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  • Rhythm & Reaction

    By Chris Wells on April 10, 2018
    [London, Two Temple Place] As the saga of Brexit brings new contortions to Britain on a daily basis, this excellent exhibition, about to enter its final weeks, is a timely aide-mémoire of the longstanding dance that has taken place between ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, as in culture from afar. Curated by Catherine Tackley, Rhythm & Reaction casts a fascinating eye over […]
  • Join ‘The Q’ In June

    By Chris Wells on April 9, 2018
    The icon, the legend, the hitmaker, the one and only Quincy Jones is coming to London on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to play a special live show at the O2 – where he will be backed by an amazing array of guest performers: Caro Emerald, Jess Glynne, Lalah Hathaway, Mick Hucknall, Beverley Knight, Jonah Nilsson, Mark Ronson, Jack Savoretti, Andreas […]
  • Love Supreme Fest: Final Additions

    By Chris Wells on April 5, 2018
    The Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from June 29-July 1, has just added its final list of top name acts to the schedule – including Lalah Hathaway, Pharoah Sanders, Level 42, MF Robots and Dave & The Drumhedz. They join an already broad array of stars performing at the three-day event including Earth […]
  • 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 […]