Archive for February, 2014

  • Bartz Does Grover

    By Chris Wells on February 27, 2014
    Sax legend Gary Bartz is to feature in a rare UK performance during April when he plays an entire show based on selections drawn from the Grover Washington Jr. songbook. The venue is London’s Hackney Empire, the date for your diary Friday, April 11. Bartz will be accompanied on vocals by Matt Henry, famous for his appearances on TV talent […]
  • Angie Stone: Soul Diamond

    By Chris Wells on February 27, 2014
    Grammy-nominated soul legend Angie Stone is set for a six-date tour across the UK this April. She will be backed by her full US band and supported by singer/songwriter Ms D, who has guested on Wiley’s singles and on Chipmunks’s 2009 hit Oopsy Daisy. Get your sahogany soul from: Birmingham, The Drum [April 20]; Brighton, Concorde 2 [21]; London, Shepherds […]
  • Great Acoustics

    By Chris Wells on February 27, 2014
    Punch Records’ Soul Acoustic Tour, starring Don E, Dora Martin, Hayley Cassidy, Incisive, Esco Williams, Heston, J Appiah and Christopher Ellis, will bring the new, stripped-down sound of [mainly] British Soul to six cities across the UK this spring. Compere will be DJ Ronnie Herel. Dates are: Saturday 19th April Curve Theatre 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB; Sun 20th […]
  • How Exciting!

    By Chris Wells on February 26, 2014
    Retro funk and soul band The Excitements have lined up a UK visit for March 19 at London’s Jazz Café and a British release for their album Sometimes Too Much Ain’t Enough – March 17, via Penniman Records. Further shows in their UK itinerary are: Brighton, Komedia [March 20]; Newcastle, Cluny [21]; Manchester, Band On The Wall [22]; and Glasgow, […]
  • Bluey: Charity Double

    By Chris Wells on February 26, 2014
    Bluey & Friends will be taking over London’s Jazz Cafe on Wednesday, April 2 in a special concert to raise money for two very special causes that are both very close to the Incognito leader’s heart. All the door money for this show will go towards supporting Ray Carless [veteran saxophonist, founder member of the Jazz Warriors with Courtney Pine […]
  • Garland Jeffreys: Truth Spoken Here

    By Chris Wells on February 25, 2014
    By Dan Dodds     “I love this!” says my brother, listening to the track blasting out of the van’s speakers whilst hitching a ride to The Pilot for a swift one. “Let It Bleed?” he asks, referring to a Rolling Stones album title. It’s not so wide of the mark, because Wild In The Streets – the Garland Jeffreys […]
  • Archived Magazine 2013 December

    By Chris Wells on February 21, 2014
  • Hargrove Blows In

    By Chris Wells on February 20, 2014
    Catch the magnificent Roy Hargrove Quintet on Thursday July 31 @ Union Chapel, London. Doors 7pm. Tickets priced £25 plus booking fee. Line-up is: Roy Hargrove – Trumpet
; Justin Robinson – Tenor Sax
; Sullivan Fortner – Piano; 
Ameen Saleem – Bass; 
Quincy Philips – Drums. Buy tickets here:
  • Wayne ‘Sleng Teng’ Smith Dies

    By Chris Wells on February 20, 2014
    The man who originated the famous ‘Sleng Teng’ rhythm, Wayne Smith, died in Jamaica on Monday, February 17. He was only 48 and had been ill for some time. Reports suggest he had recently shown signs of improvement when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Smith will mainly be remembered for his work on the Sleng Teng rhythm, the first […]
  • Big Skamouth

    By Chris Wells on February 14, 2014
    The biannual ska, rocksteady, Mod R&B, Reggae and northern soul gathering that is Skamouth will next take place at Great Yarmouth’s 5 Star Vauxhall Holiday Park over the weekend of March 14-17 [Friday-Monday]. A long and impressive line-up includes The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Roy ‘Mr Symarip’ Ellis, The Pioneers, From The Jam and Simon Townshend, plus Secret Affair, […]