A Sincere and Insightful Recommendation on Blowout Sax : A Revolutionary Approach To Learning The Sax.

Written by  on February 25, 2013

Blowout Sax – A Revolutionary Approach to learning the sax

Last week saw the first session with new Blowout Sax student Jon Marsh having been thwarted by the snow.He was praising the book as he had progressed so well using it on his own before we met so I asked him for his thoughts.

 

‘ Without having started with Blowout Sax : A Revolutionary Approach To Learning The Sax I am confident that without it the long held dream of one day playing the sax would have started very differently.

I can’t believe  that in just a month I have gone from never playing any type of musical instrument to being comfortable with all the notes on my tenor sax and am read to play, if I read from the book a dozen tunes.

It is great that I don’t have to read music to play it.

The book Blowout Sax :A Revolutionary Approach To Learning The Sax is easy to follow and is progressive with each tune introducing new notes and sounds.

It is clearly written,has amusing illustrations and contains some of the classic sax tunes to go at.’

Man City Saxfanman playing Blue Moon in the pre-match build-up

Written by  on February 25, 2013

 

Was kindly offered tickets to watch Manchester City the Champions of England v Chelsea ‘the Champions Of Europe,’ Sunday and what a game.As pre-match entertainment there was a madcap saxman blowing solo sax an ace rendition of the City club anthem ‘Blue Moon’ on the big screen to get the home fans in the mood.

 

Bristol international jazz and blues festival timetable 2013

Written by  on February 21, 2013

One Blowout Sax student’s Mr John Heenan view of (some of) the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2013

 

This is just my impressions of the various bands I watched at the Festival on 1 – 3 March.

Being a real cheapskate, Get the Blessing were the only band I paid to watch.

Apart from meanness, my excuse is that I’d seen Pee Wee twice in the last year and Ginger Baker once; Andy Sheppard was in Trio Libero mode; and the rest didn’t really appeal to me, though I think I might come to regret not seeing Arturo Sandoval.

Given the crowds I saw, the Festival should be back next year. There were, apparently, a lot of worries about the levels of advance ticket sales but, for Get the Blessing at least, they had to take out half the seating to get the audience into the Hall.

Zen Hussies

Full of life and fun; really seemed to be enjoying themselves; lovely driving bari sax playing from Charlotte Ostafew. Perfect band to get the Festival swinging from the start. Find them at http://www.zenhussies.com/

Dhakla

Part of Zen Hussies (the drummer and sax’ist) back for more. More intricate; less melodic; forcefully carried along by Charlotte Osttafew’s bari sax. Sophie Stockham on alto sax trying hard to be heard over Pete Judge (of Get the Blessing) on trumpet – the sound balance must have been off a little, as their sound is much better in the clips at http://www.dakhlabrass.com/

Moscow Drug Club

No saxes, but a load of fun anyway. I can’t beat the description of their style at http://moscowdrugclub.com/

The Big R Big Band

Apparently so called because of the large number of Richards in the band, so they don’t take themselves too seriously. They did play some excellent swing numbers; nice and restful while overdosing on coffee to overcome too many beers the evening before. They’re at http://bigr.org.uk/

Wells Cathedral School Big Band

It seemed amazing how good this lot were, until the conductor mentioned that the school is a specialist music school. Even then, they were impressive. After all, they were good enough for Pee Wee Ellis to appear with them in their last annual concert.

Get the Blessing

This really shouldn’t have worked at all – Phil Spector meets Ornette Coleman meets Pink Floyd – but it was marvellous. Pete Judge (trumpet) and Jake McMurchie (tenor sax) played off each other brilliantly. Fantastic rhythm section of Jim Barr and Clive Deamer, with the addition of Adrian Uttley’s idiosyncratic guitar playing – using a cello bow at one point. It made you wonder what was coming next. http://www.theblessing.co.uk/

Brass Junkies

Lively N’Awlins street band stuff; but didn’t really get into their stride until they … got into their stride, and marched through the crowd up to the main hall. Nice alto solos from Ruth Hammond; Matt Sibley on tenor tended to merge with the heavy brass stuff. Can’t find a website for them, but you can get an idea what they’re like at https://soundcloud.com/brass-junkies

