Archive for January, 2014

  • Anna Gordy-Gaye Dies

    By Chris Wells on January 31, 2014
    Anna Gordy Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife and older sister to Motown founder Berry Gordy, died early this morning, January 31, in Los Angeles. She reportedly died at home from natural causes. Family members discovered her around 3AM. Anna and Marvin married in 1964, and she was a huge influence on his career. She co-composed two hits on his classic What’s Going […]
  • Shining Jules

    By Chris Wells on January 27, 2014
    UK singer-songwriter Jules Rendell, blessed with a unique soul-jazz sound that has flavours of Minnie Riperton, John Mayer and Alicia Keys, is to launch her latest EP, The Lotus Bloom, with a live gig at The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, London this Thursday, January 30. As a vocalist, Jules has shared stages with Gorillaz, Keane, Beverley Knight and Aled […]
  • Zara Knows

    By Chris Wells on January 16, 2014
    Supporting her superb new album If You Knew Her, the very fine Zara McFarlane is to hit the road in Feb for a series of live shows. Catch her at: Cardiff, RWCMD

 [Feb 7]; Bristol , Colston Hall

 [8]; Milton Keynes, The Stables

 [11]; London,  XOYO

 [12]; Manchester, Band on the Wall

 [18]; Gateshead, The Sage [20]; and Coventry, Warwick […]
  • Ronny Jordan Dies

    By Chris Wells on January 15, 2014
    British guitarist Ronny Jordan, one of the musicians at the forefront of the Acid Jazz movement in the early 1990s, has died at the age of 51. His passing was announced by his brother and sister through a tribute page on Facebook. Ronny came to prominence in ’92 when he released an upbeat reworking of Miles Davis’s So What on […]
  • Womack At The Double

    By Chris Wells on January 14, 2014
    Soul legend Bobby Womack is back again! He will play two live shows before the end of this month – at Liverpool Philharmonic on January 26 and Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall the following night, Jan 27. Hit for details and to book.
  • Follow Moses

    By Chris Wells on January 14, 2014
    Soul/R&B star Teedra Moses will be heading this way towards the end of February, when she plays a one-off gig at London’s KoKo. The date for your diary is Thursday, Feb 27. Tickets will cost you around £27.50 each. Visit
  • Incognito For Jazz Café

    By Chris Wells on January 13, 2014
    Led by the redoubtable Bluey Maunick, long-serving and still excellent jazz-funk and soulers Incognito are to play a trio of live shows at London’s Jazz Café at the end of Jan/beginning of Feb. Catch them at the Camden venue on Friday, Jan 31, Saturday, Feb 1 and Sunday, Feb 3. Hit this link to book tickets:
  • Dreemtime: Living The Dreem

    By Chris Wells on January 12, 2014
    The widely anticipated third Dreemtime album, Manhattan, has just been released on digital platforms. This time the group’s mainman, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Klive D’Farley – an Englishman in New York since 1998 – has recruited Vandross-ish vocalist E.R.I.C. and keys/vibesman 4MuLA to join up with the outfit’s long-time live lead singer Jessi Colasante [aka JeSante’] on a set that […]
  • Roberson’s New Heartaches

    By Chris Wells on January 8, 2014
    New Jersey soul star Eric Roberson begins 2014 – his 20th year in the music business – with the release of a new collection of unheard singles, features on other artists’ projects and three brand new songs. Titled B-Sides, Features & Heartaches, the 13-song album features such as Angela Johnson, Les Nubians and DJ Spinna, and the tune Postcards From The Edge, featuring Wes […]
  • Weekend On The Baltic

    By Chris Wells on January 7, 2014
    The eighth annual Baltic Soul Weekender will take place in Germany, at Center Parcs Bispinger Heide, on May 23-25 this year. Already lined up for the event are Lisa Stansfield, Archie Bell, Candi Staton, D Train, Gloria Scott, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Rhonda, Baltic Soul Orchestra and a host of top DJs, including our own Ian Dewhirst plus […]