Ali Maas band

Ali Maas band


'Ali Maas and her band proffer a cool fusion of funky Hammond grooves,
Southern Soul and rockin' Chicago Blues'
- Time Out

' A Star In the Making'
- Blues Matters

'A Class Act'
- Blues in Britain

' Fab band with Ali Maas leading a great groovy set of
blues and soul'
- UK Bob - Radio WRFG Atlanta USA )

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ALI MAAS – Vocals

Ali started out singing at 15 years old with homegrown rock bands in Horsham, Sussex before travelling to
the far east to sing with a theatre show, playing mainly with Jazz and blues bands.

On return her London music life kicked off  with a stint touring with Warner Chappell signed pop band
Playing at Trains, but as a keen writer, she quickly started her own original rock bands. Initially known as
First Blue Day co writing with Sean Anderson, the nephew of YES frontman Jon, she then formed the
rock band McQueen with Levitation producer Mike Dignam. At this time, Ali also met Russian rockers
Mumiytroll, and appears as backing vocalist on the seminal albums which
catapulted them to International status.

After a ten year hard gigging period, McQueen split and Ali spent some time thinking about the next step.
During this time she met ,and began to guest with, bluesman Papa George, and was introduced by him to
The Alan Glen, John O'leary Allstar Blues Revue. 2013 brought a new energy and passion to
Ali's singing career in the form of the blues, and after her debut appearance at
The Ealing Blues Festival, she was described in Blues Matters as ' A Star In the Making'.

INFLUENCES - Ali's influences have grown around a love of well written songs, passionately
delivered by great front men and women.

Female vocalists include - Etta James / Mavis Staples / Annie Lennox / Amy Winehouse /
Margo Timmins  / Grace Slick.  Male vocalists - Frank Sinatra / Nat King Cole / David Coverdale /
Paul Rodgers / Lou Gramm / Dave Grohl. Favourite lyricist - Bob Dylan. 



  Alan Glen  

ALAN GLEN - Vocals / Guitar / Harmonica ( The Yardbirds / Little Axe / Nine Below Zero )

Alan was a member of 'The Yardbirds' between 1996 - 2003 and 2008 - 2009, and features on their
albums 'Birdland' & 'Birdland live'. He was also a member of 'Nine Below Zero' - recording 4 albums with them,
and has been a member of Dub / Blues Fusion band 'Little Axe' since 1996 - recording 7 albums to date.

Alan has played on over 50 albums,and has recorded / performed with - Alannah Myles / Jeff Beck / Steve Vai /
Slash / Alan Barnes / Jim Mullen / Zoot Money / John Mayall / Junior Delgado / Dub Syndicate - & many more.
He has played at Montreux & Nice Jazz Festivals, Hilton Las Vegas, Hollywood House Of Blues,
and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as various television & radio performances.

INFLUENCES - Kenny Burrell / Grant Green / B.B.King / Little Walter .




A founding member of cool Jazz/Blues trio The Barcodes, along with Alan Glen & Dino Coccia,
recording five albums on Note Records.Much in demand as a session player in this country,
Bob also writes with top Nashville artists, has recorded in the States with Billy Swan,
and has toured and recorded with Chicago's Jimmy Dawkins and Dave Specter.
He has also performed with Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Jim Mullen, Zoot Money,
Paul Jones, Shakey Vick, Chris Youlden, Bernie Marsden,
Tim Hain, Pee Wee Ellis, Sonny Black, Nicky Payn, Gordon Smith & Earl Green.









After touring extensively in the USA & Europe in the 1990's with rock bands The Wonder Stuff and Catherine Wheel,
Pete moved into Jazz and Blues and has performed with many top artists including Jim Mullen, Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi,
Liane Carroll and John Etheridge. Pete was also a long-time member of the Nigel Price Organ Trio - recording several
acclaimed albums. Currently he performs regularly with The Filthy Six and with the blues outfit Zoe Schwartz Blue Commotion.



  Rob Millis  


ROB MILLIS - Hammond Organ ( Nigel Bagge / Paul Cox Band / Blues Patrol )

Rob was a founder member of the Nigel Bagge Band,and after a 4 year stint playing with Paul Cox,
he has again returned to Bagge's fold. Rob cut his teeth with Gary Brewer & the GB's,and he was also a member of Blues Patrol with ace vocalist Andy Roberts. Rob has also played with Andy Winfield / Steve Simpson / Earl Green / Robin Bibi Band / Incredible Blues Puppies / John Fidler ( Medicine Head ) / Bobby Harrison / Bob Andrews / Brinsley Schwarz & Graham Parker & the Rumour. Rob writes Americana style songs and is working on a Hammond project with guitarist Mal Barclay.

