50 Years Ago

Claude Jones played for the 1971 May Day peace protest in Washington, D.C. The concert was part of a kick-off event that brought forty thousand people to West Potomac Park to camp out and enjoy the music as they prepared for the protest activities over the following days.

We were supposed to go on […]

Mike Henley

We have lost our long-time friend, keyboard player Mike Henley.

He was an unmistakable presence on the stage, and his Hammond M3 organ was an integral part of the band’s signature sound. One of the “old-timers” in the band, Mike brought a wealth of early rock ‘n’ roll knowledge to Claude Jones, and he […]

Where oh where does the sun go…

It’s been 50 years since the Summer of Love, when Woodstock made headlines and peace on Earth seemed achievable. In 1969 Claude Jones was riding high in the Washington, D.C. area, playing regularly, getting momentum toward recording. The Amoeba was expanding with every passing month.

But now, in 2019, a time of contraction is […]

John Guernsey

John Austin Guernsey was born into a musical family. His father, George, had an enormous jazz record collection, and it was a rare night that nothing was on the phonograph. George would take John, Tom and me to the Showboat Lounge to hear and meet such friends as Teddy Wilson and Charlie Byrd.

There […]