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Jason Ricci (February 3, 1974) is an American
harmonica player and singer.
He has played with blues greats Junior Kimbrough, R. L. Burnside and Nick Curran. In 1999, he won the Mars National Harmonica Contest, and began playing with Keith Brown. In 2000, Jason received a two page write up in Blues Access magazine by Adam Gussow (harmonica player for Satan and Adam) saying:
"I am convinced he along with New Jersey's Dennis Gruenling is one of
the best harmonica players of his generation."
New Blood's repertoire includes standard-length songs, epic improvisational jams, sharp original lyrics, as well as melodic instrumental pieces. The setlist changes every night and may feature any of the dozens of songs in the band's catalog, including some classic blues, jazz, and funk covers like "Cissy Strut" (The Meters), "Get Up, Stand Up" (Bob Marley), "Shake Your Hips" (Slim Harpo), and "Turkish Coffee" (Herbie Mann).
Jason encourages audience taping and has many shows available for free download at Archive.org. These shows have been downloaded by thousands of music fans around the world, according to the site statistics. Jason Ricci & New Blood's live shows may best be described by Blake Taylor, writer for Cincinnati City Beat:
"As a lover of live music, a JRNB show is absolutely exhilarating.
Imagine the best virtuoso-filled "jam band" you've ever seen (think
early '90's Phish, old Flecktones, Allmans, Robert Randolph, Derek
Trucks, etc.) and then double the energy and stage presence."