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 🙂

Boxing Day Jazz n Blues

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….

Boxing Day 2015 - Jazz n Blues

…..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
Summer Wind
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

Moondance Am
Superstision E

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.

See ya Boxing Day 🙂

Gigs in August….

August is super busy, as usual….I’m really looking forwards to getting stuck into these.
31st July, The Sugaree Band, Auberge de l’Argentour, Nanteuil-en-Vallée, 16700
1st Saturday – Jazz a la Carte – Private function.
2nd Sunday 12noon- Jazz a la Carte Green Man Inn, Charroux, 86250
7th Friday 8pm- Jazz a la Carte La Petite Fontaine, La Dorat, 87210
8th Saturday 8pm- Jazz a la CarteBar de la Fontaine, Gouex, Poitou-Charentes
13th Thursday – Jazz a la Carte – Private function.
14th Friday – Jazz a la Carte La Meteorite, Rochechouart 87600
15th Saturday 8pm- Jazz a la Carte Au Reflet des Limousines, Ecuras 16220
16th Sunday 5pm- Jazz a la Carte Le Soleil Couchant, Verneuil, 16310
21st Friday 8pm- Jazz a la Carte Le Repos, Lac du Mondon, Cromac, 87
23rd Sunday- Jazz a la Carte – “Grande Braderie”, Ruffec town centre, all day…
11am Place d’Armes, Hotel de Ville
3pm Rue Jean Jaurès/Rue du Chenais
5pm Place Aristide Briand
27th Thursday – Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues ClubLe Soleil Couchant, Plan d’Eau, Verneuil, 16310.
28th Friday 8pm- Jazz a la CarteCafé de le Gare, Gourville 16170
29th Saturday 8pm- Jazz a la CarteAuberge du Noyer, La Brousse, Londigny 16700
30th Sunday 12noon- Jazz a la CarteLa Charrette, Benest 16350

Super Jazz n Blues Session at Le Soleil Couchant

The Jazz n Blues session at Le Soleil Couchanton 30th April was one of the best yet. We had more players than ever, really experienced players!
Here’s a clip of one of my favourites from the day…..Joe Cocker’s ‘The Letter’…..

The next scheduled session is on the 14th July at the Golf de Saint Junien, though I might try and organise something before that. As it happens I’m off to the seaside next week to see if I can pick up a couple of gigs on the coast….West Coast that is…can’t get no more jazzier than that! Watch this space! 🙂

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club Special…REVIEW

Our Jazz n Blues special took place on Sunday 9th November at La Ferme St Michel in Confolens.

All on stage at the end - Bennetti's Jazz n Blues!

Are you wondering how it went? Was the three months of work worth it? Did it all come together on the night?
Well yes it did! It was fantastic! Better than I could have hoped. In fact it was just perfect! The place was packed, and a great afternoon was had by all. So many people thanked us, and yet we have so many people to thank. Right from the ‘load in’ and set up at 12 noon through to climbing into bed at gone 1am the next day….perfect!

We even got a review in the local press….thanks Annie Grandjean at Charentelibre.

Confolens : le public au rendez-vous du Bennetti’s Jazz & Blues club.
Lynn Garner and Brad Lang

Ce sont près de 160 personnes qui ont fait le déplacement dimanche après-midi à la Ferme Saint-Michel pour assister à l’animation organisée par l’association Bennett Productions en partenariat avec l’Amac. Bennetti’s Jazz & Blues Club a offert au public un concert de deux heures d’une grande qualité. Ce concept réunit des musiciens de tous horizons, le but étant de jouer ensemble, apprendre les uns des autres, échanger autour d’une même passion. Quinze musiciens amateurs et professionnels se sont succédés sur scène pour jouer divers morceaux. De longs applaudissements et de longues discussions avec les artistes ont conclu cette soirée qui fut une grande réussite aux dires du public présent.

Le “Bennetti’s Jazz & Blues” sera jeudi 27 novembre á partir de 20h30 au Golf de Saint-Junien. Entrée gratuite.

Read more on the Charente Libre website here.

We have pro’ photographer Ian Wilson to thank for a superb album of photos. Here’s a selection to give you the idea…..

Blues Shouter Norrie Snakebite Burnett…
Norrie Snakebite Burnett

Andy Roxburgh on Saxes…
Andy Roxburgh on Saxes

Birthrite‘s drummer Ron Draper – who flew out from the UK just for the weekend to take part…
Ron Draper - Drummer with Black Country Steampunk bnad Birthrite

Here’s me, in the background, hanging on every note from fab French bluesman Bobby Dirninger
Bobby Dirninger

You’ll find the full album of pictures here.

Thanks to all the musicians who took part. You were all fabulous, and to see you enjoying what you do best made my day.
Thanks to all the team at La Ferme St Michel for having us. Especially Seb’ of Asscociation AMAC.
Thanks to all the supporters and fans of Jazz n Blues that came along on the day. It’s as much about you as it is us. It’s ‘our’ show!
Thanks to all the team at La Ferme for a great sound and a making us all feel welcome. We had a great sound – thanks Yan!
Thanks to all the wives and partners who ‘mucked in’ and helped. Lin on the merch’ table, Jaci on seating, Dave and Bill on the door.
Oh and needless to say…Thanks to Carla (Madame Blanc) her all her help and support, and for presenting the show in French! I could not have done it without her.

