I have been practicing with a new band for me called Calle Sol . They have been together with changing members over the last 8 years.. with all original songs and a great network of musicians that they share with Made In Barcelona, Bacan Avissattis and Playing For Change.
I am very pleased to be going on tour with Calle Sol in the south of France. We will be taking a car from Barcelona in June driving around the south of France for 10 days. We will be playing in the street as well as performing concerts in venues.
Every day I practice for this band.. they have a massive repertoire of music.. afro-latin, reggae and cumbia. Its new for me to learn the rhythms of the Clave and the Montunos , and the Mambos of each song. I love the lessons and new techniques im learning. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Mambo)
Check out this link for another song in our repertoire : CHA CHA CHA – MADE IN BARCELONA
Bringing me into the heart of Barcelona and its music scene, learning new skills and mingling with so many musicians I could not ask for a better life right now or better musicians to be working with!
Keeping the Sax at the heart of my ventures.
Recorded at MACHUQA STUDIOS in Barcelona
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An Inspiring new band i’ve found in Barcelona ..
With a quirky charm and uplifting spirit these guys all take the seriousness out of life and lift you into a swinging frenzy.
Imagine soft fluffy things, flowers and mini guitars circling above your head as you dance barefooted in a field of daffodils.. thats the imagery i get from these lovely fellows.
Give the Link a click above and see them for yourselves on their first ever Official video release!
Tonight I go to see them live! Here is the FACEBOOK EVENT : )
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JAZZ AT A BEACH HOTEL – in EL VENDRELL – SPAIN
I met with Mixael, he saw me play on Saturday night and invited me to join a brilliant Cuban Jazz Pianist, Luis. We drove for 1 and a half hours, all the way from Barcelona to El Vendrell. Located just by the beach is a beautiful, magnificent hotel, Lemeridien Ra.
We performed Jazz songs, standards and a couple of improvisation pieces from 9pm-11.30pm. Amongst these songs were ‘Fly me to the Moon’, ‘Summertime’ in two different keys, ‘Girl from Ipanema’, a Jazz rendition of ‘Killing me softly’, and ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong.
The Yamaha grand Piano and my Yanagisawa Saxophone naturally reverberated off the walls with soft and full sound.
We play there again on Wednesday and I will record it with my Zoom recorder.
Now ill leave you with Louis Armstrong himself 🙂
So far, I have a beautiful flat in the centre of the old town of Barcelona.
On Thursday after watching Made in Barcelona play in the sunshine, and a bit of a party for Francois birthday, I went to Cafe Royal and joined in the crazy afro-beat/world music jam session that they have there every Thursday. CAFE ROYAL FB
On Friday I was Invited to play with a duo that play world music on Kora, Hang Drum and the Oud. We plan to jam again and I will try and post the gig before it happens.
On Saturday it was an honour to be I was invited to solo with MADE IN BARCELONA , I am pretty sure someone grabbed me after and said they had filmed it .. so as soon as i get that its up on here 🙂
this is one of my favourite songs by them:
On Saturday night I guested with Super Spanish Combo – at an ART EXHIBITION FACEBOOK – CULTURAL WORLD
Afterwards we jammed and jammed.. I led everyone in with my two songs Spaniards and Cool as Apples and we had a crazy jam for hours and then partied until the sun came up!
Ive found an amazing venue called BARTS – Parallel BCN and was invited to play along with a very Beautiful musician MU MBANA – his trio that day were glowing with truth and beauty – I played along to ‘God Bless the Child’.
Now I rest and organise some Interviews for working with children on holiday camps.
We have been working hard preparing for the summer season and the gigs coming up 🙂 come and check out our 12 piece hip hop band in brighton
I will be playing with The Spoken Herd Hip Hop band for three more gigs and then running off to Barcelona for a bit of sunshine and more hip hop vibes with some good friends in Spain. CHECK OUT them out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/SSCsuperspanishcombo
SATURDAY 1st FACEBOOK EVENT
THURSDAY 6th FACEBOOK EVENT
FRIDAY 7th FACEBOOK EVENT
B A R C E L O N A – P L A Y I N G F O R C H A N G E
Ive had a bit of time off.. The gig I was preparing for in my last post was cancelled sadly, but will be happening soon so any House and Techno lovers in London – I will keep you posted.
So after that I still took my flight to Barcelona to see some of my much missed friends, who are also full time passionate musicians.
Los Made In Barcelona are one of the best Salsa, Reggae and Latin jazz bands I know ! They are originally from all corners of the earth and have come together in the essence of true music to make you dance 🙂
HAhaha – they are nutters ! Always so much fun and such original and kind people !
You can find Los Made In Barcelona on the Port Vell on the way to the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona.. Thursday to Sunday daytimes 12-5pm
To find them on Facebook click on the photo below:
Then with these lovely bunch we all went to see Pierre Minetti and Francois Viguie and more of their friends playing Live at the Apollo Barcelona with PLAYING FOR CHANGE. I had met these musicians 5 years ago at my first visit to Barcelona when Playing For Change was just releasing its first video – ‘Stand By Me’. Playing For Change is a foundation set up from one mans idea from when he was traveling to work everyday in New York. On his way to the recording studio to record Paul Simon, he noticed that himself and so many other people would stop and listen to the buskers. He said they always drew such a big crowd, were so talented and made him and everyone smile. He got the bright idea to record the street musicians and to bring the same equipment he would use in the studio but onto the street. So that is where it began, Mark Johnson recording all sorts of cultures and musicians and giving them the opportunity to record their great music! Now he has set up a brilliant foundation that has helped thousands of children and families in developing countries to access music and instruments. By building schools and music rooms and also promoting and presenting the world with the music from their streets. Using over 150 musicians who have recorded albums and music DVD’s to continue this growing foundation of PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.
So far the most successful music video on Youtube – STAND BY ME
and the most emotional Live performance ive ever heard!
Here are some photos I took during my trip and at the Apollo:
Wednesday 11th Dec 2013 : Club Gig London
Playing House music with Glitzy Gold Dancers and my Sax Bling in Hand!
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The Spoken Herd and The James Riley Band share the stage.. expect Live Hip Hop original beats and Live Mcs; Beautiful original Country and Soul , Folk music; and live Poets, Spoken Word with Dj King Sol.
Im just going to go and connect 🙂
Vinnie Rose at FITZHERBERTS – CANCELLED 😦
We have not gigged in Brighton for about a month.. so come and squeeze in this cosy venue upstairs and we will be shaking the walls with our Rock n Roll Vibes
Vinnie Rose at PRINCE ALBERT
One of Brightons coolest homes to musicians.. great food, reasonable prices and walls of photos of artists to inspire. This venue has seen some of the best and biggest names.. come and see if your favourite band has been here.. or maybe Vinnie Rose and his band are! 🙂
NEW VIDEO RELEASE: