dan spanner  /  spanner jazz punks

Dan Spanner has recorded Frank Zappa compositions with The Spanner Jazz Punks (that also feature Helen Tate) and with The Spanner Big Band.

UK band Spanner Jazz Punks headlined the Moo-Ah festival in Corby (UK). They performed on Saturday, 2013/03/09.
Their set included a couple of Zappa tunes ('We Are Not Alone' and 'Blessed Relief'). The band also contributed a track to the "On Broadway - Covers Of Invention" album, a disk on which various bands perform a track that was previously covered by Frank Zappa.

Also in 2014, the band released "Ne'er-Do-Well Adventures", and they performed at Zappanale #25.

2016, The Spanner Big Band contributed to "Sons Of Mr. Green Genes".


  various artists: on broadway - covers of invention
    (2013, cd, uk, cordelia records)

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  various artists: rare episodes
    (2014, cd, uk, cordelia) - all compositions by frank zappa
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  spanner jazz punks: ne'er-do-well adventures
    (2014, cd, uk, private release) - incl 'what's the ugliest part of your body?' and 'willlie the pimp' (frank zappa)
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  various artists: weasels re-ripped
    (2015, cd, uk, cordelia records cd062)
- feat. various artists performing the music of frank zappa

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various artists: sons of mr. green genes
    (2016, cd, uk, cordelia records cd071)   all different performances of frank zappa's 'mr. green genes'
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  various artists: unmatched - le grand oiseau
    (2017, cd, spain, hall of fame) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

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  various artists: i walked out into thenight and the vegetables began to howl
    (2019, cd, uk, cordelia) = sampler including chato segerer, spanner jazz punks and the zappatistas
  various artists: mappa zappa
    (2018, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa
  spanner jazz punks: we... are... not... alone
    (2018, cd, uk, cordelia records) - several fz pieces
  various artists: would you like a snack?
    (2021, cd, uk, cordelia) - all zappa coverversions


from the Moo-Ah introduction:
Conceived in the cauldron of demon frontman Dan Spanner's maniacal mind, Spanner Jazz Punks are the troublesome offspring of a frenetic marriage between sleazy punk jazz and psychedelic performance art. With their roots in the legendary French chainsaw-juggling circus company Archaos, Spanner Jazz Punks have been steeped in a brew of psychedelic rock, ska, gypsy, klezmer and big band swing, and come out kicking, screaming and spinning yarns of quixotic, tragic, heroic ne'er-do-well adventure.
While the Spanner Jazz Punks will close Festival Moo-ah, they will also open your eyes, minds and bowels.
Their fab version of the Fabs' I Am The Walrus can be found on the imminently available On Broadway: Covers Of Invention CD (Cordelia Records, CD054)!

From http://idiotbastard.com/Reviews/MooAh2013.htm, Andrew's review:  
And so, the final act, and again something very different: the Spanner Jazz Punks. Main-span Dan is a very polite and unassuming individual offstage, but as soon as he slaps the ole face paint on and dons his stage threads, he becomes the idiot bastard son of Ian Dury meets Baby Jane: a genuine charismatic front-man (and multi-instrumentalist) you can't take your eyes off - although there's lots going on around him vying for your attention too. I've long wanted to see this band in action and it's something that requires your undivided: a music hall mixture of popular song (including I Am The Walrus, as now available on the excellent On Broadway: Covers Of Invention CD from Cordelia Records!) and Dan's strange comedic interludes. And they also slipped in We Are Not Alone (what were the chances of two bands playing this?) and an always beautiful Blessed Relief. A fine fine end to a fine fine festival.

pictures by NotPedro  

The Spanner Jazz Punks (picture by NotPedro)

Dan Spanner (picture by NotPedro) Helen Tate (picture by NotPedro)


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