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Some ace shots of Our Party In The City May 17th 2019 at The Arch..all black and white shots taken by www.simonarcherphotography.co.uk

Written by  on June 3, 2019

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Blowout Sax Mini Gig
PARTY IN THE CITY
Set List For MAY 17TH 2019.
SET 1 included Students playing tracks like ROCK FORT ROCK by The Skatalites
SHAKE YOUR TAILFEATHER by Ray Charles
SWEET EMMA by Cannonball Adderley
TADOW by Masego
WILL YOU by Hazel O’Connor
NO MAN NO CRY by Jimmy Sax
Mark Knopfler Goin’ Home LOCAL HERO
BAKER STREET…Raf Ravenscroft Gerry Rafferty
ONE STEP BEYOND.. Madness
and the SET 2 was a big and exciting jam on original House dance and reggae tracks which sounded fantastic live and in the moment.

THE ARCH 2019

Random tales of Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson sax man like meeting Ray Davies

Written by  on December 1, 2016

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Lee with ace Blowout Saxman JP

When he started with Madness started he brought the ‘nutty sounds’of Prince Buster and a blatant itch for the spotlight
‘First chance I got I want that solo.’

Until Lee spotted his hero Ray Davies at the Olympics warm up area so
‘Wearing my Fez and everything I went over and shook his hand.He says ‘Who are you?’
I say ‘Baggy Trousers’He says ‘The Penny’s dropped.’ After Suggs said the Olympics ‘Filled our sails.’

‘Keep it real,keep it sharp.You need a line of integrity.’

and how they rose to be national institutions!!

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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 https://mindi-abair.squarespace.com/tour/

2 July Town of Cats Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/music/

6 July Andy Sheppard/Craig Crofton Bristol Fringe Bar, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html

6 July Roamin’ Jasmine Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/music/

8 July Martin Dale Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1477

9 July Pharoah Sanders Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2016/july

9 July New Orleans Swamp Donkeys The Fleece, Bristol http://thefleece.co.uk/events/new-orleans-swamp-donkeys-traditional-jass-band/

13 July Ed Jones Bristol Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html

15 July Courtney Pine The Convent, South Woodchester, Stroud http://www.courtneypine.co.uk/live.htm

16 July Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Old Duke, Bristol http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

Marlborough Jazz Festival http://www.marlboroughjazz.com/index.php/programme

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 http://jazzata.com/gignews.html

17 July Baraka Harbour Festival, Bristol http://www.barakamusic.co.uk/index2.htm

23 July Jungle by Night The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://thefleece.co.uk/events/

24 July Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) The Bell, Bath https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2016/july

30 July Mr Woodnote The Old Fire Station, Lewins Mead, Bristol https://www.ents24.com/bristol-events/the-station-the-old-fire-station

19 August The Toasters Moon Club, Womanby Street, Cardiff http://www.wegottickets.com/event/362005

26 August Simon Allen Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1477

27 August The Beat National Trust, Tyntesfield, Wraxall http://www.thebeatofficial.com/tour

3 September Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Kings Head, Didmarton http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

10 September Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Royal Exchange, Hartpury http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

24 September Dire Streets (feat. Steve Wiltshire:sax) Chapel Arts Centre, Bath https://chapelarts.org/events/dire-streets-tribute-to-dire-straits/

4 October The Beat (feat. Dave Wakeling , NOTE: different band from 27 August gig!) http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/music/

15 October Logicaltramp Huntingdon Hall, Worcester http://www.logicaltramp.co.uk/

20 October Tim Garland St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol http://editionrecords.com/artists/tim-garland/

22 October UB40 O2, Frogmore Street, Bristol http://ub40.global/performances.html
22 October Emperials The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

28 October UB40 GL1 Centre, Gloucester http://ub40.global/performances.html

12 November The Emperials The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://thefleece.co.uk/events/

London Jazz Festival http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
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 http://thefleece.co.uk/events/

