Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
uitarist Paul Speidel has been a leading light on the Boston music scene for more than two decades--this is his band’s 20th anniversary year--and that’s no small achievement. Guitarists come and go all the time in this city of major-league music schools, but Paul belongs to that small group of superlative players who’ve dug in their heels here and insist on keeping Blues and Jazz, in their various permutations, vital and probing for the long haul.
Paul’s four feature albums--The Paul Speidel Band; Guitar Bass Drums; Playing Stages; and Retrorocket--not only testify to the high level of his and his band’s playing, but also to the value of his rather uncommon musical strategy. Aside from the early years of the band, he has chosen not to employ a singer. He’s joined the select company of guitarplaying bandleaders Ronnie Earl, Dave Specter and Jimmy Thackery, among others, who exhibit a strong sense of personal style and conviction. The Paul Speidel Band recordings, and the countless hours of gigs behind them, document the journey of this hard-working band--and this unique leader, who found his “voice” in bringing the tradition of guitarplaying forward into the present-day.