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Tony Coleman: Coffeeshop Conversation #166 / After 32 years drumming in B.B. Kings band, life is good.

By TOM D'ANTONI // Tony Coleman is just as at home with Willie Nelson as he was with B.B. King. He's at home all over the world, too.

Hope you like the new theme music. It’s called “Ghost Jazz.” Thanks to Auditory Sculpture and Derek Sims for that. And thanks to World Cup Coffee & Tea at NW 18th & Glisan… which is where we do these OMN Coffeeshop Conversations.

Very very happy to have been able to catch the great drummer Tony Coleman before he’s off to some other part of the world. Tony lives in Portland but he was the drummer in B.B. King’s band for 32 years.

Imagine that. How good do you have to be to keep that gig! He has played with lots of other greats too, including Buddy Guy. He’s playing with a re-formed Cilmax Blues Band currently, and has his own group.

His opinions are as strong as his drumming and you’ll be surprised when you hear about his attitude about the Blues when he first came up.

I’s always nice to run into Tony, even better to sit down and talk to him.

Hang on. Get ready for Tony Coleman.

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Beth Herald

Tony is the best. Got the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago and we’ve been friends ever since. Can’t wait to see him with Climax Blues Band!!! Love ya big brother!!!

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