Carl has studied with many notables but is best known locally as the protégé and lifelong friend of the legendary Gene “King Sax” Walker, one of the best saxophonists/educators/bandleaders in Central Ohio. Carl has performed with the late Leroy “Hog” Cooper (who was with Ray Charles for 25+ years), “Honeyboy” Edwards, Bo Diddley Jr., Joe Weaver and Lou Donaldson. Locally, he has collaborated with blues-man and “little brother” Sean Carney whom he sponsored at the 2006 International Blues Competition in Memphis’ famed Orpheum Theater, and with the late Willie Pooch who stole the show at the 2008 two-day Blues on the Green Festival also produced by Carl.
The Captain continues to perform regularly with Walker and the fabulous Dave Powers, one of Columbus’ finest pianists. Carl has also performed at the Zanzibar, Troubadour Club, Roadhouse, Akron Art Museum, Hunan Gourmet, Taj Mahal and Jazz Central. His hard blowing, authentic Texas Tenor sound is unique, capturing the bluesy swing of years past with a modern edge. He is also known for original funk style vocals but is just as comfortable launching into a rendition of Disney’s Bare Necessities or Frank Zappa’s “I’m the Slime”. An altogether original artist who will leave a lasting impression with high-energy verve and style. Gene Walker proclaimed:
Carl has the tone that reminds me of jazz greats like Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet and the wild man of Texas, Arnett Cobb. He has that undefinable sound that earmarks a jazz man.
Captain Carl’s Jazz & Blues Revue “A Century of American Music”
2997 E. 5th Ave
Call 614.426.3613 for tickets
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