• Jacksons/Alex For Greenwich

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    Currently celebrating their milestone 50th anniversary with a world tour, The Jacksons have just been announced as one of the headliners at this summer’s Greenwich Music Time festival. They’ll be joined at the eight-day event by soulman Alexander O’Neal. Other acts at the bash, which takes place at the World Heritage-listed, 5000-capacity Old Royal Naval College from June 30-July 7, include […]
  • En Vogue Shows

    By Chris Wells on March 16, 2017
    These days consisting of Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett, long-standing US vocal trio En Vogue have lined up three shows on this side of the Atlantic. Catch those funky divas at: Dublin, Vicar Street [April 6]; London, KoKo [7]; and Manchester, Academy 2 [8]. Tickets are priced between £30-£36.40. Hit:
  • Sisters Love/Gwen McCrae Reissues

    By Chris Wells on March 10, 2017
    Coming on March 24 from P&C/Reel Music are two cracking seventies soul albums. First up is Sisters Love’s With Love, the long, lost album of Motown soul and funk the glorious vocal quartet recorded for the label after its move out to California. Fans of the known singles, Give Me Your Love, Mr. Fix-It Man and their only UK release […]
  • More Nights To Remember

    By Chris Wells on February 24, 2017
    Shalamar featuring Carol Griffey, Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett are heading back to the UK for a series of late spring gigs, opening opening in Birmingham towards the end of April. They then return in November for what’s become an annual show at London’s IndigO2: The schedule runs: Birmingham, Jam House [April 20]; Sedgefield, Hardwick Hall [21]; London, Clapham Grand [22]; Bournemouth, […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]