Tuesday, January 31, 2017


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


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

TO SEE VIDEO CLIPS OF THE DAY - Check out our Community Page on Facebook

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


"Once I was checking into a hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song."  - Buddy Guy
Report by Karla Darocas

A few years ago, I started hearing about the Alicante city blues band called Medicine Man. Great name when you consider the folklore of the Blues. Then I started to get to know two of the performers via other CBBlues events and soon I was convinced that they were the "real deal"! 

Exciting News! This February 18th, 2017 - CBBlues.com is going to appreciate and celebrate with this fabulous blues band. The Medicine Man Blues band has been asked to prove their dedication to the Blues by giving us an uptown CHICAGO BLUES PARTY.

Our Matinee Party will be at El Cid's Tavern & Inn in the picturesque setting of Benidoleig. We have secured their Private Salon Room for this event. We have stylize a custom Delta Americana food Menu with El's Cid's chef too. It's going to be a true blue Blues experience!

Regarding the quote by Buddy Guy, I hear this same sentiment on the Costa Blanca. Many people here are not educated in the ways of the Blues music and its importance to the evolution of all modern music but also its concentration on the elation of the soul and its humanist connections.

That is why I encourage folks to come out to our CBBlues.com events in order to experience the real Blues that is performed by professional musicians who know its beauty, energy, power, reality, form and best of all - can deliver it with heart, soul and panache!

Medicine Man are registered members of the Alicante Blues Society.

Read On...

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Meet Víctor Jordá.. he is the founder and backbone of this legendary blues band that has been performing professionally since 1997. He was 27 years of age when he started Medicine Man. Back then, for a couple of years, he travelled around London and Switzerland. When he returned and hooked back up with his duo performing friend Quique Niveiro. Together they added a bass player Rafa Navas and a drummer - Jose Maria Corbeto and Medicine Man was born.

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Over the years, Quique Niveiro and Jose Maria Corbeto left the band and new players were introduced. Now Medicine Man has adding a kickass harmonica player, who is a friend of CBBlues and was featured at two of our annual Harp Attack Show-Downs. His name is Little Fonsi and he came to the band by way of a some regular jam sessions in Alicante city. 

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The other new addition is Rubén Marcet on drums who joined only last year but has proven his weight in gold - or blue as the case may be!

Medicine Man will be giving CBBlues Friends a full-on tribute to the masters of the big city style of Chicago Blues. Personally, I am a big fan of Víctor Jordá's vocal style. It has that rich "buttered-toast with honey" modulation of intonation and his pitch is all warm and fantastic!


"We´ll play standards from the classics, tunes that you´ll know. Chicago blues tunes are what we really enjoy playing, so I´m sure we will all have a great time. We can´t wait!!!," announces Victor in a recent conversation.

Victor admits that he is rooted in Chicago blues but he is also a fan of Texas blues, West coast, Delta, Jug Bands, Boogie Woogie and everything associated with the Blues.

"There is Blues enough to choose from depending on how you feel or how you want to feel," explains the veteran Blues performer.

So the Big Question...

How did a Spaniard from Alicante find his way to the Blues?

I asked and this is what Victor told me: "I got into the Blues from musician like John Mayall, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, & Hendrix, etc,, as many people in Spain and Europe, I guess. Then I start searching about the covers they play and people they like and I easily got into the Blues kings like Muddy Water, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, T- Bone Walker, Albert King, Albert Collins, Freddie King, and many, many more that now I love!"

And while absorbing the Blues via recorded renditions sparked the fire, then it was the "live experience" that set him ablaze. 

"One of the things that really got me into the Blues was a Johnny Clyde Copeland concert in Alicante when I was a teenager," explains Victor.

"It was my first time feeling the real Blues played lived and that got something else that was much more powerful than listening to it on the record. I was really impressed!"

Victor is also a songwriter, composer and recording engineer with a new CD ready to pop onto the scene. Let's hope that "Roots on the Brew", the new CD by Medicine Man is ready for our party!

Check out this Medicine Man video


Thank you to Round Town News & especially Jack Troughton for continued support of our Blues Music appreciation and celebrations. CLICK PIC TO ENLARGE

Thank you to the EuroWeekly News for their support and promotion of this exciting event!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Never a dull moment when on the last Saturday of the month creative folks play music, recite their poems, tell fun stories and jokes, test out new lyrics and songs, talk about their passions and showcase new artworks.

CROSSROADS for the past 4 years has been a monthly coffee morning community experience with an open microphone and a director that encourages people to "express themselves".

Meeting at 11:00 hours in the salon at Bar Mediterraneo, which is a popular landmark restaurant in Teulada, the gregarious CrossRoads gang share their passions. After a couple hours of taking turn and jamming together, some of the gang gather for lunch in this typical Spanish restaurant that offers the best paella in the entire area and other great menu options for a small price. It is a real community experience.

This season, the gang will be challenged to represent a legendary song in any style they wish from rock, to folk to blues - whatever moves them. The song for this seasonal challenge is - "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" first published in 1956, is a popular song written by the Jay Livingston and Ray Evans songwriting team. The song, which has been translated into many different languages has a philosophy that has long, deep and pertinent roots, which expresses our basic humanity and tolerance. Something that we are all going to need in the coming days and years!

One of the marvelous things about a community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a creative way.

BOOK NOW * http://www.cbblues.com/p/coffee-house.html
OR CALL * 648 156 066