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Bay Area harmonica/bluesman Phil Berkowitz has got a jumpin’ project going: the music of Louis Jordan. He spent about three years working on a tribute album to the great sax man and bandleader, a real pioneer in the world of swinging rhythm and blues.

Among the personnel on the album are guitarist Danny Caron, former bandleader for the late Charles Brown, along with local musicians from the swing sextet Stompy Jones. Including Jordan staples such as "Caledonia," "Saturday Night Fish Fry" and "Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie" as well as some lesser-known songs, the album has been a hit.

Berkowitz and his pals — Marvin Greene on guitar and backing vocals, Randy Hayes on drums and backing vocals, "Little" David Rose on bass and Scott Lawrence on piano — are playing "Louis’ Blues" live, at two upcoming Bay Area shows. The band opens for violin master Tom Rigney and Flambeau at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Call (650) 369-4119 or visit wwwfoxdream.com. Louis’ Blues also plays a full-length show at Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco at 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Call (415) 292-2583 or visit www.biscuitsandblues.com.

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