Author archive for Chris Wells

  • MARCH 2019 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on April 25, 2019
  • Freedom Sounds

    By Chris Wells on March 26, 2019
    Freedom Song Hackney Empire, London. Louis Armstrong’s beaming smile in the corridor of ‘London’s most beautiful theatre’ serves as a reminder of its pedigree. The innovative trumpeter was here in 1934, but the trail blazed by African-American performers in Britain years before the marketing of the music known as jazz also included the gospel ensemble, Fisk Jubilee Singers. This excellent […]
  • FEBRUARY 2019 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2019
  • To The Lighthouse

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2019
    Lighthouse Family are back – with a brand new studio album in May and a live tour this autumn. After a gap of 18 years since their last recording, original LF members Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker have reunited to cut a whole album’s worth of new material, Blue Sky In Your Head. It will be released on May 3 and contain and […]
  • Shakespeare’s Sistas

    By Chris Wells on March 14, 2019
    Richard 11 [Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Photo: Ingrid Pollard] Shakespeare with an all-women-of-colour cast has become the main, perhaps inevitable, media story of this production, yet there is much more to note. Above all the joint direction of Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh is a triumph in itself, not least because of the coherence they achieve as a team when taking […]
  • More Supreme Beings

    By Chris Wells on March 7, 2019
    The Love Supreme Festival has announced another wave of acts confirmed to perform at this summer’s event, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from July 5-7. Joining a line-up that already includes the likes of Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Chick Corea and Kamaal Williams will be some of the standout artists from the UK […]
  • DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on February 18, 2019
  • Word Up

    By Chris Wells on February 11, 2019
    What’s being termed their final album, The Last Word is coming in April from the legendary Philly soulsters The O’Jays.Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant have already dropped the first single online: I Got You is a trademark O’Jays slice of PIR-style soul music, on this occasion produced by Betty Wright as well as Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini and Sam HollanderThe album will be available from April 19 and is currently available for […]
  • Electric Dreams

    By Chris Wells on February 3, 2019
    Billed as ‘The UK’s Greatest Soul and Funk Celebration’, The Electric Soul Festival is set to close out the summer in fine style at London’s O2 on Saturday, September 7.Headliners so far announced are, from the US, Kool & The Gang, and Brits Level 42, Brand New Heavies and Heather Small, all presented to you by your MC, top DJ/broadcaster fellah Trevor Nelson. More special guests will be […]
  • Deeper Lisa

    By Chris Wells on February 3, 2019
    Continuing her active resurgence into the Autumn of 2019, class act Lisa Stansfield has a long list of shows already inked into the diary.Catch Rochdale’s finest at:Southend, Cliffs Pavilion [Oct 21]; Guildford, G Live [22]; Brighton, Dome [23]; Bath, Forum [25]; Salford, Lowry Lyric Theatre [26]; Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall [28]; Birmingham, Symphony Hall [29]; London, Royal Albert Hall [31]; and Cardiff, […]