On Friday November 30th at Chapel Arts Centre Lower Borough Walls Bath BA1 1QR The Blowout Sax Schools of Bath and Bristol will be playing live on stage in an inspired evening of music.
Check out www.youtube the blowout sax channel for previous inspired performances of many classic pop jazz and reggae tunes as well as some you may not know.
Tickets are £10 and anyone who is interested in playing the sax is invited to come and see what we are about as anyone can learn the blowout sax way.
It will be as always a brilliant and uplifting evening and we are hoping as always for a full house of friends families and saxophonists all cheering each other on while experiencing the buzz of playing live on stage.
Check out Sax Gigs – updated dec 4th 2012
Gilad Atzmon 25 January, Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Rd, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/
Bad Manners 26 December, Fleece, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/web/event/Bad-Manners-The-Fleece-Bristol-2950742.html
The Baghdaddies 14 December, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
Alan Barnes 13 December, St George’s, Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/alan-barnes-david-newton/
6 January, Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.ents24.com/web/artist/6158/Alan_Barnes.html
19 April, The Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/661
The Beat 7 December, Trinity Centre, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/web/event/The-Beat-The-Trinity-Centre-Bristol-2912991.html
9 December, Guildhall, Gloucester http://www.ents24.com/web/artist/62951/The_Beat.html
1 February, Komedia, Bath http://komediabath.ticketsolve.com/shows/873487912/events
Be Bop Club Fridays, The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol http://www.thebebopclub.co.uk/index_files/WhatsOn.htm
7 December, Ed Jones Quartet / 14 December, Freight (Blowout’s Craig Crofton on sax) / 21 December, The All-Stars
Blockheads/Boomtown Rats 23 December O2 Academy, Bristol http://www.allgigs.co.uk/view/artist/1790/The_Blockheads.html
Brass Junkies 16 December, The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/music/brass-junkies-2/
YolanDa Brown/Empirical 5 January, Jazz Club, Camden London http://www.allgigs.co.uk/view/artist/1883/Empirical.html
Snake Davis 22 December, The Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil http://www.snakedavis.com/
PEEWEE ELLIS by Simon Archer
Photo by http://www.simonarcherphotography.co.uk
Pee Wee Ellis 3 March, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3275
Emperials 14 April, The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/the-emperials-tickets-5-adv2/
Kevin Figes 18 December, the Plantation, Cheltenham Road Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/
27 December, The Inn, Freshford, Bath
2 January, The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath
Get the Blessing 20 December, The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/music/get-the-blessing/
2 March, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3269
Scott Hamilton 1-7 January, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/jazzList.aspx
James Morton 8 December, Golden Lion, Gloucester Road, Bristol http://www.goldenlionbristol.co.uk/listings.htm
New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble 17 December, Islington Assembly Hall http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/TAF1712
Courtney Pine 25 January, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
Quercus (Iain Ballamy) 25 April, St Georges Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/quercus-june-tabor/
Joshua Redman 11 May, Wigmore Hall, London http://www.joshuaredman.com/tour.php
Andy Sheppard 3 March, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3273
Art Themen 18 March, Everyman theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/
George Thorogood 26 June, St David’s Hall, Cardiff http://www.ents24.com/web/event/George-Thorogood-%26-The-Destroyers-St-Davids-Hall-Cardiff-3178677.html
Bobby Wellins 18 January, the Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/655this listngs with all these different acts playing shortly and go and see live music …in alphabetical order
With Thanks to Mr John Heenan for his usual excellent and comprehensive research.
A lot of people in the world are inspired by hearing and seeing buskers.
Here’s a saxman playing in Bristol by the Harbourside on the lovely bridge that crosses towards The Arnolfini. The main sax busker in Bath is one Ben Ross taught at Blowout Sax by Craig Crofton who was initially funded by The Ben Bailey Foundation.
In Bath for many years we had the late great George M’Boussa from Africa who was blessed with the most beautiful tone..he would sometimes play one goregous phrase then admire it bouncing off the buildings before blowing the delectable set of notes.
When I first got to Bath in the very late 80s there was a natty zoot suited smooth sax player Johnny Hooper who cleverly for then sold his cassettes and was making huge dollar.He was last heard by a Blowout Sax student running a bar in Portugal and still busking too?
Who have you heard in the streets that has sent you tingling?
Send us photos from wherever you have seen and heard ace saxmen in the world?
