Joe Louis Walker plus the Nighthawks at the Iridium

We had turned up to hear Hubert Sumlin, Howling Wolf’s guitarist, but sadly it was not to be.  He had run out of health at the age of eighty and died just over a month later.  (Here is his MySpace page, with many tracks including full albums).

Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Mark Wenner, Paul Bell and Johnny Castle, the Nighthawks

So no Hubert Sumlin and we’ll never know what we missed but this was to prove the best night of live music we experienced in New York.

Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Mark Wenner, Paul Bell and Johnny Castle, the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Mark Stutso, Mark Wenner, Paul Bell and Johnny Castle, the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Mark Wenner, the Nighthawks

First the Nighthawks opened up and they are a wonderful band by themselves.  They are based in Washington DC and have been going since 1972 with many personnel changes.  Previous members include Jimmy Thackery, Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin.  Current members include longtime member Mark Wenner as well as Paul Bell, Johnny Castle, and Mark Stutso.  (Website).

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker

Then Joe Louis Walker joined in for a whole extra dimension.

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker is another icon of the Blues and has also played with a kaleidoscope of eminent musicians.  (Website, Myspace).

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

There was also a further guitarist local to New York, whose name I don’t remember.

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

The remarkable thing for us is that we were right beside the stage for this remarkable performance with an audience of only twenty to forty.

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

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Joe Louis Williams with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Walker with the Nighthawks

Joe Louis Williams remarked to a friend who turned up after the gig that he’d missed out because they’d been really cooking.  So it wasn’t just my opinion.

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Times Square

An iconic girder gang, outside in Times Square

26 to 27 October 2011.

6 comments on “Joe Louis Walker plus the Nighthawks at the Iridium

  1. […] Joe Louis Walker plus the Nighthawks at the Iridium […]

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  2. enmanscamera says:

    Very well done…..excellent series.

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  3. Kerry says:

    Awesome Murray

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