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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

deonSoul singer DEON JACKSON – best known for his 1965 hit 'Love Makes The World Go Round' – died on Saturday 19th April. He was 68.

Jackson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Jan. 26th 1946 and studied clarinet and drums as a child, and while at high school he formed his own vocal group, yet still worked the local talent show circuit as a solo singer. While still at school Deon was signed by local music biz entrepreneur Ollie McLaughlin and soon had a couple of local hits in the Detroit area – 'You Said You Love Me' and 'Come Back Home'.

Then in '65 he broke through nationally with the sublime 'Love Makes The World Go Round'. Jackson wrote the ultra catchy song himself and it was released on McLaughlin's Carla label, achieving No. 3 on the R&B singles and 11 on the pop chart. Jackson scored two more, smaller scale hits – 'Love Takes A Long Time Growing' and 'Ooh Baby,' while his 'That's What You Do To Me' was popular on the Northern soul scene.

In the late 60s, Jackson went on to become a popular performer in clubs around the Chicago area. As the work dried up he became a teacher and counsellor in the Wheaton, Illinois school district and it's said that Jackson never told his students about his singing career until some of them found an early performance of his on YouTube.

'Love Makes The World Go Round' remains Deon Jackson's lasting testament. The song's been covered many times – notably by Kiki Dee at Motown and by McLaughlin stable mate Barbara Lewis (even Percy Sledge had a stab at it). Jackson's original though remains the definitive version – one of those very rare records where every ingredient is just right and a reminder as to why we got caught up in the magic world of soul music in the first place.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:05



Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

dave_lambert_front_coverThe jazz vocal trio LAMBERT, HENDRICKS and ROSS were jazz icons. Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross joined forces in 1958 and took the jazz world by storm with their album 'Sing A Song Of Basie'. The trio were voted best vocal group in the world for five consecutive years by many of the leading music journals and the LHR sound had a deep influence on ensembles like Manhattan Transfer and jazz singers like Georgie Fame.

Ross left the group in 1962 to be replaced by Yolande Bevan but before that the two males had started to record their own albums again. Two of those LPs have just been reissued as a "twofer" by El Records. They are 'Sing And Swing Along With Dave Lambert' and Jon Hendricks' 'Evolution Of The Blues Song'.

Lambert's album shows his skill at improvisation and underlines his importance to the development of hip, modernist jazz vocalese. The Hendricks's set was originally written and performed at the 1960 Monterey Jazz Festival where, we're told, his show received a 20 minute standing ovation. Guests on his album include Jimmy Witherspoon and Ike Isaacs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:33


I SPY....

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

spyUK reissue label ACE RECORDS' latest themed compilation is a wonderful and intriguing look at music from espionage and spy thrillers – on both the big and little screens.

'COME SPY WITH US' (complete with great period cover art work) offers a generous 25 tracks with music that crosses all genres. Soul is best represented by The Miracles and Dusty Springfield. The Miracles' song is 'Come Spy With Me' – the theme to a movie that never came out – while Dusty's contribution is the defining version of 'The Look Of Love' which was featured in the 1966 Bond spoof 'Casino Royale'. The famous Bond theme itself is here too - but in a quirky version from Johnny and the Hurricanes. Other familiar theme tunes on the set include the theme from 'Danger Man', 'Mission Impossible' (the one used in THAT TV ad) and the lounge jazzy theme to a wonderful TV series called 'Burke's Law'.

Other highlights include Nancy Sinatra's 'The Last Of The Secret Agents', Matt Monro's 'Wednesday's Child' (the theme to 'The Quiller Memorandum') and Sarah Vaughan's 'Bye Bye' (from 'Peter Gunn').

Award for quirkiest cut? That goes to Diana Ross and the Supremes' 'Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine' – great Northern style backing track, pity about the lyrics, but you probably guessed that!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:00



Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:18 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

yolandaDouble MOBO winner, top sax player and music biz entrepreneur, YOLANDA BROWN takes to the road in May for an extensive UK tour.

YolanDa has just announced a 22 date nationwide tour – May 2014-March 2015 Taking in - on 1st and 2nd November – the prestigious Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London and Maidstone on 8th November. She'll also be at the Jazz Café, 7th February 2015.

With two albums under her belt – ' April Showers, May Flowers' (which reached No.1 on the UK ITunes Jazz Charts in 2011) and last year's 'April Showers, May Flowers Live Sessions' – which contained a live album and live DVD –YolanDa has impressed both the critics and the fans

YolanDa was also listed in the Evening Standard as one of the top 30 black students in the UK - selected by ex PM Gordon Brown. She is also a celebrity ambassador for the Prince's Trust and is also a Patron of The Mayor Of London's Fund for Young Musicians - which provides outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people - who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment.

YolanDa has also recently teamed up with the University Of East London to create a new music award for students offering four grants to their Music Students. She has a long-standing connection with UEL and was awarded an honorary doctorate there in 2010.

YolanDa has, of course, played sax with everyone from Alexander O'Neal to Mica Paris, Soweto Kinch to The Temptations but most enjoys her own live shows: "I love nothing more than being on the road and meeting new people. Having just given birth to my first baby, I am really looking forward to returning to stages around the world and sharing my music, emotions and stories..."


MAY 2014

9th Boisdale Canary Wharf

16th Newbury Spring festival, Berkshire

22nd Cinnamon Club, Cheshire

23rd Stables, Milton Keynes

24th Jersey Arts Centre, Bath

JUNE 2014

19th Eden Court, Inverness

20th Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick

21st Carnegie Hall, Fife

26th Portsmouth Festivities

28th Iford Festival, Bath

29th Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

JULY 2014


29th The Customs House, South Shields


15th Windsor Festival


10th Connaught Theatre, Worthing

11th Millfield Theatre, Edmonton London

17th Norwich Playhouse


1st Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London

2nd Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London

8th Pizza Express Jazz Club Maidstone


7th Jazz Cafe Camden, London

MARCH 2015

6th Birnham Institute, Dunkeld

7th The Lemon Tree Aberdeen

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:29



Monday, 21 April 2014 18:19 bill B E-mailPrintPDF

motBetween the 14th May and 13th July, London's Proud Galleries (located at The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road) will be hosting a photographic exhibition celebrating the impact that Motown music had on the UK in the 60s and 70s.

The exhibition is being mounted in collaboration with EMI, Bravado and Universal Music and will feature unique photographic images of the Motown artists' visits to Britain through the 60s and 70s.

It begins with pictures of Motown's first invaders in 1964 and charts the international success of the label on through the 60s and into the 70s. These exclusive photographs show artists like Mary Wells (whose 'My Guy' was Motown's first UK chart entry), The Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder in the UK at the high watermark of the classic Motown sound.

Images range from street photographs of Michael Jackson and his brothers enjoying the sights of London to intimate shots of Marvin Gaye embracing his son.

The Proud Galleries' exhibition signals the start of a year of initiatives under the theme 'Classic Motown' that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown's first international hits and SJF will keep you updated with all these event and releases.

Entry to the exhibition is free and the gallery will be open every day from 11am – 5 pm.... more details @


Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 18:26




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