In the Thirties, one of the great folk-blues-hot jazz bands was the Harlem Hamfats, who recorded a great many rocking sides for Decca’s “race records” line. The band was sparked by the string playing of “Kansas Joe” (guitar) and “Papa Charlie” McCoy (mandolin) — who are buried in unmarked graves.
Arlo Leach has organized a daylong tribute to the McCoy brothers: it’s October 3, taking place in Chicago. And our own Andy Schumm will be playing the role of hot trumpet man Herb Morand in a recreated Hamfats band. Wish I could be there!
Please visit the site to learn about the day’s program — and perhaps make a contribution so that the McCoys don’t remain uncelebrated in death: http://www.mccoybrotherstribute.com/