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The Snowboy Column (November 2011) @bluesandsoul.com Hideaway (Streatham) @bluesandsoul.com Dingwalls Reunion - Sunday Nov 20th 2011 JTQ 25th Anniversary - Under The Bridge Craig Charles in action @bluesandsoul.com Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band: Rubber Orchestras (Naïve) Buika: En Mi Piel (Casa Limon) US 3: Lie, Cheat and Steal (US3.COM) The Good Foot @bluesandsoul.com Marcus Begg: All Bout Mine (Village Again) Empirical: Elements Of Truth (Naim) Nat Burchall: Sacred Dimension (Gondwana) London Jazz Quartet: Jazz At The Flamingo (Fantastic Voyage) M-Swift: Sunshine Of Love âDeluxe Editionâ (Selective Records)

This month; New New Orleans Speakeasy for the Hideaway, Dingwalls reunion, James Taylor 25th Anniversary, Latin Section's date at brand new venue, Craig Charles and Good Foot news + reviews and November's listings...

NEW NEW ORLEANS AND R&B
âSPEAKEASYâ NIGHT FOR THE HIDEAWAY

Hideaway in Streatham is launching a brand new twice-monthly Speakeasy Sunday night on 6th November with top class live New Orleans funk and jazz as well as some roaring R&B. This series of events is in partnership with Jazz FM and Four Roses bourbon who take turn the South London jazz venue into a deep south speakeasy every other Sunday.

The âBig Easyâ vibe will be taking over the Back Room at the Hideaway â made even easier with exclusive tasters of bespoke Four Roses Bourbon cocktails served in Speakeasy Jam Jars for the first 30 through the door.

Jazz FM will be supplying top DJs on certain nights to lay down some tracks in between the live music sessions. The Hideaway kitchen has caught the Southern bug too â introducing a great new Creole menu especially for Speakeasy Sundays. Please see listings for details.

DINGWALLS REUNION

Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forgeâs seminal Jazz Dance/Acid Jazz Talkin Loud sessions from the late-80âs returns for a one-off.

Talkin Loud, or just Dingwalls as it was more commonly known, was the session that shaped a generation. Itâs influence spread far and wide. It was the counterpoint to the rave generationâs acid revolution, taking that same spirit and optimism and applying it to a very different music. It built on the legacy of the Electric Ballroom and the jazz-dance scene that had been bubbling away since the early eighties but took things to a new level. It became the touchstone for everything that followed in itâs wake, acquiring legendary status, tempting folk to later claim that âI was thereâ whether they were or not. It was inspirational, revolutionary, celebratory, radical. It was a family, it was a congregation. This annual event has once again reached out and tapped into all that was special and every year it becomes more and more legendary. The date is Sunday November the 20th. 12.30 til 7pm.

Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock Place, London

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET 25TH
CELEBRATION AT âUNDER THE BRIDGEâ

On Friday 25th November a very special evening of music is coming at the culmination of a year celebrating the 25th anniversary of the James Taylor Quartet. James Taylor has formed a big band to play the music of Jimmy Smith for a one-off concert. The impact and influence that the music of Jimmy Smith made on the formative talents of the young James Taylor is hard to under estimate. To reflect that influence and pay tribute to one of the true greats of the genre, James has pulled together some of the best musicians around to form a big band without peer and with just one purpose in mind, to deliver an electrifying tribute to the music of one of his heroes. âI first heard The Cat by Jimmy Smith at a Prisoners' gig in 1982 in Hammersmith, at the Clarendon Ballroom. It blew me away. Since then his influence on me has been huge I studied his settings and have taken a huge amount of direction and inspiration from the master.â James continues, âThis is such a great project because it's never been done before. Jimmy Smith recorded the big band arrangements but never performed them live. It was these tunes that got me started as a Hammond listener and player. To be able to perform them as a big band in JTQâs 25th anniversary year is special.â

Tickets and more information available from underthebridge.co.uk
Under the Bridge, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS. Telephone : 0207 957 8261

SNOWBOY & THE LATIN SECTION TO PLAY âFLORIDITAâ

Following Floriditaâs relaunch last month with the Cuban Jazz superstar, Chucho Valdes, itâs my bands turn with our brand of tough and heavy Afro Cuban Jazz. Weâre there Thursday the 17th. Hope to see you there.

