Tuesday, 19 April 2011 19:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DOWN_TO_USCollectors of eclectic modern soul grooves will fondly remember a lovely, summery 2009 tune from JUDDERRBASS called 'Everybody Knows'. The band was the brainchild of Liverpool-based musician GEORGE McSHANE and the cut first appeared on PHIL DRIVER'S second Soul Unsigned compilation.

Well, the good news is that GEORGE has hooked up again with PHIL and with an outfit named DOWN TO US, he's just released another excellent tune called 'Hanging On'. It's a sweet and sophisticated mid-tempo item that though totally original has the feel of both JAMIROQUAI and DRIZABONE about it, while there's also a Freudian link to the classic LOOSE ENDS almost similarly named classic. We really couldn't offer more recommendation that that now, could we? But, in truth the song's annoyingly catchy and it's currently available as a download only single. You can find out more by going to

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 08:29



Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:56 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

bev_1UK soul queen BEVERLEY KNIGHT has just completed her seventh studio album - 'SOUL UK'.

It's set for release on July 4th.  and as the name implies the album is an unashamed homage to Ms K's UK soul roots. The album features fab new versions of songs that shaped her sound and style.

Amongst the featured tracks are BEV'S versions of SOUL II SOUL'S 'Fairplay', JAMIROQUAI'S 'When You Gonna Learn', HEATWAVE'S 'Always and Forever', JACKIE GRAHAM'S 'Round And Round' and JUNIOR'S 'Mama Used To Say' – which is set to be the first single... released on June 27th.

Full review on SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:39



Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:54 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

new_yorkEclectic label, YEAR ZERO has just announced the release of a series of albums that unashamedly celebrates the music of New York City. The instigator of the project is music journalist KRIS NEEDS and his intention is to trace the Big Apple's impact on popular music between 1945 through to the 2000s.

The series is called 'Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York's Melting Pot' and there will be a total of six albums in the set. The first volume is released on May 10th and focuses on the period 1945 – 1959. Amongst the featured tracks are DUKE ELLINGTON'S 'Take The 'A' Train', FRANKIE LYMON & TEENAGERS' 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love', DIZZY GILLESPIE'S 'Manteca', BILLIE HOLIDAY'S 'Autumn In New York', MILES DAVIS' 'Summertime', THE DRIFTERS' 'Money Honey' and BIG MAYBELLE'S 'One Monkey Don't Stop No Show'.

Each album in the series will be accompanied by a book containing the relevant musical and social history, artist biographies, illustrations and NEEDS' own stories and recollections of the city that they say never sleeps. For more information go to



Monday, 18 April 2011 20:43 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

PharoahSandersLegendary saxophonist PHAROAH SANDERS (pictured) is just one of several big names set to perform at the keenly anticipated 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which runs from Wednesday 27th April to Monday May 2nd.

Also appearing is CLEO LAINE, JAMIE CULLUM - who also has a role as a Guest Director - soulman JAMES HUNTER, supergroup OVERTONE QUARTET (led by bassist and triple Grammy winner DAVE HOLLAND and also comprising sax maestro CHRIS POTTER, pianist JASON MORAN and drummer ERIC HARLAND), Norwegian pianist TORD GUSTAVSEN, UK saxophonist ANDY SHEPPARD and his group TRIO LIBERO, singer GWYNETH HERBERT, stellar bassist KYLE EASTWOOD (son of legendary film actor/director, Clint Eastwood), and the pathfinding new groups THE NEIL COWLEY TRIO, PORTICO QUARTET and PHRONESIS.

For more details and ticket information go to:

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2011 21:04



Thursday, 14 April 2011 07:16 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

PosterA spectacular soul music event is due to be held in at Constitution Hall in Washington DC on Saturday 4th June 2011. It's called the Chocolate City Soul Revue and features three of James Brown's funky divas - MARVA WHITNEY, MARVA HIGH and VICKI ANDERSON. But that's not all. Legendary soul group, THE IMPRESSIONS are also on the bill alongside soul newcomer, ELI 'PAPERBOY' REED while other participants include former JB's members CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD, JABO STARKS, JOHNNY GRIGGS, and FRED THOMAS. The event is MC'd by James Brown's former right hand man, Mr Cape himself, DANNY RAY. It should be quite a show. The event is also being filmed for a DVD.




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