Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1044

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Editorial STUFF

This month we assemble some of the greatest artist's on the planet for your delectation... 1st out the bag, JANET JACKSON comes to town and Assistant Editor PETE LEWIS is in the right place at the right time to catch a few words with the 5 times Grammy winner herself. Still transcending time and genre, NONA HENDRYX is in ever talkative mood with B&S' RICHARD 'sweet boy' ASHIE. We wave the flag for one of our previous one's to watch, the funktastic MAMA'S GUN lead singer ANDY PLATTS talks to B&S Editor LEE TYLER. It's been a while but Canadian R&B singer GLENN LEWIS is back and sounding better than ever as SEMPER AZEEZ-HARRIS gets the full low-down on this 90's R&B hero. Our one to watch this month is 22-year-old singer/songwriter BLUEY ROBINSON, is hitting the spot with LABRINTH produced tune 'Showgirl'. The Sound Of Sunshine comes, literally, in the shape of singer/songwriter and activist MICHAEL FRANTI - and we keep the action moving as MR LEWIS returns with an interview with the heartbeat of EARTH, WIND & FIRE - rhythm guitarist AL McKAY. Our live action comes from ADRIANA EVANS, CONYA DOSS and JANET JACKSON. Competiton's come thick and fast time with a chance to win STAX (including EDDIE FLOYD), JANET JACKSON, SHARON JONES AND THE DAPP KINGS and BOOTSY COLLINS tickets. Our columnist's queue up to bring you their opinions in their respective genre's, including; MOTOWN expert Sharon Davis gives you the latest MOTOWN happenings... Jazz guv'nor Snowboy casts his eye over all things jazz... Andy Davies brings his first class soul column to the masses ...AND be one step ahead with club events/news & essential tunes all care of the industries man in the know Ben Lovett in his must-read GROOVEYARD. ...You can follow B&S as it happens @TWITTER/BLUESANDSOUL + please feel free to follow us on FACEBOOK@BLUES AND-SOUL II AND "LIKE US" @BLUES & SOUL - Till next time - KEEP THE FAITH!;)B&S

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Amy Winehouse dies aged 27

Amy Winehouse found dead

27 year old superstar singer and 5 times Grammy winner Amy Winehouse has today been found dead at her house in Camden, North London. Paramedics were called to the singers house at 3.54pm but were unable to save the singer…

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Click for Sister Sledge, Gwen Dickey, Kenny Thomas and Jaki Graham @Forum - April 23

Last chance to win a pair of tickets to Sister Sledge, Gwen Dickey, Kenny Thomas & Jaki Grah

Sister Sledge, Gwen Dickey, Kenny Thomas and Jaki Graham are all set to make a live appearance as part of Soul Odyssey Presents... @Forum this week on Saturday August 27 - win a pair of tickets this Friday...

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Janet Jackson: One on 1's

Pete Lewis hooks up with global megastar Janet Jackson, who discusses her current ‘Number Ones: Up Close & Personal’ tour plus her iconic and trailblazing career

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Beverley Knight: UK's finest

Pete Lewis chats to British soul Queen Beverley Knight about her new, seventh studio album ‘Soul UK’ - which represents a celebration of the UK soul songs and artists that have inspired her

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Rashaan Patterson: Mr Dependable

After first admiring the distinctive vocal of Rashaan Patterson over 12 years ago, Semper Azeez-Harris sits down for a chat with the man himself as tastly new album 'Bleuphoria' appears high on the interview menu...

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Nona Hendryx

Nona Hendryx: Leading lady

From The Bluebelles to Labelle, Nona Hendryx has transcended time and genres - now in her sixth decade of being in the music industry she has earned her place in the musical fabric that has moved and shaped the world...

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Mama's Gun: On your marks!

With the release of Mama's Gun new funk/soul/pop filled album, 'The Life And Soul' - B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to lead singer Andy Platts as he explains the band's plain for world musical domination... well almost!?

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Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd: Stax lucky charm

Pete Lewis interviews Sixties Southern soul legend Eddie Floyd just prior to the ‘Knock On Wood’ man’s upcoming London performance as part of the ‘Stax’ show alongside Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn

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Down To The Bone

Down To The Bone: Different Class

It’s not just jazzy, frankly it's not funky, but Down To The Bone’s new album 'The Main Ingredients' is damn good stuff! DTTB's Stuart Wade spoke with B&S' about what went into creating a masterpiece...

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Darey: Going Global

Semper Azeez-Harris catches-up with Nigerian singing superstar Darey; and with future plans and the low-down on new single 'The Way You Are' featuring Chamillionaire on the menu - there's plenty to talk about!

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ELEW: the revELEWtion will not be televised…

ELEW is one of jazz music’s greatest geniuses and masterminds. Armed with an impressive repertoire of pop and rock songs, a theatrical persona and the attention span of the world’s greatest Army general, the fearless piano prodigy...

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Dennis Dowlut (Electric Empire) @Water Rats, London 04/07/11 Aaron Mendoza (Electric Empire) @Water Rats, London 04/07/11 Jason Heerah (Electric Empire) @Water Rats, London 04/07/11 Electric Empire @Water Rats, London 04/07/11

Electric Empire: Water Rats, London 04/07/11

Electric Empire at The Water Rats should have been like any other gig this band had previously played - but when you have just completed 3 sets at Glastonbury, you may be forgiven for bringing a lil' of that sprit with you...

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Adriana Evans: Jazz Cafe, London 24/06/11

California born Adriana Evans was performing 2 nights in what can only be described as "amazing shows". It was wet and cold outside, but to the packed crowd at Jazz Café Adriana was red hot and smokin’!

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Susan Tedeschi: Shepherds Bush Empire 29/06/11 Derek Trucks: Shepherds Bush Empire 29/06/11 Robert Randolph: Shepherds Bush Empire 29/06/11 Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks: Shepherds Bush Empire 29/06/11

Tedeschi Trucks Band + Robert Randolph & Family Band: Shepherds Bush Empire 29/06/11

Tonight was going to be nothing short of special with the talents of Mr Clapton’s pal Derek Trucks on slide guitar, pedal steel star Robert Randolph and Susan Tedeschi’s spine-tingling, sweet n' dirty, soul-drenched vocals...

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