9.24.16 | Rosa's Lounge
Pianist Henry Gray is a living legend who is one of the last remaining links to the formation of the postwar Chicago Blues of the late 40s and early 50s. He participated in sessions with He Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers and many others. In 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him the 2006 National Heritage Fellowship Award, the nation's top honor for a folk artist. For this very special night, the 91-year-old Gray was backed by Corritore (harp), Billy Flynn (guitar), Harlan Terson (bass) and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith (drums). A number of special guests also joined in, including Oscar Wilson, Willie Buck, Billy Boy Arnold, Scott Dirks, Dave Waldman and Shoji Naito.