26 November Bonzo Dog Band St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/bonzo-dog-doo-dah-band/

2 December Madness Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff https://www.ents24.com/cardiff-events/motorpoint-arena-cardiff/madness/4722629
The Beat The Fleece, Victoria St., Bristol https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15535be11340283d

3 December The Blockheads The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://thefleece.co.uk/events/

8 December Darius Brubeck Quartet St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/the-darius-brubeck-quartet/

Blowout Sax Gig Review 2015

Written by  on November 29, 2015

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Check out One Step Beyond as our finale with Jon Marsh Pauly Archer And Howell David on vocals
https://vimeo.com/147143948

Another great set of performances from our ace Blowout sax students playing so many famous sax pieces ..what a excellent soiree of music.

Well I wouldn’t let the team down. Really friendly bunch and some great sax players. You need a bigger venue. It was certainly intimate 😃 you rock Mr Blowout Sax🎷🎷🎷😃 .
Tracy

Lovely gig Mark, beautifully crafted together ! I need another lesson asap (inspired to get better)

John

Epic gig Mark. Full of energy and joy. Well sung.

Will

Hi Mark! Thanks so much for inviting me to sing last night! It was fab to be part (tho a small part!) of such a successful and fun evening! I was very impressed by the whole thing- the organisation, the band but most of all, all the players that were keen to get up and play.. That’s all down to you! I know you’ve had years of practise with these evenings, but the energy is daily there in bucket loads! Really well done!

Ali

Blowout Sax Gig soon November 27th 2015 at Chapel Arts Centre Bath

Written by  on November 2, 2015

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Tickets on sale for the 15th year of this amazing event on sale November 9th.
The legendary Blowout Sax School of Bath is opening its doors in North Parade for an incredible informal evening of saxophone based party music played by Blowout Sax students having been taught by Mark Archer and Craig Crofton and backed by a top class band.
A broad overview of some of the tunes played will be pop sax classics ‘Baker Street’, blues classics like ‘Peter Gunn,’ and classic British Madness Ska like ‘One Step Beyond,’ and the Ska classic ‘Message To You Rudy’ amongst many other wonderful tunes like ‘Superstition.’
It will be a remarkable, original and inspired evening.
The event will start at 7.45pm and wrap up around 10.30pm.

The ethos of Blowout Sax is that anyone can play and Mark Archer the School Director aided by the well known Craig Crofton have devised an exciting and unique approach to learning where no musical knowledge is required so if you love the sax you know where to go November 27th gig.

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latest sax gigs to see from sept 2015

Written by  on September 7, 2015

Sax Gigs from sept 7th2015

7 September The Slackers The Fleece, Victoria St., Bristol
http://thefleece.co.uk/events_category/touring-shows/

12 September Madness County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol  
http://www.madness.co.uk/live/

13 September Get the Blessing The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
http://www.theblessing.co.uk/
Kevin Figes Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol
http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/

15 September Alan Barnes New Inn, Westerleigh http://www.alanbarnesjazz.com/gigs.html

19 September The Dualers Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=7694

23 September Andy Sheppard The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath https://beta.ents24.com/bath-events/the-bell-inn
Ben Waghorn The Mall Pub, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html

24-26 September Loose Tubes Ronnie Scott’s, Soho https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2015/september

30 September Andy Sheppard The Mall Pub, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html

2 October Snake Davis Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.snakedavis.com/tourdates.asp

4 October Mutter Slater Band Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=products_all

5 October Snarky Puppy O2, Frogmore St., Bristol https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/snarky-puppy

10 October Baila La Cumbia (Craig Crofton) Bocca Bar, Glastonbury https://bailalacumbia.wordpress.com/gigs/

11 October Barrence Whitfield & the Savages Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

12 October Simon Spillett Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.simonspillett.com/forthcomingliveappearances.htm

13 October Andy Sheppard St George’s, Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/2015-10/?mcMonth=2015-10

14 October Iain Ballamy The Mall Pub, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html

18 October Grandmothers of Invention Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://thefleece.co.uk/events_category/touring-shows/

