Friday 03.06.2022 / 20:30 h
The New Orleans Legend And One Of The Best Harmonica Players On The Planet

Johnny Sansone & Band (USA)

Johnny Sansone is a New Orleans legend. This despite the fact that Johnny originally comes from New Jersey — something that many of his fans don't even know.  Johnny is proven to be one of the best harmonica players in the world. He is also a great singer, composer, band leader and ultimately also a multi-instrumentalist – he plays the accordion, saxophone and guitar. He will be performing exclusively in Basel, bringing with him a great band.



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Johnny grew up with music. His father played the saxophone in Dave Brubeck's band during World War II, so Johnny’s first instrument was the saxophone, at the age of eight! At ten, he took up the guitar and harmonica for the first time.

His life – like that of many blues musicians – changed when he saw a Howlin’ Wolf show in Florida at the age of twelve. From that moment on, he knew that he wanted to become a blues musician. At the age of thirteen, he was allowed to play with Honeyboy Edwards. In the 70s, he learned from masters like James Cotton and Junior Wells and in the 80s, he toured with legends such as Ronnie Earl, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rodgers and Robert Lockwood Jr.

After gripping the whole country, he settled in New Orleans in 1990. In his first band, "Jumpin’ Johnny & The Blues Party", he plays guitar and harmonica. The influence of his New Orleans environment infuses his music with Swamp Rock and Zydeco, developing Johnny Sansone into a mature Louisiana musician.

As a result, Sansone won various music awards and signed a record deal with Rounder Records. On this label, records like "Watermelon Patch" appear under his own name. His accompanying musicians include, among others, pianist Joe Krown and guitarist John Fohl, who also worked with Dr. John.

Together with Anders Osborne, he began to write songs. Osborne also produced the great album "Poor Man’s Paradise" (2007).

The big breakthrough followed in 2011 with “The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too”. The title song of this album was chosen as “Song of the Year” at the US Blues Music Awards.

This was followed by further albums such as “Once it Gets Started” and “Lady on the Levee”, all of which have received great reviews and are well-worth a listen. His latest album "Hopeland" – again produced by Anders Osborne – presents the great North Mississippi Allstars with the Dickinson Brothers as a backing band. This album has also rightly been receiving excellent reviews. “Hopeland” took the honor of being the best-selling album during the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Johnny Sansone – Vocals, Harmonica
John Fohl – Guitar
Jess Bridges – Bass
John Milham – Drums 

Concert details:
Friday, June 3, 2022
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, 4051 Basel
Concert start: 20:30
Door opening: 20:00
Tickets: CHF 69

No seating guaranteed!

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