Blues legend James 'Blood' Ulmer to return to Minton's after 40 years

James 'Blood' Ulmer last played at Minton's in 1974 as part of its house band. He will return to Minton's on Monday to celebrate Black History Month for 'Our History, Our Music' hosted by Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew.

February 21, 2014

It’s been 40 years since blues guitarist and singer James Ulmer performed inside of Minton’s, and although he doesn’t recognize the recently revived jazz club, he’s looking forward to his Harlem return.

“It’s totally different. They have really transformed this place,” Ulmer told the Daily News while sitting in the new Minton’s for the first time since his last performance there, in 1974 — when the original Minton’s Playhouse closed.

“It looks nice. Like a living room,” the 74-year-old said on Thursday.

Ulmer, whose nickname is “Blood,” was part of a house band that played at Minton’s Playhouse. He played six days a week, for six months, at the W. 118th St. location.

Ulmer said he wasn’t sure how he will feel when he takes the stage as part of a Black History Month music celebration on Monday night.

“It will probably feel like a reunion,” said Ulmer, who plans to perform blues songs by Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed.