JAM NEWS 15th April 2012
ROCKLIFF JAM to invited to perform at Prrincess Royal's Carers Trust WHO CARES benefit concert.
JAM NEWS 7th December 2011
Last night saw ROCKLIFF JAM band leader, Francis Rockliff, perform extracts from his musical work, RUTH, at a fundrasing evening for the PRINCESS ROYAL TRUST FOR CARERS. HRH The Princess Royal attended the evening hosted by the Earl and Countess of Bathurst at Cirencester House. Playing a beautiful Steinway grand the music was given a wonderful private premiere and is set to preview in London at the end of 2012.
JAM NEWS 14th May 2011
An exciting new line up performed last night at the ROCKLIFF JAM and its second UK sell out show in Chichester making for a truly memorable and exciting Jam of original music by Francis Rockliff.
The line up included Mark Huggett on drums, James Tartaglia on tenor sax, Moyses the hot Brazilian bass player and a regular at Ronnie Scotts with Thomas Ford on lead guitar. Supporting me on vocals were Sharlene Hector and Andrea Grant backing singers to Amy Winehouse, Queen and James Brown, Robbie Williams, Natasha Bedingfield, McFly and Shirley Bassey among many.
Rockliff Jam guests were Chichester's Mike Fry, Oxford's Sarah Mellor and singer songwriter Barry Mason whose multi-platinum hits have sold over 60 million records worldwide and include Delilah and The Last Waltz. Barry was accompanied by James Reader, ex keyboard player to the Drifters.
After only two hours rehearsal the first two RJ numbers got off to a shaky start and then it started to really rock. Unlike the Oxford Jam all the instrumental soloists got applause inside each number, guests had standing ovations and the whole band got two encores. Local talent Mike Fry received great ovations for his harmonica solos and original blues song numbers which suddenly made the band go up a gear and gel. This was not a covers’ dancing audience but more a music listening bunch whom you had to grab as they chatted to old friends at night club tables; quite different from Oxford which was a seated theatre audience. The only covers were Sarah’s Lover Man and Summertime which mean so much to her and in turn her audience who gave her a standing ovation.
For a band of musicians who had never met before and rehearsed for two hours on the day the improvisation was phenomenal and verging on telepathic. Thank you band, guests and the production team John, Doon, Mara, Nina and Malc.
Last night the ROCKLIFF JAM didn’t rock - it jammed!