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Advisory Board Member

Blue Bear School of Music
Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17Th Street
San Francisco, California 94107
United States

Company Description: Blue Bear School of Music is San Francisco's leading destination for aspiring musicians of all ages and all skill levels who want to enjoy learning and playing...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Founder
    Elvin Bishop Group

Education

  • Will Rogers High School
  • Physics
    University of Chicago
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Web References
Music Staff & Board | Blue Bear School of Music - San Francisco
www.bluebearmusic.org, 23 April 2014 [cached]
Interim Executive Director Steve Savage, a Blue Bear founder, is an active producer and recording engineer and has been the primary engineer on seven records that received GRAMMY nominations, including CDs for Robert Cray, John Hammond, The Gospel Hummingbirds and Elvin Bishop.
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Elvin Bishop
Elvin Bishop - Red Dog ...
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Elvin Bishop - Red Dog Speaks
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(Elvin Bishop) Crabshaw Music, ASCAP
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Elvin Bishop: vocals & slide guitar • Bob Welsh: piano • Ruth Davies: bass • June Core: drums
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John Németh: vocals • Elvin Bishop: slide guitar • Mike Schermer: rhythm guitar • Bob Welsh: piano • Ruth Davies: bass • June Core: drums • Ed Earley: trombone • Snakebite: tenor sax
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(Elvin Bishop) Crabshaw Music, ASCAP
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Elvin Bishop: vocals & slide guitar • Kid Andersen: guitar • Bob Welsh: piano • Ruth Davies: bass • Bobby Cochrane: drums • Ed Earley: trombone & vocal
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(Elvin Bishop) Crabshaw Music, ASCAP
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Elvin Bishop: guitar • Bob Welsh: piano • Ruth Davies: bass • June Core: drums
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John Németh: vocals • Elvin Bishop: slide guitar • Mike Schermer: guitar • Bob Welsh: piano and guitar • Ruth Davies: bass • Bobby Cochran: drums
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(Elvin Bishop) Crabshaw Music, ASCAP
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Elvin Bishop: vocals & guitar • Ronnie Baker Brooks: guitar • Tommy Castro: guitar • Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural: accordion • Roy Gaines: vocals & guitar • John Németh: harmonica • Ruth Davies: bass • June Core: drums • Sir Reginald Master Dural: rubboard
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Elvin Bishop: slide guitar • Kid Andersen: guitar • Mike Schermer: guitar • Bob Welsh: piano • Ruth Davies: bass • June Core: drums • Ed Earley: trombone • Snakebite: tenor sax • Tom Poole: trumpet
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John Németh: vocals & harmonica • Elvin Bishop: guitar • Bob Welsh: piano • Ruth Davies: bass • Bobby Cochrane: drums • R.C. Carrier: rubboard
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Elvin Bishop: slide guitar • Kid Andersen: low guitar • Bob Welsh: guitar and piano • Ruth Davies: bass • Bobby Cochran: drums • Ed Earley: trombone & tambourine • Terry Hanck: tenor sax
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(Elvin Bishop) Crabshaw Music, ASCAP
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Elvin Bishop: vocals and guitar
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Elvin Bishop: vocals & guitar • Mike Schermer: guitar • Bob Welsh: keyboards • Ruth Davies: bass • Bobby Cochran: drums
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Elvin Bishop: vocals & guitar
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Elvin Bishop has been traveling the blues road longer than most, and he's got the stories to prove it - many of which are contained within the songs on this release. Stops along the way include his work as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early '60s, and pop success with his 1976 smash hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love". Bishop's long and varied career has included plenty of side trips along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket Blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to good time Rock & Roll on concert stages and festivals around the world. And at every stage along the way, he's instilled all of his music with passion, creativity, and a healthy helping of wisdom, wit, and good humor.
Delta Groove Music president Randy Chortkoff has been a fan and follower of Elvin's music through all the many phases of his career, beginning with Butterfield Blues Band in the mid 1960s, and when the opportunity arose to bring Elvin into the Delta Groove fold, Chortkoff jumped at the opportunity.
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Right out of the gate, Bishop leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort - a 1959 Gibson ES-345 that lovingly answers to the name of "Red Dog", with a gritty slow Blues calculated to set the pace for what's to come. Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting blues and R&B, to a good dose of good-time Rock & Roll, and even an occasional detour through Doo-Wop, Zydeco, and Gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out including John Németh, Buckwheat Zydeco, Roy Gaines, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Kid Andersen who all make guest appearances.
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"Németh's harp and Bishop's slide make beautiful old music beautiful again.
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"Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is to entertain to the best of his ability. - Downbeat
CREDITS Produced by Elvin Bishop and Steve Savage
Elvin Bishop And Charlie ...
www.rosebudus.com, 1 June 2013 [cached]
Elvin Bishop And Charlie Musselwhite Featured In Born In Chicago, Directed By Emmy-winner and Grammy-nominee, John Anderson
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Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite are featured in Born In Chicago, a feature-length blues documentary by Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated director, John Anderson.
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The documentary includes archival and contemporary performance footage as well as interviews with music greats including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Jack White, Sam Lay, Eric Burdon, Hubert Sumlin and Marshall Chess in addition to Elvin and Charlie.
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The Chicago event also featured performances from Chicago Blues Reunion (Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, and Corky Siegel) joined by special guests including Eric Burdon, Sam Lay, Charlie and Elvin.
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Elvin Bishop was nominated for Best Blues DVD of 2012 for That's My Thing, and Muddy Waters, a Rosebud artist until his passing, was nominated in the same category for his collaboration with The Rolling Stones, Live at the Checkerboard Lounge 1981.
Elvin Bishop - Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Elvin Bishop
blues.about.com, 18 Mar 2013 [cached]
Elvin Bishop Profile Elvin Bishop - Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Elvin Bishop
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Elvin Bishop Profile
