Thursday, 15 November 2018

Jazz and blues first night is a sell-out

JAZZ and blues fever is about to hit town as more venues in and around Henley have signed up to

JAZZ and blues fever is about to hit town as more venues in and around Henley have signed up to next month’s new jazz and blues week.

The opening night party at the Little Angel sold out in four days, and now another 15 venues have signed up. Organisers are expecting to put on gigs at 30 venues, with at least one event every night of the 10-day festival. Meanwhile music agency Eight Ray Music is working flat out to provide musicians for the event.

As well as Papa George, Mick Moody (ex-Whitesnake) and the Alan Barnes Trio, other musicians taking part include Stevie Jones and Brother Strut. Guitarist and singer Stevie will be playing hot on the heels of a tour with Elkie Brooks.

Also performing is bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith. Catfish, an American acoustic blues singer and songwriter, was born in Chicago and grew up listening to old bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. He has had 12 independent radio chart-topping albums. He now tours with Robert Cray and Taj Mahal.

Spokesman Richard Cuthbertson said: “Catfish is one of the finest bluesmen in America and we regard it as a real coup that he’s included in the Henley jazz and blues week.”

The jazz and blues week runs from November 8 to 17. For more information on all participating venues, dates and times go to www. brakspear.co.uk/jazzand blues

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