- Thursday 2 May
- Doors: 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 11:00pm
- Venue: Holmes Mill
- Adv Tickets: Adv £12 / £10 members / under 16s £5
Victor Brox Blues Train
The RVJazz Fest opening gig at Holmes Mill is a treat! It’s Manchester born blues legend Victor Brox, a musical virtuoso and one of Britain’s greatest ever blues/rock vocalists & musicians. His vocals are great, AND he plays keyboards/brass/guitar. Victor ranks alongside the likes of Joe Cocker and Stevie Marriott. Book early!
Jimi Hendrix was a big fan of Victor’s. Jimi endorsed his talent, jamming, and played with him and the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation on many occasions in London and New York. “Blues music has given me greater pleasure than I could ever have imagined. I’ve played with hundreds of fine musicians and made many friends. I love the music and just want to go on playing it…” Says Victor.
Victor studied under a wide variety of blues pioneers such as Big Bill Broonzy, Bo Diddley, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Boy Williamson, and has played with B.B King, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Gillian of Deep Purple, Dr. John, Alexis Korner, John Mayall, Graham Bond, Nico and Marc Bolan – to name but a few!
As well as frequently appearing alongside his talented vocalist wife Annette Brox, Victor often sings with his daughters Kyla, Buffy and Anna. Kyla now has her own highly rated blues band who will be appearing at The Ruby Lounge with him. Sam Brox, his son sings and plays with his own band in Denmark.
The `Bard of Salford` John Cooper Clarke has appeared many times on stage with Victor. “The Victor Brox Blues Train were the band I saw most in the clubs around Manchester in the 60s . Victor was THE most talented vocalist and performer I’d ever seen – and he was from Manchester! In the 70s and beyond I’ve often found myself on bills with him - a great honour. Vic is one of showbiz’ gents.
Victor created the legendary Victor Brox Blues Train, back in the 60s, with Annette Brox his wife, and an ever-revolving series of talented musicians. The band have played thousands of gigs, mainly in the North of England and France, where Vic still has a big following. The Blues Train can lay claim to playing shows in every decade from the 60s, through the 70s (including many punk shows, where Vic was often added to bills with The Fall and many others) onto the present day. During this time, he has released in excess of 30 albums.
In the late 1960s, Victor Brox was the front man of Aynsley Dunbar’s Retaliation and also appeared as member of many blues outfits or as guest on several blues albums (vocals and sometimes keyboards). They released four albums: ‘Retaliation’, ‘Doctor Dunbar’s Prescription’, ‘To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys’ and ‘Remains to be Heard.