Tue Dec 17 2013

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

SPACE

1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

All Ages

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Join us on Dec. 17th for Dave Specter's Holiday Blues Party featuring special guest Jimmy Johnson who'll be celebrating his 85th birthday!

Jimmy Johnson has been a fixture on the Chicago blues scene for over 50 years and his combination of soulful vocals and stinging guitar has been thrilling audiences worldwide with recent tours in Europe and South America.

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1928, Jimmy moved to Chicago in 1950 where he worked as a welder and played guitar in his spare time. He soon started playing professionally with artists like Freddy King, Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Jimmy Dawkins.

His recording career started in the 1970s with albums on Delmark and Alligator Records and Jimmy later recorded on Ruf and Verve Records with his brother, the great R&B artist Syl Johnson.

"A striking, original artist" - The Village Voice

"Twisting, unpredictable guitar style and a soaring, soul-dripping vocal delivery." - All Music Guide

Dave Specter first met Jimmy Johnson in the mid-1980s and they've been playing together ever since.

They've recently headlined The Chicago Blues Festival and appeared together at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Jimmy's a featured guest on Dave's 2008 "Live in Chicago" CD/DVD on Delmark Records and they also appear together on the BMA Award Winning DVD "It Ain't Over", documenting Delmark Records 55th Anniversary.

Dave is currently working on his 10th studio album and has recently performed in Argentina, Israel, France and Hawaii.

"Specter's ninth album "Spectified" confirms his status as one of the few top-tier guitarists" - Downbeat

Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar series, which has been running at SPACE for the past four years, has featured some of the finest talents in blues and jazz including Lurrie Bell, John Primer, Steve Freund, Jeff Parker, Donald Kinsey, Tad Robinson, Sharon Lewis, Billy Flynn, Rockin' Johnny, Nick Moss, Rick Holmstrom and Eddie Shaw.

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  • Dave Specter

    Dave Specter

    Blues

    Blues guitarist, bandleader and producer Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier young talents on the Chicago blues scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago blues and jazz clubs in addition to festivals and concert halls throughout the USA. Since 1989 Dave has toured internationally with performances in Brazil, Israel, Spain, England, Holland, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg, Mexico and Canada.

    Before forming his own band in 1989, Specter toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe behind such blues greats as Son Seals, The Legendary Blues Band, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and Steve Freund. Specter has also performed and recorded with such blues and jazz artists as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Jimmy Johnson, Jack McDuff, Johnny Adams, Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Tad Robinson, John Primer, Johnny Littlejohn, B.B. Odom, Mighty Joe Young, Valerie Wellington, Magic Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Kent, Ronnie Earl, Eric Alexander, Otis Clay, Floyd McDaniel, Pinetop Perkins and Sunnyland Slim.

    Among Dave Specter's critically acclaimed recordings, his 1991 release Bluebird Blues reached the #1 spot on both the Living Blues national radio charts and the Tower Records blues charts. Blues Access magazine called his CD, Left Turn on Blue, "an absolutely gorgeous blend of vintage blues and jazz." Specter also appears on compilation CDs with artists such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Junior Wells.

    Dave's latest CD, Spectified features special guest David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Brother John Kattke from the bands of Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. "Specter's ninth album confirms his status as one of the few top-tier guitarists." Downbeat 4 Star review.

    Specter's guitar playing can be heard on national TV and radio commercials for Kraft Foods and Northwest Airlines. Dave's recently been featured in Vintage Guitar and Downbeat magazines and has been a 5 time Critic's Choice in The Chicago Reader.

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Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar Holiday Blues Party featuring Jimmy Johnson

Tue Dec 17 2013 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar Holiday Blues Party featuring Jimmy Johnson
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All Ages

Join us on Dec. 17th for Dave Specter's Holiday Blues Party featuring special guest Jimmy Johnson who'll be celebrating his 85th birthday!

Jimmy Johnson has been a fixture on the Chicago blues scene for over 50 years and his combination of soulful vocals and stinging guitar has been thrilling audiences worldwide with recent tours in Europe and South America.

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1928, Jimmy moved to Chicago in 1950 where he worked as a welder and played guitar in his spare time. He soon started playing professionally with artists like Freddy King, Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Jimmy Dawkins.

His recording career started in the 1970s with albums on Delmark and Alligator Records and Jimmy later recorded on Ruf and Verve Records with his brother, the great R&B artist Syl Johnson.

"A striking, original artist" - The Village Voice

"Twisting, unpredictable guitar style and a soaring, soul-dripping vocal delivery." - All Music Guide

Dave Specter first met Jimmy Johnson in the mid-1980s and they've been playing together ever since.

They've recently headlined The Chicago Blues Festival and appeared together at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Jimmy's a featured guest on Dave's 2008 "Live in Chicago" CD/DVD on Delmark Records and they also appear together on the BMA Award Winning DVD "It Ain't Over", documenting Delmark Records 55th Anniversary.

Dave is currently working on his 10th studio album and has recently performed in Argentina, Israel, France and Hawaii.

"Specter's ninth album "Spectified" confirms his status as one of the few top-tier guitarists" - Downbeat

Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar series, which has been running at SPACE for the past four years, has featured some of the finest talents in blues and jazz including Lurrie Bell, John Primer, Steve Freund, Jeff Parker, Donald Kinsey, Tad Robinson, Sharon Lewis, Billy Flynn, Rockin' Johnny, Nick Moss, Rick Holmstrom and Eddie Shaw.

Dave Specter

Dave Specter

Blues

Blues guitarist, bandleader and producer Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier young talents on the Chicago blues scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago blues and jazz clubs in addition to festivals and concert halls throughout the USA. Since 1989 Dave has toured internationally with performances in Brazil, Israel, Spain, England, Holland, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg, Mexico and Canada.

Before forming his own band in 1989, Specter toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe behind such blues greats as Son Seals, The Legendary Blues Band, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and Steve Freund. Specter has also performed and recorded with such blues and jazz artists as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Jimmy Johnson, Jack McDuff, Johnny Adams, Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Tad Robinson, John Primer, Johnny Littlejohn, B.B. Odom, Mighty Joe Young, Valerie Wellington, Magic Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Kent, Ronnie Earl, Eric Alexander, Otis Clay, Floyd McDaniel, Pinetop Perkins and Sunnyland Slim.

Among Dave Specter's critically acclaimed recordings, his 1991 release Bluebird Blues reached the #1 spot on both the Living Blues national radio charts and the Tower Records blues charts. Blues Access magazine called his CD, Left Turn on Blue, "an absolutely gorgeous blend of vintage blues and jazz." Specter also appears on compilation CDs with artists such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Junior Wells.

Dave's latest CD, Spectified features special guest David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Brother John Kattke from the bands of Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. "Specter's ninth album confirms his status as one of the few top-tier guitarists." Downbeat 4 Star review.

Specter's guitar playing can be heard on national TV and radio commercials for Kraft Foods and Northwest Airlines. Dave's recently been featured in Vintage Guitar and Downbeat magazines and has been a 5 time Critic's Choice in The Chicago Reader.