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……. 🙂

Cyclocross this weekend…..

The ROC Cyclo club is organising it’s annual cyclocross race this weekend at Rochechouart….but it’s a new venue! For the first time ever the race will be held at the Plan d’Eau below the chateaux. I’m looking forwards to taking part, though not as a racer, as a helper/circuit builder/marshall/dog’s body. Should be great fun….

ROCC Cyclocross

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 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

Benbros Album released today!

Here it is, as promised! This morning the release of the very first Benbros album. Today also marks the birthday of my brother Supawal, and the 10th anniversary of Carla and I moving to France! You can download a selection of tracks from our album for free this morning at the link below. Wishing you all a fabulous day.