Author archive for Chris Wells


    By Chris Wells on September 20, 2019
  • JULY 2019 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on August 16, 2019
  • At The Café

    By Chris Wells on August 15, 2019
    The Teskey Brothers, Leroy Burgess, Raheem DeVaughn, Fatback Band, Carlton Jumel Smith, Teedra Moses, Isiah Sharkey and more are amongst Echoes-style fare upcoming at London’s Jazz Café in the near future. Check these: The Jones Girls feat. Shirley Jones [20]; African Head Charge [21]; Yellowman [23]; Lucky Peterson [24]; Roy Ayers [26-28]; and Keith Poppin + Carl Malcolm [29]; Jehst [Sept 2]; Teskey Brothers [3]; Hil St. Soul + Normanton Street [8]; Evelyn King [9]; Bahamadia [10]; […]
  • Blues Legend

    By Chris Wells on July 31, 2019
    Multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend is the first headliner confirmed for this year’s BluesFest, which returns to The O2 in London in October.  The show, on Friday, October 25, will be his only UK performance of the year. Also joining the line-up for this year’s event, which runs from Wednesday October 23–Sunday 27, are […]
  • JUNE 2019 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on July 19, 2019

    By Chris Wells on July 8, 2019
    The 26th edition of Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown, due to take place on London’s South Bank at the beginning of August, will again be a mix of exclusive collaborations and global one-offs. Headliners so far announced include Anitta, Thundercat, Songhoy Blues, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein performing  Stranger Things, Alfa Mist, Durand Jones & The Indications, Kokoroko, A Night of Studio 54, and of […]
  • MAY 2019 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on June 18, 2019
  • Nicole Brings Aretha

    By Chris Wells on June 4, 2019
    US jazz and soul vocalist Nicole Henry will visit the UK in October to perform a series of shows in celebration of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Nicole will be accompanied by a UK six-piece band led by Musical Director and guitarist Nick Fitch. Band members are: Michael Underwood [saxophones]; Freddie Gavita [trumpet]; Nick Fitch [electric & acoustic guitars]; Joe Hill […]
  • In The Wind

    By Chris Wells on June 3, 2019
    Windrush Festival Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London June 13-127 Although the scandal of the Windrush deportations may be out of sight it is by no means out of mind among many black Britons who were outraged at the most heinous consequence of the Tory government’s ‘hostile environment for immigration’. As a countermeasure there have been calls to celebrate the achievements […]
  • Book Review: Absolutely Massive

    By Chris Wells on June 3, 2019
    Massive Attack Out Of The Comfort Zone The Story of A Sound, A City And A Group Of Revolutionary Artists [Tangent] By Melissa Chemam What is not in the title is ‘Bristol’, but chances are that most people will be able to work that out under their own steam. After all, Massive Attack have come to symbolize the creative verve of […]