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Taj Mahal at Bull Run Restaurant with Big Jon Short

Posted on Feb 6, 2013

Taj Mahal at Bull Run Restaurant with Big Jon Short

Taj Mahal at Bull Run Restaurant Sawtelle Room with Big Jon Short  in the Tap Room! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be supporting one of my guitar heroes – Taj Mahal. I am a lifelong fan of him and his music and I’m honored to be on a bill with the official Blues Artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read about Taj Mahal in the Boston Globe: http://bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2013/01/31/for-taj-mahal-blues-were-just-beginning/6K2xZcjQQdRuibNPN6MM7O/story.html Buy tickets...

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Two new CDs available

Posted on Feb 6, 2013

Two new CDs available

New solo record and band EP available for download now OR buy handmade copies at all shows. Big Jon Short – “34 Special” – Stream/download “Big Eyed Rabbit” EP – Stream/download For information and reviews: Review for “Big Jon Short – 34 Special” by Scott McClennan “Short is a reservoir of blues knowledge; he goes to Mississippi every year to perform and immerse himself in traditional blues culture, and he teaches students in public schools all around the state about America’s roots music. But when he plays, there’s nothing academic to it....

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Visual Melodies – Inspired art of local musicians

Posted on Jul 21, 2011

Visual Melodies – Inspired art of local musicians

Visual Melodies – Inspired art of local musicians by Brittany Durgin Worcester Magazine Story Created: Jul 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM EDT For this week’s cover story, six Worcester musicians have dug into their hearts and souls to share the story of their lives with music. Stories of the past and determination for the now are told through original works of art accompanied by words which explain how music has shaped their being. These creative works offer us insight into the lives of some of Worcester’s musical best. Jon Short What can a matchbox hold? I remember when I was first...

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Jon Short Receives Artist Fellowship

Posted on Feb 11, 2010

Jon Short Receives Artist Fellowship

Musician Jon Short just received a fellowship from the Worcester Cultural Commission. So why is he singing the blues? Because he’s ready to party! “What most people don’t understand is that the blues is party music,” said Short, a music teacher in the Worcester public schools. “There are the sad, lonesome blues, but there’s also the country blues, where folks got together on Saturday and Sunday night at house parties and juke joints they just wanted to get down.” Short was one of two $4,000 fellowship winners named when the Worcester Cultural Commission announced recipients for the 2010...

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Jon Short – HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL by Steve Siddle, Blank Canvas Magazine

Posted on Sep 4, 2009

Jon Short – HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL by Steve Siddle, Blank Canvas Magazine

via: blankcanvasmagazine.wordpress.com/artistswedig/jon-short-by-steve-siddle/ JON SHORT HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL by STEVE SIDDLE One upon in time in Worcester, MA there was a juke joint in Main South. I started sneaking in the back door shortly after my 19th birthday and I don’t expect to ever again feel that peculiar uneasy excitement I felt as I slunk through the crowd to the bar.  Gilrein’s Blues Bar was unlike any room I had ever been in. The walls were plastered with old photographs of musicians, an old pinball machine stood unplugged in a dusty corner, and an old broken couch guarded a...

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Review of “Backporch Blues” by Art Tipaldi

Posted on Sep 8, 2007

Worcester’s Jon Short may be a grade school teacher by day, but give him a guitar and Short will teach anyone listening his passion: the pre-war country blues of Son House, Charley Patton or Mississippi John Hurt. Short may be well known from his days as a musical staple at Gilrein’s, from 1998 until it closed down in 2002. On this debut disc, Short does something every blues lover must accomplish – he packs his National Steel guitar and travels to the home of the blues – Memphis. There, he recorded in Sam Phillips Recording in April 2006. These nine songs showcase his...

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