Localish – Crouch End and local when the Gospel Oak to Barking line is running.
Beer - not lager.
Probably Apache by (who else) The Shadows.
The first two concerts were Dave Brubeck and Ray Charles but the first gig (apart from school bands) was a band called The Rolling Stones at Ken Colyer’s Jazz Club (Studio 51) in May 1963.
Playing guitar (badly) since 13, Bass ( a bit better?) since 40ish.
I started playing in public at the Weavers Arms jam, first of all in Newington Green, then when it moved to the Worlds End where I met a young (well he was then) Canadian guitarist/vocalist called Jimmy 'C' and we formed the Bluesdragons 16 years ago with Stevie Bray on drums and Antonio Campbell on Sexophone (yes that is how we spell it) – Jimmy plays with a lot of sidemen today but the originals do reform on a regular basis – and the originals are still the greatest...
Before that, Blue Juice with a certain Lord Carvell of Acne – Ian Carvell and a bunch of reprobates including Clive Nash on the drums. Going back to school, a folk-blues trio (I suspect because we couldn’t afford the amplification) called TCP – for Tony, Carlos and Paul – our stand out moment being playing a couple with a band called Bluesology in Hampstead, who had a piano player called Reggie Dwight...
It was the Rolling Stones initially but then going to see John Mayall on a regular basis who was always friendly and willing to talk about the blues.
All – except Mantovani – going from Edwardian Musical Hall to Terry Riley (From 'If it wasn’t for the Houses in Between’ to ‘In C’).
Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Willie Dixon, John Hammond, Ry Cooder, John Mayall, Mose Allison – so many!
Bob Dylan, Christy Moore, Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Kinky Friedman
A few (see above) – after a radio show I was honoured to meet Albert Collins who said he was honoured to meet me – what a gent.
Currently my Epiphone EB0 - and my 1941 Gibson L47 (an Ebay bargain)… I think I could find space for a Hammond B3 with a Leslie cabinet?
Getting the opportunity to play with someone new who takes you on a journey – not just rehashing the same old, same old.
Scott Joplin recording Ragtime Piano rolls including Maple Leaf Rag.
Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ – that could take up an hour at least, and another 20 minutes of his ‘Rainbow in Curved Air’. 'Shipbuilding’ by Robert Wyatt... Still thinking about the others...
A brewery would be good.
Listen – on stage, off stage, always listen.
If I did I would have to kill you afterwards.