Dan "Uncle Mojo" Workman, host of the Thursday-night blues jam at the 19th Hole bar in The Woodlands, passed away over the weekend. He had a stroke last Thursday and died Saturday morning, the Houston Blues Society said. According to reports, he had played his regular gig earlier Thursday night.
"He and I have played (we had recently figured this out from old schedules) over 1,500 shows together," local musician Brandon Loftin said on the HBS Web site. "To think I will never make music with my brother again absolutley breaks my heart."
"One of life's true characters," added another, Tony Vega.
The bearded bassist appears to have been well-liked by regulars at the Thursday-night jam, thought to be the longest-running event of its kind on Houston's north side. According to the Texas Blues Roadhouse, blog, a long list of well-known local bluesmen -- including Mark May, The Mighty Orq, Brad Absher, Brandon Loftin, Paul Ramirez, Dallas Brading, Matt Johnson and Kenny Cordray - sat in with Workman.
"Dan could be crotchety and blunt, especially if you suck," says Texas Blues Roadhouse's Abby Owen. "On the other hand, if he saw you improving in the slightest, he could be encouraging and helpful."
A different Dan Workman is producer and President of Houston's SugarHill Studios. "My brother from another mother," that Workman posted on Facebook. "Or as he always said, 'The Other White Meat.' I'll miss you. "
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This Thursday's blues jam will be a memorial for Workman featuring Loftin and Ricky Jackson, according to Facebook. Further details were unavailable.