Sunday, February 26, 2017

CROSSROADS CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH MUSIC & ART


Once again the CrossRoads community Coffee Morning was a joy beyond measure. So much talent and fun in one sunny salon room at Bar Mediterraneo on a Saturday morning in Teulada.

We had some new guests and of course the regular gang. Always a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday morning. Good folks appreciating and celebrating music styles from all eras and cultures. AND - of course a CrossRoads morning is always full of surprises.

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I was able to explain the era of Romantic art and show off a couple of my paintings too.

Thank you to everyone. I admire you all so much!
Karla Darocas, editor

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Friday, February 24, 2017

TIME TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY WITH NASTY BOOGIE


It will be so great to finally witness the blues energy of Nasty Boogie. It has taken a long time to get this band to perform for a Costa Blanca Blues music appreciation party - but now our time has come!

Valencia city based blues band Nasty Boogie came into being in 2006. Over the decade, they have perfected their craft and built on their repertoire ranging from upbeat boogies, jives and swings to deep blues, walking blues, train blues basically all the forms from the Delta, Chicago, California and Texas. Nasty Boogie are now the premier band in Valencia city who get asked to all the big blues festivals on this peninsula.

The guitarist, Raúl Rabadán is a powerhouse player when he needs to be but can pick out the notes with a light touch too. A working musician who performs with several other bands and performers including Danny Boy and Buddy Paul, this cat has this chops all sorted out!

Daniel Tena has been a featured guest in our annual Harp Attack Showdown Show and he is a master harmonica player. He is a real showman too. Like many of the Spanish vocalists, he sings in the English language in order to preserve the intensity of the blues songs.

Fran Moreno (bass) and Juanjo Iniesta (drums) are both professional musicians who are in charge of keeping the blues beat on track and with so much experience, I am sure they will do a fantastic job.



Nasty Boogie have two CD's in the marketplace. "Moanin' At Midnight" and "Fresh Little Fish".  You can find these tracks on YouTube. They are going back into the studio to record and EP of their own songs soon so stay tuned.

According to Raúl Rabadán, the band likes to get the audience involved by encouraging dancing and singing along to the songs. "We have a great time and we like to have fun with our fans!," admits the entertainer.

Karla Darocas, editor

Thursday, February 23, 2017

WATCH OUT - NASTY BOOGIE ARE PERFORMING AT THE CBBLUES MARCH MATINEE!!!


BOOK NOW! ** DO YOU LOVE a ripping and tearing blend of early boogie woogie blues with jumping and jiving early swinging blues to keep your motor running? 

On Saturday, March 11th * Valencia City's Hardest Working Nostalgic Blues Band ** NASTY BOOGIE ** & our CBBlues music director ** Buddy Paul ** BOOK NOW! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

MEDICINE MAN BRING SOME GREAT MUSICAL MAGIC TO CBBLUES PARTY


After many years, about 3 or 4, I finally got Alicante City's own 'Medicine Man' to perform for us at the launch of the Winter / Spring season of Costa Blanca Blues - AND they were fantastic!

Without a doubt, these musicians are dedicated to their craft and they gave us a 110% blues show with all the swagger of true blues showmen.

Report by Karla Darocas



Victor Jordé, the guitarist and founder of this legendary blues band performed to perfection. He is one of the best blues guitarists I have seen yet. His style is very laid back and confident. He also engages the audience, which I love. He had us all "calling back" like old cotton pickers out in the hot sun. I just love his voice too; all warm like honey but a bit gritty when needed.



It was also very exciting to watch how Little Fonzi commanded the floor and brought the blues harp action into crowd. We have had Little Fonzi perform for CBBlues before, as part of the annual HARP ATTACK SHOWDOWN that takes place in September, but never on his own with his band. It was a real treat. He really works hard to reach those scorching notes and digs deep for those low tones. He was really working up a sweat.



Rubén Marcet on drums was really great at keeping the beat smooth and tight. Near the end of the show, he gave us a really fun drum solo and the audience went wild. I just love these displays of talent and showmanship.



Rafa Navas on bass is also one of the original member of Medicine Man. He as totally in tuned with his bass and you could see each note move his back bone! Great players.

At the end of the show, and two encores later, a blues bass player from Norway came up to perform with the band. He and his wife are starting a Blues Music Union in Norway, something that doesn't exist here in Spain.

