Citroën SM Funk

I got an invite from a local French music label to submit a track for an album. The album will be call Museum. Each invited musician must use something from history as an inspiration for their composition. I decided to use the iconic Citroën SM!

I hope you like it…..

A funk number inspired by one of the most iconic cars from the 70s. The Citroën SM! …a high-performance coupé produced by the French manufacturer Citroën from 1970 to 1975. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati’s high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6. The result was the incredible Citroën SM.

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club 2020

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club…proudly presents a programme of Jazz and Blues for 2020….
27th February – Soleil Couchant
30th April – Soleil Couchant
25th June – Soleil Couchant
27th August – Soleil Couchant
29th October – Soleil Couchant
26th December – Soleil Couchant

There will be some additional ‘secret sessions’. Please ‘like’ our facebook this page to be kept informed.

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 every other 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.

Boxing Day Jazz n Blues

The traditional Jazz n Blues session at the Soleil Couchant on Boxing Day is a goer! I have some great musos lined up to play. The place will be packed and rockin’. If you want to come along to watch and you want a table, booking is essential. If you want to play, then come along. It would be great if you could let me know you are coming. Send me a mail titled ‘Jazz n Blues Boxing Day’ to stratobiker at yaho.co.uk

Thank you…

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke. 1887 – 1915


Summer Collection Released

Here I present to you the latest collection of recordings from my summer sessions. It’s all Ska and Reggae. I hope you like! Please leave me a comment if you do. 🙂

Matt Warnock’s Play Jazz Study Group…

It is two years ago today that I joined this group and began studying jazz with Matt Warnock…….and what a two years it has been. I believe I have learnt more in the last two years with Matt’s guidance and the support of this group than I did in the previous twenty. Every aspect of my playing has changed for the better, the way I hold my guitar, the way I think about music, the way I listen, everything. I am a different player.
I have gone from being a player that could maybe bluff an easy jazz tune to a player who has an abundance of options over any jazz tune. The way Matt breaks things down and explains them makes learning jazz easy. The exercises and challenge Matt sets are fun, and give you things you can use in your playing straight away. The Monday works shops are motivational. The study guides are packed with jazzy goodness. I am more motivated to play, and more in love with music than I have ever been.
“Thank you Matt for all that you do for us. Thanks for your fabulous teaching and leadership. Thanks also to all my friends in the group for the camaraderie and support. It’s a pleasure to share this jazz journey with you all”……

Nicked!

Here is my recreation of a TV series theme tune from the 70s (UK). This was a great series, way ahead of it’s time. Now, don’t mention the name of the series…..but tell me how many seconds it took you to sus it, and leave me a line from the series in the comments box!

Boxing Day Jazz n Blues

Last Boxing Day’s Jazz n Blues session was the last ever one run by me. I’d been running the monthly sessions for 5 years. It was becoming very time consuming, I felt I’d done my bit and it was time to quit. Boxing day was the Grande Finale. I stood there and told the packed house that this was the last one. I even had special souvenir posters done.

Some other musicians decided to take it on, and after a shaky start the sessions continued. But then when it comes to Boxing Day this year, they can’t do it……and can I help out because they don’t want to let people down!!!

Boxing Day Jazz n Blues

 So I did it! Pulled it together in a short space of time. Invited some top musos. On the day the place was packed, standing room only. We had a great time. Never say never eh? 🙂

A couple of people over on FB asked me what kind of stuff we play. Here’s a copy of the set-list from the day. As you can see, it’s a real mix, and some of it not strictly Jazz or Blues. Well that’s OK because we are there to have fun. Jazz is a big umbrella! 🙂

Bennettis Jazz n Blues set list

If you’re in the area next Boxing Day, then……. 🙂