Past Events
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SATURDAY 2ND JANUARY 2016
MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY


MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY FEATURING JIMMY THOMAS (USA) ,LAURIE GARMAN AND EDDIE ANGEL.

Mark Olbrich, Britain's top blues bassist of Polish origin has brought together musicians who are acknowledged as among the best in the world of blues - blues legend Jimmy Thomas (ex Ike & Tina Turner), Britain's top harmonica player, Laurie Garman and Eddie Angel.

Mark ‘Bestia' Olbrich is a British blues bass player of extraordinary skill and experience., Mark cut his hard-core blues teeth in London playing with the top British and American musicians. ‘Blues Eternity’ was voted Best Blues Record 2014.

Laurie Garman is one of Britain’s top harmonica players who has played with Freddie King (on his RSO records), Bob Marley and the Wailers (Island), Lightning Slim, Gerry Rafferty, The Yardbirds and many more.

Jimmy Thomas (USA) has played in all the legendary venues from NYC to LA - Apollo in Harlem, Howard Theatre in DC, the Regal in Chicago, the Whiskey on Sunset Strip, the Five Four Club. He’s played with Little Johnnie Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Freddie King and many more. Jimmy came to England in the 50s and, in various guises, Jimmy recorded with among others, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, David Essex, Lou Reed, and Gary More.

Eddie Angel tours the world with Grammy nominated Los Straitjackets, whose music is featured in TV shows and movies.

Admission

£10 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£12 - On the door


www.markolbrichblues.com

SATURDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2016
DALE STORR SOLO NEW ORLEANS PIANO SHOW


Dale Storr is the leading exponent of the New Orleans piano in the UK who guides you on a journey featuring the legendary James Booker.

Dale immersed himself in the styles of his heroes - Professor Longhair, Dr.John, Allen Toussaint, Tuts Washington and James Booker. Although he himself would down-play it, Dale has encompassed much of Booker's music and style in his own playing.

In March of 2006, Dale's passion for the music saw him perform his debut theatre gig as a soloist, concentrating on the piano styles of his influences. The success of that performance resulted in more dates and he has not looked back, playing anything from a classically influenced minuet, a Latin rhumba, a back o' town junker blues to a frenzied boogie woogie.

He has been nominated in the top three of the European Blues Awards in The Best Musical Performance Category. His latest album will be available at this gig.


Admission

£10 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£12 - On the door


www.dalestorr.com

SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 2016
RAG MAMA RAG


Always popular with Brooks Blues Bar audiences, the France based English duo RAG MAMA RAG have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts, making use of a wide range of acoustic instruments.

RAG MAMA RAG creates an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audiences’ feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20s and 30s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, Original Compositions, and many other regional styles of the 20’s and 30’s period.

Touring non-stop RAG MAMA RAG regularly play at all the major festivals in Europe and beyond.

Ashley Dow plays Henderson Acoustic Guitar, National & Dobro Resonator Bottleneck Guitars, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, Ukulele and vocals. Deborah Dow features on Harmonica, Washboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals.


Admission

£10 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£12 - On the door


www.ragmamarag.com

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL 2016
GUY TORTORA FEATURING JANOS BAJTALA


“As much understated soul as anyone has a right to expect . . . something of an undiscovered treasure”

Americana-UK

“Excellent songwriting. Subtle, beautiful . . . and lovely slide guitar!"

Paul Jones -- BBC Radio 2

"There is a real depth of feeling to Tortora's music"

Maverick Magazine

"A master songsmith . . . File under Tortoriana !"

Blues Matters! (UK)

London based Californian Guy Tortora  performed in bands from junior high and high school days in Pasadena, and later around Southern California, soaking up the rich influences of the incredible music scene there in the 60's and 70's when he also travelled widely across the USA and Canada.

His style as songwriter and performer is what people call Americana  --  a hard term to define. But  it means original songs, well-constructed and well performed, in some of the various musical idioms that originated in the USA  --  blues, jazz, folk and roots  --  and also interpreting the work of other writers in these genres with depth and feeling. Guy is an accomplished guitar player on both acoustic and electric guitars  which he plays finger style, and is a fine bottleneck and slide player.

Over the last few years he has laid claim to a unique niche on the Blues 'n' Roots scene in the UK and European Continent, from small clubs and theatres to festivals. He has performed live with artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Pee Wee Ellis, John Cleary and Eric Bibb. He has also performed with Paul Jones, host of BBC Radio 2's Rhythm and Blues show, and recorded live sessions for Radio 2 and numerous local stations in the UK and Europe.

Pianist Janos Bajtala brings his exuberant skills to Guy’s blues.


