‘No Good Beatniks’ are a collective of like minded musicians who operate as a jam band with the focus on dirty grooves and distorted jazz. They play broken beats with a dancefloor vibe on vintage/analogue equipment and classic instruments.
‘Funky original music and warped covers.’ Manchester Jazz Festival
Henry Botham (RSL, 52 Skidoo, The Nightcreatures) – Rhodes, Clavinet, Organ, Melodica, Piano, Harmonium, Clavioline, Moog
Nick Blacka (AIM, Gogo Penguin) – Bass
Rob Turner (Gogo Penguin)– Drums
Howard Jacobs (Toolshed, Homelife) – Sax, Bass Clarinet, Percussion, Drums
Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra) – Guitar
Over the past few years they have been lucky enough to perform with a multitude of superb musicians, too many to list them all but here’s some names.
Kenji Fenton (6Pak) – Sax
Billy Buckley (Wagon Train) – Guitar
Paolo Fuschi (Fuschi4, Sam Grey) – Guitar
Sam Healey (Beats and Pieces) – Sax
Anton Hunter (Beats and Pieces) – Guitar
Tom Thorpe (Mercury) – Sax
Matt Owens (Baked A La Ska) – Bass
Hugh Lawrence (The Nightcreatures) – Drums
Steve Chadwick (Sam Lee Band) – Trumpet
They were the house band for an improvised funk/groove jam at Matt and Phreds, Manchester for 2 years and they still perform regularly at the club. As well as this they’ve played at many venues and festivals throughout the UK, their favourites include Manchester Jazz Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Sela Bar (Leeds), The Wardrobe (Leeds), Sandbar (Manchester), Mix-up (Manchester), Palmyra (Warrington) and many more!
Influences include John Medeski, Brian Auger, Jimi Hendrix, Thelonius Monk, The New Mastersounds, The Meters, Stanton Moore, Duke Ellington and Dr Lonnie Smith.
They have a brand new self titled album available to download here as well as some videos you can watch above. With so much improvisation involved the songs are never performed the same way twice, new sections emerge, tangents are followed and the character of the pieces change according to who we’re playing with that night. No Good Beatniks is very much a live experience
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