Once again, the staff team and chef at El Cid's out in Benidoleig were very helpful, lovely and adorable. Big Love to them all!!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ALICANTE BLUES SOCIETY BRINGS SMILES AND ENCOURAGES A LOVE OF BLUES MUSIC


Alicante Blues Society recently performed a History of the Blues Show with the dancers of “Grupo Psicofusión Danza APSA”, which is a private, non-profit association whose mission is to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and aid their families and enhance their environment started in 1962.

This year will be the 3rd anniversary for the Alicante Blues Society, so I was curious to find out more about this group and what I discovered was very interesting and heart warming.

I was talking with Victor Jordé, the guitarist and founder of the legendary blues band Medicine Man and this is what he told me.



According to Victor, Alicante use to be a great area for Blues in the mid-eighties. It was really exciting and bands and musicians from Madrid would often come to Alicante.

"Bands like  Tonky Blues Band, Ñaco Goñi y Los Bluescavidas, Boogie Children, and many more used to come and tour the area so often," explains the now president of the Alicante Blues Society.

"It was a great time and people like me learned a lot from these guys," he continues.

For economic reasons, bands couldn't come back to Alicante and blues lovers were let down.

So, according to Victor, the Alicante Blues Society was started as, "good way to spread the Blues in Alicante and bring back good musicians from other places by giving a chance."

The Society started by trying to get clubs in the province to bet on a good thing by providing them with a great list of blues performers.

Now they host other activities that include a monthly meeting, conferences, documentaries, presentations, jam sessions and master classes.


One of the most impressive activities of this music society are their efforts to bring the blues and joy to the children at the Hospital General de Alicante in collaboration with the Aula pedagógica.

"Periodically we go and visit and play for the children and with the children, who play some rhythm with instruments that we bring with us," explains Victor.

"The children also sing as well," he continues.

"We feel that they really enjoy it.  We can see their smiles and that´s the first goal, of course. We are also happy because they learn about the roots of Blues and they realize they can join the music, be part of it, and feel good," explain Victor.

"The teachers of the Aula Pedagógica always do a fantastic job for the children and they are always helpful with our activity," he admits.

You do not need to be a musician to join this activity. You do need to join the Alicante Blues Socity mailing list.

CONTACT THE ALICANTE BLUES SOCIETY
bluesalicante@gmail.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

A SHORT VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THE CHICAGO BLUES - ABC


Tribute by Lucky Bill

No prizes for guessing that the centre of Chicago Blues is Chicago, which snuggles up to the shores of the fresh water Lake Michigan in the state of Illinois. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this city on a number of occasions and would commend it to anyone looking for great food, art and science and, of course, great music.

Chicago is a big city and has altered over the years in many ways. According to Wikipedia ‘The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, known to botanists as Allium tricoccum, from the Miami-Illinois language.’

Believe me, as long as you stay downtown near to the Navy Pier you won’t get much trouble but if you venture further afield you are on your own!

Back to the music...

AGAIN, According to our friends in Wikipedia: The Chicago blues is a form of blues music indigenous to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago blues is a type of urban blues. Urban blues evolved from classic blues following the Great Migration, or the Great Northern Drive, which was both forced and voluntary at times, of African-Americans from the southern United States to the industrial cities of the north, such as Chicago.

Who are the great Chicago Bluesmen and Women?

There are many – here is a small selection for your delectation – just for the first few in the phone book.

A

Alberta Adams who lived from 1917 to December 2014 came from Detroit (another industrial city nearby). I can’t find any live footage of Alberta but check out this running collage of her images to dig deep into her soulful singing ‘Blues mood’



B

Buddy Guy who was born in 1936 is still hanging in there and is still with us. He has been a huge influence on many contemporary musicians including Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin and Keith Richard from the Rolling Stones. See him here in full flight playing ‘Damn right, I’ve got the blues’ 



Big Bill Broonzy ‘…Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in writing songs that reflected his rural-to-urban experiences’ according to Wikipedia. Here he is in 1957



C

Karen Carroll See and hear her deep bluesy and jazzy voice as she sings ‘On a clear day’ only a few years ago. Karen was born in Chicago in 1958 and was on stage from a very early age and has performed with Albert King and Alvin Lee.



