David Bromberg Bringing Big Band to LI

David Bromberg has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Bob Dylan, Carly Simon and Ringo Starr. And now he’s looking forward to another big collaboration—stepping onstage with his big band at The Paramount on May 18.

“Playing with my big band is always a special thing to me,” he said. “I don’t get to do it all the time so I expect it’s going to be quite good.”

The longtime musician, who released his self-titled debut in 1972, couldn’t confirm a setlist since he said he never produces one. But songs from his latest album, The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues (released in 2016 under Red House Records) are sure to be included. The album features original songs along with covers like “A Fool For You” by Ray Charles and “Walkin’ Blues” by Robert Johnson.

The blues musician spoke with Pulse about his latest album and what fans can expect from his Huntington show.

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How did you choose the songs on your last album?
Some of them were tunes that I had been performing that I liked a lot. Some of them I put together. It was the ones that seemed it was time to do…[But] the title tune, “The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing but the Blues,” I didn’t even know there was a song by that title. There were actually several songs by that title and we discovered them after we thought we were done recording. I found that tune and I thought, “Jeez, we got to do this.”

How did you come across it?
A friend and the man who produced the album with me, Larry Campbell, was doing a show with someone who sang it and he told me about it and there you go.

Are there any people you haven’t collaborated with that you would love to in the future?
There a lot of wonderful musicians, I’d be happy to work with. There’s a group called the Milk Carton Kids, I’m very fond of them. And there’s another band The California Honeydrops—not the Carolina Chocolate Drops—and I like them a lot.

What can fans expect from the Long Island show?
I don’t make a setlist so I can’t really be too specific but they’ll be some things from the new CD. On the Long Island show I’m going to have the horns and the backup singers. It’s the whole big bam. I expect it to be quite a bit of fun.

What’s so special about playing with such a big band?
It’s like being in a luxury car I think is the best description. Mostly I perform with a quintet and that’s like a sports car.

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Anna Halkidis is a web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.