Ms. LeBlond, I think you might want to be in touch. I've got unique pre-Joplin music, info, living participants available: http://jazzhotbigstep.com/428723.html Dave Radlauer -- hm# 510-848-8323 cell# 510-717-5240 www.JAZZHOTBigstep.com *Janis Joplin was taped in 1963 & '65 with **Dick Oxtot* * jazz bands in the San Francisco area, years before her Rock career. Oxtot had a unique talent for spotting and hiring good female singers. As with Joplin, they were often diamonds in the rough, recruited from the Folk music scene, or destined for success in other genres.* The dates, locations and personnel of the Oxtot-Joplin sessions have only recently come into focus. They were taped formally and informally at various locations: Oxtot’s Berkeley home, and possibly at a bar in San Francisco or Berkeley radio station KPFA-FM. One of my informants, Dave Greer, who was present at parties when Janis sang with the band, says Oxtot played cornet on those occasions. (He soon gave up the horn completely for banjo, singing and bandleading.) Notable players on these sessions include: trombone player Jim Leigh, and clarinetists Earl Scheelar and Frank Goudie. Despite the rawness of her voice she had an unmistakable feeling for the blues, and expressive commitment that transcended her technical limitations. The poignant irony of this original tune, “What Good Can Drinkin’ Do,” is that Joplin killed herself with drinking and drugs by age 27.