Sunday, 13 May 2018 09:24 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                      altA preacher's son from Richmond, Virginia, Michael Eugene Archer is better known to the world as the Grammy-winning D'ANGELO, a multi-talented but enigmatic R&B auteur who has only released three studio albums in a solo career that stretches back to 1995 (the most recent being 2014's 'Black Messiah').

In June, D'Angelo makes a rare trip to the UK, where he'll perform four shows. The mini-tour begins in Bristol on Sunday the 17th June, followed by Manchester a day later, and then London's Brixton Academy on Wednesday 20th (which has been added as an extra concert due to public demand). D'Angelo's UK sojourn concludes at the Eventime Apollo, also in London, on Thursday 21st June.  

Tickets are on sale now:

D'Angelo's UK Tour Itinerary:

17.06.18 Bristol O2 Academy

18.06.18 Manchester O2 Ritz

20.06.18 London O2 Academy Brixton

21.06.18 London Eventim Apollo

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 08:59 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                                   altDescribed by US jazz critic, Scott Yanow, as "a superior singer and songwriter," SALLY NIGHT is a, New York-based British singer whose latest album is 'So Cosmopolitan,' released via the Atlanta-based Global Soul label. It contains ten songs penned by Night with her Croatian co-writer, Kresimir Herceg. The album was recorded with a full orchestra in Zagreb with striking arrangements by Reinhard Summerer. Highlights include the elegant 'Exquisite Bossa Nova,' where Night's voice glides on a silky Brazilian undertow; the sassy swingers, 'New York Whistle' and 'Our Love Is Still Alive'; and the breezily soulful 'Sweet Stories,' where Night's mellow voice is counterpointed by Bertl Meyer's bittersweet harmonica lines.

Not on the album is Night's new single, 'My Best Bad Habit,' a succulent slice of Anita Baker-ish soul-jazz balladry, also out via Global Soul.

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Friday, 11 May 2018 14:50 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Two of the ACT record label's biggest artists, Canadian singer/pianist LAILA BIALI, and German piano maestro, MICHAEL WOLLNY, are due to play in London next week.

LAILA BIALI, whose critically-acclaimed self-titled album came out on ACT earlier this year is booked in for two nights at Chelsea's supper club venue, The Pheasantry, on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of May.

The MICHAEL WOLLNY TRIO arrive later the same week for a one-off gig at the trendy King's Place (located in King's Cross) on Friday 18th May. The 39-year-old pianist, whose award-winning work draws on both jazz and classical music, is currently promoting two new albums with his trio - a studio set called 'Oslo,' and a live album titled 'Wartburg.'

Read SJF's interview with Laila Biali here:

Read SJF's interview with Michael Wollny here:


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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 15:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAmongst last year's soul album highlights was TOM GLIDE'S 'Divas Got Soul' project and amongst the set's highlights was the STEPHANIE COOKE vocalised 'Light Up The Sky'. That particular tune has just come out as a single and it's already seeing plenty of action.

There are 6 remixes (at the last count). One is a-cappela; another simply offers "the beats" and there's not a lot to choose between the rest. Each offers varying degrees of soulful house pleasure and with Monsieur Glide at the controls throughout you know that the groove is both classy and contemporary.

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:47 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's probably escaped your attention and you're forgiven for not sending a card, but today is Billy Joel's birthday. New York blue-eyed soul crooner PAUL LOREN, though, is commemorating the event by releasing his own special version of Joel's 'Tell Her About It''.

Paul says: "Billy Joel was one of my earliest influences. My mom would play the "An Innocent Man" cassette tape over and over again on road trips, and I was immediately hooked on the sound of those amazing songs. I remember 'Tell Her About It' was the last song on Side A and I really thought it was a Motown song. With my cover I wanted to capture that 60's Motown sound and send Billy straight to Hitsville USA!"

Check the record out at your favourite download portal and you'll hear that Paul has captured the pop/soul catchiness of classic mid 60 Motown.... pacey and with parping horns, we think Mr J (69 years old, by the way) will approve! Great 60s art work too!

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