4-sided Triangle

Kevin Figes switching between bari and alto, and getting a truly sweet sound when he slowed down a little. http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/

Andy Hague Quintet

Billed as a quartet, but thoroughly confused the compere when 5 turned up. Highly competent, and one or two numbers gelled well. http://www.andyhague.co.uk/

James Morton’s Porkchop

Another man really enjoying himself. Plenty of funky stuff – on one number (‘Forgiven’) you’d have sworn it was Maceo Parker but also some beautiful melodic stuff that reminds you that he’s Andy Sheppard’s protégé – with AS himself in the audience (or was he just on his way home from his own session?); and Pee Wee Ellis joining JM on stage for one number. http://www.peterconwaymanagement.com/artists/james-morton

 John Heenan

BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL 2013 – Colston Hall

Artist

Time

Length

Price

Venue

Friday, March 1, 2013

Zen Hussies

5.30pm

30mins

free

Foyer

The Big Chris Barber Band

6.30pm

75mins

£25

Hall 1

Dhakla

6.45pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Moscow Drug Club

8.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion

9.00pm

90mins

£25

Hall 1

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Big R Big Band – 16-piece swing jazz

11:00am

40mins

free

Foyer

Wells Cathedral School Big Band

12.00pm

30mins

free

Foyer

Buck Clayton Legacy band featuring Alyn Shipton

12.45pm

75mins

£12

Hall 2

Harry Kanters Trio

1.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts & Big Buzzard Band

2.15pm

75mins

£15 / £5

Hall 1

In Session With.. John Scofield         (*free with concert ticket)

2.15pm

45mins

*

Hall 2

Jerry Crozier-Cole trio

2.30pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Get the Blessing featuring Adrian Utley

3.45pm

75mins

£12

Hall 2

The Duval Project

4.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Smith & Willox

5.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

In Session With… Pee Wee Ellis        (*free with concert ticket)

5.30pm

45mins

*

Hall 2

Brass Junkies (with a march into Hall 1)

6.00pm

30mins

free

Foyer

Lillian Boutte

6.45pm

75mins

£16

Hall 1

Gypsyfire Quartet

7.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Nick Malcolm Quartet

8.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

John Scofield*

9.00pm

90mins

£25

Hall 1

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Bristol Schools Jazz Orchestra

11:00am

40mins

free

Foyer

Denny Ilett Trio

12.00pm

30mins

free

Foyer

Louis Armstrong tribute from the Bateman Brothers Band

12.45pm

75mins

£12

Hall 2

4-Sided Triangle

1.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Andy Sheppard*

2.15pm

75mins

£16

Hall 1

In Session With Matt Schofield          (*free with concert ticket)

2.15pm

45mins

*

Hall 2

Innes Sibun Band

2.30pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Matt Schofield*

3.45pm

75mins

£12

Hall 2

David Newton

4.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Moonlight Saving Time

5.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

In Session With. Andy Sheppard        (*free with concert ticket)

5.30pm

45mins

*

Hall 2

Brass Junkies (with a march into Hall 1)

6.00pm

30mins

free

Foyer

Pee Wee Ellis Assembly featuring Clare Teal*

6.45pm

75mins

£16

Hall 1

Andy Hague Quartet

7.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

James Morton’s Porkchop

8.00pm

45mins

free

Foyer

Arturo Sandoval

9.00pm

90mins

£25

Hall 1

EACH Day – Late Night Jam Session, 10:45pm – 1.45am, price TBA, Top Bar

 

The hyperlinks in the table above will take you to the Colston Hall website, to purchase tickets

More detail about each of the performers is on the Festival Website – http://www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

HUGE thanks again to Mr John Heenan

by www.simonarcherphotography.co.uk

 

 

 

Latest Gigs Feb 2013

Written by  on February 21, 2013

Sax Gigs – updated 7.2.13

 

Gilad Atzmon 10 February, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=product_ticket_info&cPath=5&products_id=292

 

Iain Ballamy 25 April, St Georges, Bristol http://www.ballamy.com/live/

 

Alan Barnes 19 April, The Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/661

 

The Beat 12 April, The Fleece, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/web/event/The-Beat-The-Fleece-Bristol-3180692.html

