SANCHEZ & HIS BAND (GB)
July 6th, 23.30
Mike Sanchez - piano, guitar, vocals
Ian Jennings - double bass
Mark Morgan - drums
Oliver Cheney - guitar
Martin Winning - tenor sax
Peter Cook - baritone sax
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singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting
and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping
powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking red suit, has won
him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many
famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him.
Mike has spent the last four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman's
Rhythm Kings, fronting the band since 2001 alongside Georgie Fame,
Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie Floyd on
their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released their latest album
‘Just for a Thrill’ and a fabulous DVD filmed during January
2004 titled ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, both featuring
Mike’s extensive roll as a member of the ex-Rolling Stones bassist’s
Mike is currently involved in a number of recording projects and touring
line-ups, most notably his 7-piece outfit Mike Sanchez and his Band
featuring stunning vocalist Imelda Clabby, legendary guitarist Andy
Silvester, ex-Biscuit Boy bassist Al Gare, drummer Mark Morgan and
The Harlem Horns (Al Nicholls, Pete Cook). This band's performances
continuously receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and rockin'
scenes across the UK and Europe. A recent project was Mike's collaboration
with top Swedish bluesmen Knock-Out Greg & Blue Weather, creating
the hot rockin' album 'Women & Cadillacs'.
In 2003, Mike released a debut 2-hour DVD titled 'Red Hot …Live!'
featuring live shows of his own 4 and 7-piece band and The Mike Sanchez
Rhythm & Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 1950s style show starring
doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and Imelda Clabby. Mike is
presently recording a double album of The Mike Sanchez Rhythm &
Blues Revue with many special guests, as well as an album with his
4-piece line-up and Grammy Award-winning country rock legend Albert
Lee, both projects due for release in 2005/6.
Mike Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez in London's East End to
Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February 1964. At
the age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire in the West
Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing a strong love for
1950s' American roots music through his high school years. As a teenager
he taught himself guitar and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly trio.
Shortly after, Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy
Brown and Steve Gibbons' multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led
Zeppelin's Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town
Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm &
Blues. Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced
Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner's Andy Fairweather-Low.
The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town Playboys for two
years in the 1990s. Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood is another good
friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans wherever possible.
Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic rockabilly
album 'Crazy Legs' with guitar-great Jeff Beck in 1993. The Big Town
Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at London's Royal
Albert Hall and appeared at many European music festivals, backing
bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson,
Carey Bell and the great Little Willie Littlefield. Mike has also
many times over the years been involved movie soundtrack producing
and recording, most recently for the movie 'I’ll Be There' (2003)
starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson. The well-established
magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike 'UK Keyboard Player of the Year'
for four consecutive years (2000-2004).
Mike's main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet
as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his electrifying
stage performances from new and old fans of all age groups across
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