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The Soul Of John Black


The Soul of John Black will perform Friday, March 7, at 8:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2013-2014 concert series. The Soul of John Black is the nom de musique John Bigham, whose impressive resume includes a stint as percussionist with the Miles Davis band, eight years of guitar and keyboard work with the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone, and touring and session work with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast. The arrangements on the recording Black John blend blues, folk, funk, rock, country, classic soul, Gospel and world music, but Bigham doesn't spend a lot of time planning out his line of attack. Bigham's album, The Good Girl Blues, was nominated for Best New Artist Debut from the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in 2008. It was hailed for the emotional power of its stark musical vision, a journey back to the primal roots of the blues. John Bigham discussed his musical playing style and the concert taking place on Friday.