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Dr. John & The Nite Trippers SF Jazz

Saturday was a members only SF Jazz Show with Dr. John and The Nite Trippers. Now that Allen Toussaint has passed, Dr John is one of the last living links of the post war New Orleans sound. A mixture of blues, R&B, boogie woogie, rock n' roll, Mardi Gras Indian chants, and, Dr. John's genius addition, deep funk to the traditional New Orleans 2nd line rhythms, one is instantly transported to a club (perhaps a private Mardi Gras Indian club) in New Orleans. Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) played piano and guitar on recordings by Professor Longhair and Art Neville while still a teenager. He exploded on the national scene with the 1973 hit "Right Place Wrong Time". His current band has the fabulous Sarah Morrow on trombone and vocals, Jaime Kime on guitar (think Bluesbreakers Eric) Brian Braziel on drums, and the incredibly funky Roland Gurin on bass. As the best bar band in the world (sorry Stones) one tune flows into the next with no pause or let up. This is party till you drop music. With his trademark raspy voice, there is a spiritual depth (he has long been rumored to be a voodoo priest) and worldliness in every note. A plastic skull and other voodoo talismans adorn the piano. He is truly a magician.