As part of their “Music Icons” series Sky Arts recently included a feature on the 60’s British Rhythm & Blues boom. Thankfully Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korner & The Ealing Club and The Crawdaddy (Richmond) were all included in this half hour slot that centred much around The Yardbirds & The Animals, bands who were particularly dedicated to recreating the sounds of Chicago & Missisippi
For more on the R & B scene, the Ealing Club and bands such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Cream viewers can also head to Sky Arts/Now TV or purchase copies of Suburban Steps To Rockland at www.ealingclub.com.
Sky Arts programming is becoming a great reference point for Rock ‘n’ Roll music fans, especially on Friday nights.
Friday 11th December included a broadcast of Classic Albums series featuring “Who’s Next” followed by a magazine programme featuring Robert Plant and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson that presented a comprehensive overview of the Led Zeppelin frontman’s career to date.
Recent highlights at the BBC need to include Ealing raised Director, Steve McQueen’s magnificent series of Small Axe films that feature some wonderful music content from the 60’s & 70’s. It has to be said, that musical influences here were probably far away from the minds of the Yardbirds back in 1962-65.
We would encourage younger music enthusiasts to consider putting copies of the movies “Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records” and “Suburban Steps To Rockland” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Island” on their Xmas lists.
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The Ealing Club CIC loves to champion the West London initiatives of others to help foster an environment of musical mutual awareness.
It gives us enormous pleasure to announce a very special, live streamed performance of Jazz Pianist, Gary Husband whose session work has included stints with the likes of Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin and Andy Summers. All three of those musicians began their careers during the hazy days of the West London Rhythm and Blues boom that was highlighted by Jack Bruce in the movie “The story of the Ealing Club – Suburban Steps To Rockland” (Available on DVD & Sky Arts in UK/Ireland)
Gary Husband will be performing a special Jazz piano set, live from St Mary’s Church Perivale, a location managed by a charity that is successfully developing a global audience for classical music while supporting musicians and funding the upkeep of a key historical building, St Mary’s Church Perivale.
The streets surrounding St Mary’s Perivale are also the birthplace of keyboard players Rick Wakeman and the legendary Pianist, Nicky Hopkins (session player for the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks & The Beatles + many more). In recent years, a commemorative bench and plaque have also started to accentuate Perivale’s musical connections. (More details here)
The LIVESTREAM INSTRUCTIONS
Viewers can access the stream via youtube or vimeo for FREE on 9th December. From 15:52 pm (8 minutes before the concert) an access panel will be visible to indicate the upcoming performance at 16.00 pm.
Simply, head to youtube below on 9th December for access.
Oxjam is the annual live music festival brought together by volunteers for Oxfam in support of its efforts to combat world poverty.
In 2020, the festival has had to innovate and create a virtual festival made up of recorded and live performances for the 28th November 2020.
“Ealing Club Eclectic” stalwart, “TJ Johnson” will be making an appearance as part of proceedings in a specially recorded session held under semi-lockdown conditions in October.
He appears alongside a myriad of bands from across the UK that include a live performance from special guests such as Andy Bell (Ride, Oasis, Beady Eye, GLOK).
Those of our followers with a jazzier taste may be interested in checking out the exceptional talents of Andrea Lisa and Rouhangeze + Tomasz Bura who also have West London connections.
Shaun Keaveny (BBC Radio 6 Music) will be showcasing a musical extravaganza that goes up and down the country and beyond to help raise money for the Oxfam Christmas fundraising appeal ‘Together Against Hunger’. The programme is set up to help families hit hardest by the pandemic who are facing crisis levels of hunger in 2020.
The £5.00 ticket fee is a tiny contribution to such a great cause that also happens to be pushing forward some amazing new musical talent. There is absolutely no doubt that some of those featured will end up on a larger stage…….. in front of live audience…in a venue….sometime, fairly soon…hopefully 2021.