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

Continue reading for images from Jimi Hendrix's 65th Birthday Celebration on 11.27.07...

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

Larry Coryell, Jack Casady & Dr. John
Dr. John, Cornell Dupree & Chuck Rainey
Cornell Dupree
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Larry Coryell
Dr. John & Cornell Dupree
Jack Casady

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johnnygoff starstarstarstar Thu 12/6/2007 04:43PM
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dino, thanks for the shots and putting some words summing it up. "they really tied the room together." dr. john still doesn't look like a dude anyone should mess with.

COLOSKIER Thu 12/6/2007 04:45PM
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nice pics. i wouldnt mind being there. a real who's who of rock and roll, most of those guys have been there since the begining.

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/6/2007 04:57PM
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I would have liked to have seen what Mitch Mitchell looks like now. How are his skills now?

moejoerisin Fri 12/7/2007 08:17AM
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talk about a who's who list...

delaneyira starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/7/2007 08:27AM
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I went to the show at hampton beach, new hampshire. It was amazing. Face melting harcore heavy metal blues. It was so epic...

canoftunapudding Fri 12/7/2007 08:54AM
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Always been a fan of Robby Krieger. I bet I could kick Dr. John's ass.

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well this is just fantastic. no kids on this site pay any attention to blues at all, which is good, so they do not mar up the forum :)

To see buddy guy next to robert randolph is like some kind of miracle

and to see hubert sumlin up there too, just blows my little old mind away.

how freaking cool!!! I would be on my knees for this show bowing down to the some of the greatest ever.

iamseancarney Fri 12/7/2007 12:55PM
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This sounded amazing at first, but i went to the show of this in CT and it was pretty bad. The only good part was buddy guy and robert randolph playing their own songs.

Matty Boh starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/7/2007 03:37PM
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I wanted to get tickets for one of the shows, but they sold out before I got some.

Any chance of tapers catching a night or two ? I haven't seen anything pop up yet, but I could have overlooked something...

QuantumTuba starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/7/2007 10:03PM
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Between this and Clapton's Crossroads festivals, seems like were getting a lot of killer blues rock collaborations.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/12/2007 12:45PM
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I wouldn't mess with Dr. John either. He could put some crazy ass voodoo spell on you and turn you into a chupacabra.