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Bluey and the new British invasion

David Goodson | 3/28/2013, 12:17 p.m.

I had one schoolteacher [who] overheard me lay guitar and he said to me, 'I have a great song for you to learn, and he played the record on a small player. The song was Marvin Gaye's 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine.' And immediately I said to him, 'Sir, this is the kind of music that I want to listen to.' So he would then bring in other songs, like early Stevie Wonder. One day he brought in James Brown. Everything up until that point was this beautiful listening, and then I heard the funk after, which I needed to change my style of playing. I felt immediately connected as a musician to that style."

He concluded, "It all came to a head in the year 1975, the year that I left school that I saw something that was actually going to change my life and gave me my first introduction to jazz, soul and funk, all in one. My cousin had taken me to see the group Santana, and it was [playing with] a band whose name that I didn't recognize but had an intriguing name. That band was a group called Earth, Wind and Fire. That completely changed where I wanted to go. I saw the guy they introduced as Maurice White--in the white suit playing the kalimba--and I knew he was the ringleader, the mad scientist, and I wanted to create a form of music that would stand up to that sound, define me and redefine music. We didn't change the face of music; we just brought our own brand."

Now stateside, catch Bluey and the Incognito with Maysa at B.B. King's (237 W. 42nd St.) on Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Also at B.B. King's on Easter Sunday (March 31) is Tevin Campbell.

Over and done, peoples. Holla next week. 'Til then, enjoy the nightlife.