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30th January

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Hungerford Jazz Forum

  30 January

Hungerford Jazz Forum

until 11

Welcome to the Hungerford Jazz Forum.

Come along and bring your instrument and have a blow.
Feeling uncertain? Then leave it in the car but you’ll want to get it out later!!
Singers are also welcome.

We will pick a few open numbers for everyone to try
and also arrange mini sets for others.

Don't forget that there is a great bar with good beer!

Marcus Bonfanti

  31 January

Marcus Bonfanti



Rising blues star Marcus Bonfanti returns to Arlington Arts on Saturday 31 January, launching his first solo tour.

He quietly laid out his stall in 2008 with debut album Hard Times, which was well received among the blues fraternity. However it was his 2010 What Good Am I To You that brought him to greater public attention being listed in Classic Rock Magazine's top 50 albums of the year and single Give Me Your Cash was included in their top 40 songs of 2010.

The critical acclaim that both albums received earned him the 2012 British Blues Award for Best Songwriter and the Award for Best Acoustic Performer for the following two years.

Marcus also enjoyed nominations in Guitarist, Vocalist and Album categories for the last four years.

Shake The Walls, released in June 2013, was listed in Classic Rock Magazine's top 5 Blues Albums of the year as well as getting airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6Music and much critical acclaim in the music press and national newspapers.
From the first note of Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog sixteen year old Marcus Bonfanti knew he wanted to be a guitar player.

After spending his youth as a trumpet player in brass bands, working twelve hours a day in a kitchen to buy his first guitar, dropping out of a prestigious Music College and touring the world with different artists for almost ten years as a session player Bonfanti has become the sum of all the great music he was exposed to as a young boy growing up in North London.

Since releasing his first full length album in 2008 his solo career has gone from strength to strength and seen him tour with and open shows for Robert Cray, Chuck Berry, Shuggie Otis, Philip Sayce, Jack Bruce, The Straits, Beth Hart, John Mayall, Beth Rowley and JJ Grey.

He also fronts The Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion; a monthly residency held at London’s prestigious venue and has worked as a sideman for PP Arnold, Ginger Baker, Earl Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, Robbie Macintosh, Hamish Stuart, Mark Feltham, Eric Burdon and Buddy Whittington.

In 2014 Marcus was asked to join and front legendary British Rock & Roll band Ten Years After and will be touring and recording with them alongside his own solo career.

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