LIVE: Buddy Guy @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC, 6/30/13

July 16th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

As the crowd in the amphitheater dwindled, the 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center wrapped up with a typically electrifying set by blues guitarslinger Buddy Guy. Sure, some folks had a long, Sunday night drive home to NJ or Philly or wherever ahead or them. Others probably just came to hear Tony Bennett, who delivered a short, but impressive set just prior to Guy. And I’m sure that some jazz snobs, simply turned up their noses, thinking, “Buddy Guy? That’s not jazz.”

And of course it wasn’t jazz. It was the blues, reeled off with grace, ease and consummate showmanship by one of the all-time greats.

Even at the age of 76, Guy has still got it. “I’m gonna play something so funky, you can smell it,” he declared, and working the crowd with the finesse of an expert entertainer, the polka-dot clad Guy and his band fired up such signature tunes as “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” and “Five Long Years,” as well as tributes to his mentors – Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Albert King.

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LIVE: Buddy Guy @ The Egg, 3/31/11

May 4th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

It’s been said that age ain’t nothing but a number.

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy is 74 years old, but he still plays with the fierce energy of a young man – rompin’ all over the stage and spending lots of time out in the audience, rippling through one mind-boggling blues riff after another.

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Buddy Guy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 24th, 2009, 11:14 am by Greg

“The first album I ever bought? Hmmm, it was probably a B.B. King album. Either a B.B. King or a Muddy Waters album.

“You know, when albums first came out, they were collections of songs that had been released on 45s. And I already had all of those, but I bought the albums anyway, so the old record player wouldn’t have to flip through a dozen 45s. And then sometimes they’d put one new song on it to make sure that people would buy it.

“I’m sure it was a B.B. King or Muddy album that I had first. If I’m not mistaken, I’m quite sure it was a B.B. King album.”

Blues guitar great Buddy Guy teams up with one of his mentors, the legendary B.B. King, for a double-bill at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel on Thursday, August 27.

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