• Blue Note Pop Up

    By Chris Wells on November 7, 2019
    To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Blue Note Records will open its first ever UK pop up store at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross on Friday, November 15, coinciding with the opening night of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019. The store will offer a one-stop shop for music fans to see and experience the iconic label. It will feature exclusive framed […]
  • More Blues Chronicles

    By Chris Wells on October 29, 2019
    Following on from a sold out first night, London’s Jazz Café people have now added two more dates to their ‘live history of the blues’, Blues Chronicles, in February next year. Check out Bush Hall at 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28 to hear the story of 20 incredible artists that helped […]
  • Win 30/70’s Ace New Album Fluid Motion On CD!!!

    By Chris Wells on October 23, 2019
    Fluid Motion, the latest release from Australia’s brilliant jazz-soul-pop-dub collective 30/70, has been garnering praise and recognition from all quarters – and deservedly so. Check our October issue for a considered appreciation of the album as well as band lead singer Allysha Joy’s revealing answers to our regular ’20 Questions’ feature. Better yet, we have 10 copies of the Fluid […]
  • Imagenes That

    By Chris Wells on October 22, 2019
    Imagenes, one of the UK’s leading purveyors of contemporary Latin-tinged dance music, has just dropped a new jazzed-up bomb in the shape of Give Me Night. Label heads Jorge Montiel and Juan Laya are on production duty while Xantone Blacq and Heidi Vogel provide guest vocals on a soaring cover of George Benson’s ‘80s pop-fusion anthem. The track, which has […]
  • At The Café

    By Chris Wells on August 15, 2019
    The Valentine Bros, Fatback Band, Carlton Jumel Smith, Teedra Moses,Isaiah Sharkey and more are amongst gigs of note for Echoes folk upcoming at London’s Jazz Café in the near future. Check this lot: Leroy Burgess [October 19]; Mélissa Laveaux [20]; Sun Ra Arkestra[21/22]; Henri Texier Trio [24]; Raheem DeVaughn [25/26]; Brit Funk Association [27]; Carl Hancock Rux [28]; Forq [30]; […]
  • 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 […]

    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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Ends To Means

    By Chris Wells on June 3, 2019
    Steve Nichol, founder of the acclaimed London soul pioneers Loose Ends, is back after a 30-year hiatus and working on a new solo album project, SON One. Due in early 2020, the new set will feature production and writing collaborations with UK soul artists Soulpersona and George Anderson, as well as US acts, including Parice Rushen. Vocals will be supplied […]