Today is Fete de la Musique day in France. It’s the day when just about every bar, every town, across France puts on live music. This year I’m lucky enough to be in one of the bands chosen to play in the town of Saint Junien. Yep, Jazz a la Carte will be playing from 8:30 pm in avenue Barbusse. You can find details of all the bands playing in Saint Junien here. Meanwhile, here’s the poster….
I’ve never really seen many Telecasters with Bigsby tremolos before, so when I saw this one the other day I did some research. It seems that Teles with Bisbys are uber kewl, and some people go out of their way to get them or modify normal Teles. Maybe it’s because it has a more 50s vibe, maybe it sits better with rockabilly and indie than a Strat does – cos that’s what I’d use if I needed a tremolo system. Or maybe the different action of the Bigsby is preferable, it certainly does have a different feel to a Strat.
Anyway, back to this one. A Candy Apple Red ‘Crafted in Japan’ one from around 2006. It is in fabulous condition, and plays very well. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but after trying it for a couple of hours I was won over. It’s fab, and for sale too! Tempted!
What could be cooler than a bound Tele with a Bigsby? Not much in my book! This 62 Custom Reissue was built by the fine craftsman at Fender Japan and exemplifies the quality that many players love. Japanese Fender instruments have developed quite a following in recent years for their cool vibe, great quality and excellent attention to detail. This Tele is no exception. Great specs throughout. The body is alder and is bound in white on the front and back for killer looks. The 25.5 inch scale maple neck features a rosewood fingerboard with 21 vintage frets and dot inlays. Classic Tele single coils deliver trademark twang and growl. A factory Bigsby vibrato offers killer whammy effects. Kluson style tuners keep it rock solid. This example is finished in candy apple red, Leo Fender’s favorite custom color. A really cool looking guitar with vintage mojo to spare.
Like most Fender Japan guitars, this Tele plays great and sounds good. The neck is slim and comfy and the frets are good. The pickups sound great and everything works as it should. A really cool guitar. From Shelton’s Guitars.
You wanna know how it went right? It was just great! La Ferme St Michel is a fabulous venue, and with a super ‘tech’ Yann on the desk we were assured of great sound and lights. We had 17 musicians taking part and they all part their part so well. We also had super cinematic video wizard Bill Sibley on hand, and ace photographer Ian Wilson of AutoGraphracing. So without further delay, here’s the evidence…..
Here’s the fabulous Madame Blanc with Every Dog Has Its Day…..
I joined a Jazz trio! Actually I joined a year ago, but didn’t want to say anything in case it didn’t work out. “Why wouldn’t it work out?”, I hear you ask. Well, because I’m not really a jazz guitarist, and the other two are professional musicians. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to cut it.
However, one year down the line I’m still there. The first few gigs were really tough. I dared not take my eyes of the music sheets (chord chards). But as time went on I started to relax a little. I’ve made a lot of progress and have gone from someone who worried about reading sheets to someone who has a sheet handed to them a few minutes before playing it.
The band is called Jazz a la Carte. Lynn Garner on vocals. Brad Lang on Double Bass, and me on guitar. We do play a lot of Jazz, but we also play classical, R&B, latin, reggae, pop and just about anything that takes our fancy.
Working with Lynn and Brad is a real treat for me. I reckon I’ve learned more about music in the last year than I did in the previous ten years!
Here’s a picture of my with my ‘Jazz’ box…….daddio!!!! 🙂
Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club is 3 years old. To celebrate we are doing a special ‘session’ at La Ferme Saint Michel, Confolens on 3rd April, starting at 5pm.
We’ve got a fabulous line-up of musos. There’ll be the usual suspects but there will also be some world class musicians joining in….I kid you not! You must be there! No need to book, just come along on the day. It’s free to get in (voluntary contribution towards expenses expected). There’ll be limited edition T-Shirts on sale. There will also be a bar.
There will be around 15 to 20 musicians taking part during the 2 hour session. Here’s the kind of stuff we’ll be playing…..
East of the Sun West of the Moon
River Deep Mountain High
Unchain my Heart
Tom Thumb Blues
You do Something to Me
Sad Old Red
When a Man Loves a Woman
Bad Case of Loving You
Every Dog Has it’s Day
There’s even a “Limited Edition” T-Shirt available….
Finally, the SEO bit….
If you are looking for some Jazz and Blues action in the Haute Vienne, Charente area of France, then Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club could be the place for you. We usuall meet on the last Thursday of each month. All players of all abilities are very welcome, all I ask is that you contact me first so that I can fit you in where you’ll be happiest. Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club is primarily for musicians, our aim is, “to create a warm loving environment in which like minded musicians can meet, play, share, grow, and get hip!”, having said that, all fans of jazz n blues are welcome.
The 2016, 59th edition of the Festival de Confolens runs from the 10th to the 15th August…..and The Sugaree Band have managed to snag a spot on the main outdoor stage on the final day! WhooOOOOooOO!!! Details soon! 🙂
As usual we’ll be at the Soleil Couchant on Boxing day with Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club. It’s always packed, so if you are thinking of coming along make sure to book in, and get there early. This year we have more musos than ever taking part and it looks like being an epic session. Everything from seasoned professional to debutants. Here is the poster….
…..and here’s the hit list as it stands. There will be quite a few additions on the day…
BOXING DAY hit list….
Ain’t Necessarily So Gm
Blues in the Night Dm
It ain’t the Meat it’s the Motion Bb
Smooth (Santana) Am
Any Way you Want it D
Fly me too the Moon
You Make me Feel so Young.
Come Fly With Me
Dont Ever Let Nobody Drag You Down, Eric Bibb. A
Texas Boogie, Big Daddy Wilson. 12 Bar in G
Slipped Tripped C
Still in Love With You F
Every Dog Has it’s Day F
Little by Little
Black Coffee in F
Body and Soul inDb,
C’est si Bon in Bb
All of me in C.
Was there a golden era in UK MTBing? Shane Lawton thinks so. He started a facebook group and invited people to post their memories, and pictures. It’s really taken off, and so many names from the past have joined in.
Here’s Shane’s description…..
“Welcome to this community page for middle aged and old gits that want to back pedal in time! If you love shiny purple parts, white tyres and Etto helmets your in the right group…neon lycra is mandatory. If not, please vacate!
This is a page for everyone passionate about the old school in UK mtb from former pro riders, team staff, media and plain crazy enthusiasts. “