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Jon Lord Blues Project

Hammond Organist Brian Auger has agreed to step in and save a string of the Blues Project concerts announced earlier this year. See details below.

The Blues Project is a group of old friends, delivering high quality British rhythm’n’blues the way it was always supposed to sound.

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TOURDATES 2011

MAY
14 – Rottweil, Alte Stadthalle, International Jazz Festival, Germany

JUNE
24 – Creusot, Blues en Bourgogne, France tickets
30 – Graz, Orpheum, Austria

JULY
1 – Amstetten, Pölz Johann Halle, Austria
2 – Paks, ESZI Hall, Hungary

SEPTEMBER
9 – St. Veit, Herzogburg Castle, Burgkultur, Austria
30 – Kaiserslautern, Kammgarn-Blues-Festival – feat. BRIAN AUGER NEW!

NOVEMBER
15 – Regenstauf, Jahnhalle – feat. BRIAN AUGER tickets NEW!
16 – Erfurt, Gewerkschaftshaus – feat. BRIAN AUGER tickets NEW!
17 – Berlin, Huxleys – cancelled
18 – Hamburg, Fabrik – cancelled
18 – Salzgitter, Kulturscheune – feat. BRIAN AUGER tickets NEW!
19 – Hannover, Bluesgarage – cancelled
20 – Bochum, Zeche – feat. BRIAN AUGER tickets NEW!
22 – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal – cancelled
23 – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn – feat. BRIAN AUGER tickets NEW!
24 – Bonn, Brückenforum – cancelled
25 – Uden, De Pul – cancelled
26 – Den Haag, Paard – cancelled

Line-up:
BRIAN AUGER – Hammond organ
MILLER ANDERSON – guitar & vocals
MAGGIE BELL – vocals
COLIN HODGKINSON – bass & vocals
ZOOT MONEY – Keyboards & vocals
PETE YORK – drums

Management: Tarquin Gotch, Serious Comedy, 25 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NQ, England
Booking: Emily Freeman, The Agency Group, London [EmilyFreeman@theagencygroup.com]
Tour management:
MFP Concerts GmbH & COKG
Jon Lord biography:
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This has elements of the old Apollo Theatre in Harlem Rhythm and Blues Revues of the early 50s and the procession of solo singers and instrumentalists keeps it interesting and fascinating. In 1982 the Rock and Blues Circus toured Germany with Jon, Colin, Pete, Chris Farlowe and others, while in the UK another line-up with Chris, Brian Auger, Colin, Spencer Davis and Pete went out under the name of Blues Reunion.

Other old friends like Miller, Zoot and Tony Ashton were brought into this. Various other band names were used along the way, Endangered Species, Daddy and the Steamers etc but in essence the success of the shows lies in the drive and feeling produced by these virtuoso old friends and in the fun they have in doing it.

MILLER ANDERSON – guitar and vocals
His first name band was the Keef Hartley Band. He wrote much of the material they recorded on their several successful LPs and was the impressive frontman when they appeared at Woodstock in 1969. Miller went on to be featured with Savoy Brown, Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, Blood Sweat and Tears, Marc Bolan’s T. Rex, Mick Taylor, Donovan, Mountain, the Spencer Davis Group, Pete York’s Super Drumming TV series, Jon Lord’s orchestral projects and used to be with the British Blues Quintet. He now leads his own Miller Anderson Band on tour in Europe and continues to compose original songs for his performances.

MAGGIE BELL –  vocals,
One of the most exciting singers of the 60s and 70s with the legendary Stone The Crows, also Peter Green, Steve Howe and Taj Mahal. The raw power of her singing and her stage presence have not diminished one iota over her long career and whether she is on the road with Dave Kelly, Chris Farlowe or the British Blues Quintet she earns standing ovations from the fans of all ages.

