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Eddie Daniels Reunites with Bob James for Broadway Boogie Project

Two old friends to perform shows at Tanglewood Jazz Festival and Blues Alley

Bob James

Eddie Daniels is very excited about the Broadway Boogie project, a band he’s formed with Bob James, for performances at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 5 and the Blues Alley nightclub in Washington, D.C. for three nights before that, on Thursday, September 2 through Saturday, September 4. JT caught up with Daniels by phone from his home in New Mexico where the 68-year-old clarinetist had just returned from a session on the tennis courts. I initially asked him how this project came about and its connection to Broadway. And I am happy to say that our long and enjoyable conversation eventually got around to the answer.

Daniels explained that for James and him, the project is a reunion of sorts. “Bob and I have had a relationship for many years. I used to work with him as a sideman for many of his albums for Creed Taylor. During that time, I was a wandering studio musician, wandering aimlessly from gig to gig in studios. Well, not aimlessly, because some of the music was phenomenal. Bob James produced a lot of the dates that came out of CTI. And I was one of the first calls on those dates for reeds. For years we stayed in contact. And he played on one of my records that I did for Shanachie called Beautiful Love with Chuck Loeb on guitar, Tim LeFebvre on bass and Wolfgang Haffner on drums. It was kind of a classical thing that I wanted him to do on that record. So he did a piece on Bach, called ‘Waltzing Out,’ [sings chorus].”

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