The Spirit of Hendrix Lives On in NYC

Words & Images by: Dino Perrucci

Experience Hendrix :: 10.17.07 :: Beacon Theatre :: New York, NY
Jimi Hendrix 65th Birthday Celebration :: 11.27.07 :: B.B. King Blues Club :: New York, NY

The spirit of Jimi Hendrix lives on in NYC.

Mitch Mitchell & Billy Cox :: 10.17
On October 17, the Experience Hendrix tour came to town for the first performance of a two-night stand at the Beacon Theatre. The shows were part of a brief East Coast tour that featured Jimi Hendrix's legendary rhythm team of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox plus Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Robert Randolph, Doyle Bramhall II, as well as the Double Trouble rhythm section of Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. And the list of players didn't end there. The show was fast-paced yet clocked in at three full hours. One highlight was Hubert Sumlin joining Buddy Guy, but oddly they didn't play any Hendrix songs. I guess when you were an influence on Jimi you can play whatever you want.

On November 27, David Kramer Productions presented a "65th Birthday Celebration for Jimi Hendrix" at B.B. King Blues Club. This show featured Cornell Dupree, Chuck Rainey, Larry Coryell, Dr. John, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Jack Casady (Hot Tuna), Terry Reid, Jim McCarty and more. David Kramer has been working on an epic documentary about Hendrix for over 16 years. Clips from the not-yet-released film were shown in between sets. This birthday celebration has become an annual tradition at B.B. King's and always offers classic moments, surprise guests and collaborations. Seeing Dr. John play with jazz/studio legends Cornell Dupree (guitar) and Chuck Rainey (bass) was a perfect example.

37 years after his passing, Jimi Hendrix remains a massive influence that continues to be celebrated with events like these.

Experience Hendrix
10.17.07 :: Beacon Theatre :: New York, NY

Billy Cox
Doyle Bramhall II
Corey Glover & Robby Krieger
Buddy Guy & Robert Randolph
Robert Randolph & Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton (Double Trouble)
Robby Krieger, Kenny Olson & Tommy Shannon
Hubert Sumlin & Buddy Guy
Mick Taylor & Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
Robert Randolph & Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mick Taylor & Billy Cox

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