BBC broadcaster, Robert Elms presents a unique tribute to the unforgettable music of Otis Redding and Kool & The Gang from one of the finest soul and funk bands in the country.
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Here’s a video of Otis & the Barkays (backing). Otis died just one day after this performance. The plane that carried him and the Bar-Kays, also featured here as his backing band, crashed into that ice lake in Madison, Wisconsin where they were scheduled to play.
BBC broadcaster, Robert Elms presents a unique tribute to the unforgettable music of Otis Redding and Kool & The Gang from one of the finest soul and funk bands in the country. From Ladies Night and Cherish to Celebration and Get Down On It, Kool & The Gang’s imperious 10-year run at the top of the charts left an indelible mark on the memories of millions of fans. Otis Redding’s reign at the top was tragically cut short by his premature death, yet classic songs like (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay and Try A Little Tenderness have ensured his place at soul music’s top table.
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Check out one of Sounds of Kool tracks below:
Pianist John Cervantes presents his flamenco-jazz quartet, driven by an electrifying rhythm section of cajon, drum kit and palmas. Cervantes Quartet perform brand new compositions fusing fiery flamenco grooves with contemporary jazz harmony and impassioned melodies. The band features a stunning line-up of performers including Cadiz-born percussionist Malick Mbengue (Chano Dominguez, Julian Sanchez), drum kit player Jon Desbruslais (Los Charly’s Orchestra, Buddy Greco), and double bass player Sandy Suchodolski (Quentin Collins, Renato D’Aiello). This evening they will be joined by the UK’s premier jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane, renowned for his robust, gutsy and compelling soloing.
John was first exposed to flamenco jazz by listening to Chick Corea’s various projects. This set in motion an interest that saw him studying the various flamenco song forms and rhythms, and seeking out flamenco musicians in London. In the summer of 2013 John began writing a set of material using the kinds of rhythms and harmony he’d been listening to, and hand selected the perfect group of musicians to play the music. The quartet plan to record in summer 2014.
A gig not to be missed at Pizza Express, Soho, London.
In 2009, Freestyle Records signed The Fantastics! resulting in their debut album´Mighty Righteous’ which featured vocals from UK soul legend Noel McKoy. The albums critical acclaim led to live performances on BBC Radio 2’s Mark Lamarr show (twice!) and Craig Charles’ BBC6 Music Funk & Soul Show.
Never comfortable within tightly defined and rigid musical genres, The Fantastics! have always been pushing the boundaries and honing their eclectic style. Their second album ‘All The People’ saw this talented bunch dip their toes into a pool of soul-jazz, blues, latin, rock, ska, funk & fusion, laced with a distinctly progressive edge.
Featuring the stunning vocal talents of Sulene Fleming, the band have made countless club and festival appearances across the UK & Europe.
Their last single ‘Somewhere…Finally’ was a Jazz FM ‘Single Of The Week’, and also featured on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and was described by BBC London 94.9 presenter Robert Elms as ‘the song of the moment for me’ and had the band in to perform live on his show.
Group members are Greg Boraman (organ & electric piano), James Byron (guitar), Raydn Hunter (bass), Mark Norton (sax & flute) and James Smith (drums) Sulene Fleming (vocals).
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Don-E, who first came to prominence in the early Nineties with his Island hit singles “Love Makes The World Go Round” and “Unbreakable”, covers a range of styles from smooth ballads to Nineties-influenced swing to frenetic up-tempo dance tunes.
An album that is so packed full of hit tunes it will be a permanent fixture on soul dance floors this year. As well as the single “Spiritual”, he delivers a very different take on “Slave To The Rhythm” – Don frequently tours as a member of Grace Jones’ band – and plays homage to Dennis Brown with an intimate, soulful treatment of “Love Has Found Its Way”.At the beginning of 2014 Don-E released a Remix EP of the album’s title track.His previous album “Natural” included a cameo performance from D’Angelo on keyboards on “So Cold” as well as duets with former Sugababes Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan.
As a producer, Don E worked with the likes of soul/funk group Jamiroquai, as well as D’Angelo, which whom Don E was efly signed.
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Anjali Perin is a charismatic jazz and soul singer/pianist, songwriter and arranger, who weaves her own unique sound into a mix of songs she loves –from the great jazz standards to modern pop, funk and soul artists. With an uncanny ability to communicate with her audience, and a powerful, versatile voice which easily embraces jazz harmonies, improvisation and scat, Perin is an exciting and engaging live performer. Coupled with her impressive musicianship, confidence, sense of fun and a ready wit, she is simply irresistible.
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Soul Star Andy Abraham is spearheading an innovative approach to releasing records with his new album Remember When..
Combining book, C.D. and D.V.D, Remember When. is a deluxe release delivering a comprehensive package that downloads can’t match, helping to put the magic back into buying records.
Pop music has always been about stories. Songs have a powerful ability to trigger memories and transport us back to times in our past. With Andy’s amazing experiences on X-Factor, Eurovision and his three sell-out U.K. tours, his music has more stories to tell than most,
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Join ‘The Neasden Queen of Soul’ Mari Wilson for an evening of hits old and new as she fills the venue with her enchanting voice and beautiful arrangements. Performing tracks from her latest album ‘Cover Stories’, including her renditions of ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ and ‘Be My Baby’, Mari Wilson will take the audience on a musical journey with her surprising and diverse mix of both classics and contemporary songs.
Mari has always been known for her live shows – hits old and new, unusual and unexpected covers and of course, a myriad of glamorous costume changes. Combined with Mari’s storytelling and wit she still stands as one of the best live performers in the country.
Mark Llewelyn Evans – “The Baritone”
“A natural comedian bursting with presence with a powerful, solid voice… a complete star” – New York Times
A true entertainer who captivates all his audiences; from intimate performances to concert halls. They love his stage presence, funny stories, expansive repertoire and stunningly powerful voice… classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music& Drama and the National Opera Studio in London.
Check out this gig at the Pheasantry on May 3rd 2014