Sunday, 13 October 2019

A Life in Music: Steve Ajao. Lenny Henry's a fan

A proper Renaissance Man, is Steve

A stalwart of the Birmingham music scene, Steve has been laying down greasy guitar blues and elegant cerebral Jazz sax in equal quantities, for generations. Oh, and he builds guitars, beautifully... and he's completely self-taught. And he's got the deepest voice in all Birmingham. His Blues trio can be found playing live in all the best joints in the Midlands and beyond. They are astonishingly relaxed and extremely tight - something that comes from decades of playing together. 

On top of this, Steve Ajao's facebook feed carries all sorts of other titbits, such as recipes for homemade Sauerkraut, gardening tips, and more. He's into loads of stuff :-) Gourmet, gardener, guitar restorer, blues shouter, cool saxman. I'm sure there's more.

We talked for ages at Steve's place for the Lives in Music interview. 
The podcast has just been published: go here to listen, subscribe and/or download... or go to the player at the bottom of this post. 



Music 

The theme music for this series comes from Big Q Fish, a seriously uncompromising Birmingham band that I suggest you check out. The song is 'Boksburg Jive Toon', written by guitarist Brian Neil. There's plenty more to listen to if you follow the link. They're also on YouTube.

On top of this, you'll hear Steve play an improvisation on Steel Guitar in the podcast itself, as part of the interview.


Links

Steve Ajao's Blues Giants website
Steve Ajao's Blues Giants on Facebook
Steve's Club Bebop on Facebook: currently a weekly Wednesday residency at Fletchers Bar in Kings Heath, Birmingham.


And there's a ton of stuff to check out on YouTube, both Jazz and Blues.

Podcast Player



Other podcasts in Lives In Music

1 - Ruby Turner podcast, plus show notes here 
3
 - The Men who make Mellotrons podcast, plus 
show notes here
4 - 
Mike Hatton 
(with show notes and music links) 
5 - Horace Panter (with show notes and music links) 
6 - Jasper Carrott (with show notes and music links) 
7 - 
Sam Slater (with show notes and music links) 

Lives in Music celebrates people who have spent a lifetime in music. They may be famous; they may be people who have spent their lives working in the background for the love of it. They all have stories. Lives in Music is a Radio To Go production.

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