Saturday, 11 November 2017 08:53 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

               altIt was announced on Tuesday November 7th that noted British arranger, Paul Buckmaster, has died of an undisclosed illness. He was 71.

Buckmaster, a classically-trained cellist from London, rose to fame scoring the orchestral parts for David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in 1969 and also worked with Elton John on some of the singer/songwriter's early albums, including 'Elton John' and 'Madman Across The Water.' His brooding string arrangements graced the recordings of many major rock and pop artists - ranging from the Rolling Stones, Mott The Hoople,  and The Grateful Dead to Leonard Cohen, Carly Simon ('You're So Vain'), Stevie Nicks, and Harry Nilsson.

A versatile arranger, Buckmaster also famously collaborated with jazz magus, Miles Davis, on the trumpeter's controversial 1972 album, 'On The Corner.' The arranger also worked with a raft of soul and jazz acts, including The Real Thing, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Rodney Franklin, Lionel Richie, Des'ree, Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum,  and Tony Braxton.  

                              PAUL BUCKMASTER 1946-2017


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Friday, 10 November 2017 15:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altA year of two back we were treated to a new remix of the 1991 TERRY RONALD tune 'What The Child Needs'. That original 90s tune, with vocals from Linda Lewis and Sylvia Mason, filled floors everywhere and the new mixes (one from Tom Moulton, the other courtesy of Nigel Lewis) did exactly the same.

Well to prove that god tunes refuse to die, the song is back in a brand new mix – The Nigel Lowis Re-Born mix. It runs for over 7 sweet minutes and is already winning live and radio plays and being tipped as one of the tunes of the upcoming festive season.



Friday, 10 November 2017 15:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

alt'LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT' is a new 6 track EP from London soul singer LOUISE GOLBEY, who, those that frequent a particular coffee shop might know, was recently voted Cafe Nero "Artist Of The Month".

Louise has built up an impressive reputation over the last few years, she's now one of the most in-demand openers on the UK Live circuit. She's has performed to 6,000 people ahead of the legendary George Benson at a Kenwood House Picnic Concert, landed support slots for En Vogue, The Stylistics and Roberta Flack and has performed at the Glastonbury Festival on the BBC Introducing stage. She's also performed at legendary venues such as Ronnie Scotts, the Jazz Cafe & the London Jazz Festival.

The 'Love It Or Leave It' EP is Ms G's follow up to her well-received 2015 album 'Novel' and the highlight on the new set is the poignant 'Family Tree' which was inspired by Louise's grandmother and played by Radio 2's Clare Balding to celebrate National Grandparents Day.

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Friday, 10 November 2017 10:04 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                     altUndoubtedly one of the biggest and best festivals on the jazz calendar is Rotterdam's annual indoor North Sea Jazz event, which has been going since 1976 and is scheduled in 2018 for the weekend of 13th to the 15th of July. Next year's line-up hasn't been announced yet but given the festival's past history, it's bound to be a jaw-dropping array of talent from the worlds of jazz, R&B, and funk.  

For those wishing to get first dibs on tickets for next year's festival, from next Friday (November 17th),  you'll be able to buy full weekend passes at the reduced price of €199, which sounds like an absolute bargain. But you'd better be quick - last year's Early Bird tickets sold out within a month.

For tickets and more info go to:

Read SJF's 2016 interview with the North Sea Jazz Festival director Jan Willem Luyken here:

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:54 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

           altFormer Hot House and M People singer, HEATHER SMALL, is set to make an appearance at  London's trendy Mayfair restaurant and nightspot, Quaglino's, on Thursday 16th November as part of the venue's much-anticipated Autumn Series programme. The 52-year-old London born singer will take to the stage at 9pm backed by a full band and will perform an intimate set comprising some of her most famous songs from her substantial back catalogue.  

Blessed with a distinctive and immediately recognisable voice, Heather Small first came on the radar of soul music fans via her work with the band, Hot House, in the late '80s. Though critically-acclaimed, the London-based group were unable to make a significant commercial breakthrough despite producing seven singles and two well-received albums between 1987 and 1990. Small's career changed dramatically when she agreed to become the lead singer of Mike Pickering's dance music group, M People, in 1990. The group went on to rack up a welter of global chart hits and best-selling albums during the 1990s and succeeded in making Heather Small a household name. She made her debut solo album, 'Proud,' in 2000, and its anthemic, uplifting  title track has gone on to become Heather Small's signature song. Her second album, 'Close To A Miracle,' followed in 2006.



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