Satch MacKenzie met Albert Bonici when he played “skiffle” and rock-n-roll with a couple local bands in Morayshire in the late ’50s though his earlier music education was thanks to Elgin City Band who trained local youth. He enlisted in the military in 1963 and was stationed on Regent Street near Piccadilly Circus where he spent some time with his uncle “Jock” McKenzie, a popular studio musician in London. Satch remembers meeting various musicians and “worthies” [local characters] at the Pub in the Villiers Hotel at Charon Cross where his uncle hung out. Although not making a career in music, Satch kept up with the music scene in the north of Scotland after returning home to Elgin in ’64. He was among several Scottish musicians who recorded with Norco Records LTD at a recording studio in Aberdeen though his recording remains un-released.
Satch has many fond recollections of being into the music scene in the north of Scotland. One of the interesting bits he shared with me was when he met The Beatles in Elgin’s Park Café. According to Satch, John Lennon rather enjoyed playing the slot machine at the nearby Ex-Servicemen’s Club…
A friend of music promoter, Albert Bonici, Satch had several conversations with him at the Park Café whilst enjoying a game of chess with the multitasking impresario . Like many who knew Albert, Satch described him as a “far thinking person” who was “ahead of his time” and able to achieve many of his business goals with the help of many dedicated staff members. He spoke to me about how his friend would get a business plan in his head and work it out and proceed to make it a reality.
*****************************************************************************************************Colin Henderson was the youngest musician to be part of the Two Red Shoes house-band, having joined his father with Jimmy Martin at the helm in 1965. “It must have been ’66 when I joined the shoes band as Alex had already gone to Aberdeen.”
Note: Two Red Shoes Album featured his father and uncle: https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/two-red-shoes-album-2/
“I left Elgin in ’71 to go to S. Africa where I played full time for 2 years so missed Graeme’s time in the shoes.” When Colin returned to Elgin, the Two Red Shoes Ballroom had closed. When Bonici opened the short-lived adult venue “Flamingo Club” in the former Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Colin was asked to be the director of the resident band.
Colin remembered many great times in his early years as a musician working for Albert Bonici. He said that he was paid less than senior musicians but it was a steady pay pack and he got the training needed to continue as a professional. “JM” [Jimmy Martin] “would take me to trio gigs that he did. I was learning flute at the time so sat me in the corner beside the piano… no music and I was only allowed to play one note in a bar which I found by listening to the chords he played. A great lesson as too few musicians listen to what others are doing so you land up with four guys playing a tune and not a band playing a tune.”
Colin has never stopped playing music and has been a part of several jazz and soul ensembles in Scotland besides performing with the Moray Jazz Club http://www.morayjazzclub.co.uk/.
April 2015: “Come along to our Whisky Jazz event on May 2 at 8pm in the Grant Hall, Rothes.
Featuring a line up of Moray’s best jazz musicians : Stewart Watson (piano), Bill Jannetta (bass), Findlay Grant (drums), Derek Matheson (guitar and banjo), Brian Keddie (trombone), Mario Jannetta (sax clarinet) and Colin Henderson (sax and clarinet), enjoy an evening of Traditional and Dixieland jazz. Supper is included and there is a licensed bar.”
Tickets £10. To book, go to http://bit.ly/1GhdzlL or call 07768 056804 / 01340 831443
#Colin Henderson – Dixieland Jazz
‘Now living in Pluscarden, the sax player continues to blast out old classics like ‘Mustang Sally, ‘Midnight Hour and ‘My Girl with the 12-piece ‘Sold On Soul, who have been wowing Moray crowds since being formed in 1992.’
firstname.lastname@example.org [Northern-Scot] “When Colin Henderson founded ‘Sold on Soul’ in the early 1990s, little did he know then just how popular the band would become… “I remember watching the Blues Brothers film and wanting to rejuvenate old 60s soul music.”