June Sax Gigs 2013

Written by  on May 30, 2013

Sax Gigs – updated 

 Alan Barnes 15 June, Wiltshire Jazz Festival, Dinton http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208838

 The Beat 6 December, Cheese & Grain, Frome http://www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk/2013/04/the-beats-christmas-party/

Brecon Jazz Festival various venues in Brecon       http://breconjazz.com/en/programme/

9 August Courtney Pine / Gilad Atzmon       10 August Alan Barnes / Julian Siegel / The Roller Trio

11 August Jools Holland’s Band / Acker Bilk / Balança (Kevin Figes) / Quercus (Iain Ballamy) / John Surman

Fat Freddy’s Drop 2 October, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3553

Dave Koz 2-6 July, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London http://www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk/jazzList.aspx

Branford Marsalis 7 July, Glynde Place Sussex http://www.lovesupremefestival.com/line-up

(Only UK date on his current tour … a Sunday ticket for the Festival also covers Jools Holland, Soweto Kinch and the Roller Trio)

 Nuttyness 26 July, The Tunnels, Bristol http://www.list.co.uk/event/20044409-nuttyness-madness-tribute/

Maceo Parker 15/16 November, Under the Bridge, Chelsea Football Ground, London http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/

Pharoah Sanders 29/30 July, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/book/1447-pharoah-sanders

Art Themen 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

Zen Hussies    http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm

7 June, The Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol

Mr Cosmo Adams and his pet Alex the saxophone loving Chinchilla

Written by  on May 30, 2013

At last an animal that doesn’t freak when it hears the beautiful sounds of the sax!!What a great photo!!

Bojangles from Clithroe jazz festival

Written by  on May 7, 2013

Got this from an old student
Hope you’re doing we’ll. I saw this at the Clitheroe jazz festival today and thought of you. I think they were called Bojangles.
Missing playing sax in Bath, eeee it’s grim up north.
Carl Jubb

Bath Fringe 24th May-9th June 2013

Written by  on May 5, 2013

Check out the music on offer at www.bathfringe.co.uk.

For saxists Sunday 2nd June at the Spiegeitent Get The Blessing and The Gas Giants.That will be a musically challenging evening of some of the best musicians in the west country.And just from the photo Carmina a singer saxophonist Pippa Marland sounds interesting with a celtic feel??There’s plenty more so Check out the music on offer at www.bathfringe.co.uk.

Both The Ashes Captains play the Saxophone!

Written by  on May 5, 2013

Both The Ashes Captains play the Saxophone!

Alastair Cook is apparently an accomplished saxman and plays three  instruments.

Then according to Amy Dickson Aussie Skipper Michael Clarke is a keen saxophone player.

Maybe they should have a ‘cutting’ contest instead of a toss-up!


Alastair Cook hits right pitch on BBC

Hidden depths: Alastair Cook has recently contributed a saxophone solo for a BBC children’s TV show.

Not the detached, vague musical appreciation involving a semi-permanent connection to an iPod that most sportsmen label as their “hobby” because they can’t think of anything better – Cook is a serious musician, who can sing and play three instruments, a skill that has finally found a professional outlet.

While other England players were numbering their batting gloves and downloading tracks on to their MP3 players last week in preparation for two months in New Zealand, Cook was in a Notting Hill recording studio putting the finishing touches to a saxophone solo for the BBC children’s animated series Freefonix.

It is the culmination of 15 years of an often dedicated, occasionally latent interest that began when his parents gave him a clarinet for his eighth birthday. He was then already a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral School and his parents were also choral singers. His formative years were steeped in Handel’s Messiah and Zadok the Priest and the other rousing anthems that can make church singing exhilarating.

Later, at Bedford School, he passed various piano exams and took up the saxophone, playing in the school jazz band and performing at the inevitable sixth form discos.Gradually, cricket took over his life, however, and the intention to buy a sax was never fulfilled. Neither was his obvious musicality. Until last year.

It was then that the creator of Freefonix, Magnus Fiennes, was casting around for some different personalities to contribute to the series. He had read that Cook had studied music and approached him to play on one of the show’s songs.

“He was very courageous,” remembers Fiennes, who collaborates with artists as diverse as Lenny Kravitz and the Sugababes.

“I knew he was rusty and hadn’t played for a while, but he went for it and he was great. The show is all about discovering your hidden talent.”

Cook is rather bashful about his efforts, confessing that he’s “in awe” of real musicians but that, if cricket didn’t take up so much time, he’d be keen to play in a jazz band. His music provides a valuable diversion to the intensity of his day job, helping to keep him level-headed.     www.telegraph.co.uk/hughes


Still awaiting a photo of Michael playing his horn!

Thank you Blowout Sax From Japan

Written by  on May 5, 2013

Hello Mark san and Team Blowout Sax

Firstly I have to say “Thank you very much for your lesson and Gig Event.
I really enjoyed them all.

From 2010 September, I start the lesson and the teacher is Mark san.

I was very surprised the style of the lesson, because No Music Score!
Only the alphabet for note… It was unbelievable for me, Japanese.
And his speaking speed was like machine gun for me.

But now I am understanding that style is very very good for the music lesson.
Remember the music, Enjoy the music.

When I started to learn some blues codes, I again had big surprised.
Because after some practice of the blues codes, I was able to play the music as my image (perhaps small improvisation) without score or guide.

It was so simple and easy, but I never forget that period.

After that, I enjoyed my own play with Mark san.
And I success my last Blowout Sax Gig in Bath on last Nov.

Every time, Mark san give me empower to play the sax.
And I can keep the lesson until this April.

Unfortunately, I retuned to Japan in April,
but I never forget the lesson of Mark san and keep play the sax in anywhere.

Thank you Mark san and Team Blowout Sax

Toru Nirei