Jerry Portnoy

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Born: November 25, 1943    Primary Instrument: Harmonica

Jerry Portnoy was born in 1943 and grew up in the blues rich atmosphere of Chicago's famous Maxwell Street Market during the golden age of Chicago Blues. He began his professional career in the late 60's and since that time has performed, live and on television, to more people in more places than any other blues harmonica player.

During a career that includes six years as a member of the fabled Muddy Waters Blues Band, another six as leader of the Legendary Blues Band, four years at the head of his own band The Streamliners, and another four as a featured member of the Eric Clapton Band, he has maintained a constant touring schedule that has carried him to every state in the union and twenty-five foreign countries on five continents, with performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Smithsonian, London's Royal Albert Hall, and at major jazz festivals worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Warsaw International Jazz Jamboree, the Hawaii Pacific Jazz and Music Fair, and the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France....
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Jerry Portnoy is the most expressive blues harp player around today.” -Savannah Morning News

“Mr. Portnoy crests like an alto saxophone.” -New York Times

“Widely recognized as the greatest blues harpist of his generation.” -Toronto Star

“The finest blues harmonica player in the business.” -Knoxville Journal

“The number one blues harp anywhere.” -Rocking Chair Magazine

“A subtle and superb harpist.” -Lexington, Kentucky Leader

“The smoothest, sweetest player I ever heard.” -Kingston Ontario Whig-Standard

“Exciting, soulful riffs that make your hair stand on end.” -Houston Chronicle

“Portnoy is amazing both as a soloist as well as an accompanist.” -Cadence Magazine

“Sounded like a whole brass section of an orchestra.” -Spokane Spokesman-Review

Artist Title Label Cat. #
Jerry Portnoy Down in the Mood Room Tiny Town TTCD2011
Jerry Portnoy Home Run Hitter Indigo I60CD2026
Jerry Portnoy Poison Kisses Modern Blues 1202
Joe Beard For Real AudioQuest AQ-CD1049
Joe Beard Dealin' AndioQuest AQ-CD1055
John Brim The Ice Cream Man Tone-Cool TC 1150
John Cambell A Man and His Blues Crosscut CCR 1019
Eric Clapton Twenty Four Nights Reprise 9 26420-2
Eric Clapton From the Cradle* Reprise 9 45735-2
Eddy Clearwater Cool Blues Walk Bullseye 82896
Bo Diddley A Man Amongst Men+ Code Blue 82896
Ronnie Earl I Like It When It Rains Antone’s ANT002
Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters Soul Searching Black Top BT 1042
Luther Johnson Talkin' About Soul Telarc CD-83476
Legendary Blues Band Life of Ease Rounder 2029
Legendary Blues Band Red Hot ‘N Blue Rounder 2035
Pinetop Perkins Born in the Delta Telarc CD 83418
Paul Rishell Blues on a Holiday Tone-Cool TC 1144
Duke Robillard Dangerous Place Pointblank 42857
Duke Robillard Explorer Shanachie 9025
Les Sampou Fall From Grace Flying Fish CD FF 657
Hubert Sumlin Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party Black Top BT 1036
Muddy Waters* I’m Ready CBS CBS PZ 34928
Muddy Waters* Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live CBS CBS PZ 35712
Muddy Waters King Bee CBS CBS PZ 37064
Muddy Waters Tribute Band I'm Gonna Miss You when You're Dead and Gone+ Telarc 83335
Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings Anyway the Wind Blows Velvel 63467-79768-2
Zora Young Travelin' Light Deluge del d 3003
Johnny Young Johnny Young Plays the Blues Blues on Blues BOB 10005

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he most thorough, detailed and comprehensive instructional method ever done for the blues harmonica, yet the easiest to follow and understand. Contains 3 hours of personal instruction with more than 300 playing examples at slow and regular speed, along with the coaching and explanations. Included are: Chord rhythm, tongue blocking, syncopating chords, octaves, back rhythm, lip pursing, lip blocking, 12 bar structure, bending notes, transitions, 2 draw vs. 3 blow, vibrato, warbles, flutters, growls, barks, kiss pops, rips and glisses, double and triple tonguing, tongue switching, special chords, shaping notes, use of the hands, breathing, diaphragm attack, positions and finally, mics, amps and playing with a band. At the end of the course are nine guitar tracks to play along with featuring Duke Robillard. Whether you're a total beginner or an experienced player looking to sharpen your skills, this course has everything you need -- from establishing solid fundamentals to the most sophisticated techniques of tone, phrasing and sound production. Nothing like this has ever been done before! To order online click here or call 1-877-MR BLUES (672-5837) or send check or money order for $66.00 ($81.00 for international orders) to:

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Featured recording “Down in the Mood Room”

Down in the Mood Room
Tiny Town (2002)

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