Blues and Soul Music Magazine

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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Beverley Knight sings Stevie Wonder tour 2019

Beverley Knight sings Stevie Wonder

Hot on the heels of her impressive Kew The Music appearance at London’s Kew Gardens, UK Queen of Soul Beverley Knight will be in must-see action once again as she paying tribute to Motown royalty...

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Robert Glasper, Derek Hodge & DJ Jahi Sundance: Roundhouse 3rd July 2019 - Innervisions Fest Mavis Staples: Roundhouse 4th July 2019 - Innervisions Festival Ramp: Islington Assembly Hall, London 4th July 2019 - Innervisions Fest Saul Williams: Under The Bridge 4th July 2019 - Innervisions Fest

Unmissable Innervisions Festival 2019

The Innervisions Festival is fast making a name for itself as THE place to go to catch world renowned quality talent during July. I'm pleased to announce this year is looking as mouth-watering as last year...

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JTQ announce new album and special show

November heralds a new album from the James Taylor Quartet plus, as part of the London Jazz Festival, the JTQ show of shows! With the quartet being joined by a full orchestra at London's Cadogan Hall...

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Susie Vanner: Life & Soul

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews singer/actress Susie Vanner about her new album and amazing career, which includes playing a Bond girl and recording Northern Soul classics...

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Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20

Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Chic is the word

Nile Rodgers & CHIC play a very special show at an extra special venue on June 20 at Kenwood House on London's Hampstead Heath, to mark this must-see B&S Editor Lee Has

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Izo FitzRoy: A perfect Fitz

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to an artist on the edge of stardom, soul/blues/gospel singer/songwriter Izo FitzRoy drops what could easily be one of the album's of the year and we have the exclusive...

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Soulpersona and Princess Freesia

Soulpersona and Princess Freesia: Raising the game

Duncan Payne has an enthralling chat with stylish soul duo Soulpersona and Princess Freesia about the ups and many downs they experienced while creating critically acclaimed album "The Game"...

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Dexter Wansel : The Jazz Cafe London 6/02/2020

His production work is mightily impressive too : Four Lou Rawls albums, three Pattie La belle ones,two of the Jacksons plus individual releases from Phylis Hyman,Teddy Pendergrass and Grover Washington Jr.

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Aladean Kheroufi : Sorry If I Hurt You

This retro-soul revivalist tag maybe stapled on to him, due to this vintage soul slice of blessedness on offer but it suits his vibe with its eccentric depth.

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Tito Lopez Combo : Keep On Moving Ft.Nichola Richards

Burning Sole records have been catching the ears of all us here at B&S towers.DJ Tron in particular, with his hot hip hop funk stuff and the excellent Fruits Of Funk album which he released recently.

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Stoned Soul Picnic Ft.Pauline Black : To love somebody

Great to see the ever stylish Pauline Black put her stamp on this old evergreen of a tune. Countless artists have covered it but this one gets the Stax/Muscle Shoals treatment

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Beat Bronco Organ Trio : Road Trip

Each incarnation has its own brand of charm whether it be the more traditional toe tapping 'Crispy Time' or the deep funk blessedness of the bluesy ' Squirtly'

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Joe Publick : 40K Followers

Brother Strut founder Steve Jones throws himself full tilt into his laddish alter ego, using a backdrop of social media commentary which brings out a bonfire of vanities

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Ephemerals : The Third Eye

Physch soul and modal jazz are the trappings on 'Rising' it has that spiritual Coltrane sax and Valbrun's brooding vocals are perfect for this atmospherically soaked session.

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