COLIN HODGKINSON –  bass
Began his bass-playing career with Alexis Korner, where he learned the roots of the blues. His group Back Door was a highly original concept and enjoyed great success. He went on to be part of Charlie Watts Rocket 88, David Coverdale’s Whitesnake, the Olympic Rock and Blues Circus with Jon Lord, Pete York and Chris Farlowe. He also toured with Brian Auger, Chris Rea, Frank Diez and the Spencer Davis Group. Colin also appeared with Pete York in the Super Drumming TV series.

ZOOT MONEY – keyboards
Became one of the first Hammond organ soloists and a highly individual singer with his Big Roll Band in the 60s. His recording of Big Time Operator was a 60s hit. Often voted the favourite band of  other stars of the time, Zoot’s mix of blues, soul, jazz and raving lunacy  were perfect for the era. Andy Summers (later of Police) was his guitarist and Zoot later collaborated with Alexis Korner and Eric Burdon. He has also acted in British films and TV and his personality has enlivened projects with Alan Price, Bobby Tench, Humble Pie and his own British Blues Quintet.

PETE YORK –  drums
In the 1960’s Pete was part of the successful the Spencer Davis Group. Pete then joined Eddie Hardin to form Hardin & York, „the World’s Smallest Big Band“.  He toured with Klaus Doldinger’s Passport, Chris Barber’s Jazzband. The American Blues Legends and star soloists from blues, jazz and rock like Sonny Boy Williamson, Eric Clapton and Johnny Griffin. Pete appeared with Jon Lord’s orchestral projects Windows and Sarabande. They first played R & B together in the Rock & Blues Circus in the 80

42 comments

  1. Please record the shows. The lineup is tremendous!!


  2. Good evening Mr. Lord

    Congratulations for this project that I’m sure will be full of success as has been your brilliant career.

    A team full of stars of the blues, especially Maggie Bell of which I am a big fan.

    Now, the traditional request: São Paulo is with open arms and will extend red carpet to welcome you soon.

    Toast us brazilians with your talent.

    PEACE!
    LOVE!
    HAPPINESS!

    João Carlos


  3. I know it’s a BIG ask but please, please, please bring this to Australia. Or at least put the show on DVD…..

    Mark (fan since 1971)


  4. What an info! JL BluesPr in November at our legendary FABRIK / Hamburg…
    Waiting impatiently…
    Sabine


  5. Wow… Jon Lord and Maggie Bell in the same band?!!! Who would’ve thunk it? Too awesome! US tour dates please!!!!!!!!


  6. Jon should call Ritchie and see if his wife will let him come out and play.


  7. Dear Jon,

    please, please bring this line-up to southern France!!!!!!!

    best wishes, Ed


  8. Hi!
    No matter which type of music is his base: ever since I heard Doogie White sing in your concert, I am SURE that he deserves a place in any formation you conceive! The way he made me shiver when he sang his part in Essen still wakes me up at night!
    Good luck with your blues project!
    Regards,
    Arjan


  9. Places I don’t know and so far away. Missing you longtime.


  10. Please tell me there will be some dates in the UK, preferably Scotland…….please, please, please!


  11. can we know a little bit about the program? thanks a lot, see you in Paks, Hungary in July!


  12. Great news! Having heard (and seen) him with the Hoochie Coochie Men on the CD/DVD “Danger White Men Dancing”, all I can say, is that we are getting back the magic of his Hammondness, that was missing the last few “classical” years. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Sarabande and Pictured Within but I am a Blues/Rock person!

    Cyprus (and Greece) pleeeeeeease.


  13. I’m very pleased to come for the concert to Rottweil. Pete York I know since my youth, a fabulous concert in Singen, Hardy and York accompanied of once of my first girlfriends. After concert I damaged the car of his father Citroen DS 21. And Jon is like Keith Emerson, Hendrix and all the beautiful musicians of my generation, part of my short life on this earth. Greetings Michael


  14. Wow – what a line up. I really hope you find time to visit Dublin on your travells. So pleased you guys are all giving so much enjoyment. To see Maggie live would be fantastic – in my mind the greatest female blues singer of them all.


