Hey, guess who’s joining the “Animal and friends Farewell Tour ALL over the UK! Me, that’s who!.
A solo set as well as joining them during their set.
See gigs page for details.
Enjoy the clips and some great still shots and check the Gigs page to find out about forthcoming live shenanigans.
All videos & photographs © Chris Trengrove.
…Aaaaand… we’re back!!
A great time was had by all at the Long John Baldry Weekender this weekend (see photographs below), and now it’s on to Newbury in Berkshire this weekend for Retrofestival.
London and Home Counties Rollers, get your diaries out for September too – we’re back at the Bulls Head in Barnes with the Alan Price Band on Thursday the 6th, and with the Big Roll Band on Thursday the 30th.
Let’s sweep away those Covid blues and get the Big Times rolling again.
Zoot and Al are going to be on home turf in Bournemouth on Saturday 24th, doing a cheaper-than-chips lunchtime concert at St Peter’s Church. You’d be plain crazy to miss this one. Come and wish Zoot a happy birthday-plus-one-week. You could make a couple of happy men very old indeed.
Have you got your tickets yet? Well, have you?? What are you waiting for???
Yes, it is on, Rollers! Long John Baldry weekender festival starring yours truly and many more. Get your rock on and get down to the 1865 in Southampton to get a booster of what made those Sixties swing. Follow the link on the Gigs 2021 page here for tickets.
Your Roaring Twenties start here.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ve all been missing these past few months – a taste of two stalwart Big Roll Band members when they were alive and rolling. Paul McCallum, a schoolfriend and my bass player for the last 20 years of his talented life, and Nick Newall – tenor player in all my Roll Band recordings, longest time friend (from my twenties!) Also featuring Glenn Nightingale on guitar and Jeff Allen on drums. A great night captured by video recordist William John Baker. Enjoy their abilities…with affection.
Missed Zoot’s recent appearance at the Hell Dorado club in Spain? Worry not. These video clips should give you a taste of what was going down that night.
1: “I’ll go crazy” – video by Kike Guzman
2: “Maravilloso el poder haber visto al grande de Zoot Money en el Midnight Boogie Weekend!!” – video by Iban Iribarren
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Zoot Money at the Bull’s Head
This being Christmas week, Zoot Money needed to call up some deps for last night’s gig at the Bull’s Head in Barnes. A whole band of deps, in fact. But what deps they were. The great Jim Mullen on guitar. John Altman and Bob Sydor on soprano and tenor saxophones respectively. Kenny Wilson on bass guitar and Mark Fletcher on drums. All they were getting, as one of them said, was a key and a count-in. And away they went.
It was rough around the edges, gorgeous in spots, and suffused throughout by the spirit of the music they share. “The Promised Land”. “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer”. “My Babe”. “Let the Good Times Roll”. Eight-bar blues, 12-bar blues, 16-bar blues. Zoot toggled between B3, Rhodes and acoustic piano sounds on his electronic keyboards.
The highlights included two duets at the start of the second set: Mullen with Zoot on a lovely “Please Stay” and Sydor doing the Fathead Newman thing on Ray Charles’s “Hard Times”. The pianist Kenny Clayton and his daughter, the singer Alex Clayton-Black, were invited up for a guest spot which included a delightful “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to”,
with a sinuous obligato from Altman’s curved soprano.
Cues were hit, cues were missed, but a good time rolled for the musicians and their audience in the little back room. That’s what the common language can do.