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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
All photos by Steve Cohen

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.

Brian Just and Dave Campbell with Joe Savage, Adam Levy, and Trent Norton
Brian Just and Dave Campbell with Joe Savage, Adam Levy, and Trent Norton
John Eller and Kevin Bowe
John Eller and Kevin Bowe
Ashleigh Still, Alison Scott, and Kate Murray with Pete Sands and Steve Kung
Ashleigh Still, Alison Scott, and Kate Murray with Pete Sands and Steve Kung

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.

Al Kooper honored at the Dakota Jazz Club
Al Kooper honored at the Dakota Jazz Club

 

John Munson, Adam Levy, Alison Scott, and Al Kooper
John Munson, Adam Levy, Alison Scott, and Al Kooper

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.

The grand finale, "Like a Rolling Stone"
The grand finale, "Like a Rolling Stone"


1st Set - The local band with guests:

1. THIS DIAMOND RING - PAUL METSA
2. DON'T TELL MA - DAVE CAMPBELL & BRIAN JUST
3. I CRIED SO HARD - KATE MURRAY
4. BRAND NEW DAY - ALLISON SCOTT
5. HOW MY EVER GONNA GET OVER YOU - JOHN MUNSON
6. MISSISSIPPI KID - KEVIN BOWE
7. LOST CONTROL - ASHLEIGH STILL
8. IN MY OWN SWEET WAY - MARTIN DEVANEY
9. UNREQUITED - ALICIA WILEY
10. EASY DOES IT - JACK VENTIMIGLIA
11. KEEP IT TO YOURSELF - ERIK KOSKINEN
12. GOING QUIETLY MAD - ADAM LEVY/JOHN ELLER

2nd Set - Al Kooper
 
1. GREEN ONIONS
2. JUST ONE SMILE
3. JOHN THE BAPTIST
4. PLATO DIOGENES & FREUD
5. CANT KEEP FROM CRYING
6. GOING GOING GONE
7. WITHOUT HER
8. I STAND ALONE MEDLEY
9. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW
10. I CANT QUIT HER
11. MY HANDS ARE TIED
12. LIKE A ROLLING STONE - Finale w/ Everyone

Thanks 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.


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