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2008 - Current CH Band at the Amazing Things Firehouse in Framingham. From left; Tom Yates, Tom Beier, Gary W Jenkins and Cliff, L1's at back. This was one of the first concerts to be given at the newly-opened Firehouse.
2007 - CH band at rehearsal at Bose Theater. From left; Tom Yates, Tom Beier, Gary W Jenkins, Cliff. What a great place to play, all black drapes and full show lighting, seating for over 100. We could also rehearse there until things got funny and then nobody could.
2009 - From left; Charles Neville, Tom Yates, Cliff, Henri Smith; at a New Orleans spectacular at the big Bose Auditorium. Cliff played the Nord organ for the whole show, had a blast. Great guys.
Current CH Band: From left; Tom Beier (drums, vocal), Cliff (keys, vocal), Tom Yates (guitar, vocal) aand Gary W Jenkins (bass, vocal)
Cliff and the Nord organ
2005 - Playing in a jam session after formal presentations at a Bose User Conference, this in Big Sur CA. I'm almost certain this was during an amazing version of 'Alley Oop' that just materialize out of thin air.
1974 - 'Goodfoot', featuring now-Berklee bass professor David Clark (then playing drums and singing), Cliff, Saul Goodman (guitar). I played organ bass pedals.
1974 - The 'Henricksen-Clark Expedition' (Cliff and David Clark) play Lou Turk's in Essington PA. We would occasionally accompany nice dancing ladies that provided enlightening interpretations to the funky music we set forth, to the delight of the male customers at the very least. This place was famous (ah, notorious) and was always called 'Turk's.
1973 - Cliff And Dave play at 'The Henricksen-Clark Expedition' in some unknown bar in Atlantic City, Cliff playing a Wurlitzer piano on top of the Hammond Organ. Bass pedals came out of a 'foldable folded horn' Cliff designed.
2008 Firehouse Framingham
2005 – 'The Linemen' demonstration band in Framingham. From left, Bruce 'The Goose' McGrath (all reeds) , 'Doc' Channanhouse (trumpet, horn arrangements), Marty Richards (drums), Tony Sarno (guitar, vocal), Cliff 'Goodsy' Goodwin (guitar, vocal, MD), CH (keys, vocal) and Wolf Ginandes (bass).
Cliff and Wolf at the Bose Live Music Theater (Stub).
2006 - Linemen in Germany.. From left, 'Doc' Channanhouse (trumpet, horn arrangements),Bruce 'The Goose' McGrath (all reeds) , Tony Sarno (guitar, vocal), Marty Richards (drums), Cliff 'Goodsy' Goodwin (guitar, vocal, MD), CH (keys, vocal) and Wolf Ginandes (bass).
2006 - Linemen in Germany
Linemen Collage by Eve Wrigley
2006 – At a Linemen show in Germany, on a large sound stage. We had to specify most equipment (too expensive to travel with gear) and the Nord was available. But pianos varied a lot, so I just specified '88-key, weighted action, Yamaha or Roland or Korg' and brought my own piano module so I could be sure of getting the piano and Rhodes sounds I was used to. This worked great, using MIDI from the 88's.
2005 - Early L1 trials, squeezing the Linemen in to tiny John Stone's Public House in Ashland MA. From left, Cliff Goodwin, Wolf, CH, Tony Sarno.
2007 – Linemen at the Bose Auditorium, using L1's. That's a steel guitar to the left, played by John Heinrich of Nashville. The sax player is a sub for Bruce The Goose, from the casino band that Goodsy, Mary and Wolf play in. Photo: Ken Jacob.
2004 - Pre-production L1 testing using a live band at the worse acoustic space in the world (in Framingham). CH and Jeff Majeau playing. That's my GEM Pro2 piano and a Roland organ (with drawbars) on my ubiquitous Invisible stand. Jeff is playing an early Rick Turner/Renaissance bass, which sounded exactly like an upright. Not shown are Pete Premo (drums) and Bob Lituri (guitar and vocal). We did an A/B demo for Dr. Bose (not shown), who switched between a proto L1 system and a 'normal' monitor/main/backline system while we played. The switching made me dizzy. Dr. B heard it right away, and this was actually the formal start of the L1 program for Bose Corporation.
