• Roberson: Lockdown Album

    By Chris Wells on April 2, 2020
    Indie soulman Eric Roberson has been using his self-isolation time this past month wisely and productively – by recording an entire new album, due for release from Friday, April 3. Hear From Here has been put together during the month of March. Says Eric: “I started recording four weeks ago and the songs came pouring out of me. I knew […]
  • De La Soul Dates

    By Chris Wells on March 7, 2020
    Legendary hip-hop trio De La Soul have confirmed a clutch of live dates across the UK this summer, during which they will be backed by a full band. The schedule runs: Birmingham, O2 Institute [May 16]; Nottingham, Rock City [17]; Bristol, O2 Academy [20]; Cardiff, Tramshed [21]; Brighton, Chalk [23]; Southampton, Engine Rooms [24]; Manchester, Apollo [29]; Margate, Dreamland [July […]
  • CHIC-Ism

    By Chris Wells on February 28, 2020
    Often busy around these parts, Nile Rodgers and CHIC will be playing Lloyd’s Amphitheatre in Bristol on Thursday, July 16. The gig forms part of the ‘Colston Hall Presents… ’ programme, one of five big events planned this summer in the city. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £59.95 including booking fee – available here or from Colston Hall’s Box Office […]
  • Heavies On The Live Side

    By Chris Wells on February 12, 2020
    UK funk stars BRAND NEW HEAVIES have lined up a series of shows across the nation this Autumn. So far promoters AGMP has them down for: OCTOBER       16 LEEDS, UNIVERSITY STYLUS OCTOBER17   HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS OCTOBER 23:   COVENTRY, EMPIRE OCTOBER 24:   BRIGHTON, CHALK OCTOBER 30:   LONDON, INDIGO2 OCTOBER 31:   BRISTOL, ANSON ROOMS NOVEMBER 6:     […]
  • Cheltenham Jazz Fest Full Line-Up

    By Chris Wells on February 12, 2020
    The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 has announced its full list of performers. Due to take place between May 5-10 [incorporating the bank holiday], this year’s programme once again balances a core of jazz and mainstream offerings, from today’s biggest stars to heritage legends and next-generation talent. It’s also bringing in some pop for the first time. Headliners include Beverley Knight, […]
  • Great Scott

    By Chris Wells on January 31, 2020
    The completely wonderful Ms. Jill Scott will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album Who Is… Jill Scott? with a three-date visit to the UK during mid-summer. Jilly from Philly will play London’s IndigO2 on July 14, 15 and 17. Visit
  • Anita Is Supreme

    By Chris Wells on January 31, 2020
    Eight-time Grammy-winning soul star Anita Baker will perform in the UK for the first time in 13 years this summer when she plays the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in East Sussex. The concert carries extra significance as the show forms part of Baker’s Farewell Tour and will be her last ever UK concert. Says Anita: “I’m so happy to be […]
  • Terra Nova

    By Chris Wells on January 28, 2020
    Lokkhi Terra Ronnie Scott’s, London The warm glow of Ronnie’s 60th birthday celebrations of 2019 may be gently fading in the first few weeks of the new decade, but this is a welcome burst of heat for the rigours of ‘dry January.’ Led by keyboardist-composer Kishon Khan Lokkhi Terra is an inspired proposition, an encounter of Indian, Cuban and African […]
  • Gregory Porter: New Album/Live Update

    By Chris Wells on January 16, 2020
    Following on from 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me album, Gregory Porter’s forthcoming album All Rise, due April 17 from Decca/Blue Note, marks a return to original songwriting. The first single from it, Revival, can be heard right here: Says Gregory: “For me, it’s the message of walking into this life and having some fear and self-doubt, and the point […]
  • Café Cream

    By Chris Wells on January 9, 2020
    Will Downing, Dexter Wansel, Damien Escobar, Kelly Finnigan, Steve Arrington and Marla Brown singing the music of her father Dennis are amongst gigs of note for Echoes folk upcoming at London’s Jazz Café in the near future. An updated schedule at the Camden venue looks like this: Jazz re:freshed presents The Sounds Of 2020 featuring Ife Ogunjobe, Golden Mean & Burnheart […]