Archive for 2015

  • Win Milk & Green London Tickets!!!

    By Chris Wells on November 20, 2015
    Recent Echoes cover stars Malted Milk & Toni Green are to play the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in London on Nov 25, filling the joint with their bluesy, soulful sound – and we have a pair of tickets on hand to give away to one lucky Echoes type. Simply email us at and answer this question: to which […]
  • Putting On Ayers

    By Chris Wells on November 13, 2015
    Veteran vibesman Roy Ayers will soon join us for a run of dates in the lead-up to Christmas. Enjoy the maestro at: Bury St Edmunds, Apex [November 30]; Preston, Guildhall [December 1]; Harpenden, Public Halls [2]; Wolverhampton, Robin 2 [6]; London, Jazz Café [7/8/9]; Leicester, Music Café[12]; and Southampton, Brook [13]. Visit for ticket details and to book.
  • Kelly’s ‘Ere

    By Chris Wells on November 10, 2015
    Rising R&B vocalist Bridget Kelly is heading over with her live band for a first full UK tour. The dates are: Liverpool, East Village Arts Club [Nov 21]; Nottingham, Irish Centre [22]; Birmingham, Institute [23]; and London, Jazz Café [24]. Ticket prices are variable and are available from Grammy winning songwriter Kelly has collaborated with the likes of Jay […]
  • Walk Like Gyptian

    By Chris Wells on November 4, 2015
    Reggae don Gyptian has a series of live shows booked for later this month. Catch him at: Manchester, Band On The Wall [Nov 21]; London, Jazz Café [25]; Birmingham, O2 Institute [26]; London, Jazz Café [27]; Sheffield, O2 Academy [28]; Chester, Live Rooms [29]. Visit for info and to book.
  • Knight Time

    By Chris Wells on November 4, 2015
    UK soul queen and now doyenne of the West End, Beverley Knight, is back with a brand new album and UK tour for 2016. Newly signed to East West/Warner Music, Beverley will be releasing her eighth studio album in the Spring of 2016. She also announces a UK tour for May/June of next year – see full list of dates […]
  • Thomas, No Doubt

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Texan-born New York-based trumpeter, vocalist and composer Leron Thomas is to play London’s Jazz Café on November 5, in support of his brand new album Cliquish, upcoming on Nov 9. Thomas made his mark with contributions to projects from the likes of Bilal, Jason Moran, Guts, Meshell Ndegeocello and of course the stunning vocal on Zara McFarlane’s Angie La La. […]
  • TLC For Ronnie’s

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Superb drummer, producer and songwriter Terri Lyne Carrington is heading to Ronnie Scott’s club in London at the end of November for a two-night stint. Catch her there on Monday, Nov 23 and Tuesday, Nov 24. She’ll be performing tunes from her brilliant The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL album, and featuring vocalist Chareneee Wade, plus Helen Sung on piano, […]
  • Got The Cure

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
      Rebuilding his career after nine years in jail, Jah Cure is making his best music ever. John Masouri takes his medicine.   After resisting the temptation to travel all the way to Paris for a 15-minute interview, I caught up with Jah Cure on the phone as he relaxed with a Polish family he’d just met, and who’d invited […]
  • Lemar: Letter Perfect

    By Chris Wells on October 15, 2015
    Lemar’s sixth album, The Letter is just out, via BMG Records. Mainly a covers project, it was recorded at East West Studios in Los Angeles with famed producer Larry Klein [who has overseen albums by such as Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and, more recently, Lizz Wright]. Tunes given a new Lemar-style makeover include Al Green’s Love And Happiness, The Box Tops’ […]
  • Motown The Musical

    By Chris Wells on October 15, 2015
    Motown The Musical is set open at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in February. Based on a book by company founder Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the show tells the story of Detroit’s legendary label and, of course, features lots of Motown classics. Many of the lead parts have been cast, but auditions are still ongoing for more performers. Cedric […]