you look tonight and When the begin the Beguine.
Toots Thielemans – jazz guitarist, whistler and harmonica player
Biography – Here is a great Wikipedia page ,
Videos – with Billy Joel Leave a tender moment alone , with Sting Shape of my Heart , Dolphin Dance , Three views to a Secret with “Jaco” Pastorius, and here is a collection of performances with some images
and a segue through one of my most favourite harmonica videos.
Toots Thielemans meets Stevie Wonder – Bluesette
Asia and The Far East – the future of Orchestral playing?
Biography – Sirius Facebook , Judy’s Harmonica Ensemble
Videos – Fata Morgana and Sirius play Toledo , and The Adler Trio and Judy’s Harmonica Ensemble play HarmoniCadence – Roots