Chuck Leavell was the featured ‘Rock Star’ at Rock Camp in NYC on Nov 18. To everyone’s shock and amazement, this might have been the only time in Chuck’s musical career where he was on stage sitting behind the keyboards and he didn’t play the iconic “Jessica” solo that he is so famously, and reverentially, known for. When the opening for the solo came around 15 year old Dylan James Shaw stepped up to the keys and Chuck graciously sat back and let Dylan James run with it. Dylan James performed an impressive rendition of one of rock’s most famous solos.
Dylan James started playing piano when he was 3 years old. In an era of pop, rap , and hip hop Dylan has instead embraced the blues. In 2021 he was selected by the Chicago Blues foundation to be the Blues Kid Of The Year. Dylan has been blessed with the good fortune to work with many different piano players and teachers, including IROCKU teachers Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd…), Bruce Katz ( Gregg Allman…), Eric ‘Scorch’ Scortia( Stevie Ray Vaughan…) and even Chuck has spent time on the keys with Dylan James.
We look forward to hearing more from young Dylan James and know he’s got a great musical career ahead.
Learn how to play rock and blues piano from one of rock’s greatest. Chuck Leavell, legendary keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, The Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and more.
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