Marion, Sobo & Friends + Jazz Magic

It’s been a busy time for Jazz fans in Bonn.  The JazzFest itself  has been drawing enthusiastic crowds with top musicians recently, but you don’t have to spend 40 Euros to have a great night of excellent quality Jazz music, as my visit to Fabrik 45 proved on a hot, sunny Saturday evening.  The music came from the Marion & Sobo Group and if it went down like melted honey that’s as much a statement about it’s high quality as about the heat inside the concert hall.

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Mike Andersen – Devil is Back (Cable Car CCR 0311-50)

Mike Andersen made his musical entrance in 2002 with a disc entitled ‘My Love for the Blues’.  In the succeeding fifteen years his love for the Blues has been matched by a love for Soulful vocals too.  It’s made expectations at Andersen’s live shows problematic at times perhaps, but with his new release ‘Devil is Back’  and a great duet with Joss Stone, Andersen should find acceptance on a much wider audience level.

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Walter Trout – Very much Alive

DSC_8623_DxOOkay, it’s not Bonn, but I know a great many readers are Blues fans and Stollwerk is only a tram ride away in Cologne.  That’s how I excuse leaving Bonn on Saturday – oh, and the fact that it was a rare chance to see the legendary Walter Trout after his paperthin brush with the grim reaper.  But honestly, with Danny Bryant and Layla Zoe also on offer,  what else could a poor boy do?  Cologne and the very first Blues Alive Festival, here I come…

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Bonn Folk Club is 80

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I’m getting a bit of aggravation from John Harrison over this one.  Having heard that Folk Club #80 was getting a visit from the television crew at WDR on Friday I suggested that this was ‘interesting’ given that the guest spot for the evening was Kathy Freeman, described on Wikipedia as a member of a 70’s punk band ‘The Accelerators‘ and later linked with such un-folkish genres as Trash Rock and Punk-Metal.  YouTube led me to this  Video of Kathy in action that supported my  research.  Not that I had visions of telly viewers thinking Bonn Folk Club was all safety pins and pogo-ing mohican haircutted mobs.  But who knew what would happen?  Well of course, John did.  He was right – as always.

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Strong stuff – The Brew

Yes, that  energetic youngster jumping with his Les Paul on the 3songsbonn logo top left of the website really is Jason Barwick.  It comes from an iconic Rockpalast Cologne gig in 2009.  Joe Bonamassa pulled the plug on TV crews, and as a result upcoming Grimsby band The Brew got their whole set broadcast.  The rest, as they say, is history.  The boy has grown to a man and the hair to over his shoulders, but the energy level has remained constantly at a scale of ten from ten as Tuesday’s gig at The Harmonie proved.

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The Blues Band

If you’ve ever checked out the links on the right side of this website you will be familiar with Paul Jones.  If you haven’t, please do so now and then come back to this post (don’t worry, dear reader, I’ll wait).  I’m sure you were glad of that – the best Blues radio programme in England and available every week for your listening pleasure!  Now, back to Blues Music and Paul Jones as we make a vist to the Harmonie last week to catch Jones with The Blues Band in action…

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More Gary from Henrik

Gary Moore had gone to bed after a quiet evening eating and drinking with friends in Spain.  It was February 2011 and some hours later I was leaving a concert at the Harmonie in Bonn when the news swept round the hall that Moore was dead of a heart attack at only 58.  Fitting then for me to be back at that same venue with Henrik Freischlader and two members of Gary’s final band paying the great Irish Bluesman tribute.

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