  15. ….when you are in down under doing Australia please do not forget New Zealand :-)


  16. Oh Lord! :-)
    What a Great performance in Rottweil! It was the best show, Rottweil ever seen! Concratulations to all members of that great band!! During the gig I hoped, Maggie will perform “Sunset Cowboy” (Stone the Crows). May be next year in Rottweil? I hope so!!!


  17. Thanks a lot to the Band for the great evening in Rottweil yesterday
    Alex & Gabi


  18. Any dates here in the US? All the best to the band. Love the music. I am a blues keyboard player from Chicago, and am hopeful to see the bands.


  19. Great Jon! Great project! Great band! I Hope to see you in Italy! please….. come!!!


  20. Hi Jon, I´m missing Chris Farlowe on Vocals. That would be a great Completion of the Vocal-Section with Maggie.


  21. hello Jon
    when you come in Italy?


  22. Hi Jon, happy Birthday and all the best for the future. Stay healthy. Alex


  23. FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS Y MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TU ARTE…ADRIAN MARINO DE ARGENTINA (FAN DE DEEP PURPLE Y WHITESNAKE)


  24. Hi Jon,
    I’m very, very glad to see you and your band on November the 15th in Regenstauf.
    Keep well
    Udo


  25. Jon! saw you a few times in the ’70s and once in the late ’90s when you were with that group….anyway, we here in the US have not forgotten you. We would love for you tour here again. Blues or Orchestra. Thanks for all the music you have provided for us to enjoy.
    Regards, Rick


  26. I was looking up the lineup for Deep Purple’s US tour this year and read that Jon wasn’t with them anymore and is leading up this project. I am super excited and happy for him with this and give full support! Pleeease come to US! San Francisco would love to have you!


  27. Please try and find some time to play in the Uk, the line-up is incredible especially Maggie Bell whose voice is as good as ever these days
    Chris W


  28. Great concert in graz. I have never seen something like that before. It was pleasure to be part of that for one evening.. See you hopefully next year again. Yours sincerely fritz


  29. This evening in graz (30.6.2011) was wonderful! Congratulations!


  30. it was just great – thank you for this wonderful performance in graz!


  31. it was a great concert in graz, i’ve been there and i really liked it.


  32. Dear Jon,

    The concert was brilliant at Paks Gasztroblues Fesztival.There was a sad, moment of the concert,when one of the cameramen was too close to you and you were wery angry about it. The second sad moment was, that my JL Blues Project T-shirt couldn’t be dedicated by you.


  33. How about playing Bull’s Head Barnes? Small venue I know, but intimate! One of Zoot’s favourite places.

    Chris 4 August 2011


  34. Dear Jon Lord – get well soon! We all want to see you on stage in November – as strong as always! Uli


  35. QUE DEUS TE ABENÇOE ASSIN COMO ME ABEMÇOU……..UM GRANDE ABRAÇO….. LORD……..


  36. QUE DEUS TE ABENÇOE…………..UM GRANDE ABRAÇO….LORD…..


  37. Dear Jon, I am a fan of your talent and respectively of your music since the very first beginnings of your career and I have sucesfully passed this pation for you to my children, 19 / 17 and 8. We wish you a fast recovery and please come back on stage soon because we need you, Beethoven of our times. Meinrad.


  38. This band should go on the X Factor just to show them what entertainment is all about….Gary Barlow.
    Well done to Brian Auger.


  39. Dear John,

    whats the reason for cancelling the concert in berlin at huxleys?
    what a pity! is there no chance to see you with the project in berlin, maybe next year?

    greetings from berlin

    Torsten


  40. just read the reason for this
    and wish you all the best, stay tuned and maybe we see you next year.
    god bless you


  41. When in Italy on tour??


  42. God bless you.
    Get well soon.



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