INFLUENCES - Billy Preston / Garth Hudson / Bob Andrews / Brother Jack McDuff


Roy Parsons – Bass Guitar    ( TIM HAIN BAND / DUB SLICE / SOUL COMMOTION )  

Roy has played with many blues/soul outfits on the London circuit including Red Larkin, Laughing Buddhas, 
and Soul Commotion. He has also worked extensively in the reggae field with acts including Love Isaacs, Bam Dem, and Dub Slice. Roy currently performs regularly with the Tim Hain Band and features on the recent GlenHain Gold Reserve album on Note Records.
  Peter Miles  

PETER MILES - Drums  ( Jo-Ann Kelly / Earl Green  / Radical Sheiks )

Since starting playing aged 10 in a Brisbane school marching band - Peter has worked with an amazing
number of bands and artists - including - in Australia - Matt Taylor / Mick Rogers ( Manfred Mann's Earth Band )
Terry Hanagan / Mick Hadley & Max Merritt. In the UK - Dave Kelly's Rocksalt / Bob Hall / Jo-Ann Kelly Band /
Bob Brunning Band / Alexis Korner / Errol Dixon / Johnny Mars Band / Rocket 88 ( with Dick Morrissey,
Jack Bruce, Don Weller, Chris Farlowe & Kim Wilson ) / Earl Green Band / Paul Cox / Danny Adler Band /
Paddy Milner / Gary Fletcher / Top Topham / Shakey Vick / Diz Watson / Daniel Smith Band /
John Idan Band & Radical Sheiks.

Peter has also backed touring American blues artists Big John Wrencher / Homesick James / Lightnin' Slim
/ JB Hutto / Dr. Ross / Cousin Joe Pleasants & Eddie Guitar Burns.

INFLUENCES - Buddy Rich / Roy Haynes / Chris Karan / Steve Gadd











Ali Maas Band




The gorgeous and talented vocalist Ali Maas has guested for bluesman Papa George and our favorite guitarist Micky Moody at the Raffles Club Staines. But this was her first headline appearance at the Riverside club with her incredible band.

Kicking off with Don Bryant’s “99 lbs.” (made famous by The Black Crowes) : “Twenty-five pounds of pure cane sugar… She’s got in each and every kiss…” This was passionate black-powder blues with hearty scatterings of jazz (especially from keyboardist Rob Millis, who has also been seen at the club with the Nigel Bagge Band) and those amazing smoke-and-flames vocals from Ali.

Her new self-penned number “Emotional Powder Keg Blues” was a slow slider, with neat rat-a-tatty drum-work from Peter Miles and some slinky rhythms established by Rob. The vocal was thick and greasy as sump-oil as it slid down, smooth and syrupy, and across that cool-silvery bass-play from Glynn.

Superb guitarist Alan Glen (who was a member of ‘The Yardbirds’ between 1996 – 2003) provided an elegant yet thoroughly mesmerizing lead break on this great song.

“Drown in My Own Tears” is a blues song written by Henry Glover way back in the day… but the Johnny Winter version was re-created by Ali Maas and her band. This was a sweet waltz, with chirpy-chip organ sounds and the ever-emotional voice of Ali that begged and pleaded.

After a jazzy intro on the second half (Ali was hit by ‘frogs in the throat’ and needed a break — we were informed by her fans that she was only performing “at 33% of her normal volume…” ) we were treated to “Woman Be Wise” with those “Don’t Advertise Your Man…” lyrics.

This song is also as old as the world. But Ali’s voice was pure and perfect for it. The right side of cynical without losing any of the sweetness. And, of course, Rob’s keyboards were enormously entertaining, as he madly plonked along to this adorably earnest ditty.

Once again we were offered Blues Salvation in Staines.

And once again, as an audience, we were grateful to receive it. The Riverside Club, Raffles has experienced a reversal of fortunes in recent weeks — and now hosts incredible music nights like this on Thursdays and some Fridays. And we are sure that Ali Maas and her talented band will be back very soon. What a memorable night!

Words: @neilmach 2015 ©



  CONTACT:   ALI MAAS - / 07762-930287
ALAN GLEN - / 0207-732-1127