Dean Fraser at Bristol Colston Hall

Written by  on May 19, 2014

1 August Big Bad Dean Fraser (with Tarrus Riley & the Black Soil Band) Colston Hall, Bristol

http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/tarrus-riley/

One of my Jamaician Kings is appearing at Bristol’s centre for pop.

Dean ‘Black Horn Man’ Fraser aka also ‘Big Bad’ Dean is the premier number one reggae saxophonist in the world today. As an instrumentalist Fraser carries the flame from the glory days of the first wave ska. In a musical genre dominated by ‘toasters’ and vocal groups, Fraser continues to play straightforward reggae, though his musical abilities are hardly limited to one genre. The ‘riddims’ may be rock steady but his melodic phrases may be taken from ska, R and B, funk and he can jazz it up too.

Some of Fraser’s work can feel like easy-listening reggae as with ‘ Watch The Sound’. But in the case of a track like ‘It’s me again Jah,’ or ‘A Place In Africa’ (on my favourite Dean Fraser album ‘Big Up’) it’s worth taking the time to dig a little. It’s smooth on the surface but these still waters do run deep.

Dean Fraser was the first sax man I heard play in this style and he performs with a forceful beauty in his sound and with impressive melodic sensibility. Suffice it to say there is a master’s technique sat under those fingers. ‘Big
Bad’ Dean knows that the art of great music is in keeping it simple.

A review of Iggy Pop radio programme called ‘Sax In The City’ Sunday May 18th 4pm-6pm

Written by  on May 19, 2014

May I say what a great show it was yesterday and what a character and feel for the sax Iggy has.
Iggy introduced the well known jazz greats like John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme,’ Bird, Getz and Dexter Gordon take of ‘Scrapple From The Apple’ as well as some brilliant and funky unusual pieces by the Albert Ayler who I thought was just a free jazz wailer Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders.I also loved the fact that for him these guys are saints of American music.

Despite a great insight into the sax he did say Getz played alto and just for the record Stan Getz he of the ‘beautiful’ sound and wildly dubious character played tenor exclusively and I think the plastic sax Iggy was trying to describe the one Bowie played on the previously unheard to my ears excellent track Tiny Girl was called a Graftonite.

All in all it accompanied my Sunday afternoon in my garden beautifully.

Is the sax making a pop comeback?FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau – Changes

Written by  on May 2, 2014

FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau

The very French duo – believe they can get Brits feeling frisky with their musical aphrodisiac.

Wad Ad, aka Camil Meyer, 21, told me: “France and the rest of Europe loves this sexy vibe. It was quite a fashion during last summer, but maybe the UK was in another mood.

“[The UK is] into house music like Disclosure, but I think you need the saxophone now”

Wad Ad, aka Camil Meyer

“You are into house music like Disclosure, but I think you need the saxophone now.

“It gives you the sex and summer feeling.”

Changes is a rebooted version of a Pnau track and the latest in a long line of crossover dance smashes.

Faul, real name Maxime, 21, agreed: “Electronic music is rising because it has acoustic elements and big ­choruses everybody can sing.”
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But the Ibiza-bound boys have no intention of following up their ear-worm with a full album.

Wad explained: “I don’t think it’s the right moment to make an album, because dance music works so quick with the internet now.

“You need to focus on one track at a time, so instead we will release individual tracks and then a combined one as Wad & Ad.”

Over 31,891,174 have watched this video with some ripping saxophone playing on.Thanks to top students Eloise and Will.Do let me know of anymore??

 

June 1st and 2nd Lou Donaldson in town at Ronnie Scotts Firth Street,

Written by  on May 2, 2014

Mr Blue Note Live

I took 50 plus Blowout students to see Lou in 2006 what an awesome gig.Here’s my write up

At the age of seventy-seven, the stellar presence of Poppa Lou D arrived at London’s Jazz Café where he was greeted with rapturous applause. He launched into his playing.  And suddenly the Café was full of the sound of Lou D. It was the sound that I’d heard on record and taught in the School and yet it spoke to us all so simply and conversationally. His technique was strikingly effortless and very precise. Lou himself was quick to grin and was a very together funky old dude. This was my second visit and so I also wrote up his structure.

An evening with Lou Donaldson..Set List.

Having seen Lou Donaldson twice now, he ambles on stage. Speaks directly smiling to the audience with a catch phrase like ‘there will be no fusion no confusion,’ and has started both sets  with a bop tune to demonstrate his handspeed and get his digits warmed up on stage. He then will play one of his big hits Aligator Boogaloo and or Blues Walk and the audience is in and dancing. He will take requests like ‘Turtle Walk’ and sing a comic number or two like his hilarious ‘Whisky-Drinking Woman,’ which brings the house down. He will also weave in an almost unaccompanied ballad the first time was ‘Cry Me A River,’ the second ‘Wonderful World’ before launching into another tune. He most vitally leaves the audience wanting more.

