I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Dig Deeper series on Saturday night, March 23rd. This was one of the most fun gigs I’ve ever played, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play with such amazing musicians. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Dig Deeper is a soul party in Brooklyn featuring live soul music by the original singers. This edition featured legendary soul singer Renaldo Domino performing a set of his original music, including tunes like “Let Me Come Within,” (see video) and “Not Too Cool To Cry.” The fist set was a tribute to the legendary Marva Whitney, who was one of the female singers produced by the godfather of soul, James Brown, and backed by the JB’s. She passed away last year, so in her memory, there were several local Brooklyn soul singers that paid tribute to her. Among them were my friends Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and Meah Pace, who both sang wonderful renditions of Marva Whitney hits.
The band was pretty epic: the horn section featured Freddy Deboe (Charles Bradley/Sharon Jones &TDK), Mike Kammers, Aaron Rockers, and myself. The rhythm section featured Brian Wolfe (Davide Byrne/St. Vincent) on drums, Jeremy Kay on bass, Jesse Barnes on guitar, and J.B. Flatt on organ, guitar, and he also Music Directed the whole evening and did an amazing job doing so. The called us the Brooklyn Rhythm Band, and there was sure a lot of rhythm going on! The show was great, and the hang afterwards was one for the books. I was delighted to hang and chat with local trombone super star Ryan Keberle after the gig, and then Mike Kammers and I celebrated until the wee hours. Dig Deeper was definitely one for the books, and I hope to be involved in more of these!