Floridita, 100 Wardour St, London W1F 0TN. Tel: 020 7314 4000

BARBICAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SEASON

The Barbican autumn season is packed with real musical highlights. Hereâs Novembers dates:

Monday 7 - Aaron Neville + Kebâ Moâ Band
Friday 11 - Jazz Voice: Celebrating a Century of Song
Friday 11 - Toumani Diabaté
Saturday 12 - McCoy Tyner Trio: Featuring Jose James & Chris Potter
Friday 18 - Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra
Sunday 20 - Hermeto Pascoal
Friday 25 - Mouse on Mars & André de Ridder (conductor) with musikFabrik: Paeanumnion, Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge + Oval (live)
Saturday 26 - An evening with Josh T Pearson and guests

CRAIG CHARLES FUNK AND SOUL SHOW

Iâm very proud to be the music programmer and script-writer of 70% of Craig Charlesâ amazing Funk and Soul show on BBC Radio 6 every Saturday night. Itâs the number 1 show on the station with on average 100,000 listeners. Craigâs enthusiastic and passionate delivery is very addictive, which makes for essential listening. Generally the show features most American Black music from the mid-50âs to the mid-80âs and new recordings in that style. Although being in the Jazz area of this magazine, I certainly like to make people aware of the new Funk releases too, so check my reviews later in this column. There still seems to be an endless amount of Funk 45âs being released, which pleases me no end â although many are not quite there. Iâm in a privileged position to hear most of all the new or reissue material weeks, if not months, in advance so if you donât get a chance to hear Craigs show at least go to the BBC 6 site and check out his latest playlist.

AMAZING GUESTS AT âTHE GOOD FOOTâ

Madame Jo Joâs is the home of my Friday night DJ residency The Good Foot where my music policy of 60âs and 70âs Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Soul, Boogaloo and Rare Groove certainly seems to be offering something different in central London at the weekend. My forthcoming guests in November are:

Nov 4th - Eddie Piller
Nov 11th â Jo Wallace
Nov 18th - Dean Rudland
Nov 25th â Wayne Hemingway and Si Cheeba

Itâs the first appearance from Jo Wallace, who is so beloved in the Northern Soul scene, and obviously by Motown too because sheâs done so many compilations for them. We also have the first appearance of world famous Fashion Icon, graphic designer and the brains behind the important âVintageâ festivals. He is an occasional DJ and the owner of one of the UKâs most amazing Black music collections.

Madame Jo Joâs, 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F OSE. 10pm til 3am. £8 admission madamejojos.com

REVIEWS

Marcus Begg â All Bout Mine (Village Again)

Marcusâ is one of those names thatâs been around for years. His name appears on plenty of 12â records. Itâs about time he had a solo album and he has. This CD will set you back a bit of money because itâs a Japanese import but itâs worth every penny. Itâs beautifully produced by the legendary M-Swift and the overall sound is very unique and crosses many genres but without settling on any one style. Marcus has a kind of Gil Scott-Heron timbre to his voice, which is most appealing, his songs are very strong and the overall sound is funky in a contemporary way. Itâs just one of those CDâs that youâll go back to time and time again and must not be missed at any cost.

US 3 â Lie, Cheat and Steal (US3.COM)

US 3, as if you donât already know, are Blue Note records biggest selling artists ever. They crossed the cool Blue Note sound and merged it with Hip Hop in the mid-90âs and the sound has been copied left, right and centre since. This CD is on their own label and has quite a dated sound to it, but itâs a kind of âf**k you, this is what we doâ and is very uncompromising. If it is dated, it is a date that was classic. Time has stood still because itâs a genre that hasnât been bettered since then. The MCâs are new names to me and sound fantastic, and deliver great intelligent lyrics; riding the varied rhythms like veterans too. If this is your kind of thing then it doesnât get any better.

Buika â En Mi Piel (Casa Limon)

Buika is creating a sensation in the Spanish Flamenco world. She is a big star apparently. She is Afro-Spanish which I imagine to be quite unusual in a style of music virtually played 100% by gypsyâs. Iâll be honest and say that despite being a specialist in Afro Cuban music I donât understand Flamenco and itâs nuances. I donât know what makes a great Flamenco artist from a bad one. It sounds fantastic to me though and itâs very diverse in rhythmic styles, so thereâs never a dull moment and her intonation is out of this world. To me, itâs very fulfilling. Y tu?

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band â Rubber Orchestras (Naïve)

One of the albums of the year? I think so. Joseph is UK-based from the West Indies. Heâs a poet, singer, multi-instrumentalist and he delivers his well-crafted stories beautifully over a soundscape of infectious Funky, Afro, Carribean and Jazzy rhythms. He surrounds himself with world-class Jazz musicians who know how to groove. Iâve been looking forward to reviewing this CD just so I can tell you how magnificent it is.