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Blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
Blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
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When one thinks of blues guitarists, Elvin Bishop's name is seldom brought up in conversation. Although beloved as an elder statesman of the blues, his musical contributions to the music have often been overshadowed by some of the stellar talents that he's kept company with through the years. Perhaps if Bishop's vocals had been as solid as his fretwork, he'd be considered in a different light, but there's no denying his importance and influence on the evolution and popularization of blues and blues-rock music.
50,000 Watts of R&B
Born in California in 1942, Elvin Bishop spent his early years on a farm in rural Iowa that was lacking in such modern niceties as electricity and running water. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Bishop later attended Will Rogers High School. Growing up in this strictly segregated community, Bishop had little exposure to African-American music and culture until he tuned in WLAC from Nashville on his radio one night.
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Bishop won a National Merit Scholarship in 1959 and chose to attend the University of Chicago, ostensibly to study physics. In reality, the young guitarist chose the Windy City so that he could continue his education in blues and R&B music. Arriving in Chicago in 1960, he discovered a vital music scene where, as Bishop describes in his official biography, "any night of the week you could hear Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Bobby King, Eddie King, Little Smokey, Big Smokey, and a whole ton of people you never heard of."
Bishop dropped out of college after a couple of weeks to play music, meeting up with Howlin' Wolf guitarist Smokey Smothers, who taught Bishop the rudiments of blues guitar.
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In 1963, Butterfield and Bishop were offered a gig as the house band at the North Side club Big John's.
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Bishop would provide an essential element to the Butterfield Blues Band's sound, performing with the band for five years, appearing on their first four recordings, and performing at notable events like the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 and the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. While Bishop was somewhat overshadowed by fellow guitarist Bloomfield's rising star before he left to form Electric Flag, Bishop would move into the guitar spotlight for The Resurrection of Pigboy Crenshaw as Butterfield took the band into a more R&B influenced direction with the addition of a new rhythm section.
Fooled Around...
Bishop decided to break with the Butterfield Blues Band and Chicago when he moved to San Francisco in 1968 to launch a solo career. Forming the Elvin Bishop Group, the new band quickly scored a deal with Epic Records that would result in a handful of album releases during the early 1970s. Bishop and his band was a fixture of the Fillmore West club in San Francisco, performing on bills with artists like B.B. King, the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, among many others.
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During this period, Bishop also recorded with talents like John Lee Hooker, Clifton Chenier, and Bo Diddley.
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With his career failing to get any traction with Epic, Bishop signed with the Georgia-based independent label Capricorn Records in 1974. Although Bishop's Oklahoma-bred roots-rock twang would seem to distance him from the "Southern rock" label, his association with the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band would place his Capricorn releases in the same category as those artists. Bishop scored a minor hit with the song "Travelin' Shoes," from his 1974 album Let It Flow, but the release of Struttin' My Stuff the following year would yield his signature hit, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love."
Back To The Blues
Bishop released the rushed, mediocre Hometown Boy Makes Good! in 1976. A raucous live album, Raisin' Hell would follow in 1977, and Bishop would end his tenure with Capricorn with a decent studio effort that would be underpromoted and overlooked. Bishop would spend much of the 1980s touring and performing without venturing into a recording studio.
Bishop resurfaced in 1988, signing with Alligator Records, performing an invigorating hybrid of roots-rock, blues, and country music that played to the guitarist's strengths. Alligator released Big Fun in 1988, and Bishop would deliver three more studio albums for the label, culminating in 2000's acclaimed That's My Partner!, a live album capturing red-hot performances by Bishop and his mentor, Smokey Smothers, in Chicago.
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Bishop returned to the studio for 2008's The Blues Rolls On, the guitarist calling on five decades in the business to enlist friends like B.B. King, Warren Haynes, and George Thorogood to play on the album.
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Now in his late 60s, Bishop continues to tour sporadically, mostly performing at blues festivals, still thrilling audiences with his underrated slide-guitar gymnastics.
Recommended Albums: The all-star revue The Blues Rolls On is a good showcase for Bishop's blues chops while Struttin' My Stuff is the best of the guitarist's "Southern rock" albums.
Elvin Bishop - Select Discography
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Elvin Bishop - 'The Blues Rolls On'
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Elvin Bishop's Red Dog Speaks Album - CD Review of Blues-Rock Guitarist... Blues Guitarist Elvin Bishop - Music Review of Elvin Bishop's Live On T...
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Elvin Bishop Elvin Bishop - Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Elvin Bishop Advertise on About.com
SFBF: 2008 Performers
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Elvin Bishop
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Elvin Bishop made blues history as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, one of the most dynamic blues ensembles to ever come out of Chicago.
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Bishop seriously took up guitar upon meeting Howlin' Wolf's guitarist, Little Smokey Smothers, who taught him the dynamics of Chicago blues guitar. Elvin often sat in with Hound Dog Taylor in the small, rough joints on the Southside, or with Jr. Wells and J.T. Brown; but it was at Big John's on Wells in 1963 that the seeds of the Butterfield era were planted.
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Moving to the Bay Area in the late '60s, Bishop became a regular feature at the Fillmore and frequently jammed with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and B.B. King.
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The song reached # 3 on the charts and made Elvin a star.
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After his stint at Capricorn, Bishop recorded four albums for Epic. In 1988 he signed with Alligator Records and has released five albums for the Chicago-based blues label. He has also recorded two CDs for Blind Pig Records, "Gettin' My Groove Back" and the live "Booty Bumpin'".
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*Elvin Bishop "Stealin' Watermelons" from the album "Booty Bumpin'"
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