Norfolk blues singer Jackie Scott is using her clout in national blues circles to bring attention to some of
Her "Blues in the 757" project is expected to feature songs written by Shaw, formerly a sax player and band leader with the legendary
Many of the musicians rehearsed on Sunday, Feb. 26, in downtown Norfolk. They ran through tunes including "I Got to Go Now," "I Love Paris in the Fall," and "Rock This House."
Shaw, who played sax on some songs and sat back to critique others, told the group of assembled musicians he's honored that they've decided to record his compositions.
"No words can express what that means to me," the 74-year old musician said.
In a brief interview, Shaw said his admiration for Scott made him eager to be part of the "Blues in the 757" project. "It's not the town, it's the musicians," he said, comparing Norfolk to Chicago. "All these guys have been so nice to me. I can't overlook that. I'm very pleased to be coming back."
He said he's impressed with Scott's musical and business smarts. "Jackie's someone who can visualize the future of the business," he said. "Musically, she's got good expression, good attack. You know it's not just hitting the highs and lows, it's hitting the right note at the right time. It's not what you do, it's how you do it."
Shaw came to Norfolk just having performed as part of a tribute to late Howlin' Wolf guitarist
Shaw and Sumlin were bandmates back in the Howlin' Wolf era. Sumlin died Dec. 4. "I was so glad to participate," Shaw said of the Apollo event, which took place Friday, Feb. 24. "It was a highlight for me. In appreciation for Hubert Sumlin, it's unbelievable the talent that came out. You name them, they were there ... It was extraordinary. And they knew who I was."
Read a Rolling Stone story about the Hubert Sumlin tribute here.