Sax Gigs from 1 MAY 2014

Written by  on May 2, 2014

Sax Gigs from 1 May 2014

3 May The Dualers, Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/bristol-events/the-tunnels/the-dualers/3529390
Pete Effamy Subscription Rooms, Stroud http://www.eliopace.com/gigs/#

4 May Bartoune, Royal Oak, Lower Bristol Road, Bath http://www.bartoune.co.uk/gigdiary.htm

5 May Ambling Band, Redland Green May Fair, Bristol http://theamblingband.co.uk/

6 May The Bruce/Ilett Six (+Craig Crofton) Coronation Tap, Clifton, Bristol http://www.thecoronationtap.com/calendar.php

8 May Bartoune Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://www.bartoune.co.uk/gigdiary.htm
Sons of Kemet Fiddlers, Willway Street,Bedminster, Bristol http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/sons-of-kemet-tickets/113203
James Morton Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol http://www.thebristolfringe.com/tickets/

10 May Soul Ingredients the Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/
The Emperials Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.thethunderbolt.net/whatson.ihtml
Stan Sulzmann Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon http://stansulzmann.co.uk/gigs/
Baraka The Oxford, Totterdown, Bristol http://www.barakamusic.co.uk/index2.htm

11 May Pete Gage Band (+Craig Crofton) The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

15 May Andy Sheppard Fringe Bar Clifton, Bristol http://www.thebristolfringe.com/calendar/2014-05/

19 May, Hot 8 Brass Band The Fleece, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/bristol-events/the-fleece/hot-8-brass-band/3744443

22 May Kevin Figes Quartet Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/
James Gardiner-Bateman Future Inn, Bond Street, Bristol http://www.jaygeebee.com/gigs/

24 May Brass Jaw Guildhall, Bath http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/

25 May Brass Jaw Conygre Hall, Timsbury, http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/

26 May Jan Garbarek Bath Abbey http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/event/officium-novum/

27 May Jan Garbarek Salisbury Cathedral https://www.salisburyfestival.co.uk/detail.php?id=1303

30 May Perhaps Contraption The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://perhapscontraption.co.uk/live/

6 June Zen Hussies Royal Oak, Lower Bristol Road, Bath http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm
The Blockheads Corn Exchange, Devizes http://www.theblockheads.com/page/live
Regz The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

11 June James Gardiner-Bateman Old Bath Arms, Palmer Street, Frome http://www.fromesessions.org/

13 June ‘3 Tenors’ (Themen/Weller/Lockett) Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1016
Baraka Plantation, Cheltenham Road, Bristol http://www.barakamusic.co.uk/index2.htm
Monkey Chuckle Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

16 June Kevin Figes Quartet The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/

20 June Zen Hussies Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.thethunderbolt.net/whatson.ihtml

23 June Geoff Simkins Quartet Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

25 June Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

27-29 June Upton Jazz Festival Various Venues in Upton upon Severn http://www.uptonjazz.co.uk/

28 June Yolanda Brown Iford Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.yolandabrown.co.uk/events
Zen Hussies Iford Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm

4 July, The Emperials Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=5023

11 July The Slackers, Fleece, Thomas Street, Bristol http://www.thefleece.co.uk/event/the-slackers-special-guests/
Jan Garbarek Gloucester Cathedral https://tickets.cheltenhamfestivals.com/booking/production/syos/114397

12 July Monkey Chuckle Golden Lion, Gloucester Road, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

13 July Pete Gage Band (+Craig Crofton) The Cornerhouse, Frome http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

26 July Nuttyness, the Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

7 – 10 August Brecon Jazz Festival – Various Venues in Brecon http://breconjazz.com/en/programme/
7 August, Burt Bacharach (not a saxman, but …)
8 August, Alan Barnes, Loose Tubes, Jean Toussaint
9 August, Burum, Stan Tracey Tribute, Don Weller, Marius Neset, Kairos Quartet, Imperial Kikiristan,
Beats & Pieces Big Band, Jean Toussaint Saxophone Masterclass
10 August, Trish Clowes Quintet, Chris Barber Big Band, Lady Nade & Silhouettes, Organic, Polar Bear,
Township Comets, James Clark’s Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb

23 August, The Beat Upton Music Festival, Upton on Severn http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour/

24 August Pete Gage Band (+Craig Crofton) The Green, Devizes http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

6 September The Selecter Woolley Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.woolleyfestival.com/saturday-6th-electric-stage

7 September Courtney Pine Woolley Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.woolleyfestival.com/sunday-7th-jazz-stage

12 September Norman Watt-Roy Band (+Gilad Atzmon) Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=5193

24-26 September David Sanborn Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London http://ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2014/september

19 October Pee Wee Ellis American Museum, Bath http://americanmuseum.org/events/music-series-pee-wee-ellis/

31 October / 1 November Maceo Parker Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Greenwich, London
http://www.axs.com/uk/events/250241/maceo-parker-tickets?aff=ukaffents24

14 November John Surman Kings Place, London
http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/john-surman-trans4mation-strings-chris-laurence
Branford Marsalis Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/an-evening-with-the-branford-marsalis-quartet1

21 November The Beat Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour/
Nuttyness The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

5 December The Beat Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour/

12 December 2Rude The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

Sax Gigs from 1 May 2014

3 May The Dualers, Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/bristol-events/the-tunnels/the-dualers/3529390
Pete Effamy Subscription Rooms, Stroud http://www.eliopace.com/gigs/#

