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  • MICA SINGS ELLA – FEB TOUR

    By Chris Wells on January 18, 2018
    Much revered UK soulstress Mica Paris is to head out on a special nationwide tour during February 2018 – singing the songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. Dates are: London, Islington Assembly Hall [Feb 11]; Bristol, Fleece [13]; Manchester, Ruby Lounge [14]; Birmingham, Jam House [15]; and Leicester, 2Funky Café [16]. Mica was first introduced to the vocal brilliance of […]
  • Detroit DVDs To Be Won!!!

    By Chris Wells on December 21, 2017
    Recently in cinemas across the country, the critically acclaimed movie Detroit, which tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked the city in the summer of ’67, will be released by Entertainment One on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand from January 8. [It’s already available as a digital download.] Directed by Academy […]
  • Look Live Elli

    By Chris Wells on December 13, 2017
    Brighton’s finest exponent of sweary soul, Elli Ingram, is heading out on tour early in 2018. Dates lined up thus far include: London, Jazz Café [Feb 28]; Brighton, The Haunt [March 1]; Bristol, Thekla [2]; Nottingham, The Bodega [4]; Birmingham, The Hare & Hounds [5]; Manchester, Soup Kitchen [6]; and Dublin, Bello Bar [8]. Visit https://www.songkick.com/artists/7767314-elli-ingram for more info and […]
  • Gyptian Winter Feast

    By Chris Wells on November 17, 2017
    Rootsy Jamaican reggae man Gyptian is lined up to headline Winter Reggae Fever upcoming at London’s O2 Forum on December 3. Support comes from Gage, Sheba and Vershon. He also has 10 other dates lined up around the nation. Catch him at: Fri 1st Dec – Baab-El-Salaam, Manchester Sat 2nd Dec – Piccadilly Banqeting Suite – Birmingham Sun 3rd Dec – 02 […]
  • MOBOs Launch ‘B Positive’ Campaign

    By Chris Wells on November 16, 2017
    Whilst Echoes has been critical of the MOBOs for its various [and continuing] failures – see Editor’s letter Nov issue – in fairness, their ‘B Positive’ blood donation campaign this year deserves unconditional support. Partnering with NHS Blood & Transplant for the second time, MOBOs has announced a drive to recruit younger blood donors, especially those from the black community. […]
  • North Sea Jazz: Early Birds

    By Chris Wells on November 9, 2017
    Following the success of the NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2017, which saw 75,000 music fans enjoy performances from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Norah Jones, Dianne Reeves, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Jamiroquai and Erykah Badu, the organisers have announced that Early Bird weekend tickets for 2018 will go on sale on Friday, November […]
  • Love Supreme In The Round

    By Chris Wells on October 24, 2017
    Following the success of this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which attracted a sell-out audience across the weekend in excess of 35,000 to Glynde Place in East Sussex, the organisers have announced the launch of Love Supreme At The Roundhouse, a one-day festival taking place at London’s Roundhouse on Saturday, May 5 2018. Running from 3pm until late, all areas […]
  • Celebrate Hermeto

    By Chris Wells on October 12, 2017
    November 3 sees the release of Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary Viajando Com O Som – The Lost ’76 Vice Versa Studio Sessions by Far Out Records. It’s a huge deal: partly because it marks the uncovering of a previously unreleased masterpiece by a very fine musician indeed, but also because it happens to be Far Out’s 200th release! To […]
  • Basquiat: Boom For Real

    By Chris Wells on October 10, 2017
    Barbican, London until January 28, 2018. The music events that accompany this retrospective of a major figure in 20th century art are not ear candy. Sound was central to the painting of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the genius-child whose first-hand experience of destitution in ghetto un-fabulous ‘80s New York strikes a cruel irony given the recent sale of one of his works for […]
  • Bunny Sigler Dies

    By Chris Wells on October 6, 2017
    We are sad to report that Philadelphia music legend Bunny Siger died today, October 6, aged 76, having suffered a massive heart attack. Bunny first came to national prominence in 1959 as a solo vocalist,  recording for the V-Tone Records label in 1959. He has also recorded for the Decca, Parkway, Gamble, Philadelphia International and Gold Mind labels in his time. His […]