About Me
Jodi Siegel was born in Chicago, IL. The Home of the Blues! In the late 80’s she relocated to California and immediately began playing and singing in countless blues, R & B, pop and original music bands throughout the Los Angeles area. Moving to the art community of Laguna Beach, Jodi played in a variety of ensembles including an all-girl band; Dusty Rose. Dusty Rose appeared on the novelty variety show produced and hosted by Chuck Barris; The Gong Show. Jodi also played in a duo with guitarist, bass player and songwriter Will Brady. They released one CD entitled “Beer and Donuts,” produced by former Bonnie Raitt bass player, Freebo. Will and Jodi played for probably 8 years including a long time residency at the Dana Point Café. They also had the good fortune of opening shows for Albert King and Screaming Jay Hawkins among others at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

 

Over the years Jodi has opened for and or shared the stage with many respected musicians including: Albert King, Robben Ford, Kris Kristofferson, David Lindley and countless others. She has performed at the Coach House, Saint Rocke, The Belly Up, The Lighthouse, The Mint, McCabe’s and many other venues throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County in addition to touring across the United States and overseas all the while honing her own brand of blues, pop, R & B and jazz into songs that have been performed live and/or recorded by the likes of Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball (title song on her Grammy nominated CD, “So Many Rivers To Cross”), Arnold McCuller, and Teresa James (“Come Up and See Me Sometime,” w/Danny Timms and “Eieio.” with Terry Wilson), and many others. As a professional musician for many years, Jodi is also a wicked slide guitar player with a bluesy, soulful, and mellow vocal style.
Early musical life and family:

 

I come from a musical family. My late father, Sid Siegel, wrote industrial musicals, jingles and scored independent films. My Dad, was a talented guy and pretty famous in the Chicago area. He was dubbed the George Gershwin of this most unusual genre, Industrial Musicals, by former Chicago Sun-Times writer Dave Hoekstra. The Harvard Business Review examined his work as a motivational tool. In 2013, David Letterman played one of his songs on his TV show, after one his former writers, Steve Young, wrote a book and a soon to be released documentary about him and other composers like my Dad.
My late Uncle Bert and his wife, Joan, were both violinists with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.

 

While my mother is not a musician, she comes from a long line of entertainers. My Aunt Dodie was a Ziegfeld Girl  and her brother, Uncle Ted, was a comedian and a writer on the Sonny and Cher Show. He was also a showbiz partner with Carol Burnett regular, Harvey Korman.

 

My brother, David Siegel is currently an orchestrator in New York and has done work for Disney, Television and Broadway.
My Experiences
I have had the good fortune of playing with some of the best musicians in the world. Since relocating to California, I have had many musical adventures and met incredible people. Here are just some of the cool experiences I have had over the years.
Albert King
In the late eighties, I was living in the Laguna Beach area, and the music community down in that area great influenced me as a musician and as a human. The people that I met during this period are folks that I still know and consider friends. One of these people is Will Brady, who played bass with Honk for many years, Willy and I performed as a duo for many years. We played at a variety of clubs and even opened big shows for a few people. One of the most memorable shows we played was when we opened for the great Albert King at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. My longtime pal, Freebo, played bass with us for this show and it was a career highlight for us all. Following our opening slot, Albert King took the stage and proceeded to slay the audience in his usual way. He played a few songs as I hurried from the upstairs backstage area down to the main floor to see his show. Before too long, Albert was asking where I was, saying how much he loved my guitar playing. He then asked me to join him onstage to play with him and after picking my jaw up from the floor, I ran upstairs, grabbed my 1959 Gibson L5 guitar (with duct tape covering the f holes to stop the feedback), and ran down to play with him. I had quite a few friends from Tower Records and Orange County in the audience and they screamed and yelled; they were as excited as I was!! My friend Lisa Wohl managed to snap the only picture I have of the moment! Thank you Lisa! I can’t recall the song exactly, but I think we played “The Sky Is Crying.” He played it in Ab, and I learned later that he tuned his guitar down to get that cool sound he always had. After the show, we had a great visit and talked quite a bit about getting together again for shows. He even talked about us playing a show in San Francisco; I couldn’t find transportation to that show, so it didn’t happen. He gave me his phone number and I called him from time to time and he was incredibly encouraging to me, saying that I should be more famous that I was. He used to always call me Little Devil after a song that I had written called “She’s A Little Devil.,” that he really liked. His phone was one of the earliest portable phones I had seen (there were not that many back in those days), and he kept it in a suitcase. Sadly, he died less than a year after that show. I was heartbroken. And while I have heard stories from some of my other friends who have said less then favorable things about him (backstage stories), I cannot relate to those. He was always respectful and kind to me, and I treasured his friendship and even consider him a mentor. Miss you Albert!
David Lindley
With David Lindley (Picture by Wendi Briggs)

With David Lindley (Picture by Wendi Briggs)

Before I opened for David Lindley at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, I had been a huge fan of his playing. His sense of melody and rhythm and his intuitive musical nature of always putting the song first and playing what needs to be played to make the song shine has always been what I have aspired to do. I have seen him many times over the years playing with people like Jackson Browne and have also enjoyed his solo stuff with El Rayo X and most especially I dig when he plays by himself. He is the complete package. When he plays I don’t I wish he was playing with a full band; I like the space he creates and he rocks like crazy. Anyway I had the opportunity to open for him twice once in 2015 and most recently last January 2016 at the cool club in Hermosa Beach, Saint Rocke. Both times we instantly connected on a human and musical level and he was kind and gracious to me backstage. We have since emailed back and forth and I consider him a friend. I am grateful for his friendship and words of encouragement. Hopefully we can do some more shows! That would be great!!
Maria Muldaur
I have been a huge fan of Maria Muldaur’s for many years. I probably learned how to sing listening to her. I dig her choice of tunes and her blues, folk and jazz influences. Having said that, it was a real honor for me when she recorded “So Many Rivers To Cross,” a tune that I wrote with my good friend and fantastic songwriter Daniel Moore (he wrote “My Maria,” and “Shambala”). Years ago I used to drive up from Laguna Beach to Malibu where Daniel was living at the time, nearly every weekend and write and record songs. It was a bit of turning point to me professionally when I got the chance to write songs with Daniel, and we cranked them out. One of the songs was “So Many Rivers To Cross.” He called to say he was gonna send it to Maria, and I was thrilled. Not long after she called me on the phone when I was living in Dana Point, California. I pretty much fell over and was flabbergasted and speechless; and that rarely happens! She also recorded another tune that I wrote with Danny Timms, called “If I Were You.” Anyway, she has always been more than encouraging and I’ve kept in touch with her over the years and also consider her to be a friend who is always shouting my praise to folks. Thanks Maria!!
Sam Lay
For those who don’t know Sam Lay, he is probably most famous for when he played with the Paul Butterfield Band. He wrote the book on blues drumming and being a Chicago native, it is interesting that we should meet long after I had moved from Chicago. I went back to Chicago, after we had become friends and he invited me to sit in many times when I was in town. He also invited me and my friend Will Brady to his home when we were on tour and came to Chicago. We went to his house and he then gave us a mini-tour of his neighborhood and took us to eat fried fish. Best fried fish I’ve had since! Anyway back at his house, he played us reels and reels of super 8 films he had taken of all the great blues masters like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters among others. These were home movies of these guys that nobody had yet seen except us! Willy and I couldn’t believe our eyes. These films were treasures. When I reconnected with Sam a couple years ago, he told me that these films were leased and put into a few big documentarys about the blues. Sam has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Paul Butterfield Band. He is still playing, God bless him, with Corky Siegel. A true legend!

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