Bringing a Breeze Of Brazil…
its the fabulous Bossa Nova Boogaloo Brothers
Gaz Gaskell is a Merseyside musician, entertainer, bandleader and solo entrepreneur…
“What you see is what you get!”
A good deal of the first half of his 40-year professional career was spent abroad:-
- 4 years Italy in the late 60s (soul crooner NEVIL CAMERON & THE GROOVE)
- Two-month headline Australian tour with 70s ‘supergroup’ SUPERCHARGE
- UK: University/Rock circuit then 6 years fronting original R’n'R GAZ & THE GROOVERS
- 9 Years Germany/Switzerland (touring also Austria, Netherlands, Norway & France) with R&B/Funk ‘concept’ band JUKE, taking in events like: Tina Onassis’ wedding in Paris Maxim’s; New Year’s Eve at Adnan Kashoggi’s Marbella villa; BEN E. KING UK/European tour, visiting Glastonbury, London Palladium, Montreux Jazz Festival etc.
Mid-90s: Returns to native Merseyside, forms own 5-piece ‘party band’ under the banner of GAZ & THE GROOVERS again, later diversifying with the more ‘relaxed’ BOSSA NOVA DUO. Enduring enthusiasm for Afro-Cuban music & Salsa leads to GRUPO HAVANA with fellow aficionado, erstwhile bandmate Tom Maguire, the two persevering since as studio project
THE BOOGALOO BROTHERS now playing.
2000s: In demand for freelance gigs. Several appearances at MATHEW STREEET FESTIVAL
2004: “Special guest” stints with former crony ALBIE DONNELLY’s Supercharge, R & B wizard ZOOT MONEY and Rock’n'Roll veterans KINGSIZE TAYLOR & THE DOMINOES result in nostalgic trips back to Germany and Switzerland.
1 JANUARY 2006: For “HAPPY NEW YEAR, NEW ORLEANS” awareness event at CAVERN club, recruits “Merseyside Rhythm & Blues VOLUNTEERS”, bringing over guest New Orleanian pal, former “Gatemouth” Brown MD JOE SUNSERI on baritone sax plus Maria Muldaur associate CRANSTON CLEMENTS on guitar.
Follow-on benefit 30 APRIL with the MERSEYSIPPI JAZZ BAND.
2007: Finally re-joins forces with Grupo Havana comrade Bernardo Velasco in IGUANA to continue his tropical music infatuation, with the accent on Mambos, Boogaloos & Salsa.
2009: Approached by Bossa Nova Duo originator: guitarist ANDY LEWIS to participate in his new hand-picked group, dedicated to cultivating “Mad Men”-era funky soulful Jazz – ‘Neon Chevy Bop’ – and subsequently named JAZZ UNION.
2010: The BOSSA NOVA TRIO results from the addition of Jazz Union’s double bass player PAUL McRAE to the previous duo, expanding its Jazz soloing capability at a stroke.
With Special Guest DJ ONO (The Suns)