Janek Deleskiewicz the Jaeger-LeCoultre Artistic Director another sax player

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Janek Deleskiewicz the Jaeger-LeCoultre Artistic Director also plays sax ..check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScACAKGkEoc


The obvious connection between Saxophones and Norton motorcycle special builds…….

Written by  on August 19, 2013
From  a top man saxman John Piper ace engineer
The obvious connection between Saxophones and Norton motorcycle special builds…….


Something about the styling of this brings to mind Jim Schmidt’s  saxophones. The shapes, I suppose.

(note: Jim is also into motorcycles: http://www.jsmotorsport.com)



Mr. Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson, Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra at Komedia Bath November 1st 2013

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To Promote his album  Lee Kix Thompson is coming into Bath and as the man the most responsible for most middle aged players of the sax today must be worth a look.LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA, The - The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius (Front Cover)

Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra


Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra - event image

The brainchild of Madness saxophonist Mr. Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson, Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra were formed, in the back streets of Hackney, in the early months of 2011. They came together from different parts of North, East, South and West London, with their common denominator being music, and in particular those good old Ska & Reggae rhythms that burst out of Jamaica in the mid to late 1960s. As well as his usual saxophone duties, Thompson takes on the lead vocals in a hand-picked line up that features fellow Madness original Mark‘Bedders’ Bedford on bass, as well as the following members:

Drums: Steve ‘Roo-B-Doo’ Rooney(LP6/Kill 2)
Guitar: Kevin ‘Born Ready’ Burdett(Madness/Damaged Goods)
Piano: Louis ‘Diamond Legs’ Vause(Crunch/Butterfield 8)
Organ: Seamus ‘Nice Man’ Beaghen(Madness/Butterfield 8)
Tenor: Steve ‘Ice Cool’ Turner(Madness/LP6)
Alto: Terry ‘Individual’ Edwards (The Higsons/Butterfield 8)
Trumpet: Steve ‘Chalky’ White(LP6/Dance Brigade)
Vocals: Darren ‘Fordie’ Fordham(Reece/Damaged Goods)

With their first album already in the can and due for imminent release, their madcap front man and bags of upbeat new takes on vintage classics, this is a band that are bringing Ska back to the forefront of popular music.

Ages 14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Standing Event – please contact us if you have any access requirements

Doors at 7:30pm – Stage times TBC

Ronnie Wood Plays The Tenor Sax.

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Reading Ronnie Woods biog in hols and there it was page 190…

‘It was a two-week deal with the sax.I picked it up,learnt the scales and started to get the feel of it.I didn’t know what the hell I was doing except the sounds were coming out.So I rang up Bobby Keys (main sax Stones tenor saxman and wildman) and said ‘Listen to this.’I didn’t know it at the time but when I was done,Jo and him got together and bought me Pals Johnson’s tenor sax,the one the great Plas used to play the Pink Panther theme.

I bought a sax into the studio once when the Stones were recording the Undercover album and everyone just looked at me weirdly.I said,’Let me give it a go.The song was ‘I Think I’m Going Mad,’so I played in the brass section with Bobby Keys,Jim Horn and Steve Madeo the Stones brass section.

So Ronnie when you want to pick up the sax again call Blowout my man we are the very best in the world.Alas no photo of Ronnie playing so Ronnies of Charlie Watts a big jazzman will have to suffice.

The other piece of saxo info from Ronnie’s biog was the origin of Elton Johns as Reg Dwights stage name was from a saxman Elton Dean and blues man Long John Baldry.

Playing The Sax In The Sunshine 2013

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Mr Blowout Sax  Mark Archer playing his curved soprano by the swimming pool at Mojacar, Spain 2013.
New Blowout Sax teacher Debbie Davey playing curved soprano on a boat into Ambelike Bay, Meganissi Island Greece 2013.
Sean Macey here in the hills above Nidri, Lefkada with the Greek mainland in the distance.
Cosmo Adams in the cote d’azur 2013
and Mark Charlton the writer playing in the mountains in France 2013

Sax gigs Aug 13th 2013

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Sax Gigs from 13 August 2013

Gilad Atzmon 23 September, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

Bad Manners 15 December, The Fleece, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=3314

The Beat 6 December, Cheese & Grain, Frome http://www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk/2013/04/the-beats-christmas-party/
8 December, Subscription Rooms, Stroud http://www.ents24.com/stroud-events/subscription-rooms/the-beat/3530311

Be-Bop Club The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol – http://www.thebebopclub.co.uk/index_files/WhatsOn.htm
13 Sept: George Cooper Quintet 20 Sept: The Pushy Doctors 27 Sept: Donegan Genge Quartet
4 Oct: Simon Spillett 11 Oct: Arabella Sprot Quintet

3 Bonzos & a Piano 3 October, Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=1608

Yolanda Brown 12 October, Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon http://www.yolandabrown.co.uk/events/swindon-arts-centre

Dakhla 19 August, The Bell, Walcott St., Bath http://www.thebellinnbath.co.uk/index.php/live-music

Emperials 14 September, Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=2841
19 October, Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=2670

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

Kevin Figes 12 September, Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/

Kenny Garrett 10/11 October, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/1551-the-kenny-garrett-quintet

Dave Koz + Mindi Abair 5 October, Cadogan Hall, London http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/dave-koz-and-friends-131005/

Joe Lovano 7 April 2014, Barbican, London http://www.joelovano.com/gigs/

M People (Sax:Snake Davis) 11 October Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3539

James Morton 15 August, The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/music-listings/

David Murray 16 October, St George’s Brandon Hill, Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/david-murray-quartet/

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

Chris Potter 28/29 October, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/1630-chris-potters-underground

Joshua Redman 20 September + 24 April 2014, Wigmore Hall, London http://www.joshuaredman.com/tour

Roller Trio 9 October, Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3551

David Sanborn 16 November, Barbican, London http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=14971

Andy Sheppard 22 August/5 September, Fringe Bar,Bristol http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list/year.listevents/2013/03/27/-.html
27 September, Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=2969

Wayne Shorter 17 November, Barbican, London http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=14902

The Slackers 1 November, The Fleece, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=1448

UB40 20 September, Planet Ice Arena, Cardiff Bay http://www.ub40.co.uk/performances.html

Note: Sonny Rollins and Pharoah Sanders have cancelled all concerts on their current tours because of ill health