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Jazz Mallorca: Pick up the Pieces

Molly Duncan plays Mallorca

This Saturday in Palma de Mallorca we have the chance to see live in concert the man who played one of the best known riffs in British music history. Molly Duncan (known to his mother as Malcolm) founder member and sax player with The Average White Band takes to the stage at the Hotel Saratoga's Blue Jazz Club.

It was Duncan who played the famous sax riff on 'Pick up the Pieces,' the band's most successful single, a million seller that reached number 1 in the US charts. When AWB disbanded after 12 years in 1983 MD went on to play sax with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Tom Petty, Eurythmics, Eric Clapton, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, The RTL Allstars and Incognito amongst others.

Apt then, that Molly's performance at the Blue Jazz Venue should be on World International Jazz day as these days he's involved with many projects in the Jazz world, both playing and teaching. He also has a long involvement in the Mallorca Jazz scene, having made an album here and as you can see in the video, playing alongside the island's musicians.

FYI he plays The Blue Jazz Club on Saturday 30th April at 23:00. It's free though drinks do come at premium prices – well worth it in my opinion. If you can't make that gig, then Molly's at the Smooth Jazz Festival on 1st May in Sa Coma on the east coast.