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Issue 1094

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ISSUE 1046: Fresh from our Music Publication Of The Year award triumph, it's time to bring you the first instalment of Blues & Soul magazine for 2020, and what an issue we have on store for you! Having tracked the career of our cover artist from day one, her rise to prominence has been nothing less than impressive since she signed to uber-cool Brighton based independent soul/funk label, Jalapeno records. It's an absolute pleasure and privilege to welcome the hugely talented soul/gospel/blues singer/songwriter/keys playing superstar in the making, Izo Fitzroy, to our cover this issue. How do you follow that? Well, how about world music's finest Amadou & Mariam and gospel kings the Blind Boys Of Alabama double interview with both landing in the UK for a very special set of dates. She's been a Northern Soul heroine, Bond girl, model and now Susie Vanner has come back to her first love, which is making music for the masses with a brand new album in tow and an enthralling life stay to tell - welcome back Susie! Canada's finest, The Soul Motivators, tell us why they are UK bound and armed with their distinct brand of authentic soul and funk. Mello Festival head-honcho Steve Cass gives us a 5th birthday low-down on Worcestershire's best festival destinations and last, but by no means least, legendary DJ/producer and soulful house pioneer Timmy Regisford gives a rare catchup interview, with new release top of the topic of conversation. If those artists weren't enough, we look back at the careers of reggae champion David Rodigan and funk royal Nile Rogers and look forward to upcoming summer dates from both artists. Our print issues live reviews from The Best Horizon Festival at the O2 Brixton Academy, London. We attend Crowd Company's cool as funk sold out "Lowdown" album launch at PizzaExpress Jazz in Soho, London and we review the packed out touring triumph, Magic Of Motown, at The Hawth in Crawley. The Blues & Soul Years visit the mixed bag that was 1990, where Snap ("The Power") ruled the airwaves, Dee-Lite smashed it with "Groove Is In The Heart", Quincy Jones featured a who's who on his album, Johnny Gill made his mark in the UK, MC Hammer donned his genie trousers for "You Can't Touch This" with the help of a Rick James lick, Vanilla Ice super chilled the chart with "Ice Ice Baby" and female acts, including Tina Turner "Foreign Affair", Lisa Stansfield "Affection", Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation "1814", Anita Baker "Compositions" and Whitney Houston "I'm Your Baby Tonight" showed the guys how to release critically acclaimed platinum-selling albums. Plus a lot more happenings in 1990 long with B&S charts and the poll winners from that year. Chart action includes our new B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, the most up-to-date soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his '70s Soul Lovers List. As usual B&S columnists Ben Lovett (Dance), Bigger (R&B), Richard Searling (Northern Soul) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) are on hand to share their expertise, latest news, reviews and comment on the genres they proudly represent. Unfortunately, no Frank Elson this issue - get well soon Frank! Don't forget! Our Soulfully Social page is where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Lee Tyler (Twitter @LeeTyler13)B&S

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Innervisions Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

London's Innervisions Festival, now in its 3rd year, is fast becoming a yearly must-attend. This year's mouthwatering lineup announcement is no different, with MAZE feat. Frankie Beverley performing...

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Love Supreme Festival 2020 final lineup

Love Supreme Festival 2020 boasts it’s fair share of soul legends, jazz heroes and genre boundary-pushing artists among the 30, yes 30! acts that have been freshly announced...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 announce artists

Previously boasting more than it’s fair share of true jazz/soul and blues greats, this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place May 5-12 and as usual, heralds the start of the festival season in style...

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Oscar Jerome: Cool as...

With his own uber cool brand of Jazz/funk currently impressing on both sides of the Atlantic, it won't be long before our 2019 one to watch, Oscar Jerome, will feature on all our playlists...

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Annabel Williams: Voice activated

Vocal coach to the stars and incredible voice in her own right, Annabel Williams, performs 2 shows + vocal masterclass at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho. B&S gets the lowdown on the shows and more...

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Kathy Koskins: Naturally Inspired

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-acclaimed US jazz/soul singer-songwriter Kathy Kosins around the release of her sixth album, the Kamau Kenyatta-produced “Uncovered Soul”...

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Mica Paris: From Paris With Love

British soul royal Mica Paris talks to Chaz Brooks about her music-infused upbringing and her new Jazz/Soul project, 'Mica Paris Sings Ella Fitzgerald'...

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Chris Standring: PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho 27/02/20

Chris Standring is a savvy musician, he saw his opportunity and headed stateside, some years back and decided to carve a niche across the pond...

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Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie : I Fall In Love Too Easily

This all augurs well for the impending album,'Weathering The Storm' due out in May on Lateralize. Expect more of the same plus some Tom Waits and Randy Newman interpretations.

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Denquar : Praying On Science

This is a bold debut.It's a totally live performance one singer and an orchestra and the red light is on.Newcomer,Denquar summons up her courage and goes for it on this empowering power ballad.

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Cherise : Paradise

Tomorrow's Warriors have spread their net far and wide being a launch pad and breeding ground for the likes of Ezra Collective,Camilla George,Nubya Garcia,Moses Boyd and also this incredibly talented young singer

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Malcolm Strachan : About Time

Just The Thought Of You' sees this scorching unit take it down a notch with this summery ballad adorned with virtuosic flugel and choice yet plaintive piano.A fantastic piece of writing that reminds me of Donald Byrd and The Blackbyrds.

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The Jazz Defenders : Scheming

I'll say one thing it's quite refreshing to hear some classic sounding,straight ahead jazz especially on a wet and dreary day in february.The Jazz Defenders are proving to be the perfect antidote to the winter blues.

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Jeff Parker : Suite For Max Brown

A startling return to form sees multi instrumentalist and composer Jeff Parker hitting his stride once again.A fitting eulogy to his late mother and a great follow up to his critically acclaimed predecessor The New Breed.

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