Yes, that Brian Auger, the British rock keyboardist who played with the Yardbirds (including their 1965 mega-hit “For Your Love”), Rod Stewart, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Page, Julie Driscoll and Eric Burdon, among others, along with various incarnations of Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express over a long career that began in the early 1960s. The guy is 68 now, but hell, he looked that thirty years ago, so no problem there. And one advantage of longevity is that your adult kids can form your band, in this case his son Karma on drums and percussion and daughter Savannah on vocals along with Andreas Geck on bass with Auger himself on Hammond B-3 and electric piano along with occasional synthesis. Another advantage is that his current style is the rarified form of keyboard-centered high-energy jazz-fusion and his technique is more solid now that it was during the days when he named his kid Karma. If his recent double-CD “Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express Live at the Baked Potato” (GhostTown) in any indication, this two-night gig should be a baptism of jazz fire for Auger’s longtime rock fans and a revelation for traditional jazzers. (Dennis Polkow)
Thursday, April 3 at Andy’s Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard, (312)642-6805.