New Orleans Legend Dr. John to join Concert Hall Programme at Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Nobody personifies the musical culture of New Orleans with more flair than Dr. John, the celebrated, GRAMMY-laden pianist beloved for his irresistibly funky “voodoo” music – a mix of New Orleans R&B, boogie-woogie, rock’n’roll and a dash of Mardi Gras madness.
Dr. John (US) – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015
Sunday July 5, 20:00 → DR Koncerthuset // BUY TICKETS
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr. John Creaux, or Dr. John the Night Tripper), is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, psychedelic rock, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll. Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, Dr. John gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John the Night Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-Gris, which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In the Right Place, which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”
He came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored “Right Place Wrong Time”, still perhaps his best-known song.The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
Storied musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John—Mac Rebennack—released Locked Down in 2012, a startling album that marks a significant departure from his recent efforts. The newest album, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, is an entirely new approach for the iconic Dr. John, featuring as it does his collaboration with Auerbach and a band of young musicians Auerbach hand-picked to make Locked Down at his Nashville studio. “Full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo,” says Rolling Stone, “it’s the wildest record he’s made in many years.” Dr. John, says NPR, “proves that now, as always, he’s the ruler of American roots music.” Grammy Award winner for Best Blues Album.
In addition to his six GRAMMY® wins (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013), he has received six other GRAMMY® nominations over the years. In 2006, he was nominated for Sippiana Hericane, his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings. In 2007, he was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released City That Care Forgot, winning a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2012 release Locked Down, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2013, Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On August 19, 2014, Dr. John released Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch on Concord Records, an album in tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. He honors Armstrong’s musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 classic numbers drawn from various phases of the seminal trumpeter and vocalist’s five-decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast, including Bonnie Raitt, Ledisi, the McCrary Sisters, Anthony Hamilton, Shemekia Copeland, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious and James Andrews.
After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane.
About “Locked Down”
“Full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo… It’s the wildest record he’s made in many years.” Rolling Stone Magazine.
“Dr. John proves that now, as always, he’s the ruler of American roots music” NPR.