D-Z

Well, I did say I would give you the ABC and I haven’t even mentioned Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley … the list goes on and on and is being continually being renewed as new people come on the scene and keep the traditions alive.

I’ll finish for now with a recording of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Smoke Stack Lightning’ to get you in the mood for the next CBBLUES.COM event!

Enjoy!
Keep it Real,
Lucky Bill


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MUSICAL TRIBUTE * JIMMY SMITH AND HIS GROOVE SPICING UP THE MONEY PROGRAMME


Way back there in the 1960s when TV was broadcast in black and white and we learned how to tell the colour of snooker balls on the popular ‘Pot Black’ sports programme by deciphering greater shades of grey (before that became the title for a literary outrage) I used to sit down and listen, with my father, to watch the ‘Money Programme’.

The Money Programme started in 1966 and ran well into the 1970s. As you might imagine, as a teenager in the 1970s I wasn’t overly fascinated by a programme about finance. As long as my weekly pocket money for cleaning the shoes of the household came rolling in and I could afford an expense account with the local news agent for Beano comics and bubble gum I was happy.

The only thing I remember about The Money Programme was the theme tune. It is powerful and has a smack of those ‘fat cats’ in business we often hear about - the Carpetbaggers! It has musical flatulence to it borne of brass instruments whose trumping sounds you can only really appreciate by listening to it. The Hammond organ is excellent too and is the hallmark of Jimmy Smith’s repertoire.

Here is a link to it on YouTube so you can hear what I mean...





Having just delivered a cooking class in my apartment I decided to relax and add numbers to my favourites play list on Spotify and for some reason, this track came to mind – but I didn’t know the author until I did a bit of digging in cyberspace.

Jimmy Smith
According to our good friend Wikipedia, Jimmy Smith was born any time between 1925 and 1928. Timing is everything for musicians but in this case I think we can cut him a bit of slack.

Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, at the age of six he joined his father doing a song-and-dance routine in clubs. He began teaching himself to play the piano. When he was nine, Smith won a Philadelphia radio talent contest as a boogie-woogie pianist.  After a stint in the navy, he began furthering his musical education in 1948, with a year at Royal Hamilton College of Music, then the Leo Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia in 1949. He began exploring the Hammond organ in 1951. From 1951 to 1954 he played piano, then organ in Philly R&B bands like Don Gardner and the Sonotones. He switched to organ permanently in 1954 after hearing Wild Bill Davis’.

Well, as they say - the rest is history.

The great news for me, though, is that by chasing this guy down I have discovered a rich seam of blues and jazz created by this excellent musician.

The main title from the Carpetbaggers is from his album ‘The Cat’ in 1964. If you ever fancy throwing a 1960’s theme party on the Costa Blanca make sure you have some of the tracks as your background music and you will capture the atmosphere in a trice!

Here is Jimmy on keys performing ‘Midnight Special’ on a very grainny recording from back in the 1960’s. Check out the now legendary Kenney Burnell on guitar. 

Although the visuals leave something to be desired the sound quality is quite good.

I hope you enjoy it!

Lucky Bill



Monday, January 30, 2017

CROSSROADS * REVIVING ROOTS & BUILDING COMMUNITY IS OFF TO A GRAND START 2017

The first CrossRoads of the year 2017 was launched with grand style. We had a fabulous group of talented performers and friends. 

I had asked the group to try and revive the signature song titled to the 60's hit TV weekly - The Doris Day Show - and of course sung by Doris Day. That song was "Que Sera Sera". It is beautiful song with profound philosophical meaning. It has also been covered by many, many performers over the years.


Our song bird of the day was Doreen who was obviously a professional. We were more than pleased that she took up the challenge and gave us a lovely version of this legendary song. She also sang a rendition of Sentimental Journey, again a hit for Doris Day. 

Big Thank you goes out to Roger who was able to accompany Doreen and others on his guitar. John was also on hand to do introductions of the open mic performers.

It was great to see and hear the Roots music man - Mr. Andy Boal visiting from France.

We had a nice gathering of non-performers too and they were very supportive. Afterward, 16 of us had a community lunch and got caught up on good times and also got to know our new friends better.

It is always a gift to spend time with such wonderful real people who know the value of these community events, which range from uniting people from diverse backgrounds to fostering empathy and self-efficacy.

Thank You,
Karla Darocas, editor

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