4 May Bartoune, Royal Oak, Lower Bristol Road, Bath http://www.bartoune.co.uk/gigdiary.htm

5 May Ambling Band, Redland Green May Fair, Bristol http://theamblingband.co.uk/

6 May The Bruce/Ilett Six (+Craig Crofton) Coronation Tap, Clifton, Bristol http://www.thecoronationtap.com/calendar.php

8 May Bartoune Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://www.bartoune.co.uk/gigdiary.htm
Sons of Kemet Fiddlers, Willway Street,Bedminster, Bristol http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/sons-of-kemet-tickets/113203
James Morton Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol http://www.thebristolfringe.com/tickets/

10 May Soul Ingredients the Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/
The Emperials Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.thethunderbolt.net/whatson.ihtml
Stan Sulzmann Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon http://stansulzmann.co.uk/gigs/
Baraka The Oxford, Totterdown, Bristol http://www.barakamusic.co.uk/index2.htm

11 May Pete Gage Band (+Craig Crofton) The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

15 May Andy Sheppard Fringe Bar Clifton, Bristol http://www.thebristolfringe.com/calendar/2014-05/

19 May, Hot 8 Brass Band The Fleece, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/bristol-events/the-fleece/hot-8-brass-band/3744443

22 May Kevin Figes Quartet Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/
James Gardiner-Bateman Future Inn, Bond Street, Bristol http://www.jaygeebee.com/gigs/

24 May Brass Jaw Guildhall, Bath http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/

25 May Brass Jaw Conygre Hall, Timsbury, http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/

26 May Jan Garbarek Bath Abbey http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/event/officium-novum/

27 May Jan Garbarek Salisbury Cathedral https://www.salisburyfestival.co.uk/detail.php?id=1303

30 May Perhaps Contraption The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://perhapscontraption.co.uk/live/

6 June Zen Hussies Royal Oak, Lower Bristol Road, Bath http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm
The Blockheads Corn Exchange, Devizes http://www.theblockheads.com/page/live
Regz The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

11 June James Gardiner-Bateman Old Bath Arms, Palmer Street, Frome http://www.fromesessions.org/

13 June ‘3 Tenors’ (Themen/Weller/Lockett) Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1016
Baraka Plantation, Cheltenham Road, Bristol http://www.barakamusic.co.uk/index2.htm
Monkey Chuckle Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

16 June Kevin Figes Quartet The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/

20 June Zen Hussies Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.thethunderbolt.net/whatson.ihtml

23 June Geoff Simkins Quartet Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

25 June Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

27-29 June Upton Jazz Festival Various Venues in Upton upon Severn http://www.uptonjazz.co.uk/

28 June Yolanda Brown Iford Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.yolandabrown.co.uk/events
Zen Hussies Iford Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm

4 July, The Emperials Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=5023

11 July The Slackers, Fleece, Thomas Street, Bristol http://www.thefleece.co.uk/event/the-slackers-special-guests/
Jan Garbarek Gloucester Cathedral https://tickets.cheltenhamfestivals.com/booking/production/syos/114397

12 July Monkey Chuckle Golden Lion, Gloucester Road, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

13 July Pete Gage Band (+Craig Crofton) The Cornerhouse, Frome http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

26 July Nuttyness, the Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

7 – 10 August Brecon Jazz Festival – Various Venues in Brecon http://breconjazz.com/en/programme/
7 August, Burt Bacharach (not a saxman, but …)
8 August, Alan Barnes, Loose Tubes, Jean Toussaint
9 August, Burum, Stan Tracey Tribute, Don Weller, Marius Neset, Kairos Quartet, Imperial Kikiristan,
Beats & Pieces Big Band, Jean Toussaint Saxophone Masterclass
10 August, Trish Clowes Quintet, Chris Barber Big Band, Lady Nade & Silhouettes, Organic, Polar Bear,
Township Comets, James Clark’s Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb

23 August, The Beat Upton Music Festival, Upton on Severn http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour/

24 August Pete Gage Band (+Craig Crofton) The Green, Devizes http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

6 September The Selecter Woolley Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.woolleyfestival.com/saturday-6th-electric-stage

7 September Courtney Pine Woolley Festival, Bradford on Avon http://www.woolleyfestival.com/sunday-7th-jazz-stage

12 September Norman Watt-Roy Band (+Gilad Atzmon) Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=5193

24-26 September David Sanborn Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London http://ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2014/september

19 October Pee Wee Ellis American Museum, Bath http://americanmuseum.org/events/music-series-pee-wee-ellis/

31 October / 1 November Maceo Parker Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Greenwich, London
http://www.axs.com/uk/events/250241/maceo-parker-tickets?aff=ukaffents24

14 November John Surman Kings Place, London
http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/john-surman-trans4mation-strings-chris-laurence
Branford Marsalis Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/an-evening-with-the-branford-marsalis-quartet1

21 November The Beat Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour/
Nuttyness The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

5 December The Beat Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour/

12 December 2Rude The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

Sax Gigs from 1 May 2014