Empirical â Elements Of Truth (Naim)

Not everyoneâs cup of tea but without doubt Empirical are the hottest and most talked-about act on the UKâs Jazz scene. I can understand it â this CD is superb. Their quite bleak and angular melodies are beautiful in the same way that an Icelandic landscape is to the eye â again, bleak, chilling and majestic. The soloists glide effortlessly and skillfully over odd time signatures (I have a feeling the band have never heard of common time 4/4!!!). All this should be a challenging listen, and Iâm not saying it isnât, but the CD is very well constructed and flows that well that time just flies by on a listen. Empirical are worth the hype and this is the best example why.

Nat Burchall â Sacred Dimension (Gondwana)

I donât know whether saxophonist Burchall likes the obvious comparisons to mid-60âs era John Coltrane but thatâs what springs to mind on listening to this CD, although contemporary all the same. Very dense and thought-provoking, there are no such thing as 32 bar solos here, they just take their time to explore the possibilities underneath an amazing and attentive rhythm section, moving as one at all times. I love the strange atmospherics going on in the background with some very dissonant harmonics and sleigh-bells and loose percussion creating a subtle wall of sound. There are quite a few ballads on here too, but nothing sweet and sentimental to my ears. These are the highlights if I had to choose. Itâs one of those CDâs to put on and just lose oneself as the layers of sound wash over you. Superb.

London Jazz Quartet - Jazz At The Flamingo (Fantastic Voyage)

Neither of these CD reissues will any introduction to the true Jazz fan. This is British Modern Jazz at itâs very world-class best and on the beloved (and obscenely rare) Tempo and Ember Records at last lovingly reissued by Fantastic Voyage. The London Jazz Quartet are of course legendary. Interestingly they are led by the drummer Tony Crombie who had defected to the Rock and Roll craze (and made some darn fine Rock and Roll records too I may add!) then came back to Jazz in 59 (and made this among others), went back to Rock and Roll in 1960 and finally came back to Jazz to be the resident drummer at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. The label was owned by Jeffrey Kruger, the founder of the famous Flamingo club and while the title Jazz At The Flamingo conjures up the impression that this is a live album at said club, itâs actually a compilation he put together at the time. All the greats of British Modern Jazz are on there, such as Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Ross and Ronnie Scott as youâd hope. The packaging is excellent on both CDâs, with great booklets, artwork and even bonus tracks that werenât on the original. This series is something to get excited about and cherish.

M-Swift â Sunshine Of Love âDeluxe Editionâ (Selective Records)

Anything from the production skills of Shouheim Matsushita (alias M-Swift) is always going to be a winner. The last album, reviewed here many moons ago, had more of an Incognito-type classic Jazz Funk sound but on first listen here the first CD explores all the dimensions of quality House music, which is not suitable for review here in the Jazz section. The House music tracks are all incredibly well made though and done with a lot of sincerity and passion, but when I put the second CD onâ¦â¦ Well, thereâs just so much to choose from. Thereâs just great epic Sambas, broken-beat Fusion and the most incredible contemporary Afro Beat track on there that will easily tear up the floors of the best left-field clubs across the world. Japanese imports are very expensive at the moment but this CD would be money well spent.

LISTINGS

RONNIE SCOTT'S

Nov 5 -.Victor Bailey
Nov 7-8 - Roy Hargrove
Nov 9-12 - Brubecks Play Brubeck
Nov 13 - Joey Calderazzo Quartet
Nov 14 - Billy Childs Band
Nov 16-18 - Yellowjackets
Nov 19 - Laurence Cottle Big Band
Nov 21-23 - The Blockheads
Nov 25-26 - Ian Shaw
Nov 28-30 - Avishai Cohen

Ronnie Scott's, 47 Frith St, London, W1D 4HT www.ronniescotts.co.uk

BOISDALE

1st Nov - The Modern Jazz Quartet: A Celebration
2nd Nov - Arun Ghosh
3rd Nov - Big Boy Bloater
4th & 5th Nov - The Ray Charles Revue with Jeremy Sassoon
7th Nov - Mojo Mondays
8th Nov - Fletchâs Brew
9th Nov - Hayley Sanderson
10th Nov - The Eric Ranzoni Blues Band
11th Nov - A Salute to The Humphrey Lyttelton Band
12th Nov - Gary Williams
14th Nov - The Music of Sidney Bechet
15th Nove - David Rees-Williams Trio
16th Nov - The Kevin Fitzsimmons Sextet
17th Nov- Blues Night with The Bag Band
18th Nov - 100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes
21st Nov - Mojo Mondays
22nd November - T J Johnson
23rd Nov - Skip McDonald
24th Nov - Earl Thomas & the Paddy Milner Band
25th Nov - Natalie Williams
26th Nov - The Best Of The Blues Brothers
28th Nov - Mojo Mondays
29th Nov - Ladies of Jazz
30th Nov - The Discovery Show on Jazz FM

