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Al Kooper honored at the Dakota Jazz Club

Al Kooper with Ashleigh Still and Alison Scott

Al Kooper with Ashleigh Still and Alison Scott

A sizable crew of esteemed local musicians gathered at the Dakota Sunday night to pay tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Al Kooper with a set of covers that spanned his entire career. According to photographer Steve Cohen, Al himself taped lengthy spoken introductions to all the songs, describing the inspiration and origin of the tunes, before taking the stage for a second set where he joined in on the fun.

 Cohen says that for the second set Al himself took the stage behind the mighty Hammond organ to perform with Adam Levy, Trent Norton and Billy Thomes, on a wild rendition of Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions" that really showcased the band. The band members left and Al moved to center stage and performed mostly solo, with even lengthier introductions describing how the songs came about, while members of the local band occasionally joined him off and on throughout the set.

 

At the end of the show most of the musicians returned to the stage with Al to perform his song "My Hands Are Tied," then the rest of the guests filled the stage for a finale of "Like A Rolling Stone" with different singers handling the verses, and the awesome tandem keyboard work of Pete Sands on piano and Al on Hammond organ.

1st Set - The local band with guests:1. THIS DIAMOND RING - PAUL METSA2. DON'T TELL MA - DAVE CAMPBELL & BRIAN JUST3. I CRIED SO HARD - KATE MURRAY4. BRAND NEW DAY - ALLISON SCOTT5. HOW MY EVER GONNA GET OVER YOU - JOHN MUNSON6. MISSISSIPPI KID - KEVIN BOWE7. LOST CONTROL - ASHLEIGH STILL8. IN MY OWN SWEET WAY - MARTIN DEVANEY9. UNREQUITED - ALICIA WILEY10. EASY DOES IT - JACK VENTIMIGLIA11. KEEP IT TO YOURSELF - ERIK KOSKINEN12. GOING QUIETLY MAD - ADAM LEVY/JOHN ELLER2nd Set - Al Kooper 1. GREEN ONIONS2. JUST ONE SMILE3. JOHN THE BAPTIST4. PLATO DIOGENES & FREUD5. CANT KEEP FROM CRYING6. GOING GOING GONE7. WITHOUT HER8. I STAND ALONE MEDLEY9. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW 10. I CANT QUIT HER11. MY HANDS ARE TIED 12. LIKE A ROLLING STONE - Finale w/ EveryoneThanks to Steve Cohen for filing a recap of the show in addition to these great photographs, and to Lily Troia for her help with the set list.