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Friday, 31 March 2017 12:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon music venue, 100 WARDOUR STREET has a number of tasty soul and jazz nights lined up in April.... here's a selection in case you're in the capital or planning a visit next month. The web site, of course, will furnish you with full details.

April 8th and 22nd THE FELLAS ... London's famed 7 piece soul and disco party band

April 11th KATE QUINTET.... soul, R&B and pop with music that's influenced by a wide range of artists from Stevie Wonder to Ed Sheeran!

April 12th and 26th DETROIT ... as the name suggests, Detroit channel the classic sounds of Motown

April 18th JUKE JOINTS ... this band offers a wide musical sweep – everything from the Rat Pack to R Kelly. Honest!

April 25th JEREMY QUARTET.... music from the swing era

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:14 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul folk of a certain vintage will have fond memories of a 1985 tune, 'Gentle (Calling Your Name)'. The quiet storm classic reached #40 on the US pop charts and was popular on the European indie/underground soul circuit. The singer was Ohio's FREDERICK... or to give him his full moniker, Frederick Millard Davis.

Born in 1957, young Fred's first pro music outing was with a group called The Soul Reactions. However serving Uncle Sam (Frederick enlisted in the US Navy) forced an interruption. On discharge he became a regular on the local Cleveland talent/gong show circuit and soon came to the attention of music biz hustler, Le Ray Ruffin who happened to own a studio, Time Traxx.

At Time Traxx Frederick cut 'Gentle (Calling Your Name)' (which also featured the late Janice Dowlen) and after it was played out by local radio jocks, the song soared. Two more singles followed... 'Games' and 'Somebody Won't Sleep Tonight' but it's for 'Gentle (Calling Your Name)' that Mr. Davis will forever be remembered.... till now, that is.

You see Frederick's back in business with a new single, the sweet groove that is 'I Can't Help But Love You' which is currently receiving heavy rotation on local Cleveland soul stations. No wonder, it's ultra radio friendly, boasts a catchy melody, features a soulful sax break and our man, Frederick is in great form. A diligent internet search will lead you straight to it!




Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF


Noted blues maven and five-time Grammy-winner, ROBERT CRAY,  is due to tour the UK with his band in April and May. He begins his nine-date tour at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on April 29th and concludes on Tuesday 9th May at The Sage in Gateshead. In between he is due to visit Liverpool, Edinburgh, London, Salisbury, Guildford, Birmingham, and Buxton (see below for the full tour itinerary).  

Georgia-born Cray, now 63, began his recording career back in 1980 and quickly went on to establish himself as the pre-eminent blues master of his generation.  He played alongside Rolling Stone Keith Richards in a backing band assembled for the late Chuck Berry for the 1987 movie, Hail! Hail! Rock And Roll. Cray has also played alongside Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and is also an inductee of the Blues Hall Of Fame.  

Cray's latest album is 2015's '4 Nights Of 40 Years Live' but a new project, his 22nd long player,  is already in the pipeline.

Tour dates for 2017

Sat 29 Apr Cheltenham Town Hall (on sale 1st March)

Sun 30 Apr Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Mon 1 May Edinburgh Queen's Hall

Wed 3 May London Cadogan Hall

Thu 4 May Salisbury City Hall

Fri 5 May Guildford G Live

Sun 7 May Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 8 May Buxton Opera House

Tue 9 May Gateshead The Sage

Tickets are on sale now via the usual agencies and outlets

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:29



Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEverybody's favourite blue-eyed soulster MAYER HAWTHORNE is a very busy boy. Right now he seems to be dividing his time between his own properly solo recordings and his collaborations with producer JAKE ONE on the 'Tuxedo' project.

And it's that 'Tuxedo thing that's at the top of Mayer's agenda right now as he gets set to release 'Tuxedo II' on 5th May on Stones Throw Records.

Hawthorne and One started the idea of Tuxedo back in 2006 when they shared their favourite songs on mix tapes (remember them?). From there, the duo eventually made music together, resulting in their acclaimed 'Tuxedo' long player in 2015...a melding of styles combining Jake's funk leanings with Mayer's Detroit influenced soul sensitivities.

'Tuxedo II' offers much more of the same.... Jake One calls the Tuxedo sound "gangster boogie", others have dubbed the sound "Cali boom-bap" or "elegant disco"... whatever, the music is always good-time and optimistic. Jake and Mayer agree: "Tuxedo is about having fun and dancing. We needed a carefree release in these fucked up times. 'Tuxedo II' is a modern testament to unity and positivity in trying times. It is a reminder that the dance floor will always be there to welcome you, whoever you are."

Highlights abound on the set's 11 cuts. Right now we're lovin' 'Back In Town', maybe the best song Kool and the Gang never recorded; then there's the tongue-in-cheek 'Scooters Groove', the Shalamar/Whispers-flavoured '2nd Time Around' and the 80s Weekender sound 'Shine' (who's the lovely lady vocalist?)

The big named guest is Snoop Dogg who's there on the opening 'Fux With The Tux' on which he opines: "The only time you wear a Tuxedo is when it's time to party." We wouldn't argue!



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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:36 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                      altSporting a new look, soulful Dublin chanteuse IMELDA MAY - who blends rhythm and blues, with rock, gospel and jazz flavours - releases her fifth album, 'Life. Love. Flesh. Blood,' on April 7th via Decca Records.

Recorded in Los Angeles with veteran US producer T. Bone Burnett at the helm (Elvis Costello, Elton John, Cassandra Wilson,  Diana Krall), the new LP - described by May as her most "honest" album yet -  contains guest cameos from guitar avatar JEFF BECK (on 'Black Tears') and ex-Squeeze pianist , JOOLS HOLLAND (on 'When It's My Time'). May's rhythm section comprises noted guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Zach Dawes, and drummer Jay Bellerose.  

The singer/songwriter is due to accompany the album's release with a full UK tour in May (see below).


THU 04                             IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE
FRI 05                              CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL
SAT 06                             CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
MON 08                            SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
TUE 09                             GUILDFORD G LIVE
THU 11                             READING HEXAGON
FRI 12                               BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION THEATRE
SAT 1                                NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
MON 15                            LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC
TUE 16                              YORK BARBICAN
THU 18                              LONDON PALLADIUM
FRI 19                                BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
SAT 20                               MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
MON 22                            BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
TUE 23                              EDINBURGH USHER HALL
WED 24                            GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
FRI 26                                GATESHEAD THE SAGE
SAT 27                               BELFAST WATERFRONT HALL

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