Boisdale, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT - 020 7715 5818

FLORADITA

Tuesday 1st - Liane Carroll (support: Nigel Price Trio)
Thursday 3rd - Reuben Richards (support: Niamh McNally)
Tuesday 8th - The Fantastics (support: Jeremy Sassoon)
Tuesday 15th - Saravah Soul (support: The Soul Immigrants)
Thursday 17th - Snowboy and the Latin Selection (support: Funk Muchachos)
Tuesday 22nd - Crooners and Divas - Aydenne Simone and Atlia
Thursday 24th - Funkadelic Funkshone (support: Joana Eden)
Tuesday 29th - Robin Jones & King Salsa (support: Nicola Emmanuelle)
Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th,23rd, 30th - Cabaret Floridita & the Black Hat Band
Fridays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - Osvaldo Chacon & the Cuban All-Stars (support: Cuba 4)
Saturdays, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th - Los Charlys Orchestra â (support: Cubano)

Floradita, 100 Wardour St,, London, W1F 0TN, Tel: 020 7314 4000

THE HIDEAWAY

Mondays - 7th, (not 14th), 21st, 28th - two events - Jazz Workshops and Jam Sessions
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - closed
Friday and Sunday - comedy shows as well as music - see website
Sunday gigs - LJF dates are evening shows
Thur 3rd: Frank Harrison Trio
Fri 4th: Soul Purpose
Sat 5th: Yolanda Charles: The Deep MO - Album Launch
Sun 6th: tbc
Mon 7th: Cuban Hideaway featuring Soneando 0pm, Band 9.30pm
Thur 10th: tbc
Fri 11th: The Ray Gelato Giants - The Godfather of Swing
Sat 12th: Gill Manly: Cinema! Jazz At The Movies
Sun 13th: Liane Carroll And Her Gentlemen
Mon 14th: Gary Husband & Janek Gwizdala
Thur 17th: Sean Khan
Fri 18th: Down To The Bone
Sat 19th: Soothsayers with The FELA
Sun 20th: Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris
Thur 24th: tbc
Fri 25th: tbc
Sat 26th: Bali High Reunion
Sat 27th: tbc

The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mew, Streatham, London SW16 2ED 020 8835 7070

THE 606 CLUB

THURS 3RD - Peter King with Marton Juhasz, Janos Egri and Alan Benzie
FRI 4TH- Nikoletta SzÅke, Kálmán Oláh and Jozsef Barcza Horvath
SAT 5TH - BENN CLATWORTHY
SUN 6TH - DANA GILLESPIE AND THE LONDON BLUES BAND
MON 7TH - EILEEN HUNTER AND STEVE BROOKSTEIN
TUES 8TH - DAN REINSTEIN
WEDS 9TH - âLATIN UNDERGROUNDâ
THURS 10TH - GARETH LOCKRANEâS âGROOVEYARDâ
Fri 11th - RB FUNKESTRA
Sat 12th - CHRIS GARRICK
Sun 13th - LILLIAN BOUTTÃ
Mon 14th - âLift to The Scaffoldâ with the Martin Shaw Quintet
Tues 15th - THE GWILYM SIMCOCK TRIO
Weds 16th - FEMI TEMOWO & ADRIANO ADEWALE GROUP
Thurs 17th - ANDY SHEPPARD & JOHN PARRICELLI DUO
Fri 18th - âSAMARAâ feat JANDIRA SILVA
Sat 19th - 'SAXOPHONE SUMMIT'
featuring PETER KING, KAREN SHARP, SIMON ALLEN & PAUL BOOTH
Sun 20th - 1:30
**SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL**
606 CLUB BIG BAND SMALL GROUP
Sun 20th - LIANE CARROLL
MON 21ST - JEAN TOUSSAINT
TUES 22ND - PETE SABERTON FEATURING MARK LOCKHEART
WEDS 23RD - BENET MCLEAN BAND
THURS 24TH - SIMON MULLIGAN
FRI 25TH DAVE LEWISâS â1 UPâ
SAT 26TH - TONY KOFI
SUN 27TH **SUNDAY LUNCHTIME SPECIAL ** 606 CLUB BIG BAND FEATURING LAURENCE COTTLE-BASS; IAN THOMAS-DRUMS
SUN 27TH - IMAANI
MON 28TH - DAVIDE GIOVANNINI'S MINAS PROJECT
TUE 29TH - MICHELE DREES'
WED 30TH - GEOFF SIMKINS & ALEX HUTTON

The 606 Club, 90 Lots Road, London, SW10 0QD. 020 7352 5953

SNOWBOY

Please feel free to contact me with any Jazz news/event info that you feel would benefit others at snowboy@bluesandsoul.com Thank you.

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