Musicians drum up support at The Rec
from Bath Chronicle July 2011
Two familiar faces on Bath’s music scene are joining forces to bring more noise to The Rec this season.
Bath Rugby supporters Mark Archer and Robbie Verrecchia, who both lead bands in the city, believe more needs to be done to turn up the volume at The Rec.
Brass musician Mark, of Blowout Sax music school, approached Robbie after hearing him play samba beats in the city.
He suggested they unite to provide a band that would ensure the home crowd stayed in good cheer throughout games.
They envisage drum-driven accompaniment to some of Bath’s traditional chants.
And Mark believes a band is needed to co-ordinate chants and ensure the crowd acts as Bath’s 16th man.
Mark, who has been taking his children to Bath’s home games for the last eight years, said he was often dismayed at how quiet some portions of the ground could be.
“It’s irritating to be out unsung by the visiting supporters when there’s 10,000 of us,” he said. “I find it quite infuriating.
“When I saw Robbie and his crew in town a couple of months ago they had a big crowd around them. And what they were doing was tribal and it set the heart racing.
“I thought let’s take the chants that are already there – ‘Come on you Bath’, ‘Allez Bath’ and ‘Heavy Bath’ – and set them to music. Suddenly, you can get behind something that was lifeless – it’s got some energy.
“I see it as being very much driven by the drums with a few stabs of brass. At the moment the chants die a death because there’s no power behind them – the drums will give them that power.
“I’m hoping that this is the start of something that will really take off. This could bring in a new generation of fans.”
Using drum samples provided by Robbie,Mark has put together some rough demos
He is now considering approaching the supporters’ club to get a core of them to lead the chanting. Robbie, who is the leader of Bath’s Samba Sulis group, said he wanted to build on previous cameos at The Rec.
“We used to do a lap around the pitch with the drums a long time ago and I always remember we formed two lines just as the players were coming out.
“It would build an atmosphere and it’s always very exciting,” he said. “I’m really keen to work with Mark and put something together.
“We’re so mobile we can be anywhere in the stadium – by the pitch or in the stands. There are so many ideas that we can work on.”
Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld has expressed his delight that supporters are keen to help enhance the atmosphere at The Rec.
He said he would be happy to meet Mark and Robbie to discuss their plans.
“We need to build Fortress Rec,” he said.
We are still in negoatiations with Bath so watch this space..
The first bass saxophone in 20 plus years of blowout sax
Will Heath ace BariSaxman has just bought a Bass saxophone from www.sax.co.uk.Anyone out there with the art of bass saxophone please come forward??
The Return Of The Blowout Saxmobile 2012.
Many many years ago a funky jazz Saxmobile pottered around Bath resplendid of cartoon images of Charlie Parker, Ronnie Scott and Miles Davis. Then one very sad day as it tottered on the brink of exhaustion some wags stole it!!!!
and the Bath Evening Chronicle wrote this article:~’Find my saxmobile.’The original artwork was copied by a Doctor friend from an album cover using a brush with 2 hairs and bitumen paint!
There then followed a slightly embarrassing call from the Bath Evening Chronicle Staff Member Jack Pennington who declared that he was the originator of the cartoons and was well known for his work at Ronnie Scotts and the UK jazz scene. So ‘paying price of sax appeal’ which resulted in a musical meeting between Mark Archer teaching Jack the sax as belated payment of his images!
Now some 16 years later with a new revamped website www.blowoutsax.com designed and completed to be of interest for all current saxophonists of all standards, beginners, intermediaries and advanced, wannabe saxophonists and people who simply love the saxophone Mark fulfilled a long held ambition and has recreated a new Saxmobile to help publicize Bath’s very own Blowout Sax School.
Learning his lesson from before he met Jack’s son Marcus Pennington
and on firm condition that this time Pennington’s design was clearly displayed, on the driver’s side are the Jack Pennington cartoons of many of the saxophone greats like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane,Ben Webster and Roland Kirk.
And on the back is The Big Blowout when The Blowout Sax smashed the Guinness world record for the world’s biggest ensemble in 2004 at the Royal Crescent with the majority of players being Blowout Sax School taught.
The design by Mark Archer was co-created with Jason Goodridge who with his company Freestyle Designs attached the images
The Passenger side displays the brand new Blowout Music Agency with its aim is to provide the soundtrack to your event with the spine-tingling sounds of the saxophone as the core of each fantastic professional act.
