b. 15 December 1955, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Hummel was raised in Los Angeles, California, where as a child he became interested in blues rock as practised by contemporary popular rockers such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Rolling Stones. He had begun playing harmonica and gradually stretched his musical interests backwards in time to those artists who had inspired the blues rockers. From the early 70s he was based in Berkeley, California, where he played with various musicians and in blues bands and after leaving school travelled widely, listening to bluesmen, plying his developing craft and constantly seeking to advance his knowledge and understanding of the idiom. In 1980 he formed his own band, the Blues Survivors, and later in the 80s recorded for his own label, Rockinitis Records. Among musicians with whom Hummel has recorded are pianist Charles Brown, guitarists Sue Foley, Dave Myers and Rusty Zinn, bass player Bob Stroger and drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith. Hummel’s virtuoso skills on the harmonica have attracted attention outside the blues scene, and he has been both a competitor and a judge at the Hohner Harmonica World Championships. Hummel also sings, although this is very much a secondary feature of his performances. His Blues Harmonica Blowout concerts began in 1991 and proved to be very popular, running on into the early 00s.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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