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18 11, 2019

STEVE EGGS BAND – LIVE & IT’S ALRIGHT!

2019-11-19T11:12:59+00:00 The Raver's Return|

The Oval, Croydon, November 15thh, 2019 ‘It’s Friday night, the bar is still open and we’re still playing, which is good!’ Steve Eggs acknowledged the cheers of a crowd packing one of Croydon’s finest bastions of ‘live’ rock music with a cheery smile and a wave at the bar girls pulling those foaming pints. The Steve Eggs Band had spent the evening playing a succession

24 10, 2019

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL LONDON – REVISITED

2019-10-27T13:40:59+00:00 The Raver's Return|

Monday, October 21st 2019 It was 50 years ago when the Jimi Hendrix Experience played an important concert at the Royal Albert Hall on February 24, 1969. Although captured on film by a team of cameramen, the event seemed consigned to history and became just a distant memory of those lucky enough to be there. Now, for the first time, a long anticipated documentary movie

11 10, 2019

GINGER ‘THE MASTER’ BAKER

2019-10-27T13:50:58+00:00 The Raver's Return|

Remembering the Drummer’s Finest Hours “Why are you always smiling Ginger?” “Because I’m happy!” It was 1963 and the flame haired drummer sitting at the back of the crowded club room was having a ball. He was clearly in seventh heaven as he powered up a lively R&B group jamming away at the 1963 Richmond Jazz & Blues Festival. So was the audience in heaven,

3 10, 2019

ADRIAN COX BLOWS PROFOUNDLY BLUE

2019-10-03T11:37:30+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Loughton, Essex, September 28, 2019 Adrian Cox delighted an enthusiastic audience with his Profoundly Blue show performed with an excellent quartet at Loughton Methodist Church last September. The concert was a fund raiser for the National Jazz Archive but it also raised the spirits of all those entranced by Adrian’s exuberant clarinet playing and charismatic stage personality. The show was designed as a tribute to

10 09, 2019

WHEN PUBS SERVED PINTS OF COOL JAZZ

2019-09-14T09:20:36+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Remembering The Lord Hood, Greenwich London pubs have long played an important role in the dissemination of jazz to an eager public, while providing regular work for itinerate musicians, always thirsty for gigs and appreciative audiences. With an enthusiastic landlord at the helm and a regular crowd of knowledgeable fans, the humble public house often served as a more accessible alternative to specialist jazz club

22 07, 2019

RICK WAKEMAN’S AMAZING JOURNEY

2019-08-02T16:18:44+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Photo: © Lee Wilkinson www.lwmultimedia.co.uk Royal Festival Hall, July 14, 2019 While the world was celebrating Mankind’s first space trip to the Moon, Rick Wakeman celebrated his 70th birthday with his own unique musical expedition - a Journey to the Centre of the Earth! Normally it is considered best journalistic practice to avoid the use of exclamation marks. But in this case we make an

13 06, 2019

ALBERT LEE – THE COUNTRY BOY COMES HOME

2019-06-13T15:47:46+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Half Moon, Putney, June 2, 2019 Happy Guitar was a hit song for Tommy Steele many years ago, but we can experience true happiness, here and now, whenever Albert Lee picks up his favourite guitar and plays the music he loves. It was certainly the case when Albert and his young and gifted backing group arrived at the Half Moon, to play two steaming sets

10 05, 2019

RICK WAKEMAN – PIANO ODYSSEY

2019-05-10T10:01:04+01:00 The Raver's Return|

(Image: © Sergione Infuso/Corbis - Getty) St.George’s, Beckenham, May 4th, 2019 It was a journey to the centre of Rick Wakeman’s heart when he performed a superb concert in a packed church as part of his unique Piano Odyssey tour. The audience cheered and even whistled when Rick played a richly entertaining selection of pop, rock and classic themes linked with jokes, anecdotes and wondrous

10 04, 2019

GREEN RIVER BLUES BAND

2019-04-10T13:28:27+01:00 The Raver's Return|

The Story of the Blues When the blues came down south to Hastings, it was time to reflect on the origins of the music that made such an impact on 20th century culture and remains a vital ingredient of popular music a hundred years further on down the line. In a multi-media event organised by the Green River Blues Band, the Story of the Blues

8 03, 2019

“TRIBUTE TO JON HISEMAN” CONCERT

2019-03-08T10:42:29+00:00 The Raver's Return|

02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Saturday 2nd February 2019 As Jon Hiseman would say: “If you are going to do something, do it properly.” Certainly the tribute concert to the legendary drummer, who sadly passed away on June 12, 2018, was done with all the skill and dedication his memory deserved. Jon’s daughter Ana Gracey organised the event held at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (February

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