You’re never too old to make a début! Some things are worth waiting for, and Zoot’s appearance with the Big Roll Band at the legendary Eel Pie Blues Club aka the Cabbage Patch last night was one of those occasions. A happy audience and a happy band. Maximum grooviness experienced by all present. Many thanks to all involved.
Photo – Gina Way. Click through for more pics and a video clip.
Thank you to Todd Sharpville for getting me together with him, Nic France (drums) and Mo Pleasure (bass) at the 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea the other night.
3Bs? The Broadstairs Blues Bash of course! Get your tickets now as they are selling fast now Zoot is on the cover of W3Gigs. Click for more.
W3 on 3Bs – roll up!
In other news – Happy New Year Rollers! Let the Big Times just keep on rolling.
Remember he’s a Womble
Counting down with just ten days to go till the star studded benefit gig at the O2 Academy Islington on October 29th for former Big Roll Band bassist Paul McCallum, who is sadly in hospice care since his medical condition has worsened.
The popular bass player, diagnosed with an advanced form of Multiple System Atrophy some years ago, was not only the brains behind PLASA member company, Wembley Loudspeaker, but also bass player with Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and a host of other major names, including Helen Shapiro and Billy Fury. Paul is affectionately known as ‘The Womble’ from his days as Uncle Bulgaria in Mike Batt’s original Wombles.
In addition to playing their own set Zoot and the boys will provide the rhythm section for guest musicians who will appear on the night.
All proceeds from the event will go towards funding Paul’s medical expenses.
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Eagle-eyed Rollers might have noticed the comings and goings on our gigs page of a night at Chelmsford City Football Club. Following a series of adjustments it can now be confirmed this will take place on SATURDAY THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF JULY. Any other date you have in your diary for this is WRONG. Come on July 28th however and we will all be there at the same time, which I’m sure you will agree is the better way.
Get booking early to avoid disappointment (click on the flyer for ticket link) and see you there!
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Gigs? We’ve got gigs. TOMORROW, at the Bull’s Head, Barnes, with the Big Roll Band. Get yer skates on! Plus Friday November 24th at the Electric Theatre, Guildford with the Owers brothers & co. And that’s not all! Check out the Gigs page for full listings.
Miss you so much already Nick ‘Noola’ Newall.
This one’s hard.
My many instrument talented tenor player and wise dignified friend of 60 yrs has passed into the ether last night.
Never a cross word or wrong note passed his lips in all the time we spent together, in vans, cars, buses, planes and smelly band rooms in all the towns we played.
The longest standing member of the Roll Band (Big or little) he always contributed more than his recompense.
His class continues to show in that he requested no funeral so all I can do to indicate my respect is to recommend you listen to the countless impeccable solos he provided on my and many others’ recordings.
Warm heartfelt memories of great intelligent humour to his dear Marilyn and their son that will no doubt carry them through this painful time. His quiet voice and laugh are with us still.
(ZM Oct 2, 2017)
Nick Newall, from Barcodes & Friends CD
Get booking now, because Thursday 26th of October …yes THIS month… Big Roll will be rolling into the Bulls Head, Barnes.
We will remember the late Nick Newall: replacing him on tenor will be the very able Nick Payne.
A celebration of Nick N’s life will be announced later on Facebook for friends and musicians to pay respects.
Meanwhile… see you on Oct 26th. Right?
Ahoy there Big Rollers! You wanted gigs? We have gigs for you. The GIGS PAGE has been updated with all the information available to date.
Starting with our regular shenanigans at The Bull’s Head, Barnes on Thursday 31st August, you can look forward to regular stints with Alan Price, also at The Bull’s Head, and outings with The Animals & Friends in Norwich and Selby. Plus a trip to Poland, but more about that as we get it. Let the Big times roll!
Zoot Money & the Big Roll Band at The Bulls Head, Barnes. London 2016