2004 - Cliff at Village Hall in Framingham, playing his GEM Pro2 RealPiano
1966 – Starfires in Charlestown : My first professional gig, the Starfires band at the Blue Mirror in Charlestown (now defunct). This 'legendary' nightclub was right across the street from the navy yard (yaad) in Charlestown and the scene of many full-club brawls involving locals and celebrating sailors on leave. I did engineering problem sets for my graduate degree at MIT in the diner next door. I'm playing my Hammond using a Leslie 145 and a Fender Bandmaster for bass pedals. From left, Leo ('Kay') Kricorian, Al Bergazzi, CH and normal-frontman Frankie St John playing Al's Jaguar. I got the gig by asking around at E U Wurlitzer in Boston and the drummer overheard it, gave me a tryout.
2009 - Present CH Band. From left, Gary Jenkins (bass, vocal), Tom Beier (drums, vocal), Tom Yates (guitar, vocal),CH. Photo: Klaus Hartung
2009 - Present CH Band. From left, Tom Beier (drums, vocal), CH, Tom Yates (guitar, vocal), Gary Jenkins (bass, vocal).
2009 - Present CH Band. From left, Gary Jenkins (bass, vocal), Tom Beier (drums, vocal), Tom Yates (guitar, vocal),Cliff Henricksen.
Photo: Klaus Hartung.
Photo: Klaus Hartung
Cliff by Ken Jacob
Gary W Jenkins, pondering the infinite.
Photo: Klaus Hartung
Tom Yates, pondering the Stratocaster.
Photo: Klaus Hartung.
Tom Beier, pondering his shades.
Photo: Klaus Hartung
Doctor Wokka and the MD's official crest. This fantastic Medicinal Rock Ensemble was determined to cure the world of Musical Dystrophy, of all things. The name was stolen from a little-known reclusive genious and Great Man of Science, Dr. Wilhelm Muttshundt WokkaIV, still reported to be alive and in exile.
1984 - The Michigan chapter of Dr. Wokka and the MD's which played in the southern michigan and Northern Indiana club circuit. From left, Allen Shirley (one of the early Steinberger basses), CH, David Hoath (drums) and Michael Solomon.
1984 - The MD's rehearse in Cliff's barn in Buchanan Michigan. That's a Yamaha CP80 piano and a Prophet 600, used to emulate a Hammond organ (close but no cigar), played through a Dynacord CLS222 Leslie simulator. I still have this thing in my studio, still sounds great.
1985 - Doctor Wokka and The MD's at the Buchanan yearly summer downtown blow-out.
1966 - The Starfires in someone's relative's car wash. Back row, from left, Al Bergazzi, Ron D'Onofrio, CH. Front row, from left, Leo Kricorian, Frankie StJohn.
1988 - The Cliff Henricksen at a big outdoor festival in Philly on a flatbed truck. From left, Jon Cline, Tom Staszewski, Jim Falciani and CH playing a Korg SG1 sampling grand (my first real-grand-piano-sounding keyboard) and Korg M1 through my Dynacord Lesile simulator. That's an Invisible keyboard stand and I still have the thing and still use it regularly. A great design.
1972 - 'Marbleheart' at Sigma studio A in Philly. We recorded here a lot with Producer/Psychiatrist Harry Moffitt and often saw musicians from the Gamble&Huff/Philly-International empire coming and going. I think this session was for recording vocals for the instrument tracks we did at Virtue: 'Korn's Talk'. I still have a good copy of this, probably our best recording (because it was the simplest). From left, CH, Joe Perazzo, Bob Ciarrochi and bassist Lee Allbright.
1973 - One of our few shows, on a flatbed truck. I'm playing this giant Hammond 'E' with 2.5 octaves of bass. Ah youth. I wonder how we got all that massive stuff to the show. That's my Leslie 145 and a Fender bassman, hard to tell how I had it hooked up. From left, CH, Bob Ciarrochi, Lee Allbright (playing his own pre-Steinberger, non-headless original bass) and Joe Perazzo.