Madame Blanc… 🙂 <3 Madame Blanc

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club Special…

Yeah! The Jazz n Blues club I started continues to go from strength to strength. So…we are organising a Jazz n Blues Special on Sunday the 9th November at La Ferme St Michel in Confolens. We have a some fabulous musicians coming to take part including Norrie ‘Snakebite’ Burnett (Blues Shouter), and Bobbie Dirninger (fresh from the Montreux jazz festival). We also have seasoned pro’s Lynn Garner and Brad Lang, as well as Birthrite’s drummer Ron Draper who’s flying in from the UK just to take part. It is gonna be a special day!

JnB_poster_NOV_web

T-Sirts available for 10 euros! They look like this….

Jazz n Blues T-Shirt

If you are anywhere near Confolens 16500 on the 9th November and you are a Jazz and Blues fan. Don’t miss this! This will be a truly hip hang, dig?

Entrée libre (restauration sur place toute la soirée – pas de reservation necessaire)

Dimanche 9 Nov à 17:00 heures, nous accueillons le fameux Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club (organisé par Steve Bennett) au La Ferme St Michel, Confolens 16500.

Le jazz club est ouvert à tous, ce concept réunit des musiciens de tous horizons ; le but est de jouer ensemble, apprendre les uns des autres, échanger autour d’une même passion. Les morceaux joués pendant la séance sont improvisés.

Il faut le voir pour le croire ! Chaque performance du jazz club est étonnante, leur public les suit où qu’ils se produisent, c’est une expérience à ne pas manquer ! Si vous voulez vous joindre à eux, tenter votre chance et amener votre instrument ou simplement les regarder en sirotant un apéritif au bar, n’hésitez pas ! Ambiance garantie !

Jazz n Blues Club – April = wow!

Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club (so named to honour my famous Italian jazz violinist grandad Stephano Bennetti) goes from strength to strength!!! The April session at Le Soleil Couchant was packed with musos and supporters alike. It was a real club atmosphere and all due reverence was given to the music – Not! When was the last time you were at a Jazz club and people banged on the tables shouting for more?

As usual, we were lucky to have ace pro’ photographer Ian Wilson on hand to capture the ‘ambiance’. Here’s Francis, our main man on the Trumpet. Click the picture to see the full set…..
Francis our main trumpet dude!

There were 15 guest musos who got up to join the house band at some point or other. It really was a night to remember, and I spent the most part of the following day writing to everyone to took part to say THANK YOU!

I’ve already started working on the ‘hit list’ for next month….after the last minute stress of April!!! So, if you are looking for some Jazz and Blues action in the Haute Vienne, then we’re at the Golf de Saint Junien on the 29th May. All musicians welcome, but if you want to be sure that you’ll get to play contact me so I can pencil you in.

Here’s the skinny, in French!

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club – Jeudi 29 mai à 20 heures
Entrée libre (dîner possible dans le restaurant)

jazz blues club MayJeudi 29 mai à 20 heures, nous accueillons le fameux Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club (organisé par Steve Bennett) au club house du golf.

Le jazz club est ouvert à tous, ce concept réunit des musiciens de tous horizons ; le but est de jouer ensemble, apprendre les uns des autres, échanger autour d’une même passion. Les morceaux joués pendant la séance sont improvisés.

Il faut le voir pour le croire ! Chaque performance du jazz club est étonnante, leur public les suit où qu’ils se produisent, c’est une expérience à ne pas manquer ! Si vous voulez vous joindre à eux, tenter votre chance et amener votre instrument ou simplement les regarder en sirotant un apéritif au bar, n’hésitez pas ! Ambiance garantie !

Réservez une table « VIP » et dîner tout en profitant du spectacle. Réservez-vous aujourd’hui :

Tél.: 05.55.02.96.96 / Email : emma@golfdesaintjunien.com

Jazz n Blues Club Programme 2014

Yeah, I know, bangin’ on about the Jazz n Blues Club again! Yeah, but it’s got to be done, it’s going so well, and people keep asking me, “where, when?”. So, I put together a flyer, got 500 printed, and started putting them in all the likely places. Here’s an online version just for you…
Bennetti's Jazz n Blues Club - dates 2014

Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club was one year old at our last meeting. The place was packed as usual, and we had a really great night. I had no idea when I started this last February that it would go so well, and become so popular. We’ve had close on 50 musicians play with us at some point through the year with ages ranging from 13 to mid 60s. New friendships have been formed, new musical projects have been started, and I’ve seen players grow in stature and confidence. It really has been an amazing year, and there’s no sign of it letting up either. I’m still getting new musos contacting me, wanting to come along and get involved. Long may it continue. I am really looking forward to those summer evening sessions.

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 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 down the line 🙂