The end of a Jazz n Blues era!

A HUGE THANK YOU! To everyone that came along to the Soleil Couchant yesterday for the final Jazz n Blues session. It was great, just great! I loved every moment. Here is a copy of the souvenir poster that I gave out….I wanted to share some of the moments from the last 5 years. I want to thank everyone who was ever a been a part of it whether as a musician, or a supporter. Thank You! THANK YOU! MERCI! DANKE JE!

Jazz n Blues, last ever poster

Here are the photographs of the day from ace photographer Ian Wilson.

Jazz n Blues Last Session

Boxing Day Jazz and Blues session – the end of the line

This Boxing Day at the Soleil Couchant starting at 1pm. The last ever “Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club” session. This will be the 5th edition and the last. After 5 years I have decided to stop running these sessions. They are still as popular as ever, but they are a lot of hard work, and I have other things I want to give my time to.

There will be souvenir posters available on the day. They are free, but you have to be there in person to collect one. See you there! 🙂

Jazz n Blues July Session

Bennettis Jazz n Blues Club France

Another fab session! A huge THANK YOU, MERCI, DANK JE, to everyone involved. Thanks to the crew at the Soleil Couchant for looking after us and making us feel so welcome. Thanks to all the supporters for your energy and enthusiasm. Thanks to all the superb musicians, you were brilliant! …..and thanks to the house band for an excellent job. I really can’t thank you all enough.

Here’s some video footage of the action….


Jazz n Blues sessions 2017

Bennetti’s open Jazz n Blues sessions this year are last Thursday of March, May, July, September, November. All held at the Soleil Couchant, 16310 Verneuil, France. Starting around 8pm.

These sessions are open to all musicians but you must make contact beforehand. You will also need to become an adherent to our association at a cost of 5 euros.

Ces sessions sont ouvertes à tous les musiciens mais vous devez prendre contact à l’avance. Vous devrez également adhérer à notre association à un coût de 5 euros.

Jazz n Blues Club Dates 2017

Here’s the skinny….

Objective – to create a warm loving environment in which like minded musicians can meet, play, share, grow, and get hip!

A list of songs for the session will be posted by me well in advance. This gives those wishing to take part a chance to brush up on them. We want people to feel comfortable, so, no surprises – please don’t just turn up and ask to play something
that isn’t on the list. This may make people uncomfortable, and while ‘outside the comfort zone’ is often where the magic happens we don’t want to put people on the spot or embarrass them.

We usually include Jazz standards – easy ones that everybody knows and some more challenging ones. We also include a good dollop of blues.

The ‘house band’ is made up of very experienced pro’ standard players.

Here is an example ‘hit list’ from last year….the hit list is compiled by me. I do take suggestions.

All Your Love – Otis Rush
Smoke on thw Water – Deep Purple
Tulsa Time – Don Williams
Moondance – Van Morrison
Summertime – Gershwin
Caught a Touch of Your Love – Diane Schuur
This Masquerade – Leon Russell
Sunny – Bobby Hebb – Am
Mornin – Al Jarreau – F
Out of Time – Chris Farlowe
Before You Accuse Me – Bo Diddley – E
Nothing Takes the Place of You – Tab Benoit
Help the Poor – Robben Ford – Dm
Be Authentic – Tim Bragg – D
Shoe on the Other Foot – D
The Thrill is Gone – Gm
Rainy Day Women – – Bob Dylan
To Be Alone With You – Bob Dylan

I provide PA and mics. 2 guitar amplifiers (no effect pedals allowed – bring own guitar and lead.
There is a drummer, who lets drummers play his kit (bring own sticks)
Keyboard player who lets players play.
Bassist who lets players use his rig (bring own bass)

Jazz n Blues Club October session….

The October session is at the Soleil Couchant on 27th starting around 8pm. This should be a great session. We have a real Jazz guitarist visiting for the first time. Also we have Steve Trotter’s new band ‘Blues System’ kicking off the second half…..playing a short set including a song from local musician/songwriter Tim Bragg’s latest album ‘Be Authentic. Come along and join in why don’tcha? 🙂

Bennettis Jazz n Blues Club October 2016

Fete de la Musique, Saint Junien, 2016

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….

fete de la musique

Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club – 3rd Birthday on 3rd April

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…..

You’ll find all the videos on Bill’s YT channel here… Bill Sibley’s YT Channel

Here she is again…..
Madame Blanc

You’ll find Ian Wilson’s picture album from the concert here.. Ian Wilson’s album ‘Confolens Jazz and Blues Party 2016’

I joined a Jazz Trio!

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!!!! 🙂

me with my 335

Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club – 3rd Birthday

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.

Jazz n Blues April 2016

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
Nature Boy
River Deep Mountain High
The Letter
Unchain my Heart
Steamy Windows
Tom Thumb Blues
All Blues
Mr PC
Misty
You do Something to Me
Sad Old Red
When a Man Loves a Woman
Besame Mucho
Bad Case of Loving You
Every Dog Has it’s Day

There’s even a “Limited Edition” T-Shirt available….
Jazz n Blues T-Shirt

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.

See ya soon 🙂