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Harmonica

My history with harmonica goes all the way back to a good friend I had in a church choir in Dallas named Jim Davis. And Jim Davis really liked the harmonica, and really got me into the harmonica. And so really, the harmonica did not come into my life until I knew Jim Davis.

Most of my harmonica practicing was done in the car while doing freelance jobs in Dallas. I would be going from gig to gig, sitting in traffic, and I’d grab the harmonica, practice for a minute, throw the harmonica down, drive, rinse and repeat.

Duoma Blues in Milan with a Street Musician

I am a harmonica and bass playing guy. And one of my favorite things to do with my cabaret shows, where I was playing with singers in New York City, was to suddenly have a harmonica come out of nowhere. I'd get more applause from playing harmonica than I would for playing bass the whole night.

Abe's $12.50 Blues from Everything's Jake +
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19 Playboy, Play
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Closet Full of Tapes _ Rachel's Theme from Trust Me (featuring Harpejji, Harmonica & Mandolin)
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Trust Me - Running (all instruments inc. Harpejji & harmonicas by composer)
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15 So Out It Turns
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VICTORIA EDWARDS CHANGE OF SEASON at the Metropolitan Room

Once, after an ABC Studios event, I was in the elevator with John Belushi's brother, Jim Belushi, who's a harmonica player. Jakob Dylan was also there at ABC Studios later that night. I have a harmonica, so I do a harmonica duel with Jim Belushi, which I have a picture of below.

Biography

Sundance Fellow Christopher North (he/him, b 1969) is an award winning composer (Film, Theater and Dance), singer/songwriter (eclectic albums, songs for children’s TV and placements in Films), multi-instrumentalist (Carnegie Hall, Newport Folk Festival, CBGBs, Grammy award-winning recordings) and conductor (Hollywood Chamber Orchestra debut, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space). A Texan in NYC since 1997, he’s thriving in Brooklyn with 20 genre crossing albums, scores to over 60 films (inc. award-winning and Grammy Nominated) and a growing opus of arts songs, chamber music and symphonic works. An enthusiastic educator and Assistant Professor in the Berklee College of Music Songwriting Department, he has also taught at the 92nd St Y since 1997. As a freelance sideman, he has played bass for Quincy Jones, with The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) and Rosanne Cash, in orchestras and on Broadway. He’s been heard as a singer (in choirs with NY Phil, on Grammy Award Winning Recordings), whistler (for Disney) and multi-instrumentalist on countless scores, albums, video games and commercials. A 2015 Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, collaborating brings out his best, for which VARIETY says he's a "notable asset” to work “well served by a fine soundtrack.” His favorite creation is his teenager Koi and his hobbies include painting, photography, and walking in cemeteries. 

Post ABC Studios Event Jam Session with Jim Belushi