22 October Kevin Figes Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/

23 October Craig Crofton (+Pete Gage Band) Cellar Bar, Devizes http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j

26 October Alan Barnes Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

11 November Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

12 November The Beat The Fleece, Bristol http://thefleece.seetickets.com/event/the-beat/the-fleece/854642
Dakhla The Grain Barge, Hotwells Road, Bristol http://www.dakhlabrass.com/gigs/

13 November Maceo Parker Under the Bridge, Chelsea, London http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/
Joshua Redman Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, London http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events

14 November Maceo Parker Under the Bridge, Chelsea, London http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/
Courtney Pine Globe Theatre, Bankside, London SE1 http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
Kamasi Washington/Gogo Penguin Barbican, London http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events

19 November Bobby Wellins (Under Milk Wood) ArtsDepot, Nether Street, London N12 http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events

20 November Ben Waters Band Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=products_all

21 November Average White Band/Kokomo Royal Festival Hall, London http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events

29 November Tower of Power Koko, Mornington Crescent, London http://www.koko.uk.com/listings/tower-power-29-11-2015

4 December Jean Toussaint Victory Club, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/

5 December Blockheads, The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://www.thefleece.co.uk/shows/

9 December Selecter Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/music/

17 December Dakhla The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.dakhlabrass.com/gigs/

18 December The Beat Cheese & Grain, Frome http://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873528529

20 December Blockheads Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath http://www.theblockheads.com/page/live
Superskas Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.thesuperskas.com/upcoming-gigs/,

For the first time Blowout Sax opens its doors to the general public for The Opening of the Bath Festival Party In The Park Friday May 15th 2015

Written by  on May 18, 2015

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What a night and music..feedback like ‘Great event last night; pleasingly full and buzzing, well informal. Loved the two lines of people watching from up on The Bridge.Did you realise also girls practising their cricket on the green were dancing along?’..and ‘top gig!we loved it ..the space rocks!!..very enjoyable gigette and we went around a few in town and yours was the best by a mile.’

The legendary BlowoutSax School of Bath is opening itsdoors in North Parade for an incredible informal evening of saxophone based party music played by Mark Archer and Craig Crofton with selected students backed by a top class trio of Anders Olinder on keys, Andy Tween drums and Jerry Cozier Cole on Guitar.

 

 

Blowout Sax Sets Friday May 15th 2015

7pm Tony Clark DJ  sounds

7.45-8.30pm

SUMMERTIME.

    CANTALOOPE ISLAND

SIDE WINDER

ST THOMAS

                     SONG FOR MY FATHER

                                            THRILL IS GONE -a tribute to BB King

            Tony Clark DJ sounds

8.45-9.30pm

FIRE

SWEET HOME CHICAGO

SONG FOR MY FATHER

SWEET EMMA

TEQUILA

PETER GUNN

PICK UP THE PIECES

Tony Clark DJ sounds

 

9.45 onwards

LAST NIGHT.

SASSIE LASSIE

A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY

SUPERGROOVY PINK PANTHER

ONE STEP BEYOND.

MINNIE THE MOOCHER

 

 

Sax Gigs from 15 November 2014

Written by  on November 17, 2014

Sax Gigs from 15 November 2014

 

15 November  Jan Garbarek Temple  Church, London EC4

https://www.gigantic.com/efg-london-jazz-festival/temple-church/2014-11-16-19-00

Conjunto Gringo Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://canteenbristol.com/livemusic/conjunto-gringo/

Soul Ingredients Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol http://www.no1harbourside.co.uk/music/

 

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/

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

Brass Junkies Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol http://www.no1harbourside.co.uk/music/

 

22 November James Morton Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://canteenbristol.com/livemusic/james-morton/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antelope Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol http://www.no1harbourside.co.uk/music/

23 November Joe Lovano Barbican Centre, London http://www.joelovano.com/gigs/

 

26 November Iain Ballamy Old Bath Arms, Frome http://www.ents24.com/frome-events/old-bath-arms/iain-ballamy

 

