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Al Kooper
Al (* 1944) is a musician and songwriter of blues, R&B, pop and rock. His first professional work was as a 14-year-old guitarist in the Royal Teens. In 1960, he teamed up with songwriters Bob Brass and Irwin Levine. Al performed with Bob Dylan in concert in 1965, including playing Hammond organ with Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, and in the recording studio in 1965 and 1966. Al also played the Hammond organ riffs on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone".
 
Kooper joined the Blues Project as their keyboardist in 1965; he left the band shortly before their gig at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He formed Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1967, leaving due to creative differences in 1968. He recorded Super Session with Bloomfield and Stills in 1968, and in 1969 he collaborated with 15-year-old guitarist Shuggie Otis on the album Kooper Session. In 1975 he produced the debut album by the Tubes.
 
He has also had a successful solo career, written music for film soundtracks, and has lectured in musical composition. In May 2001, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. Al is retired from teaching and songwriting, but continues to perform live.
 
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homepage: www.alkooper.com
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Discography
The Blues Project Live At The Cafe Au Go Go
Verve Folkways FVS-9024
released 1966
recorded Live November 1965 and January 1066 at the Café Au Go Go in New York City/USA
Danny Kalb, guitar, vocals
Steve Katz, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Al Kooper, organ
Andy Kulberg, bass
Roy Blumenfeld, drums
Tommy Flanders, vocals
Supersession
Columbia CS 9701
released 1968
Al Kooper, piano, organ, guitar, vocals
Mike Bloomfield, guitar
Steve Stills, guitar
Harvey Brooks, bass
Eddie Hoh, drums
Chitlins Parmigiana
DMP DC-492
recorded in New York City/USA
released 1992
Jimmy Vivino, guitar, piano, organ, vocals
Floyd Vivino, piano, vocals
Jerry Vivino, sax
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Vinnie Cutro, trumpet, flugelhorn
Al Kooper, organ
Michael Merritt, bass
James Wormworth, drums
Fred Walcott, percussion
Johnny Bello, vocals
Catherine Russell, vocals
I Feel So Good
Rounder Records ROUNDER CD 3133
released 1995
recorded in Nashville, TN and Memphis, TN/USA
Tracy Nelson, vocals
The Memphis Horns
Mike Henderson, guitar
Gary Nicholson, guitar
Larry Chaney, guitar
Al Kooper, organ, piano
Reese Wynans, organ, piano
Delbert McClinton, harmonica
Michael Rhodes, bass
Glenn Worf, bass
John Gardner, drums
An Anthology: The Elektra Years
Elektra 62124-2
compilation
Paul Butterfield, flute, guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals
David Sanborn, soprano sax, alto sax, baritone sax
Brother Gene Dinwiddie, tenor sax, flute, vocals
Trevor Lawrence, baritone sax
Keith Johnson, trumpet
Steve Madaio, trumpet
Howard "Buzz" Feiten, French horn, guitar
Elvin Bishop, guitar
Ralph Wash, guitar
Michael Bloomfield, guitar, Hammond organ, piano
Ted Harris, piano
Al Kooper, organ
Mark Naftalin, organ, piano
Jerome Arnold, bass
Rod Hicks, bass
Bugsy Maugh, bass, vocals
Billy Davenport, drums, percussion
George Davidson, drums
Sam Lay, drums
Dennis Whitted, drums
Phillip Wilson, drums, percussion, vocals
Big Black, congas
Bobbye Hall, bongos, congas
Lettin' Go
Telarc Blues CD-83501
recorded August and November 1999
Frank "Son" Seals, guitar, vocals
Jerry Vivino, tenor sax
Richard Rosenberg, baritone sax
Dan Rabinowitz, trumpet
Mark Pender, trumpet
Trey Anastasio, guitar
Jimmy Vivino, guitar
Jeff "Jabo" Bihlman
Scott Healy, keyboards
Al Kooper, organ
Tim Wire, organ
Mike Merritt, bass
Jason Kott, bass
James Wormworth, drums
Scott "Little" Bihlman, drums
Fred Walcott, percussion
The Blues Project Live At The Matrix
Keyhole KH2CD9027
recorded live September 1966 at the Matrix in San Francisco, CA/USA
Danny Kalb, guitar
Steve Katz, guitar
Al Kooper, organ
Andy Kulberg, bass, flute
Roy Blumenfeld, drums

 
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