Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Driftin' At The Lake' is the new long player from Chicago jazz vocalist HINDA HOFFMAN. After graduating fro the Bloom School of Jazz in 1988, Ms Hoffman became a well-known figure on the Chicago jazz scene performing at clubs and festivals throughout the immediate area.

For the new album Hinda has recruited some of the Windy City's top players – they include Ron Perillo on piano, Dennis Carroll on bass, George Fludas on drums and Patrick Mallinger on saxophone and between them they craft a bluesy, late night lounge jazz feeling. The CD reflects the intimate sound of the singer's live shows as Hinda offers her takes on 12 well-chosen standards like 'The Good Life', 'People Will Say We're In Love' and 'Hello Young Lovers' . The one song that's not a "true cover' is the title track. Jazz buffs will recognize the Herbie Hancock tune – cleverly Hinda has added some sweet lyrics that perfectly match the tune's inherent swing. Right now, though, we're highlighting Ms H's version of Eddy Arnold's 'You Don't Know Me'. Best known, probably, in the Ray Charles' version, this new take offers an unusual, atmospheric feel.

HINDA HOFFMAN'S 'Driftin' At The Lake' is out now and you can find out more @

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:47



Tuesday, 09 January 2018 19:26 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altNew sources in Jackson, Tennessee, are reporting the death of one of the city's most celebrated residents – blues and soul singer DENISE LASALLE. Details are sketchy, but it seems Miss LaSalle, aged 78, died yesterday, 8th January. Family spokesperson Howard Ramsby announced her passing via the internet. It's known that the singer suffered from health issues in recent months that resulted in the amputation of her right leg after she suffered a fall.

Born Ora Denise Allen on 16th July 1939 in Sidon, Mississippi, Denise was raised in the town on Belzoni where she sang in the church choirs. In the 60s she moved to Chicago, winning a contract with Chess in '67. Her first Chess hit was the jaunty 'A Love Reputation' which gave her the confidence to launch her own production company Crajon with her husband Bill Jones. Her biggest hit was the still lovely 'Trapped By A Thing Called Love' which was released on Westbound in 1971. Like many of her songs it was recorded in Willie Mitchell's Memphis studio. Denise's other hits included 'Now Run And Tell That', 'Man Sized Job' and the classic 'Married But Not To Each Other'.

In the 80s Ms LaSalle was signed to Malaco Records. She was with the label for almost 20 years and it gave her  her biggest European hit – the throwaway 'My Toot Toot'.

Denise eventually settled in Jackson where she opened the Blues Legend Cafe (now closed) with her husband - former disc jockey and city councilman and local radio personality James Wolfe. In 2015 she was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame and she'd planned to open the Denise LaSalle Blues Academy of Performing Arts in Jackson and was still working to achieve that when she died. To hear Denise LaSalle at her best grab a listen to the aforementioned 'Married But Not To Each Other' (proper spine-tingling soul music) and /or the 14 minute plus medley 'My Groove'.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 19:33



Tuesday, 09 January 2018 19:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAs reported last October, LISA STANSFIELD will be on the road through April, promoting her brand new album, 'Deeper'. The LP's first single is the groove heavy 'Everything' which like the rest of the album was written by Lisa and her long time song-writing partner Ian Devaney. The album has been produced by Ian alongside Mark "Snowboy" Cotgrove and the album will be reviewed here just as soon as we have our copy.

In the meantime here are the tour dates.... All in April

Fri 6 Northampton Derngate Theatre

Sat 7 Guildford G Live

Sun 8 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Tue 10 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Wed 11 Edinburgh Queens Hall

Thu12 Gateshead Sage

Sat 14 Scunthorpe Baths Hall

Sun 15 Salford Lowry

Tue 17 Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thu 19 York Barbican

Fri 20 Southend Pavilion Theatre

Sat 21 London Palladium



Friday, 05 January 2018 14:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOne of the big home-grown success stories of the last year or so has been the rise and rise of BRIAN POWER'S SOULHOUSE MUSIC label...and to celebrate in February the label will be releasing their first compilation album – 'BRIAN POWER Presents SOULHOUSE Vol 1'.

The album will offer the best of the label's singles output alongside 3 exclusives – new cuts from Marc Evans, Mike Delgado and Michelle John. The Marc Evans tune is 'You Mean The World To Me' – which comes from Marc's forthcoming EP. The Delgado offering is the enigmatic sounding 'Memoria De Roberto' while Michelle John's offering is a surging dance number, 'You Win'.

Michelle was the runner up in last year's 'The Voice' and 'You Win' is already getting a big thumbs up right across the soul and dance communities. She's currently working on her own EP which is set for April release but we're told that 'You Win' won't be on it. It's totally exclusive to the Soulhouse album. That album is double CD pack; CD 1 has 11 cuts while CD 2 is a Brian Power mastermix. It'll be available from February 2nd.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 January 2018 14:10



Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altChicago soul legend, KENI BURKE has cancelled his upcoming UK tour. Keni was booked for a series of dates between 5-13 January, to include the annual Blackpool Luxury Soul Weekender.

The announcement was made of Keni Burke's Facebook page and the cancellation, it's said, was due to "medical reasons".

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:48


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