Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1081

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS...

Editorial STUFF

Our cover star needs no introduction to B&S readers, multi-Brit-award winner Rory Graham aka Rag ’N’ Bone Man has been firmly on our radar since 2014 - showing the quality he is now widely known for, we announced him as a ‘one to watch’ for 2015! We are over the moon that he is now getting the recognition he deservers… But, it did take being #1 in 20 odd counties before a major label would take a punt! Lol. If they had only read B&S first… Other interviews this issue; China Moses, José James, Tanika Charles, Izo Fitzroy, Boddhi Satva, MF Robots, Errol Henry and Stone Foundation. Live reviews include: Sumptuous R&B from Joe and Ashanti from the Hammersmith Apollo in London. We go ringside as Yasiin Bey, formerly Moss Def, performed his last show in the UK/Europe before he retires from the music scene…hey, you never know right?! B&S’ Frank Elson check’s out a cracking Northern night at The Beechwood Club in Blackburn. And B&S Editor, Lee Tyler, visits the Butlins Ibiza Legends Weekender at Butlins in Bogor Regis... Our must-read All Time B&S Top 500 chart rundown continues from 221-184 and there’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists, who will be sharing the latest news within the genres they represent…talking of which, I’d like to wish a very warm welcome to B&S’ newest recruit/columnist/Blues guru, Jon Harrington. Till next time - may the music be with you always! Lee TylerB&S

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Win tickets + camping to Love Supreme Festival @bluesandsoul.com

Win tickets to Love Supreme

B&S announces an official media partnership with the Love Supreme Festival and to celebrate that fact, one lucky winner will win a pair of tickets to this star-studded event…

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Gregory Porter brings his talent to Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com The Jacksons: 50th Anniversary show at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com George Benson performs at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com Herbie Hancock performs at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Abu Dhabi Festiva

Win Love Supreme Festival Tickets

B&S announces an official media partnership with the Love Supreme Festival and to celebrate that fact, one lucky winner will win a pair of tickets to this star-studded event…

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Hook & Sling July 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2017 line-up @bluesandsoul.com

Hook & Sling announce 2017 lineup

The first ever ’Hook & Sling’ hosts a series of 30 live acts and DJs takes place across two rooms at 229 Venue on Great Portland Street between 21st-23rd July...

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Incognito announce fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter @bluesandsoul.com

Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Rag'N'Bone Man - Photo Dean Chalkley @bluesandsoul.com Rag'N'Bone Man - Photo Dean Chalkley @bluesandsoul.com Rag'N'Bone Man @bluesandsoul.com Rag'N'Bone Man @bluesandsoul.com

Rag'N'Bone Man: Human Nature

Currently taking the world by storm with his single and album "Human", baritone blues & soul hero, Rag'N'Bone Man, sits down for a chat with Blues & Soul Editor Lee Tyler...

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José James @bluesandsoul.com José James @bluesansoul.com José James @bluesansoul.com José James @bluesansoul.com

José James: Dizzy Heights

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one Blue Note's finest, José James, about new album “Love In A Time Of Madness”, his influences, album process, family life, jazz/hip-hop genres and J. Dilla Beats...

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China Moses @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Sylvain Norget China Moses @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Sylvain Norget China Moses @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Sylvain Norget China Moses @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Sylvain Norget

China Moses: Fine China

Former MTV presenter turned Jazz chanteuse, China Moses, talks new album, Nightintales”, collabs with Anthony Marshall and gaining inspiration from her Grammy-winning mother, Dee Dee Bridgewater...

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Lindsey Webster: Ronnie Scott's 22/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: ©Carl Hyde Lindsey Webster: Ronnie Scott's 22/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: ©Carl Hyde Lindsey Webster: Ronnie Scott's 22/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: ©Carl Hyde Lindsey Webster: Ronnie Scott's 22/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: ©Carl Hyde

Lindsey Webster: Ronnie Scott’s, London 22/3/17

Ronnie’s is rammed for Lindsey Webster’s much-awaited series of UK dates. The room is filled with friends and industry supporters (MC duties from Jazz FM’s Chris Philips) and the anticipation is palpable...

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Tony Lanez: Kentish Town Forum 6/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Tony Lanez: Kentish Town Forum 6/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Tony Lanez: Kentish Town Forum 6/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Tony Lanez: Kentish Town Forum 6/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Tory Lanez and Yoko Gold: Kentish Town 6/4/17

You're unlikely to see a more energetic performer than Tory Lanez...I've watched plenty of gigs at Kentish Town Forum over the years, but never anything like this...

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Craig David: O2, London 26/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com Craig David: O2, London 26/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com Craig David: O2, London 26/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com Craig David: O2, London 26/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Craig David: O2, London 26/3/17

The show would last nearly two hours, and was a lively showcase for a musician who's been down on his luck but has come back from it...

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Josh David Barrett - The Wailers: Indigo at the O2, London 24/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com Josh David Barrett - The Wailers: Indigo at the O2, London 24/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Wailers: Indigo at the O2, London 24/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com Josh David Barrett - The Wailers: Indigo at the O2, London 24/3/17 @bluesandsoul.com

The Wailers: Indigo at the O2, London 24/3/17

Nearly 36 years may have passed since his passing, but Marley is still big business and fitting The Wailers' extensive back catalogue into two hours is an incredibly difficult task...

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Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17 Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17 Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17 Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17

Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17

With nine albums under their belt, they're not lacking in material to use live in their shows...It was a raucous night, and fittingly so - most of the crowd looked utterly drained by the time the stage was vacated...

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Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum, London 16/4/17

There is so much excitement around .Paak right now, the Kentish Town Forum was a complete sell-out, as crowds packed in early to watch the 31-year-old perform...

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The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 Ephemerals: Rich Mix 11-4-17 PHOTO Lee Tyler - @bluesandsoul.com

Ephemerals + Izo Fitzroy: Rich Mix, London 11/04/17

Jalapeno records hosted what turned out to be an imposing and uplifting night in London's East End, highlighting their cult heroes of the moment, The Ephemerals and blues & soulstress Izo Fitzroy...

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