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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. 

Modern Blues Harmonica supports

§The Jazz Foundation of America


§The Innocence Project




ADAM GUSSOW is an official endorser for HOHNER HARMONICAS