John Hammond & Teddy Thompson - 8/3Thursday, August 03 2017 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start / Ends 10:30pm
- Bar Stool
at City Winery New York City
Our VIP seats offer the best option for couples and pairs to enjoy a bit more space than other sections and are located in an elevated section behind the House Left Premier (floor) section. This section features low, four-seat tables and eight seat high tops with barstool seating.
Our Premier section offers tables of four, six and eight seat banquets on the main floor with a full view of the stage
Multi Award winning Bluesman John Hammond stands as one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33 + albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for 50 + years. A Grammy award winner, John is also an 8 time Grammy nominee. With 22 Blues Music Award nominations and 10 wins, most recently for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year for 2014, John is one of the most awarded artists in the genre.
He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains the only person who has ever had both Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time. A tireless performer, he continues to tour worldwide on an annual basis.
“John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it… He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.” – Tom Waits
“John Hammond is a master… He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night… The Big Boom. Boom the room.” – T Bone Burnett
“…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…” – The New York Times
On previous discs, singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson always relied on one of the songs he's written to provide him with an album title and a central concept to build the rest of his work around. This time it's different: you won't find a tune named "Bella" on his fourth Verve Forecast effort yet the idea of "bella" -- Italian shorthand for "beautiful" -- is everywhere. Says Thompson, "I like the word, the meaning of it. It spoke to the lushness and beauty I was going for."
Recorded in New York City and produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, the Strokes), "Bella" combines lean rock and roll with lush string arrangements on material that is both disarmingly catchy and often startlingly frank. Since 2008's "A Piece Of What You Need," which London's The Guardian called "one of the year's best," this has become something of a Thompson trademark, teasing the listener with immediately addictive melodies then pulling the rug out from under them with unsparingly confessional or darkly amusing lyrics. Thompson agrees: "I felt, as I've developed some kind of style, that what I had to offer, that what came naturally, was my sense of humor, my sensibility. It's very English, very sarcastic, self-deprecating, In one way, that's just how my songs come out; in another way, that's my favorite style: a pretty melody with a twist."
Thompson is a native Englishman who has adopted New York City as his home; famously the son of singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, he emigrated to the states more than a decade ago, barely out of his teens, to embark on a career of his own. Thompson began working on the material for "Bella" after he returned from his last tour; he structured his writing sessions by going to a Manhattan office each day where he developed these songs, honing in as a recording deadline loomed. He'd admired producer Kahne's work and decided to contact him through a musician friend. Explains Thompson, "I was searching for someone who was quite poppy but who had a really musical sensibility. I mostly have worked with people I knew I was going to get along with, but David I just didn't know at all. We butted heads a few times, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing; he helped light a fire under me in certain ways. It definitely stretched things musically as well because it took me out of my confidence zone quite a lot. It was very different than any other record making process -- an amazing, exhausting experience."
Using his touring band -- Ethan Eubanks (drums), Jeff Hill (bass), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards) -- Thompson and Kahne cut basic tracks at Avatar in midtown Manhattan, the former site of the legendary Power Station. Says Thompson: "It was quite old-school recording studio, which there aren't many of anymore. It felt almost decadent, making an old fashioned record in a big studio. We did the strings there, which were great. In the first few weeks, when we were going into the big room, I felt like I was really going to make a record as opposed to going into some little room with computer screens, which it so often is these days. We definitely did a lot of that later on. At least in the beginning it was very rock and roll."