November witnesses the release of a new Motown double CD, ‘DIVAS OF MOTOWN.’
Comprising 50 classic tracks from a wide range of Motown female singers, it’s been compiled not only to celebrate Motown’s 50th anniversary but also to coincide with the arrival in the UK of revered Motown chanteuses THELMA HOUSTON, BRENDA HOLLOWAY, CHRIS CLARK, MABLE JOHN, SHERRIE PAYNE and LYNDA LAURENCE, who are due to perform a series of concerts in Doncaster (at The Dome) and London (at the Jazz Café, the Borderline and the HMV Hammersmith Apollo). The ladies will be backed up by an incarnation of the legendary Motown session collective, the FUNK BROTHERS, led by percussionist extraordinaire, JACK ASHFORD.
Here’s a break down of all the relevant details:
‘MOTOWN SESSIONS’ AT THE JAZZ CAFÉ:
Tuesday 10th Nov: The Funk Brothers featuring special guests Sherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, formerly of The Supremes.
Wednesday 11th Nov: The Funk Brothers featuring special guests, Mable John, Chris Clark and Brenda Holloway.
Thursday12th Nov: Thelma Houston & Guests.
‘DIVAS OF MOTOWN’ AT THE HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO:
Friday 13th Nov: Jack Ashford’s Funk Brothers + Thelma Houston + Mable John + Chris Clark + Brenda Holloway + Sherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence (Formerly of The Supremes).
‘ULTIMATE MOTOWN’ AT THE DOME, DONCASTER:
Thursday 12th Nov: Jack Ashford’s Funk Brothers + Mable John + Chris Clark + Brenda Holloway + Sherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence – Formerly of The Supremes
‘JAMMIN’ WITH JACK’ AT THE BORDERLINE:
Monday 9th Nov: A Funk Brothers night featuring special guests jamming the night away in a soul funk spectacular.
Tickets for all shows available from ticketmaster.co.uk (Tel: 0844 277 0700)
www.soulandjazzandfunk.com hopes to interview some of the Motown divas very soon – so keep your eyes peeled!