Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altUS soul sites are reporting the death at age 79 of drummer JOHN "JABO" STARKS. Jabo died at his home in Mobile, Alabama after a struggle with leukaemia.

He will always be remembered as the drummer on numerous James Brown recordings, though his career begun when he played for blues stars likes BB King. Starks joined the Godfather's entourage in the mid 60s and it's his drumming on era-defining tunes like 'Licking Stick', 'Sex Machine', 'Super Bad', 'Soul Power', 'Hot Pants', 'Make It Funky', The Payback' and many, many more. After leaving Brown, Starks teamed up with another JB alumnus Clyde Stubblefield in the Funkmasters.

Jabo Starks is survived by his wife Naomi, and his two children.


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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLINLEY HAMILTON is an Irish jazz trumpeter ... a mainstay of that country's music scene for something like 30 years playing with people like Van Morrison and Paul Brady. Over the past ten years Linley's focused on getting back to his jazz roots and in 2009 he graduated from DIT Dublin with a 1st Class Masters in Jazz Performance and the celebrated Student Academic Medal. Since then he has completed his PhD in Jazz Performance at Ulster University Magee, and is now known as "Dr Jazz!" on his radio show which has just entered its tenth year. Its broadcast on Friday nights at 10pm on BBC Radio Ulster.

"Dr" Hamilton has just released a brand new album – 'Making Other Arrangements'. The 10 tracker features Linley as soloist with his own 21-piece band – full rhythm section, woodwind and a 12-piece String section.

The repertoire consists of nine covers and one original – the breezy 'Carmel; which was co-written by the album's arranger Cian Boylan. Amongst the covers is an evocative version of James Taylor's 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight' and a string-drenched, innovative reading of EWF's 'After The Love Has Gone'. Amongst the chosen jazz classics are treatments of Artie Butler's 'Here's To Life' and Freddie Hubbard's 'Brigitte'. The LP boasts one vocal.... 'Louisiana Sunday Afternoon' which features American vocalist Dana Masters who now lives in Northern Ireland; she's a regular Linley Hamilton collaborator.

Linley Hamilton 'Making other Arrangements' out now on Teddy D Records

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 12:19 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                           altRemember TAMIA? Back in the 1990s, this photogenic, sweet-voiced songbird from Ontario, Canada - who earned six Grammy nominations - scored a Top 20 US R&B hit for Quincy Jones' Qwest label with 'You Put A Move On My Heart,' taken from an excellent self-titled debut LP that included the fan favourite, 'So Into You.' She also enjoyed an R&B chart-topper in tandem with Eric Benet on the duet, 'Spend My Life With You,' in 1999 and three years earlier recorded alongside Brandy, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan on the song 'Missing You,' from the soundtrack to the  Queen Latifah-starring movie, 'Set It Off.'

Though we haven't heard from her since 2015 (when she released her sixth album, 'Love Life'), now the lovely Tamia's back with a brand new single, a simmering and sensuous, mid-tempo groove ballad called 'Leave It Smokin'.' It's produced by Salaam Remi  and is taken from a forthcoming album, 'Passion Like Fire,' due to be released by Entertainment One in the autumn.

Commenting on her new recording, the 42-year-old singer said: "I co-wrote this song with my good friend, Salaam Remi. We always have fun in the studio. I’m beyond excited to continue my love of music and share the first single from my new project, Passion Like Fire.”

               'Leave It Smokin'' is out now via eOne.

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

          altHeld, for the second year, at Shoreditch Town Hall, the Jazz FM Awards 2018 offered a glittering celebration of a music genre that has been written off for years but which is continuing to evolve and flourish in the 21st century. It was a star-studded event with Tito Jackson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Omar, and Nitin Sawhney there to present awards to victorious recipients on the night.

Those honoured ranged from newcomers like rising British sax star, Nubya Garcia (Breakthrough Act Of The Year), and Ezra Collective (who picked up the gong for UK Jazz Act Of The Year) to veterans such as Pat Metheny (PRS For Music Gold Award), George Benson (Impact Award), and Dame Cleo Laine (PPL Lifetime Achievement Award).

Other winners included female singers, Zara McFarlane (Vocalist Of The Year) and Cecile McLorin Salvant (International Jazz Artist Of The Year), while bassist/composer/singer Esperanza Spalding picked up the Digital Initiative Of The Year award for her album, 'Exposure.'

There were also some stunning live performances on the night. British pianist, Ashley Henry, led a house band, which accompanied Nubya Garcia and Esperanza Spalding.  Cecile McLorin Salvant brought along her own pianist, Aaron Diehl, for a stunning rendition of Jimmy Rowles' 'The Peacocks.'  The most poignant performance of the evening came from Dame Cleo Laine singing 'I've Got A Crush On You.' She showed that even at 90, her voice still possesses a luminous beauty.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 17:44



Monday, 30 April 2018 13:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNADIA COLE is a new, young US soul singer. Now aged 18, she wowed audiences on 'America's Got Talent' when she was just 9. She sang with her brothers as The Voices of Glory but the judges knew that young Nadia was the star.

Since going out on her own she's worked regularly and now signed to David Nathan's Soulmusic Records she's just released her debut solo single, 'Today'. It's a big production ballad with big beats and constant mood shifts. US commentators have already made comparison to Whitney Houston. Make up your own minds by checking out Nadia Cole at your favourite download portal!

Last Updated on Monday, 30 April 2018 13:49


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