Car Park Summertime blues pre Blowout Sax Gig by Jon Mardon

Written by  on January 29, 2013

Jon decided to warm up his tenor sax with the warm and inviting acoustics of the carpark.

Unbeknown to him one of Blowouts new students Martin saw him heard him and thought it was superb.Lovely tone.

John martyn and the saxophone

Written by  on January 25, 2013

Extract taken from
John Martyn
I saw John a couple of times live at Bristol’s Colston Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham and at times he was remarkable. Originally inspired by Pharoah Sanders album ‘Karma’  he first heard in 1972  and was wowed by the intensity  and gentleness of his playing.’His tone blew my mind and he gave me a glimpse through a keyhole that I didn’t know existed.He was the first musician to convince me that you didn’t have to show off to be good.’He even tried the sax for a while!He also likened the unsettling screaming on parts to Pharoah’s screaming sax-a cathatic release of bottled up anger.So after 1972 he  incorporated lots of sax parts into his albums and live gigs.
Check out some of Tony Coe sax on his famous album ‘Solid Air’ and Colin Tully the saxman on his later albums especially on a tune called ‘Angeline’, what a standout track.
Check out my sax interpretation of ‘Couldn’t Love you More,’ played on an instrumental take that I found played by the great man himself!

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Latest Sax Gigs – updated 24.1.13 -go and be inspired!!

Written by  on January 24, 2013

Gilad Atzmon 27 January, Hen & Chickens, Bedminster, Bristol

10 February, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath


Iain Ballamy 25 April, St Georges, Bristol


Alan Barnes   19 April, The Meeting House, Ilminster


The Beat 1 February, Komedia, Bath

               12 April, The Fleece, Bristol


Be Bop Club Fridays, The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol

1 February, Ben Waghorn Quartet / 15 February, Kevin Figes


YolanDa Brown 11/12 February, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho


Snake Davis 3 & 4 April, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London

4 May, Castleton Church, Sherborne


Pee Wee Ellis 3 March, Colston Hall, Bristol

Photo by Simon Archer


Emperials 14 April, The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol


Kevin Figes 1 February, the Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

21 February, Rose of Denmark, Hotwells, Bristol


Pete Gage Band 12 April, Cheese & Grain, Frome

23 August, Cellar Bar, Bear Hotel, Devizes!gigs/c1c5j


Get the Blessing 2 March, Colston Hall, Bristol


Soweto Kinch 24/25 February, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London


Joshua Redman 11 May, Wigmore Hall, London W1


Andy Sheppard 3 March, Colston Hall, Bristol

                                  29 March, Thunderbolt, Totterdown, Bristol


The Specials 23 May, Newport Centre, Newport


Simon Spillett  21 March, St James Wine Vaults, Bath


Temperance 7  23 March Hexagon Theatre, Kingswood, Bristol


Art Themen 18 March, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

14 June, the Meeting House, Ilminster


George Thorogood 27 June, St David’s Hall, Cardiff


The Toasters 31 March, Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London


Bobby Wellins 7 February, St James Wine Vaults, Bath


Wonderbrass 12 February, Gwdihw (goody hoo!), Guildford Cres., Cardiff


Vasilis Xenopoulos 22 March, the Meeting Place, Ilminster

Kenny plays ‘Sway’ on his tenor sax at his civil wedding to Stuart at Priston Mill with a little support from Mr Blowout Sax

Written by  on January 11, 2013


Mark Archer recently played at one of his fav students civil weddings intitally playing a selection of Sade,Bond,Bob Marley tunes to create a lovely ambiance. As Kenny said:~

‘Stuart and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the part you played in our special day. Everything went exactly as we planned it and your sax playing created the perfect mood for the day. The sound of the sax could be heard over the gardens and we have had lots of comments from our guests about how nice it was to hear.’

Then as a cunning surprise Kenny played himself!’I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to show off my (limited) skills in playing this instrument, I thoroughly enjoyed playing and I managed to keep it a secret from Stu! (NOT EASY!!! -Stu)’ It was a great day!