In 1961, Garland Jeffreys was only a freshman at the University of Syracuse. Little did he know he would encounter Velvet Underground’s frontman Lou Reed in the cafeteria and start spending time with him.

“No one introduced us; we were just in line for some lunch and kind of sniffed each other out as cool guys from the city. He was from Long Island and I was from Brooklyn and he was probably already way cooler than me, but nonetheless we started hanging out once we discovered that we both loved doo-wop.”The Guardian

Their meeting would affect Jeffreys decision to pursue music and become a performer.

“After I graduated, I came back to New York City and enrolled in graduate school in art history at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. But when I saw Lou was starting to write and perform music it made me think: “Well if he can do it, maybe I can do it. And he can hardly sing!” I dropped out of grad school and never looked back.” The Guardian

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Garland Jeffreys new album “14 steps to Harlem” is out on April 28th via Luna Park Records.

Tour Dates:

4.15 NEW YORK, NY CITY WINERY SOLD OUT

5.5 MONTREAL, CA CLUB SODA

5.6 ALBANY, NY WAMC’s THE LINDA

6.4 PAWLING, NY DARYL’S HOUSE

6.8 PHILADELPHIA, PA WORLD CAFE LIVE

6.10 HYANNIS, MA PLEDGE MUSIC PRIVATE PARTY

6.15 CHICAGO, IL CITY WINERY

6.16  MINNEAPOLIS, MN DAKOTA JAZZ

6.17 MANITOWOC, WI METRO JAM FESTIVAL FREE SHOW

6.23 PARIS, FRANCE NEW MORNING

6.24 DEN HAAG, NETHERLANDS NIGHT AT THE PARK FESTIVAL FREE SHOW

6.25 VICENZA, IT RETRO

7.6 NEW YORK, NY ST. MARKS SQUARE 3RD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL FESTIVAL FREE SHOW

7.7. AMANGANSETT, NY STEPHEN TALKHOUSE

 

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