Half Moon presents:
Ben Waters & Diz Watson with very special guest Tony Uter on Percussion
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
A NIGHT OF NEW ORLEANS BOOGIE BLUES AND R & B FROM TWO OF THE WORLDS FINEST EXPONENTS
Ben is thrilled that his friend and mentor the Legendary Diz Watson is able to join him at this very special concert at the Half Moon
Diz is famed for making one of the best New Orleans albums (Blue Coat Man by Diz and the Doormen) outside of New Orleans! He and his band of Keiran O Connor, Peter Thomas, Craig Mackie and Pete Scott went into the studio to record and whilst they were there they were joined by members of the Fats Domino Band, they recorded off the cuff and made history, That album has influenced so many people all over the world, even Fats Domino told Diz it was a great album
This isn't the first time that Ben and Diz have played together, they even had a band called Wat Wat Wat with Welsh Piano king Geriant Watkins, their names being Watson, Watkins and Waters!
Diz very kindly took Ben under his wing and taught him most of the piano he knows today, not only the notes but the very relaxed easy style of Boogie of which Diz is king
DR JOHN loves Diz as Ben found out when they both attended one of his concerts and DR JOHN dedicated a song to his partner Diz Watson. Mac Rebennack said to Ben "Man he's a great piano player" when referring to Diz
Diz's kindness and friendship led Ben taking it up for a living and nearly 30 years later he is still doing after thousands of gigs in nearly 60 countries and also he got to play with The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Ray Davies, Jools Holland+++
This is going to be a great night of pupil and teacher, great friends getting together for the first times in a while, They will be joined by the incredible talents of Tony Uter, an 86 year old phenomenon who plays percussion like no one else, he has played with everyone, even Bob Marly
Expect music from the likes of Fats Domino, (Oh and by the way Ben will be on Sky Arts on 22nd December talking about Fats and also Sky 1 on the 29th December), Allen Toussaint, Ray Charles, Champion Jack Dupree, Diz Watson, Ben Waters and maybe some magic only to be seen at the Half Moon!!!
We might even get Tom Waters (Ben's son) on sax. He is so busy these days being at the prestigious Purcell School of Music during the week and the Royal Academy of Music at the weekend as well as sessions and concerts. He has recently been in Abbey Road Studios, also he will be on Radio 3 Christmas Day as well as recording a short film with a music legend in January!!!!
Bring your dancing shoes!!!
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 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 again last summer on Broadway in New York at the legendary Les Paul’s Iridium Club and have just returned from a phenomenally successful tour of Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
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 has just 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 will be playing 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.