Marbleheart at Sigma A, Philly, in 1973
1995 - The Clifph band immediately after our show at the Framingham Blues Festival, all cranked up and sweaty. From left, CH, Jeff Majeau (bass), Buddy MacLellan (drums), Bob Lituri (guitar, vocal), Lori Ducasse (vocal) and Amy Kurtzman (vocal). Buddy came up with the band's name. This band recorded a really good album at Bud's studio, maybe will be re-issued some day.
1987 - After playing at the Buchanan festival, here's truly great and undiscovered drummer Tony Briggs, his wife and I, celebrating after our show. Tony and I would get together every Sunday evening, put my Otari 8-track on play and the game was to just come up with spontaneous music. We actually got pretty good at it and it spawned a whole truckload of music ideas I was later able to create new songs with.
1986 - In my Michigan studio in front of my array of Fender-Rhodes keyboard gear and a rack which included a Dynacord CLS222 Leslie simulator (still have it).
1995 - Buddy MacLellan and CH at speed at the Framingham Blues Festival.
1978 - A publicity photo taken in LA at Union Station, beautiful place.
1993 - A publicity photo intended for the cover of the 'Bank of Love' single 45 record.
1972 - Recording at Sigma Sound Studios, studio A. I'm playing an RMI piano, at the time considered a 'hip' sound, because someone used it on some hit. I thought it sounded awful. I was in heaven otherwise, playing all the keyboard instruments that were on all the Gamble&Huff Philly-International hits. My favorite was the Wurlitzer that Leon Huff played on 'Drowing in a Sea of Love', a recording and keyboard technique that has become a part of my playing style ever since.
1987 - Playing daily shows at the NAMM-show ElectroVoice pavilion using a Prophet 600 and Leslie simulator for organ and one of the new Kurzweil 250's for piano.
1972 - We (the band Marbleheart) were here because it was where all the great songwriters in the Brill Building (down the street) recorded their demos, and because it was where Tommy James and the Shondells did a lot of their big hits. I'm playing the 'famous' B3, Leslie behind the black grille. Not sure why that (vintage tube) mic is there and I think that's my own Wurlitzer on the left. We must have done 25 takes of the tune and the producer, Harry Moffitt, would yell into the cans 'it's falling apart', not offering anything more specific. I think Allegro is no longer in business there.
1979 - Performing at the Blue Lagoon Saloon (now defunct) in Marina Del Rey CA, guitarist Jerry Strull and CH on the Wurlitzer, with 'The BUB' (for 'Back Up Band', so-named by MD Sidney Blair). They were all studio players whereas Jerry and I spent a lot of time working together on music and recording songs. We're still in touch.
1988 - The Cliff Henricksen Band at the Marlboro Music Awards contest at the 23 East Cabaret in Philly. From left, CH, John Cline (guitar), Tommy Staszewski (drums) and Jim Falciani (bass). We actually played a lot in Philly and So. Jersey clubs.
'Cliff Band' in my living room in Framingham. That piano is a Gildermeister&Kroger from 1895, still plays great and I've writting a lot of songs on it. From left, CH, Amy Kurtzman (vocal), Lori Ducasse (vocal), Steve Jacobs (guitar), Jeff Majeau (bass) and Pete Premo (drums).
1981 - One version of the Allstars taken at the old Community Light and Sound warehouse on Grays Avenue in Philly. From left, Rick Valenti (harp, vocal), Johnny 'CC' Gilson (guitar, vocal), CH, Fred 'The Red' Berman (drums) and Rick 'The Kid' Prince (bass). Where is Jay Davidson (sax)? I'm guessing on his way to another gig.
1969 - Notes and photos from my music notebook, recording a pretty cool track at Virtue Studios (now defunct) in Philly. Pretty funky recording gear. In the right photo; hard to make out; Frank Virtue is actually leaning out the (second-story) window, throwing his keys down onto the street for the guy bringing in a hoagie order. The door was always locked due to the dangerous nature of many on the street there. Priceless.
1969 - Inside the studio room at Virtue, with notes from my notebook.
'..and the trout was this wide...' from a photo shoot. Photo: Ken Jacob
2013 - Big Red Sun
2013 - Big Red Sun
2006 - Cliff under red show lights at a Linemen show
Cliff Henricksen ~ Photo Gallery
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