Robert Lockwood Jr./The Allstars with Wallace Coleman (#1122)

Performances by a legendary roots blues master and one of his star pupils.

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This edition of Jubilee pairs a performance by one of the last of the original roots bluesmen with a set by an alumnus of his band who has gone on to a successful career with his own group.

At age 11, Robert Lockwood Jr. learned to play guitar from the legendary Robert Johnson. By the age of 15, he was playing professionally, often with Johnson and other blues greats like Sonny Boy Williamson. Today such Lockwood originals as “Take a Little Walk with Me” and “Little Boy Blue” are staples for blues musicians of every generation.

Among the notable milestones in Lockwood’s extensive career: He has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, he has received two W.C. Handy Awards, Cleveland has named a street for him, and both Cleveland and Pittsburgh have held Robert Lockwood Days.

Lockwood’s band members for his Jubilee appearance are Maurice Reedus, Augustus Hawkins, Charles D. Carnes, Jimmy Hoare, Gene Schwartz, and Robert Young.

Wallace Coleman is a former Lockwood band member, having spent a decade playing harmonica for Lockwood after retiring from his job at a Cleveland bakery. Shortly after performing on the Grammy-nominated CD I Gotta Find Me a Woman, Coleman left the group and graduated to the post of full-time bandleader.

Coleman has toured with both Lockwood’s band and his own, the Allstars, and plays regularly around Cleveland. In 2000, he started his own record label, Pinto Blues Music. One of its notable releases is his own recent album The Bad Weather Blues.