27 November Skatelites Venue 229, Great Portland St, London http://www.229thevenue.com/

Paul Dunmall Fringe Jazz, The Mall, Clifton, Bristol http://fringejazz.com/gig-list.html

                      Sefrial Future Inns, Cabot Circus, Bristol http://www.jazzatfutureinn.co.uk/gig-list

 

28 November Alan Barnes the Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1117

King Porter Stomp Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://canteenbristol.com/livemusic/king-porter-stomp/

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

SAMS Band Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol http://www.theeastfieldinn.co.uk/events/

 

3 December Zen Hussies The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm

 

4 December Simon Spillett St James Wine Vaults, Bath http://www.stjameswinevaults.co.uk/

Old Hat Future Inns, Cabot Circus, Bristol http://www.jazzatfutureinn.co.uk/gig-list

 

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

Madness Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/Madness

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

Cantina Collective Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol http://www.theeastfieldinn.co.uk/events/

 

6 December Emperials The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol  http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

 

10 December Craig Crofton Old Bath Arms, Frome http://www.ents24.com/frome-events/old-bath-arms/mosi-conde/4079027

 

11 December Zen Hussies Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://www.zenhussies.com/gigs.htm

 

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

 

17 December Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/

18 December Blockheads Cheese & Grain, Frome http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/music/?_page=2

 

19 December Ben Waghorn/Kevin Figes The Bear, Hotwells, Bristol

http://www.thebebopclub.co.uk/index_files/WhatsOn.htm

Monkey Chuckle Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol http://www.theeastfieldinn.co.uk/events/

 

20 December  The Regz Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol http://www.thethunderbolt.net/whatson.ihtml

Moonshot Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol http://www.no1harbourside.co.uk/music/

 

21 December Bad Manners The Fleece, Bristol http://www.seetickets.com/event/bad-manners/the-fleece/758973

 

28 December Pee Wee Ellis/James Morton The Fleece, Bristol http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/pee-wee-ellis

 

25 January Andy Sheppard Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol http://jazzata.com/gignews.html

 

13 February Conjunto Gringo The Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/859

 

16 February Chris Potter Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London

17 February  http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/2404-chris-potters-underground

 

27 February Simon Spillett The Meeting House, Ilminster http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1179

 

1 March Gilad Atzmon Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol http://jazzata.com/gignews.html

 

12 April Julian Siegal Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol http://jazzata.com/gignews.html

 

14 April UB40 Colston Hall, Bristol http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/ub40-featuring-ali-astro-mickey/

 (Ali Campbell’s UB40, a different band from the one playing on 10 May, which is fronted by Ali’s brother, Duncan!)

 

24 April Snake Davis Chapel Arts Centre, Bath http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=monthly_listing&month=April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 May UB40 Gloucester Leisure Centre, GL1 http://www.ents24.com/gloucester-events/gl1-gloucester-leisure-centre

(Duncan Campbell’s UB40)

 

17 May Perico Sambeat Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol http://jazzata.com/gignews.html

 

Lee Kix Thompson Orchestra Gig at Komedia Bath

Written by  on November 2, 2013

Last night a goodly group of us went on my recommendation to see the legendary Madness tenor saxman Lee Kix Thompson’s orchestra.

I was trying to engineer a meet as he has inspired so many over the past 2 decades  to take up the sax but due to Bath’s gridlocked traffic that didn’t happen.

The set took a while to warm up as did he as a frontman and really hit its stride after the first 5 tracks.

He is obviously a top grinny londontown man with hilarious rehearsed moves,flicking sweat and he is as I suspected having studied his playing for 20 odd years wholly limited as a tenor sax player.

When the album came out I thought he will shine and open out and make ‘woodshed’ his technique but sadly like his gig he played safe with his track selection of standard ska fare and his solos were  lighting quick with a twang of Boots Randolph about them. Enjoyable night but alas no where near the list of great sax gigs I’ve seen.  Wish I had smuggle a sax in!