Danny Kalb

Danny Kalb

 New York City, New York, USA

Founder of the Blues Project; legendary guitarist; protege of Dave Van Ronk. New release is Moving in Blue, a double CD out nationally 5/14/13. Danny will be inducted in the New York Blues Hall of Fame 8/4/13 @ BB King's.


Danny Kalb will release Moving In Blue on Sojourn Records nationally via NAIL Distribution May 13, 2013. Delayed to health setbacks and expansion, the release is a sprawling 25-track double CD of recordings spanning over a decade.

With the release of Moving In Blue, Kalb deeply mines the cannon of the American songbook, mixing traditional folk, blues and gospel standards (“Baby Please Don’t Go”, “Got My Mojo Working”, “I’ll Fly Away”), and some early rock ‘n’ roll (“Sally Go ‘Round The Roses” by The Jaynetts and later Tim Buckley and Pentangle) with lesser known treasures (“God’s Radar” as performed by Dixie Hummingbirds, “Black Coffee” a performed by Sarah Vaughn, “So Doggone Lonesome” by Johnny Cash). There are two Dylan covers from two different eras (“It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” and “Make You Feel My Love” ). Reoccurring themes include love and longing (“Can’t Be Satisfied”, “Waitress”), religion and mortality (“Death Creeping”, “Goin’ Down Slow”), and transportation (“Lonesome Whistle”, “Yellow Cab”). Kalb’s self penned numbers opens disc 1 with a sort, sprightly 2-minute rock number (“Feel Just Like Going Home”) and closes disc 2 with “Yellow Sky”, a ballad which wouldn’t sound out of place on the Johnny Cash’s later sessions produced by Rick Rubin.

Appearing musicians on the CD are friends from Danny’s past (Al Kooper, Roy Blumenfeld) and present (Mark Ambrosino). Culled from nearly a decade of formal and informal recordings at The Madhouse, the flagship Queens studio of Ambrosino and his label Sojourn Records, Moving In Blue embodies the perfection of a great, labored work, lovingly recorded, mixed and mastered over years of time.

Kalb has been on the mend from a minor stroke, delaying the release of Moving in Blue. Fortunately, Kalb has been quickly able to return to the stage with voice and guitar chops intact, and has been able to play dates in the Northeast and the South over the first half of this year, culminating in a triumphant appearance at the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, SC last June as well as a series of small Northeast theater dates last November with a reformed Blues Project.

In 2009 Kalb recorded a fully realized studio “comeback” record for Sojourn Records with studio session drummer and label president Mark Ambrosino entitled I’m Going To Live The Life I Sing About. The album was released to critical acclaim featuring subtle, no-frills covers of classic blues and early rock ‘n’ roll by artists such as Elizabeth Cotton, Willie Dixon, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Richard.

At 70 years of age, Danny Kalb has a recording history dating back to the early 60’s. Starting as a peer of Dave Van Ronk in the Greenwich Village acoustic folk-blues scene (including an early radio appearance with a very young Bob Dylan), Kalb appeared on such early folk releases as The True Endeavor Jug Band (1963), The New Strangers (1964), The Folk Stringers (1964) and The Rag Time Jug Stompers with Dave Van Ronk (1964). He appeared on Elektra Records Blues Project compilation album (1964) covering that scene, as well as session work for Phil Ochs’ All The News That’s Fit To Sing (1964) and Judy Collins 5th Album (1965). Kalb also performed session work on Pete Seeger’s’ Waist Deep in The Big Muddy and Other Love Songs (1967) and Jimmy Witherspoon’s Blues Singer (1969).

Kalb came into legendary blues pioneer status with the formation of the Blues Project in 1965, being among the first blues-rock hybrid guitarists. The group’s classic period with Al Kooper, Steve Katz, Andy Kulberg and Roy Blumenfeld includes Live at the Café Au Go Go (1966), Projections (1966), and The Blues Project Live at Town Hall (1967) as well as their only Billboard charting single “No Time Like The Right Time” (1967). Kalb left the band with Katz, prior to Planned Obsolescence (1968), which was released by the remaining members under the Blues Project moniker at the insistence of Verve before they became Seatrain. Kalb returned with the reformed Blues Project with Lazarus (1971) and The Blues Project (1972), The Blues Project disbanded in 1972 with their final recording. The Original Blues Project Live At Central Park issued in 1973.

Kalb returned to releasing music in mid-90’s, recording for Relix Records with Livin' With The Blues (1995), and rejoined Katz and Grossman for Played A Little Fiddle (2006).

Kalb self-issued an acoustic title, All Together, Now (2003) as well as two live titles: Live in Princeton (2003) and Live In Brooklyn (2006).


Danny Kalb - Discography

2012 - Danny Kalb and Friends - Moving in Blue
Sojourn Records

2009 - I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About
Sojourn Records

2006- Live In Brooklyn
Self Released (out of print)

2003 - All Together, Now
Re-released - Sojourn Records 2013

1996 - Chronicles (anthology) Polygram

1995 - Soul Of a Man: Al Kooper Live (w/Al Kooper) MusicMasters

1995 - The Prestige/Folklore Years
(4 CDs) Fantasy

1995 - Livin' With the Blues (Solo)

1989 - Best of the Blues Project (w/ Blues Project) Rhino

1973 - Reunion in Central Park (w/ Blues Project) MCA

1972 - The Blues Project (w/ Blues Project) Capitol

1971 - Lazarus (w/ Blues Project) Capitol

1968 - Crosscurrents (w/Stefan Grossman) Cotillion/Atlantic

1967 - Live at Town Hall (w/ Blues Project) Verve/Forecast

1966 - Projections (w/ Blues Project) Verve/Folkways

1966 - Live at the Cafe Au Go Go (w/ Blues Project) Verve/Folkways

1964 - The Folk Stringers (w/Barry Kornfeld) Prestige

1964 - The New Strangers (w/Sam Charters) Prestige/Folklore

Additional Recordings:

1963 - True Endeavor Jug Band (w/Sam Charters, Artie Traum) Prestige/Folklore
1964 - Ragtime Jug Stompers (w/Dave Van Ronk) Mercury
1964 - All the News That's Fit To Sing (by Phil Ochs) Elektra
1965 - The Fifth Album (by Judy Collins) Elektra
1966 - Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (w/Pete Seeger) Columbia

Set List

1. I Can't Be Satisfied
2. Ballgame On A Rainy Day
3. Danville Dame
4. Alberta
5. Good Mornin' Blues
6. Hey Hey
7. Solo-I'll Fly Away
8. Leavin' Blues
9. Mojo
10. I'm Gonna Live The Life I Sing About In My Song
11. Shake Sugaree
12. You Can't Catch Me.

Encores-Vision of flowers, 30 days, Two Trains Running.