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Andrew Baxter – A Brief History of The Blues – June 14th 2019

As Andrew said at the start of the night, ‘So good to see that there are plenty of real Blues fans in Brisbane’.

And those fans were all out, and in ecstasy tonight, as Andrew Baxter and his band gave us our biggest night so far, at our temporary new home at the Queensland Russian Community Centre in Woolloongabba.

So, gimme a 12-bar in Bb…and we are away…

This band of Blues Brothers and Sisters was Andrew Baxter on vocals and his screaming Paul Reed Smith and Warmoth guitars; Becs Bruce on vocals; Chris Hartley on piano and Hammond organ; Mark Gibbons on harmonica; Martha Baartz on alto sax; Dave Ferguson on electric bass; and Cvitan Barac on drums.

And they had the joint, not only jumping…but overflowing. (As was the wine…because we ran out of glasses!!) And although there was barely room to swing a cat, we also enjoyed the bonus of having those swinging cats, The Empire Swing dancers, cutting a rug for us, down the aisle, during the break.

Of course, we are the Brisbane Jazz Club…but we just lurv The Blues…and the heritage that these two powerful forms of music share, from the days of their birth in the American Deep South.

And tonight, Andrew and his band took us, walking, talking and wailing through the history of those Blues; from Memphis and the Deep South, north to Chicago and beyond.

While Andrew kept us informed with anecdotes on the history of the music and its characters, we were introduced to all the big names of The Blues…Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Screaming Jay Hawkins, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Booker T…to name a few.

And Becs was there to champion the Queens of The Blues; blowing us away with her delivery of the songs of the lady luminaries, such as Ruth Brown, Koko Taylor, Etta James and Aretha.

This was a blast of a performance, from go to whoa, from an absolute powerhouse combo!!

And Stop The Press. They will be back on September 13th. With a brand new show.

See you back at Kangaroo Point for that one.

Alan Smith

Brisbane Jazz Club