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Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Feb 24th 2018 @ City Winery New York

New York, NY
I Was There
About Garland Jeffreys
Genres:
Roots Rock, Pop, Reggae, Blues
Band Members:
Brian Stanley/bass, Mark Bosch/electric guitar, Tom Curiano/drums, Charly Roth/keys, JJ Jordan/guitar
Hometown:
New York, NY

When Garland Jeffreys released his first solo album in 1973, Village Voice critic Robert Christgau called him both “classy” and “classless.” He wasn’t meaning to be self-...
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Garland Jeffreys & Band
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
8:00 PM
City Winery New York
155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
27 RSVPs
Garland Jeffreys has been making provocative, personally charged urban rock and roll since the late 1960s. The “Brooklyn-born, socially conscious singer-songwriter who summed up a solo recording career of nearly half a century with 14 Steps to Harlem in 2017” (New York Times) has never been easy to pigeonhole but has always carried cultural significance well beyond his name recognition. George Pelecanos wrote a scene in HBO’s “The Deuce” as an homage to Garland and the shows he performed back in the 70s wearing blackface masks. In UPROXX, when Pelecanos was asked, “What’s the significance of the band doing the “96 Tears” cover at the bar in the finale?” he replied “It’s Garland Jeffreys. He was covering that song in the early 70s, and he’d sometimes perform it in blackface, though he’s half-black himself. When punk started in the ’70s, they were covering a lot of garage band songs in the ’60s that were punk before punk, and that was one of them. What we’re doing there is saying, ‘There’s something happening here, but it hasn’t been identified.’” From proto-punk to rock to folk to blues to reggae (Bob Marley said he was the best interpreter of reggae in the US) Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers and the breadth of contributors to his recordings and performances reflect that, as well as an ahead of his time penchant for musical genre-bending: Dr. John, The E Street Band, John Cale, Michael Brecker, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, James Taylor, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed among many more have recorded and performed with him. It’s a testament to both the broad appeal and diversity of his music that his songs have been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks (whose version of “Wild in the Streets” is a skater anthem), psych-folkies Vetiver and jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. On his latest release14 Steps To Harlem, co-produced by James Maddock and featuring core band members Mark Bosch, Charly Roth, Brian Stanley and Tom Curiano, guest spots by Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm & The Midnight Ramble Band) Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) Ben Stivers (Bee Gees) and Cindy Mizelle (Bruce Springsteen), a gorgeous duet with daughter Savannah and a radiant violin solo by Laurie Anderson, Jeffreys delivers what fans have come to expect: edgy immediacy and literate, emotionally raw lyrics combined with a still supple voice capable of singing in a practically limitless number of styles. Critics have weighed in with: More proof that he deserves musical comparisons that fall somewhere between Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Graham Parker — Pop Matters One of rock's most compelling voices — American Songwriter Shows the now 73-year old songwriter still reveling in the kind of wide-ranging songwriting that has today become a lost art — Stereophile A 2016 Long Island Hall of Fame inductee, a NY Blues Hall of Famer, appearing in the Wim Wenders blue film “The Soul of a Man,” recipient of the prestigious Schallplattenkritik Prize in Germany and the Tenco and Premio Prizes in Italy, and performing at world-class festivals such as Byron Bay Blues, Montreux Jazz, Ottawa Folk and Fuji Rock, Garland Jeffreys will not go gently into that good night. His live performances and his joy for life are undiminished. He will still jump from the stage and strut through the audience. When one story ends there’s always another about to begin... — No Depression Backed by a crack band, Jeffreys bring his great songs, powerful voice and buoyant personality — The New Yorker A seriously satisfying high-octane show — Huffington Post
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About Garland Jeffreys
Genres:
Roots Rock, Pop, Reggae, Blues
Band Members:
Brian Stanley/bass, Mark Bosch/electric guitar, Tom Curiano/drums, Charly Roth/keys, JJ Jordan/guitar
Hometown:
New York, NY

When Garland Jeffreys released his first solo album in 1973, Village Voice critic Robert Christgau called him both “classy” and “classless.” He wasn’t meaning to be self-...
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Fan Live Reviews
New York, NY@
St. Marks Square
June 16th 2017
He always puts on a great show. 40 years and counting. New record is great
Kim
Malmo, Sweden@
Folk a Rock
March 14th 2017
Great show. So happy to see him for the first time. And in this small sentina. With amazing Mark Bosch og leadguitar. I missed a couple of my favourite tunes, but with a new record to promote I couldn't complain
Jim
Vienna, VA@
Jammin Java
April 15th 2015
Fantastic. He's still got it. And with a great band!!