 

The Blockheads 24 May, The Globe, Albany Road Cardiff http://www.ents24.com/web/event/The-Blockheads-The-Globe-Cardiff-3244608.html

 

Brass Junkies 26 February, Coronation Tap, Clifton, Bristol http://www.thecoronationtap.com/calendar.php

 

Snake Davis 3 & 4 April, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London http://www.snakedavis.com/

4 May, Castleton Church, Sherborne http://www.intelligent-tickets.com/index.php?th=sa&pg=selectevent&start=1&sel=5

 

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 15 February, The Bear, Hotwells, Bristol http://www.thebebopclub.co.uk/index_files/WhatsOn.htm

21 February, Rose of Denmark, Hotwells, Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/

 

Pete Gage Band 12 April, Cheese & Grain, Frome http://www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk/2013/01/fatman-swings-and-the-pete-gage-band/

(Ray Colomb)       23 August, Cellar Bar, Bear Hotel, Devizes http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

 

Get the Blessing 2 March, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3269

 

Hague & Craig (Crofton) Quintet 22 February, Bear, Hotwells, Bristol http://www.thebebopclub.co.uk/index_files/WhatsOn.htm

 

 

Hornstars (University big band) 1 March, Victoria Rooms, Bristol http://www.bristol.ac.uk/music/events/2013/concert0301

 

Soweto Kinch 24/25 February, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2013/february

 

James Morton 12 February, Coronation Tap, Clifton, Bristol http://www.thecoronationtap.com/calendar.php

16 February, Golden Lion, Gloucester Road, Bristol http://www.goldenlionbristol.co.uk/listings.htm

 

Joshua Redman 11 May, Wigmore Hall, London W1 http://www.joshuaredman.com/tour.php

 

Andy Sheppard 3 March, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3273

                          29 March, Thunderbolt, Totterdown, Bristol  http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/

 

The Specials 23 May, Newport Centre, Newport http://www.gigantic.com/the-specials/newport-centre/2013-05-23-19-00

 

Simon Spillett 21 March, St James Wine Vaults, Bath http://www.stjameswinevaults.co.uk/whatson.php?MUSIC=JAZZ

 

Tommaso Starace 27 May, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

 

Temperance 7 23 March, Hexagon Theatre, Kingswood, Bristol http://www.mykingswood.co.uk/kingswood/arts_and_ents/music

 

Art Themen 18 March, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

14 June, the Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/724

 

George Thorogood 27 June, St David’s Hall, Cardiff http://www.ents24.com/web/venue/Cardiff/St-Davids-Hall-1129.html

 

The Toasters 31 March, Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London http://www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk/

 

Vasilis Xenopoulos 22 March, the Meeting Place, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/660

Fela Kuti best of new album,forthcoming film and musical

Written by  on February 13, 2013

The King of Afrobeat’s prime cherry-picked over two discs called The Best Of The Black President  2.

Fifteen years after he died,the legacy-stock of Fela ‘Anikulapo’ Kuti is higher than ever.There’s been the broadway musical hit ‘Fela’ and now director Steve McQueen is working on a film of the Nigerian firebrand life.While much has been made of his uncompromising political activism and human-rights work,not to mention the mass divorce of his 27 wives this can be at the expense of some incredible music he made.Check out his trademark sound with a effortless funky polyrhythmic  groove with stabbing brass with JB call and response vocals and lots of sax jazz licks.He’s also worth checking out an incredible track of his reworked by Houston Person called ‘No Eye For Back.’

The Huge Blowout Sax Banner on Landsdown by Bath racecourse.

Written by  on February 13, 2013

Check out this for monster advertising,with huge thanks to one of Blowout Sax’s very own sax hero’s Kevin Harrison as the cars fly over the clean and often cleansing air of Landsdown they will be greeted by a 8ft by 4ft banner proclaiming the joys and virtues of learning at Blowout Sax.Look out for us!

and more thanks that top lady Celia Gay from www.newtonfarmfood.co.uk  for allowing us to put this sign up and again to Kev’s handywork and his fellow saxophone son Will we have another at Pennyquick!Ain’t no stopping us now!Anyone else who can help please let us know!