Admission

£10 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£12 - On the door


www.guytortora.com

SATURDAY 7TH MAY 2016
DANA GILLESPIE with DINO BAPTISTE, JAKE ZAITZ & MIKE PAICE


A major figure on the international music scene for more than forty years and recording over sixty albums for major labels, Dana Gillespie has performed worldwide and been voted “Top British Female Blues Vocalist” by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine five times and elevated to their Hall of Fame. “….she literally beats the pants off anything done by a British bluesman the last ten years” (Essential Blues). A true blues diva who never fails to delight audiences. Accompanied by the hot-shot boogie pianist, Dino Baptiste, Jake Zaitz on guitar and Mike Paice on harmonica & saxophone.


Admission

£12 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£14- On the door


www.danagillespie.co.uk

www.dinobaptiste.com 

SATURDAY 14TH MAY 2016
JAZZ SPECIAL – ROSSANO SPORTIELLO (USA) Trio

featuring Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).



“My goal is to play jazz and make it understandable to everybody. 

Most of all, I want to see people smiling and having fun!”


Having graduated in classical piano in 1996, Rossano at 16, was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area, and in 1992, he joined one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang” touring with them throughout Italy and West Europe. In 2000 Rossano met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend. Mr. Harris has touted Rossano as “the best stride piano player” he has ever heard.


Stylistically, although international critics consider Rossano a follower of Ralph Sutton, Dave McKenna and Barry Harris, the influence of other great masters can be heard in his playing, such as Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Earl Hines, Ellis Larkins and Bill Evans, to name a few.


Rossano has performed with many of the world’s finest jazz luminaries, such as Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Dan Barrett, Kenny Davern, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Wilber, Warren Vache,  Harry Allen, Howard Alden, Joe Wilder, Joe La Barbera, Scott Hamilton, Jake Hanna, Dick Hyman. He is in great demand in the U.S. appearing at New York venues, such as Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Birdland, Feinstein's, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Café Carlyle and Town Hall, as well as at top jazz parties and festivals throughout Europe and the Far East.

As an educator, Rossano has given lectures on jazz and/or masterclasses on piano at institutions such as the University of Toronto Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida and Claremont College (California). Most recently, in May 2013, in addition to a concert at the Master’s Lodge of St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK, he lectured there as “professor in residence”.


Admission

£12 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£14- On the door


www.rossanosportiello.com

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016
THE STEVE MORRISON BAND - JJ CALE TRIBUTE

WITH ALAN GLEN, ROY PARSONS & MARK WALKER

(Return by popular demand for those who missed this fabulous performance in 2015)


Steve Morrison leads a band featuring the best of London’s blues musicians in an evening dedicated to the music and song-writing of J.J.Cale. The man sadly passed away on 26th July 2013 but left us with a wonderful legacy of original songs and a musical style that epitomised the notion of “cool”. The evening celebrates his original brand of blues, country and roots music and a life dedicated to music, leaving us with some great memorable tunes that will never be forgotten.

Admission

£10 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£12 - On the door


www.stevemorrison.eu

GIG CANCELLED

SATURDAY 2ND JULY 2016
ROGER HUBBARD &  RICHARD STUDHOLME

(Return by popular demand for those who missed this fabulous performance in 2015)


"Roger Hubbard is as good as any blues guitarist in the U.K. or the United States".

Muddy Waters.

Brighton born, Roger Hubbard is one of the UK's major exponents of the slide guitar.
In 1968, continuing an interest in Country and Delta blues, he started his own club above "The Lewes Arms" in Lewes, Sussex.

In 1971 Roger opened for Muddy Waters at The Gardener Centre, Brighton. He also appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival and on the first pyramid stage at Glastonbury the same year.

His first album Brighton Belle Blues was recorded in 1970 by Nick Perls for his US Blue Goose label. Nick was a key figure on the American blues trail, rediscovering the likes of Son House and Skip James. Having played his 1935 National Steel Duolian for many years, Roger now plays an electric resonator guitar made and designed by himself, known as "The Hub" as well as a steel resonator mandolin given to him by the AMI company in Munich. Roger also busies himself at his workshop where he has given new life to antique furniture including some old guitars, recently re-discovering the 'Ducal' finish' applied to the National and Dobro steel bodied guitars of the late 1920's and 1930's.

Richard Studholme honed his blues guitar licks in NYC before returning home to Britain and working as session man and band leader for JSP records in the '80's. Larry Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, Big Jay McNeely and Eric Bibb are among those who have used his talents- and though he has never stopped playing, these days he adopts a lower profile.

Admission

£10 - In Advance from www.wegottickets.com

£12 - On the door


www.rogerhubbard.co.uk

www.richardstudholme.co..uk


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