This week’s shows 10-5-16

It’s  been a few weeks since I’ve done a weekly review. Lots of things going on lately. I’ve played a lot of different shows: vocalists, violinists, big band, broadway, rock, motown…all sorts of stuff. Unfortunately, I’ve also been straightening out some issues in my band. I’ve got a new drummer and a new trombonist so things are looking up…

One of the more enjoyable shows I’ve done recently was with a guy who is becoming a pretty good friend, Ollie Mulkeen. He plays trumpet and sings, mostly swing style stuff with a couple of oddities thrown in for good measure. Really friendly guy and cool show. We had a pretty close scrape with some mixes meters and a drummer who is no longer with the band but on the plus side, it was a good opportunity to smack away at my tambourine!

(Also, Ollie thinks he’s taller than me, but as this photographic evidence shows, not true.)

These guys are called the Magic of Soul…though for some reason i always want to call them the Joy of Soul. (Sounds like some sort of soul food cook book, i know) Anyway, these guys are great, all soul and motown music, which if you aren’t into, you probably need to check your pulse! Super fun show with lots of solos and horn section leads. Their leader, Steve V King, was with the Drifters for a number of years.

Nik Page is arguably the nicest guy in show biz. He has a huge, powerful voice, and a string of credits, including playing Valjean in London’s west end. He does, amongst other things, Cirlce of Life, so if you’re a Lion King enthusiast like me his show is a hit. He also plays drums on one number in his show, Caravan. This is where things got interesting. The night before Nik’s show, our usual drummer came up sick. We were scheduled to play a fairly complicated Broadway cabaret show. Long story short, Nik stepped up and played drums for us. He later told me that he hadn’t read music in like 15 years!

Stevie B came around again this week as well, which was fun. I’ve had the pleasure of doing his show a handful of times this year. He does a lot of fifties sort of rock but the highlight of the show for me is his original tune, The Juggler. 

Aside from these guys, there have been a couple of violinists and some other odds and ends. Rock City of course…

I aslo had the good fortune of running into some old friends in Lisbon, namely Jack Lee, a good friend and talented guitarist…seen here doing what we do best…

One of the stranger things I’ve done in a while, i played a corpse during a fire drill…

Interesting few weeks.