• Leon Ware Dies

    By Chris Wells on February 24, 2017
    Artist, songwriter, producer and all-round soul legend Leon Ware has died. He passed away on Feb 23, at the age of 77. Whilst Ware’s biggest commercial successes came for his work behind the scenes as both songwriter and producer – he wrote and co-wrote many hits in the sixties and seventies, including Michael Jackson’s I Wanna Be Where You Are […]
  • Festival Time

    By Chris Wells on February 10, 2017
    This year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival, in conjunction with BBC Radio 2, is about to spring upon us, taking over various venues across the town between April 26-May 1. Lots of star names already lined up – so far announced are Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Orchestra Baobab, Mica Paris, Booker T. Jones, Robert Cray, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Denys Baptiste, Meshell Ngedegeocello, […]
  • Soul Man 4CD Comps To Be Won!!!

    By Chris Wells on February 6, 2017
    Soul Man is a new 4CD collection celebrating the most important classic cuts of all time from the kings of soul music. Intended to coincide with Valentine’s Day, it features many of the most credible and influential male artists to grace the music’s history. The album, of course, takes its name from the classic Sam and Dave hit, which celebrates […]
  • Mother’s Finest

    By Chris Wells on January 27, 2017
    Review She Called Me Mother London, Bernie Grant Arts Centre The sound of the gospel anthem This Little Light Of Mine rings out over the stage and you can cut the tension with a knife. In a cruelly ironic twist, one of the great songs of hope, a chorus that is all about the certainty of a better day, is, […]
  • Sean Paul Goes Electric

    By Chris Wells on August 10, 2016
    Dancehall legend and Grammy Award winner, Sean Paul will play an exclusive one-off show at London’s Electric Ballroom on September 13. It’s been a good year for Sean Paul: most recently he’s been to No. 1 on the Billboard charts with fellow superstar Sia on their monster hit collaboration Cheap Thrills. [It was Sia’s first ever US number 1 single, with the track also hitting the […]
  • Khan Do

    By Chris Wells on August 10, 2016
    Saturday, August 20 sees the Far Out Records family uniting for a showcase at the newly revamped Jazz Café, the line-up headed by their premier jazzman Sean Khan with special guest Heidi Vogel. Sean will be performing new material that he wrote especially for the legendary Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal who features on his forthcoming new album. As you know, […]
  • Kingvention 2016: Dangerous Times

    By Chris Wells on June 13, 2016
    The 2016 edition of Kingvention, the first European convention dedicated entirely to pop legend Michael Jackson, will take place in London on September 10. Set within the Park Plaza Hotel directly opposite Victoria Station, the event will occupy the entire lower ground floor of the venue, this year paying tribute to MJ’s record-breaking Dangerous album, released 25 years ago. Special […]
  • Gabrielle – Greatest Live

    By Chris Wells on June 13, 2016
    Due, they are telling us, to high demand for tickets, UK pop-soul survivor Gabrielle has announced an additional London date to her UK tour in October and November 2016. The new show will take place at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday, November 16. The full list of dates is: Glasgow Theatre Royal [Oct 31]; Birmingham, Town Hall [Nov 2]; Warrington, Parr […]
  • Level Vibes

    By Chris Wells on June 9, 2016
    July 7 sees the return of Natty’s Vibes & Pressure night, now in its new home at the reopened Jazz Café, London. Alongside Natty in the first set [at 8pm!] will be musical prodigy from Gambia, Jally Kabba Susso while topping off the line-up will be Cali P, flying in from Jamaica to follow-up the success of his track Coconut […]
  • On The Level

    By Chris Wells on May 26, 2016
    UK funk and pop stalwarts Level 42 have lined up a 20-date tour for the Autumn and plan to make their album, Sirens Tour Live available from the middle of next month. The full list of shows is as follows: Llandudno, Cymru Theatre [October 3]; Salford, Lowry [4]; Stoke-on-Trent, Victoria Hall [6]; Glasgow, O2 ABC [7]; Gateshead, Sage [8]; Liverpool, […]