No blues performer learns his trade in a vacuum. I was lucky to have two remarkable teachers: Sterling Magee (Mr. Satan), the Mississippi-born guitarist/vocalist/one-man-band with whom I worked the streets of Harlem and, later, the international club-and-festival scene; and Nat Riddles, a native New Yorker, who taught me what he knew about blues harmonica and, as a virtuoso street performer in the summer of 1985, helped model that craft for me in a way that helped prepare me for Sterling and his Harlem gig the following year.
Here are some family photos. Enjoy them. Use them.