Tuesday, 02 July 2013 19:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

tatiana_mayfield_embedded_prod_affiliate_117Up and coming soul diva TATIANA 'Lady May' MAYFIELD is all set to make her UK live debut at the next MUSIC CONNEX LIVE SHOWCASE.

The singer's last album 'A Portrait Of Lady May' made considerable inroads on the underground soul scene last year, bolstered by a CV that includes work with AL JARREAU and DIANNE REEVES and knowing soul pundits predict big things from the young Texan.

The show takes place at The Flyover, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London,W10 5XL on Saturday 20th July 2013 and tickets cost just £5/ £10/ £15.

TATIANA will be supported by some of South London's hottest new talent including REESE ROBINSON, SHAN SMILE and SHEA SOUL while the DJ line-up will include stars from Solar Radio.

More details @

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 19:28



Thursday, 27 June 2013 17:09 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Greg_LiquidGrammy-nominated soulful jazz man, GREGORY PORTER, is back with a new album - his third - on September 9th and it's his first for a major label. After two albums for jazz indie, Motema, California-born Porter, who signed to Universal earlier in the year, has his first album for the company, 'Liquid Spirit,' released via their recently acquired Blue Note imprint.

The fourteen track album which straddles the jazz-soul divide contains mostly self-penned material from the hat-wearing hirsute singer whose highly expressive, opulent baritone voice is imbued with gospel, soul, blues and jazz colouring.  There are also a couple of notable covers - the '60s soul classic 'The "In" Crowd' is given a terrific vocal makeover complete with a finger-clicking backbeat. And there's also a beautifully intimate, late night, rendition of the jazz standard, 'I Fall In Love Too Easily.'  It all adds up to a sensational album that should cement Porter's reputation as one of the best and most exciting jazz singers of the current era.

Look out for a full review in August.

Read SJF's 2012 interview with GREGORY PORTER here:



Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

EWFThe legendary EARTH WIND & FIRE are all set to release their first studio album in over 8 years. Legacy Recordings have just announced that the multi Grammy winners will be issuing 'Now, Then & Forever' on September 9th.

EWF are now essentially a trio - PHILIP BAILEY, VERDINE WHITE AND RALPH JOHNSON. BAILEY - a group co-founder says, "The Now, Then & Forever album is really about the legacy of EARTH, WIND & FIRE. The spirit of the band has always been about uplifting the consciousness of humanity. There's a hope that this EARTH, WIND & FIRE music will go on forever." VEDINE WHITE, another co-founder added, "The album gave us the opportunity to tie everything together musically and culturally. Without the support of the fans around the world, the EARTH, WIND & FIRE journey would not have been possible. We dedicate this album, Now, Then & Forever, to all the fans."

And for the fans there's a very special opportunity to get involved with the project. For a limited time, fans will be able to pre-order 'Now, Then & Forever' at A pre-order of the album will allow the fans to have their personal names printed in the album's final CD package. This site will also feature the premiere of the lead single, 'My Promise.'

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:51



Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

b1One of soul most enduring and iconic artists, BOBBY BLAND, has died aged 83. His son, ROBB, announced that BOBBY died on Sunday 23rd June at home in Memphis after complications from an ongoing illness.

BLAND was born in Rosemark, Tennessee in 1930 but as a young man moved across to Memphis where he joined a gospel group, THE MINIATURES. He made some solo recordings in the early 50s with SAM PHILLIPS at Sun, but his career took off later in that decade after he's done his military service. He was working as a chauffeur for B B KING and ROSCO GORDON when he was signed to Duke Records where he scored with 'Farther Up The Road' (in 1957) and 'Little Boy Blue' (in 1958). His style was a unique mix of gospel, jazz, blues and rough-hewn R&B though he claimed that NAT KING COLE was his role model. Whatever, he eventually developed a smooth blues style that earned him the nickname "the SINATRA of the Blues".... yet he preferred the simple epithet 'Blue' that he often inserted into his title – BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND.

Hits like 'Cry Cry Cry', 'I Pity The Fool' and 'Turn On Your Love Light' continued into the 60s and he became something of a hero for UK mods and soul bands who often covered his songs. As soul styles developed, BLAND'S success waned and he suffered from depression and alcoholism. But in the early 70s he made a magnificent comeback with the ABC long player 'His California Album' - a collection of original songs and soul classics delivered in an updated way that somehow managed to retain the passion of his Duke recordings. A later ABC album 'Dreamer' included what became one of BOBBY'S most famous and enduring songs 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City'.

In the 80s BOBBY recorded for Malaco and in 1981 he was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame followed by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.This was topped by a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

WILLIE MITCHELL'S son, LAWRENCE summed up BOBBY BLAND'S magic when in tribute he said, "BOBBY BLAND brought a certain level of class to the blues genre".


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 17:08



Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:35 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Mary-Love-ComerSoul and Gospel singer, MARY LOVE COMER has died aged 69.

Born MARY ANN VARNEY in Sacramento in 1943, her music career started when she became a session singer in the studios of Los Angeles. Her first success came via her work with SAM COOKE'S manager J. W. ALEXANDER. Using the name MARY LOVE she scored with 'You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet' on Modern records in 1965. Subsequent Modern singles and releases on Roulette failed to register but many of her records did become favourites on the Northern soul scene.

Then, in the 80s, and using her married name – MARY LOVE COMER (her husband was the Gospel entrepreneur /preacher BRAD COMER) – she was again successful with what became a gospel classic - 'Come Out Of The Sandbox'.

Her main concern though was running her and her husband's church in Tennessee; in recent years, therefore she only recorded sporadically.

MARY died on Friday 21st June.


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