The Music Of Black Bob Hudson
The Music of Black Bob Hudson, legendary Chicago pianist during the 30’s, and his amazing piano style, analyzed and discussed by English pianist James Goodwin, a great musician and a good friend.
Black Bob Hudson was a prolific sideman musician, working with major artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Washboard Sam and Tampa Red. Notable are also his performances with minor artists like Willie Mae McKenzie, Trixie Butler or One Arm Slim, just to name a few.
Very little is known about Black Bob Hudson biographical data, but probably he didn’t grow up pianistically in the Chicago area. His unique piano style was pretty different from other pianists in Chicago during the 20’s and 30’s. Southern influences are cleary recognizable in many figures he adopted in his playing.
I wish to express my personal gratitude to James for permissions to publish this great article. Special thanks also to Michael Hortig to provide digital copy of original article.
For detailed Black Bob Hudson’s discography please refer to Black Bob Hudson Discography page.
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The Music Of Black Bob Hudson by James Goodwin