Tuesday 15th November

Ain't Nothin' But

The Blues Bar

Kingly Street, Soho, London Blues Band

The 251s Band

Introducing The 251s

Hello! We are a South Essex-based five-piece band, and bring together a collective love of blues, jazz and swing - and everything in between, from over 40 years of avid playing, watching and listening.
We believe in delivering a memorable and fun experience to discerning venues, promotors and their audiences. Delivering an eclectic mix of Blues, Jazz and Swing favourites, we draw on our sound experience of knowing what it takes to entertain, engage and excite.
Russ Cottee
Roy Webber
Drums / Vocals
Cliff Macdonald
Upright Bass / Backing Vocals
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United Kingdom

For over 30 years Russ has earnt his dues with such notable UK Blues acts as the Blues Spiders  playing all over the UK, with their 3 albums climbing high in the Blues charts across the UK, Europe and the US. His tone-rich signature guitar style captures multiple inspirations from the likes of Bill Jennings, Hollywood Fats, Billy Butler, Chris Corcoran, Tommy Harkenrider and Grant Green.

One of the UK’s finest Blues drummers, Roy has served his time with the wonderful Cadillac Kings and in addition
to the 251s, continues to
play with the UK’s top Blues acts and talents such as Steve West Weston and Martin McNeill’s Bottleneck Blues.
Roy now brings his legendary Blues shuffles, groove-laden brushwork and relentless Essex-born rhythm & boogie to
the 251s’ set.

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He literally hasn’t stopped
playing bass for over four
decades and has enjoyed
working with a wide variety
of bands in-and-out of the
Blues, Jazz and Swing set.
From his 80's success with

(New Romantic band) Ava Raj, to current success with (50's Rock n Roll favourites) Julie Jive and the Bigshots. Cliff plays Upright and Electric Bass and has now fallen in love with the Blues and brings it all home to play with The 251s.

Steve Tolton
Harmonica / Lead Vocals
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He’s never been far from the music he loves. Carrying it with him in his heart and keeping his hand-in while on his business travels around the world with a harmonica constantly at his side. Now fully reconnected with band mates old and new, Steve’s been dusted down and given a new brief to go back out on the road. This time, taking care of a different kind of business: The 251s.

Graham West
Saxophones / Backing Vocals
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Graham has been a familiar feature on the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene for many years and shares his artful sax playing in The 251s with Julie Jive & The Big Shots.
He’s well known for both his honking baritone and
prodigious, rip-roaring
tenor sax breaks.