Toots Thielemans

By mike ~ Toots Thielemans (born in Belgium on April 29, 1922) is arguably one the greatest harmonica players of all time. Credited with playing some of the best jazz ever produced, he has played with all the jazz greats of the twentieth century, from Ella Fitzgerald to Miles Davis and so many more. His harmonica has been [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Charlie McCoy

By mike ~ Charlie McCoy (born in West Virginia on March 28, 1941) is one of country music’s busiest harmonica session players. He’s gained international acclaim playing with everybody who was or is anybody in Nashville and more: Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Joan Baez, Ringo Starr, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan … Best known for his 19 years on [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Little Walter

By mike ~ Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs in Louisiana, May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968) was a blues pioneer who pushed the limits and established a new standard for blues harp players. The first musician to purposely use electronic distortion, he played with classic artists including Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Shel Silverstein, and Jimmy Rogers. [&hellip... Continue Reading »

John Popper

By mike ~ John Popper (born in Ohio on March 29, 1967) is a harmonica virtuoso associated primarily with Blues Traveler, a blues-rock band. John is known for his harmonica belt, his propensity for key changes, and his equipment innovations. One of Hohner’s featured artists, he claims the Special 20 is his favorite. Here he struts his stuff [&hellip... Continue Reading »

William Clarke

By mike ~ William Clarke (born in California, March 21, 1951 – November 3, 1996) was one of the best diatonic harp players around; unfortunately. he was not around that long. His Chicago blues style was colored with soul, jazz, and swing. He was an accessible musician and personal stories abound, but he released only seven albums before [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Paul Harrington

By mike ~ Paul Harrington (born in Illinois in 1953) specializes in product jingles for companies such as Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Tabasco, and McDonald’s, and many many more. Recently, Harrington’s harmonica was featured on “Timber,” the lead single on rapper Pitbull’s Meltdown EP, which topped the Billboard charts! Over the years he’s worked with big-name talent, including [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Jason Ricci

By mike ~ Jason Ricci (born in Maine on February 3, 1974) is a member of the New Blood Blues Band and a multi-award-winning harmonica player who is considered one of the best of his generation. An innovative heavyweight, he plays everything from punk to classical to rock … and everything in between. After a troubled youth and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Howard Levy

By mike ~ Howard Levy (born in New York on July 31, 1951) is a master harmonica player who can play any and all styles. Probably best known as cofounder of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, you’ve heard Levy on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.” He has appeared on over 250 albums. He is considered the first harmonica [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Norton Buffalo

By mike ~ Norton Buffalo (born Phillip Jackson in California, September 28, 1951 – October 30, 2009) is best known as a member of the Steve Miller Band. A rock, blues-rock, psychedelic rock, and blues harmonica player, he has also played with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Huey Lewis, and George Thorogood. His use of four harmonicas [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sugar Blue

By mike ~ Sugar Blue (born James Whiting in New York on December 16, 1949) is a harmonica genius, probably best known for playing on the Rolling Stones single, “Miss You.” A blues rock session player who fronts his own band as a singer/harp player and who tours internationally, Sugar Blue has been called the Jimi Hendrix of [&hellip... Continue Reading »