Tucson has some great places to shop. Among one of my favorites is locally-owned 17th Street Market which mixes community and music with beautiful produce with many organic choices, teas in reusable tins, jars and cans of food from around the world, best selection of fresh fish, cool food gifts and home accessories, and more, more, more.
On Saturdays, they have live music ranging from culturally diverse to good old rock and roll and the resident 17th Street Band.
The 17th Street Band “Positively 17th Street” CD Release Party @ The 17th Street Market on February 21, 2009 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, is a continued benefit for KXCI Radio 91.3. .
Harvey Brooks literally searched half way around the world when looking for musicians for the 17th Street Band. The band’s first recording “Positively 17th Street” may be a sly reference to Harvey’s past, but this group of musicians could only be a part of his present. Brooks, the hall of fame caliber New York bassist and producer has pitched his tent at The 17th Street Market, in Tucson, Arizona.
The Band includes guitarist Tom Kusian, a Tucson native who has enjoyed success playing in multi talented groups throughout the Southwest; and keyboardist Arthur Migliazza, who played in his first Tucson Blues Festival at the ripe old age of 11, and is now a respected virtuoso.
Fronting the 17th Street Band on vocals and hailing from Devon, England is Tom Walbank. Tom made his commitment to a career in music at age 15, after seeing John Lee Hooker perform. In addition to his vocal chops, Walbank plays slide guitar and world class harmonica.
Harvey’s rhythm section mate is Baltimore native, Darryl Roles. Darryl is a former member of the Army Jazz Band, where he had the opportunity to play and perform with some of the world’s finest musicians.
Those who know Harvey Brooks will not be surprised when they listen to the 17th Street Band. The music is original, authentic and powerful. For more than four decades, Harvey has been creating music at the cutting edge of the music scene.
Whether it was helping Bob Dylan go electric, augmenting the bass sound of The Doors, bringing blues/R&B music into the mainstream with The Electric Flag, or crossing the line of jazz & pop with Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”, Harvey’s Sound has been heard in every genre of popular music.
His standout performances with Miles Davis on “Bitches Brew” and on the “Super Sessions” recording with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield are among the most highly respected works by an electric bass guitarist.
With his new recording, Positively 17th Street, Harvey Brooks and the 17th Street Band give the listener a fresh hearing of a style of music that is both familiar and comforting.
Directions to The 17th Street Market can be found here.