Jonathon Agnew ‘Aggers’ plays the sax on TMS!!

Written by  on July 27, 2016

aggersListen to Aggers play the saxophone being taught by John Helliwell of Supertramp who played fab solos on ‘The Logical Song’ and ‘Crime Of The Century.’
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Elvis Presley playing the sax

Written by  on July 27, 2016


alas Mr Blowout Sax playing at his wifes fancy dress party!!

2 Fresh viewpoints of The Blowout Sax School Bath

Written by  on July 8, 2016

From The Cricket Club Pavilion

From the train leaving Bath Spa Station

July 2016 Sax gigs-thanks to Mr John Heenan once again

Written by  on July 8, 2016

Sax Gigs from July 2016

1,2,3 July Mindi Abair Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

2 July Town of Cats Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

6 July Andy Sheppard/Craig Crofton Bristol Fringe Bar, Clifton

6 July Roamin’ Jasmine Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

8 July Martin Dale Meeting House, Ilminster

9 July Pharoah Sanders Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London

9 July New Orleans Swamp Donkeys The Fleece, Bristol

13 July Ed Jones Bristol Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol

15 July Courtney Pine The Convent, South Woodchester, Stroud

16 July Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Old Duke, Bristol!gigs/c1c5j

Marlborough Jazz Festival

15 July Alexander Bone / George Haslam / Ed Jones / Red Stripe Band / Tori Freestone
16 July Art Themen / Clair Hirst / Kevin Figes/ Protect the Beat / Baraka

17 July Zhenya Stringalev Hen & Chicken, West Street, Bedminster, Bristol

17 July Baraka Harbour Festival, Bristol

23 July Jungle by Night The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

24 July Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) The Bell, Bath

30 July Mr Woodnote The Old Fire Station, Lewins Mead, Bristol

19 August The Toasters Moon Club, Womanby Street, Cardiff

26 August Simon Allen Meeting House, Ilminster

27 August The Beat National Trust, Tyntesfield, Wraxall

3 September Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Kings Head, Didmarton!gigs/c1c5j

10 September Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Royal Exchange, Hartpury!gigs/c1c5j

24 September Dire Streets (feat. Steve Wiltshire:sax) Chapel Arts Centre, Bath

4 October The Beat (feat. Dave Wakeling , NOTE: different band from 27 August gig!)

15 October Logicaltramp Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

20 October Tim Garland St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol

22 October UB40 O2, Frogmore Street, Bristol
22 October Emperials The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol

28 October UB40 GL1 Centre, Gloucester

12 November The Emperials The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

London Jazz Festival
12 November Joshua Redman TheBarbican
13 November Jan Garbarek Royal Festival Hall
15 November Chris Potter Cadogan Hall; Yolanda Brown The Barbican; Donny McCaskin Rich Mix, Bethnal Green
16 November Marius Neset St Luke’s , E1
20 November Wayne Shorter The Barbican

16 November The Slackers The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

26 November Bonzo Dog Band St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol

2 December Madness Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
The Beat The Fleece, Victoria St., Bristol

3 December The Blockheads The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

8 December Darius Brubeck Quartet St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol

Visiting the hallowed plantation where Rico Reeds are grown-the ones I have blown for the past 30 plus years!!

Written by  on July 8, 2016

From a plaque big brother Simon saw in Hyeres lead us a couple years later to head for Hyeres.

We were met by a wonderful gregarious big in stature and character Le Monsieur Philppe Weichel the head of the Rico Reed Plantation.
He hailed from the Alsace spoke immaculate English with a self-deprecating sense of humour.
He started working in the wine industry and 8 years ago was brought in by D’addario to run this plantation and with that brought in a more organic approach.All rejected reeds some 2 to 20 percent of the crop are mashed and recycled by the roots of the rows and rows of bamboo cane.




This is part of the cultivation alongside Philppe’s addition from the wine world of some wild berry trees,then a lot of water,Cote D’azur magical sun and some mineral spray make this crop grow and grow.It has no Macbeth,nothing that can destroy it,it is resilent to any disease.



(All photos by Simon Archer

The timing of the harvest varies but often after a frost in November then the cane is stripped and those that make the grade are dried out in the hangers.
There is a continual re-evaluation process as the cane that is deemed to knotty are literally weeded out so not to contaminate the good cane.
Each cane has different properties.The thicker part at the top can be for baritone,the next part down tenor,then alto,soprano sax..
other canes are strictly depending on their width for baritone,tenor or even clarinet…
and how many reeds per cane?
I said hundred..the reality 10 to 12!!!
Once dry the good cane is cut by special one off machines indoors and the very best quality are sent to the USA to be branded into Rico,Rico Royale and all the other affliated brands.
Over a million reeds orginate from this plantation and another near the sea in Hyeres.
Thank you Philippe for an informative tour.
I shall never think of a reed in the same way.

He’s not forgot his roots he’seven growing some vines on site so Mr D’addario can have his own branded bottle of wine!

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