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James Montgomery Band

with Tyler Morris

hosted by Holly Harris
Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 3:00 PM

Tickets available ->link: TICKETS


Vocals / Harmonica

jmWhen blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

In 1970, while attending Boston University, Montgomery formed the James Montgomery Band. His inimitable (oh yeah, he majored in English) harmonica playing combined with his incredibly energetic live shows led to the band's quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, the James Montgomery band was among the hottest acts in Boston along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records.

Since that time, James has recorded six albums. His first, "First Time Out" has been remastered and re-released by MRG/Capricorn. Other include "James Montgomery Band" on Island Records which was number nine on Billboard's national playlist, "Duck Fever" with members of the David Letterman Band, "Live Trax," with the Uptown Horns (the Rolling Stones' horn section), and his release on Tone-Cool, "The Oven Is On."

Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B.King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Wolf among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York's "Trax".

Link to the official James Montgomery site

Tyler Morris


jmTyler Drew Morris is a 17 year old teenage guitar prodigy from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Tyler has played with various artists including Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Phil Collen, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Rudy Sarzo, Robert Sarzo, Leslie West, Mark Farnar, Ronnie Montrose, Kip Winger, Lita Ford, George Lynch, Ritchie Kotzen, Bruce Kulick, Joe Stump, Mark Hudson, Fred Coury, Robert Marcello,Gary Hoey, Robben Ford, Joey Stefko, Kasim Sulton, Sandy Genarro, Juma Sultan, Teddy Andreadis, Rob Affusso, Gary King, James Montgomery, Jennifer Batten as well as many others in the local Boston Music Scene. Tyler has been on stage at the Hollywood House of Blues, Gibson Hollywood Showroom, Bethel Woods Woodstock Performance Center, The Cutting Room in Manhattan, BB King’s Blues Club in West Palm Beach, BB King’s Blues Club in New York, The Cutting Room New York, The Hard Rock Cafe Boston, Fusion 5, The Tavern, The Sea Note, Tupelo Music Hall, The Larcom Theater, Mechanics Hall, The Regent Theater, The Corrib, The Miami Beach Bandshell as well as many other places in and around Boston. Tyler has recorded with Eddie Kramer at East West Studios in Hollywood, Waterville Studios, Taylor Barefoot Productions and Mad Oak Studios. In January of 2015, Tyler released his debut album, “And So It Begins”, which was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Heavy Riff Magazine in Mexico, Gitar Plus Magazine in Asia, Metal to Infinity and Korea Guitar as well as many other online Magazines and media outlets. Tyler currently performs in the local Boston area 3-5 times a week. Tyler demonstrates for Dean Guitars, REVV amps and Fishman Electronics.

Link to the official Tyler Morris site


Host: Holly Harris

jmHolly Harris hails from a musical family. Her father and grandfather were both professional trumpet players and her Uncle Benny played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. She began introducing artists on stage at a young age for her entrepreneural mother. From there she went on to become the voice of her high school in upstate NY. At age 17 she left for Paris, and spent her Freshmen year abroad. Holly returned to graduate with a BA from Ithaca College, before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and Suffolk University for her Masters Degree. She has worked as a School Social Worker for many years.

Her radio career began at Tufts University where she hosted "The Morning After Blues", for ten years. During that time she began deejaying and emceeing at various clubs and festivals around Boston. Her first commercial radio show was the "10 O'Clock Rockin' Blues", on WCGY. During that time and for the next twenty years she often filled in for her dear friend, the late, Mai Cramer on WGBH. When WBOS called she was ready, and spent nearly 15 years on WBOS hosting and producing "Blues On Sunday". The show earned her numerous awards including the national W.C. Handy "Keeping the Blues Alive" award, for Commercial Radio in 1995, Boston Blues Society and New England Blues Society's "Friend of the Blues" awards, as well as a Proclamation from the MA House and Senate as a "Friend of the Arts" to name a few. She has introduced headliners and emerging artists alike, including, B.B. King, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Hubert Sumlin, Luther Guitar Jr.Johnson, James Montgomery, and many others.

She is the President of the Board of the Greater Salem Boys and Girls Club and in her spare time she loves to dance and drum. Currently, she emcees concerts, festivals and charity events, is a voice-over actor, and now has a new radio show, "Spinning the Blues", Saturday nights from 8-midnight on WUMB, 91.9 FM. So please tune in!

Link to the official Holly Harris site



jmClub Passim is an American folk music club in the Harvard Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was opened by Joyce Kalina (now Chopra) and Paula Kelley in 1958, when it was known as Club 47 (based on its then address, 47 Mount Auburn Street, also in Cambridge; it moved to its present location on Palmer Street in 1963), and changed its name to simply Passim in 1969. "Passim" in the name is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable and as if that were "seem"; it derives from passim (usually pronounced differently), commonly found in footnotes. It adopted the present name in 1994; a combination of the earlier two names. At its inception, it was mainly a jazz and blues club, but soon branched out to include ethnic folk, then singer/songwriter folk.

Artists who have performed there include Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Muddy Waters, and many others.

In the 1960s, the club (when known as Club 47) played a role in the rise of folk-rock music, when it began to book folk/rock bands whose music was unrelated to traditional folk, such as the Lovin' Spoonful. The club's importance to the 1960s Cambridge folk scene is documented extensively in Von Schmidt's Baby, Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years. Scott Alarik described Club 47 as being "the hangout of choice for the new folkies" during that time.


Today there is a Passim School of Music and Culture for Kids program. The School of Music offers workshops and classes to teens and adults.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Passim School of Music / Offices 26 Church Street, Suite 300, Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: 617-492-5300
Club Passim 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Ticketing Phone: 617-492-7679



This event will be videotaped as part of an ongoing documentary series about the American blues music art form, its past, present, and future.






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