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David Barrett: School of the Blues Written By Jordan Rosenfeld David Barrett, resident of Morgan Hill and owner of the prestigious School of the Blues in San José, has played a number of musical instruments, but none captured his fascination more than the humblest instrument of them all: the harmonica. The now internationally-known blues harmonica player and teacher can still recall the moment at age fourteen that he was captivated by the instrument which he first chose because of its “portability.” He’d seen the movie “Crossroads” featuring three renowned blues harmonica players: Sonny Terry, Frank Frost and John “Juke” Logan. “Hearing blues on the harmonica really grabbed me. Just the sound of the harmonica in the opening of the movie was really haunting,” he told gmh TODAY. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MARCH/APRIL 2017 45