In NCIS Season 11 Episode 19 (Crescent City: Part II) a character called Wendell Hobbs plays a bluesy tune on an electronic keyboard. It may well just be a made up ditty for the show (basic 12 bar blues stuff), but I'd love to know if it's from an actual song (and an idea of the exact genre if possible).

I cannot find anything from hours of searching varying keywords. If you have Amazon Prime Video, it's S11E19 at around 11:16.

  • for those without Amazon Prime, this is going to be hard to answer. Music credits in imdb have "music" for the series being by Brian Kirk
    – Angst
    Sep 23 '20 at 17:36
  • I guess any means to view that episode will work, but I couldn't find another mainstream site that showed it (there are some but not really clean sites to list from here). I just looked at all info you linked to in IMDB and Googled all the music related folks with other keywords and still nothing. It's probably just a made up ditty
    – James
    Sep 24 '20 at 10:19
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    From a copyright/$ point of view, it is likely to either be library music or made up, either by the series MD or the actor.
    – Angst
    Sep 24 '20 at 17:37

I listened to the clip in question. I'm no dictionary of blues tunes, but the tune being played was not familiar to me.

The clip was slightly less than two choruses of a basic 12-bar shuffle blues with a V-I turnaround. To me, the right-hand part being played sounded pretty ornamental and repetitive.

Therefore, I'm guessing that it was just someone comping over the chords (and clearly not the actor), as opposed to being some well-known tune. In other words, it's the kind of music that any blues keyboardist could generate pretty much at the drop of a hat. And by not using some known, possibly-copyrighted tune, the show avoids licensing fees. Seems pretty likely, anyway.

  • Yeah I did suspect it was just a musician playing ad-hoc. Thanks for the detailed thoughts though. I've accepted your answer as I think you're probably right :)
    – James
    Oct 7 '20 at 3:41

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