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Monday, May 13, 2013

Dr. Dan Matrazzo Steals Show at 2012 Christmas Jam in Asheville

I don't usually write about music here, but this you gotta see. After having been out of the public eye for nearly 10 years, Dr. Dan Matrazzo is introduced by Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule for the grand finale solo of the evening. The song is Imagine by John Lennon, deicated to the victims of Sandy Hook, and the band is comprised of a who's who of musical heavy weights... including members of Lynard Skynard, Karl Denson, and Count M'Butu.
Totally unrehearsed and impromptu, the band quiets and Dr. Dan starts out softly on piano. The crowd becomes introspective and rocks back and forth; couples embrace and rifes close, smiling.
Then Dr. Dan strikes a blues riff, and the band follows as he launches into a jazzy, boogie-woogie take on the masterpiece. The people shout out and raise their hands as the say faster and wider...and then, as the solo ends, and the more traditional rhythm ensues....and Warren takes the band into "I'll Take You There" with words custom taylored to the moment. Beautiful female vocals by Alicia Chakour as it  they bring it back down into "Imagine":


                                                      Or watch the full 6 hr concert below:


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