Sat 2nd February, 20198:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm
Voted piano player of the year at the prestigious Boisdale awards, Ben Waters will be coming to The Chapel Arts Centre on 2nd February 2019. It will be a real up-beat evening of authentic Boogie, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll. This guy has worked alongside some of the genre’s greatest legends (Chuck Berry; Jerry Lee Lewis; The Rolling Stones;Sir Ray Davies, Shakin’ Stevens and many more). Having performed recently in The Caribbean, The States, Canada, Venice, New Zealand, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France, Austria and Australia (Sydney Opera House no less!!)as well as playing in his Big Band at many prestigious venues in the UK he is looking forward to giving the New Year a big rockin’ welcome in Bath!
Jools Holland, described Ben Waters in The Mail on Sunday as one of his favourite piano players of all time and also asked him to perform at his wedding. Ben also performed at a birthday party for Hugh Laurie and he and his band have played at many prestigious weddings and corporate events all over the world, bringing their own amazing and original version of authentic rock ‘n roll to make special days even more special.
Ben and his band have performed for royalty and at Ray Davies’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, followed by tours of Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and the States, where Ben played in the Lincoln Center and on Broadway in New York with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. (The A being Axel Zwingenberger; B – Ben Waters; C – Charlie Watts; D – Dave Green). He performed at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 alongside Ronnie Wood at the fabulous Blues Fest.
The Band were selected by Ray Davies as one of his favourite bands when he curated the wonderful Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall 60th Anniversary.
He and his band have just performed at Ronnie Scotts legendary club in London for two successive sell out shows.
He has had a remarkable apprenticeship, having worked and recorded with many of the legendary greats of the rock ‘n roll world – The Rolling Stones. Chuck Berry; Jerry Lee Lewis; Shakin’ Stevens; Jools Holland; Ray Davies; and many others. Ben and his son Tom played on Broadway in New York at the legendary Les Paul’s Iridium Club.
Ben recorded his album “Boogie 4 Stu” at Jools Hollands studio (which Jools donated freely) – it is a commemorative album in honour of the late Ian Stewart, family friend and founder of The Rolling Stones, all of whom, along with Jools and P-J Harvey are featured in the CD. It has topped blues and rock ‘n roll charts world wide with proceeds from sales and Ben’s advance going to the British Heart Foundation in Stu’s memory. The CD cover painting of Ian Stewart was created by Sir Peter Blake who has donated a further £10,000 from print sales to the BHF in memory of Stu.
The Ben Waters Band play amazing rock ‘n roll, blues and boogie numbers from this and other albums, along with ground breaking original numbers which are attracting world wide interest.
The nucleus of the band is a six piece consisting of Ben on piano and vocals; chart topping drummer vocalist Ady Milward; bass player, vocalist, lyricist and also chart topping Richard Hymas; and amazing sax players Adam Davey and Ben’s 17 year old son, Tom, who has been amazing audiences all over the world and steals the show every time. Tom’s saxophone was given to him by Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones at the Hyde Park concert in July 2013 and he had a sax lesson from Blue Lou Marini (Blues Brothers) in New York) He is now studying at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and attends the young Jazz Course at London’s Royal Academy of Music. The band can swell yet again with some of the best musicians in the UK and Ben has taken bands of 12 or more to venues in the UK and abroad.
Truly international, Ben and/or his band have performed all over the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, Barbados, Hong Kong, Australia (where Ben and sax supremo Derek Nash played to sell out houses at the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House on 7th February 2018) , New Zealand, The States and Canada. They occasionally arrange for friends from their extensive mailing list to join them – recent trips have included going to Memphis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Canada, German Christmas Markets, Austria and the wonderful Isles of Scilly. There are many more planned at terrific locations throughout the world.
Jools Holland – Mojo Magazine – Ben Waters Band (Shakin in theMakin) – selected as one of his ten favourite boogie woogie albums ever.
“One of the best pianists in the U.K.” – The Times
“I have been a boogie fan since the 50’s and seen pianists all over the world, none come close to Waters” – Blueprint Magazine
“Ben’s Solos are full of flare and bravado” – The Birmingham Post
“A fantastic young pianist” – Jools Holland
“Probably the best pianist I have played with” – Pete Thomas (sax with Elton John, Fats Domino
“Like a bouncy castle for grown ups!” The Times