• Thicke/Pharrell Lose Gaye Appeal

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2018
    An appeal by Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams against copyright infringement by their Blurred Lines hit of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up has just been heard – and decided against them. In California, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided [in part] with a lower court by stating that Got to Give It Up was “entitled to broad copyright protection […]
  • Armatrading Single/Album/Tour

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2018
    The unmistakable Joan Armatrading is back, with a new single, out today, March 22, entitled I Like It When We’re Together. It’s also the first track on her new album Not Too Far Away, released on May 18. Not Too Far Away is Joan’s 21st album and, once again, she has written, sung, arranged and produced all the tracks as […]
  • Tavares Join Tops/Temps

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2018
    Seventies soul and pop hitmakers Tavares have just been added to the upcoming UK tour by Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations. Dates are: Leeds, First Direct Arena [November 19]; Manchester, Arena [20]; Birmingham, Arena [22]; Liverpool, Echo Arena [24]; Southend, Cliff’s Pavillion [26]; London, O2 Arena [27]; Bournemouth, International Centre [28]; and Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena [29]. All […]
  • Henry Headlines

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2018
    Pianist Ashley Henry will mark his recent signing to Sony Music with a headline performance at London’s Rich Mix on the May 18. Henry’s major label debut – the Easter EP – was released in January 2018 and drew widespread acclaim for its unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and punk. This show comes ahead of his highly-anticipated first full studio […]
  • Harrold Quintet

    By Chris Wells on March 20, 2018
    Top trumpeter and bandleader Keyon Harrold has lined up a series of five shows across the UK during April. Catch the man with the horn at: Huddersfield, The Northern Quarter [April 9]; Manchester, Band On The Wall [10]; Leeds, Brudenell Social Club [11]; London, Jazz Café [12]; and Southampton, Turner Sims [13]. Special guests will include the hotly-tipped pianist Ashley […]
  • Summer At Somerset House

    By Chris Wells on March 20, 2018
    Headliners at this year’s Somerset House series of gigs have just been announced – and they include several acts of interest to Echoes folk. The whole shebang runs for 11 days from July 5–15, during which period you can see: Don Letts presents Bass Forward feat. Wiley, Congo Natty (live), Norman Jay and Jazzie B [DJ set] – Sat, July […]
  • Temptations: New Album

    By Chris Wells on March 16, 2018
    The magnificent Temptations have just announced a brand new album, All The Time, their first new studio set in eight years. To be released in the UK by UMC on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats, All The Time features the Temps’ own renditions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The […]
  • Remix Joss – And Win $500

    By Chris Wells on March 9, 2018
    Singer Joss Stone has just launched a competition to remix any one of five cuts from her 2015 Water For Your Soul album. Prizes for the winners include $500, inclusion on the official remix EP and more. Visit for full details.
  • O’Jays One-Off Summer Show

    By Chris Wells on March 8, 2018
    The magnificent O’Jays are returning to London this summer for a single date at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Catch the famous Canton via Philly trio on July on Sunday, July 15. Presale tickets are available from:
  • Miles Burns New Rubber

    By Chris Wells on March 8, 2018
    Warner Music are set to release the Miles Davis Rubberband sessions – a 12-inch vinyl four-track EP – especially on Record Store Day [April 21]. The release arrives some three decades after the music was shelved, original producers, Randy Hall and Zane Giles, teaming up with Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. to finish and update the title track. Two of […]