• YolanDa’s Reggae Got Soul

    By Chris Wells on February 12, 2016
    Double MOBO award winning saxophonist and composer YolanDa Brown will be taking her ‘Reggae Love Songs’ tour out on the road later this month on a string of dates that will last right through the summer and beyond. There are some special guests too: marrying soul and jazz prowess with the reggae sounds of her roots, YolanDa will be joined on various […]
  • Pop Up Empirical

    By Chris Wells on February 9, 2016
    UK jazz super group Empirical will be taking their music direct to Londoners this month. For six days, from February 22-27, the band will take over a retail unit in the centre of Old Street Underground Station and transform the space into a pop-up Jazz Lounge. Listeners are invited to visit the lounge for lunchtime and evening commute live sets, […]
  • Khan Does

    By Chris Wells on February 5, 2016
    Multi-instrumentalist Sean Khan is to support the release of his critically acclaimed second album Muriel with a performance at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s club in London on Monday, February 8. Special guests on the night are Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra) and UK soul icon Omar. The former SK Radical released Muriel on December 4 on Far Out Recordings. Visit https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedule […]
  • Lisa Cult Jam

    By Chris Wells on January 12, 2016
    Grammy nominee Lisa Simone, only child of Nina Simone, is touring her latest album in Europe and will take up a three-day residency at Boisdale in Canary Wharf from January 19, 2016 – her only UK dates on her tour for her new album, out March 5. Lisa has continued to blaze a trail from New York’s Carnegie and Town […]
  • Putting On Ayers

    By Chris Wells on November 13, 2015
    Veteran vibesman Roy Ayers will soon join us for a run of dates in the lead-up to Christmas. Enjoy the maestro at: Bury St Edmunds, Apex [November 30]; Preston, Guildhall [December 1]; Harpenden, Public Halls [2]; Wolverhampton, Robin 2 [6]; London, Jazz Café [7/8/9]; Leicester, Music Café[12]; and Southampton, Brook [13]. Visit www.ents24.com for ticket details and to book.
  • Thomas, No Doubt

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Texan-born New York-based trumpeter, vocalist and composer Leron Thomas is to play London’s Jazz Café on November 5, in support of his brand new album Cliquish, upcoming on Nov 9. Thomas made his mark with contributions to projects from the likes of Bilal, Jason Moran, Guts, Meshell Ndegeocello and of course the stunning vocal on Zara McFarlane’s Angie La La. […]
  • TLC For Ronnie’s

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Superb drummer, producer and songwriter Terri Lyne Carrington is heading to Ronnie Scott’s club in London at the end of November for a two-night stint. Catch her there on Monday, Nov 23 and Tuesday, Nov 24. She’ll be performing tunes from her brilliant The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL album, and featuring vocalist Chareneee Wade, plus Helen Sung on piano, […]

    By Chris Wells on October 8, 2015
      By Malcom Prangell [partner at Soul Brother Records] Sublime, beautiful, warm as a summer breeze and as close to the human voice as an instrument can be… is how you might describe Wilton Felder’s tenor sax playing. It defined, at least in part the classic ‘70s Crusaders sound, which in itself, epitomised jazz-funk [alongside Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd and […]
  • Terri Love

    By Chris Wells on July 13, 2015
    Terri Lyne Carrington’s new album, forthcoming from Concord on August 7, features an amazing line-up of guest artists. The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL is the follow-up to 2011’s The Mosaic Project, and presents the drummer/producer leading a rotating cast of superb female vocalists and instrumentalists, including Oleta Adams, Natalie Cole, Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Chanté Moore, Valerie […]
  • Porter Venture

    By Chris Wells on June 30, 2015
    Grammy-winning jazz/soul man Gregory Porter has just announced a 16-date tour around the UK for spring 2016. The schedule opens impressively on April 4 at the Royal Albert Hall, London and concludes on April 24 at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. The full list is: London, Royal Albert Hall [April 4]; Southend, Cliffs Pavilion [5]; Bristol, Colston Halls [6]; Manchester, Bridgewater [8]; […]