A Musical Celebration for IKE STUBBLEFIELD at From the Earth's Back Porch Concert Series!
A Musical Celebration for IKE STUBBLEFIELD Hosted by Joey Sommerville and Papa J Sez: Featuring Michael Allman, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Diane Durrett, Grant Green, Jr., and more TBA
When the hands of Ike Stubblefield hovered above the keyboards of his Hammond B-3 organ, they were like divining rods in search of water. That’s how trumpet player Joey “Papa J.” Sommerville describes it. Ike played by ear and his ears were nearly perfect.
“When you play as long as we’ve played, your ears get trained,” says Grant Green Jr., the Atlanta-based jazz/funk guitarist who performed with Stubblefield for a decade. “But Ike had great ears and he was a great musician. He could listen to anything and then play it. He could dissect with his ears songs that aren’t easy to dissect.”
Sommerville calls him “my big brother,” and they forged a close offstage friendship. “He will be sorely missed musically,” Sommerville says. “If you were fortunate enough to have played with him, consider yourself blessed. There’ll never be another one like him.”