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……. 🙂

Jazz n Blues Club July Session

Jazz n Blues Club July 2017 session

Here is the ‘hit list’ for this months session at the Soleil Couchant.

You do Something to Me – Paul Weller – Em
Steamy Widndows – E
12 bar in – E
Groovy Kind of Love – A
Too Rolling Stoned – Robin Trower – Cm
Rock Steady – Bad Company – Am
Tequilla – F
Stella by Starlight
Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame – Eb
Time is Tight – Booker T – C
Superstition/Oh Well – E
Hey Jude – Beatles – C
Phone Booth – Robert Cray – Am
Georgia – F
30 Years of Tears – John Hiatt – G
Like A Rolling Stone – Dob Dylan – C
All Night Long – Warren Zevon – E
That’s All (Denomination Blues) – E
Whiter Shade of Pale – G
Brown Eyed Girl – G
Drift Away – G

A visit from Supawal

Supawal my brother was over for a visit last weekend. We had a great weekend. No cycling, but plenty of beer and music. Here’s a couple of compositions that we put together….I hope you like them.

Funk 15, from an original idea by Supawal with Tim Bragg on Flute, and Serge Baudot on Bass….

F NIK2 with Supawal on Drums, Dave Purple on harmonica and bottleneck guitar. From and original idea by stratobiker :-)….