The bands in this vital and exciting addition to Baths music scene include line-ups to cover the full spectrum of music from the feel-good The Big Blowout Party Band, to the pop classics of The Baker Street Band, to the soul groove of Kingsize SoulSax Inc to the more relaxing vibes of Jazz Reggae or the Swing Specials and everything in between. Events they cover are Weddings, Birthday Parties, Balls, Corporate functions, Charity Events, Garden parties and Special Events.
All the musicians are of the highest quality and feature the charismatic Mark Archer and/or Craig Crofton — renowned exponents of the sax who will make any occasion one that’s certain to be remembered and cherished by your guests.
To complete the unique take of this new saxmobile 2012 you can see on each corner examples of the painted saxs by Cate Archer. They can be mounted on the wall as you would a canvas and placed wherever you wish. They look amazing in the home as an accessory to your interior designs and a wonderful talking point. They look amazing in the home as an accessory to your interior designs and a wonderful talking point. Some of the saxophones can have subtle lighting with the sax so that it projects soft light and colour through the various openings onto the surrounding wall.
These fine art saxophone pieces can be used for hotel and restaurant interiors and displays.
The painted saxophone spark a comment or a desire to own one from teenagers who think they are cool and how they would look in their bedroom in particular the graffiti style Music Man’s Dreams sax with those vibrant colours.
The other is called WILD CAT
Wild Cat is a female horn feline and its fur like in its influence. handpainted sax .This is a very tranquil piece.Its pattern is etched and scratched which allows some of the original metal from the tenor saxophone to glisten through.
Also what an unusual gift for someone who loves the saxophone be it for the music or the sax itself.
It is an unique way of expressing yourself with a piece of art you love.
AND Finally after 17 long years The Blowout Sax teaching book ideal for beginners who don’t read music and want to learn the saxophone with a fast effective and fun approach is ready. Go to www.blowoutsax.com for more details.
It’s a total joy driving the saxmobile 2012 and I hope many folk become aware of the saxophone and join us a Blowout Sax.
Famous people who play or played the sax?
One of my lovely students Sally brought this photo in of the legendary Dolly Parton playing the soprano sax with a definite diamante feel? I had no idea she played..it got me thinking who else plays or played?
The ones I have noted are these…
DION DUBLIN..top saxman played on Ian Wright’s tv chat show a few years back..
ALAN DAVIE…fine artist and painter
RALPH BROWN…..the legendary actor in ‘Withnail And I’ with the immortal fabrication of the ‘camberwell carrot’ and he also starred in Star Wars ..lives in Brighton
ALISTAIR COOK..England cricket Captain and top run accumulator.
GARY STEVENS..former England footballer
FRANK RIBERY..top French footballer
HEROL GRAHAM..best Brit Boxer never to be World Champion
a certain former US president BILL CLINTON?!.
ZAC PURCHASE..he of distraught with his Olympic silver medal..
Top Musicians who have dabbled
DAVID BOWIE…first instrument was the saxophone.
JOHN LENNON ..on ‘Helter Skelter’
DAVE GILMOUR check him out on the tune ‘Red Sky At Night.’
one of my students years reckons he heard BB KING playing sax in the Cote D’Azur with similar phrasing to his guitar blues licks??
and also the KING OF THAILAND
Actors who learnt the sax for roles are
ROBERT DE NIRO for ‘New York,New York,’
and ROB LOWE IN ‘St Elmo’s Fire.’
and those brilliant comedians who have sadly passed on
SPIKE MILLIGAN who despite playing mainly Trumpet could blow the sax as well
So if you know any more famous people please let us know??
Blowout Sax students visit Adolphe Sax birthplace in Dinant Belgium Sept 2012
Early September 2012 many of the excellent characters that have made up the Blowout Sax School over the years visited the birthplace of Adolphe Sax while on a war tours of Belgium. The Blowout Saxmen in the party were Mr Julian Boswell ‘Mr Boz’ he of Will You solo on the Blowout Youtube channel ,Shaun Lawes aka ‘Sir Archie Splinter ‘ and the Jones Bros Paul and Kev. To start with there was his own road – Rue Adolphe Sax.
And what a stupendous saxophone outside the saxophone museum there.
Mr Boz even met Adolphe Sax!!
but had an unsure moment with the madcap inventor getting too friendly !
In Dinant there were some wacky variations on the saxophone??!!
Food for thought!
and finally Adolphe promoting the upcoming Dinant Jazz Festival.