Blues at Chan's


Friday night (Jan 2nd) Paula and I went to Chan’s in Woonsocket to hear Ricky “King” Russell with the Cadillac Horns. Good food, great music… what could be better?

Ricky "King" Russell, Jeff Giacomelli, Doc Chanonhouse

Ricky "King" Russell, Jeff Giacomelli, Doc Chanonhouse

I wish I could have taken some more pictures of the band but I was hesistant… not knowing their policy.

The band:

  • Ricky “King” Russell – Guitar, vocals
  • Danny Banks – Drums, vocals – Danny is 15 years old! and plays some mean drums
  • Bobby Worthington – Bass
  • Jeff “Bebop” Giacomelli – Sax
  • Doc Chanonhouse – Trumpet

I can’t do justice to the range of blues these guys handled. Online, Ricky’s described as having an “encyclopedic knowledge of the blues” and it was obvious from the spectrum of material they played – lots of original material plus Texas blues (SRV, etc.), Big Joe Turner and tunes like Mojo, Knock on Wood and Walkin’ the Dog that were sung by Danny (the kid’s amazing). The Cadillac Horns (sax and trumpet) were a great addition. The horn players were exceptional. I did a bit of online research when I got home – Doc Chanonhouse is the director of instrumental music at the Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Jeff Giacomelli (tenor sax) is a busy guy in the Boston music scene, including a gig with Bellevue Cadillac – who will be at Chan’s on Saturday March 21st… I’d like to get there for this one!

Chan’s has been serving up chow and music for the last 30 years. I’m sorta embarrassed that it took so long to finally visit. It’s only half an hour away – we’ll definitely be visiting more regularly. It was a very comfortable environment – a unusual mix of chinese and jazz decor that Paula referred to as a “Chinese pub”. Their music calendar has lots of action – bands every Friday and Saturday. More live music for 2009!

Artwork from Chan's stage

Artwork from Chan's stage

We were sitting a table toward the back of the room – right in front of Joe the sound guy. We had an enjoyable conversation with his girlfriend Linda who explained the workings at Chan’s. What a nice couple.

Joe the house sound guy

Joe the house sound guy

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *