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MORE OF WHAT THE CHILD NEEDS....

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.

 

LOVIN IT OR LEAVIN’ IT

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.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 15:35

 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018 ON SALE NEXT WEEK

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: www.northseajazz.com/en

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

http://www.soulandjazzandfunk.com/interviews/3952-behind-the-north-sea-jazz-festival-its-director-jan-willem-luyen-talks-to-sjf-about-this-years-exciting-line-up.html

Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 15:40

 

HEATHER SMALL LIVE AT LONDON'S QUAGLINO'S

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.

CATCH HEATHER SMALL AT QUAGLINO'S ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16TH 2017

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 19:52

 

A “REAL”, NEW SHALAMAR SINGLE!

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHard to believe, maybe, but dear old SHALAMAR are right back with us! Through the late 70s/early 80s, the trio (essentially Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel) crafted plenty of sweet dancers and beautiful ballads that live on... and on!

For all kinds of reasons the trio disintegrated but a few years back Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel got together again and, hooking up with Carolyn Griffey (daughter of group founder and SOLAR Records honcho Dick Griffey), they began touring once again.

Recently the revitalised trio have been back in the studio and they've just launched their first single – a tasty, stately dancer. 'The Real Thing'.

SHALAMAR are about to embark on a UK tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the bestselling 'Friends' album but, no doubt, they'll be performing 'The Real Thing'!

A diligent web search will reveal if Shalamar are playing a venue near you sometime soon!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 21:01

 

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