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Snowboy's Jazz and Funk Column

Snowboy Jazz and Funk Column
Snowboy Jazz and Funk Column Marc de Clive-Lowe: Take the Space Trane Menagerie: They Shall Inherit (Tru Thoughts) The James Hunter Six: Minute By Minute (Concord) The South London Soul Train Hideaway The Good Foot at Madame JOJO's Riviera Swing - 1030's and 1940's Vintage entertainment Southport Jazz Festival Kairos 4tet play Southport Jazz Weekender -  May 10th-12th 2013 Liverpool International Jazz Festival Courtney Pine centre stage at the Liverpool International Jazz Festival - Feb 28th till March 3rd Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2013 Joolsfest: Jools Holland's Festival of Boogie Woogie and the Blues

Well information is coming in nicely, already, of forthcoming Jazz festivals. It's great to report.

Oddly enough, there's nothing really to report, musically, as I've already been pushing Mark De Clive Lowe's dynamic new release on Tru Thoughts Take The Space Trane; a dynamic mix of Broken Beats, Jazz Fusion and Contemporary Big Band all played live in concert with the Rotterdam Big Band. Also, this month on Tru Thoughts is by the Bamboos band-leader and producer, Lance Ferguson, from Melbourne, under the name Menagerie called They Shall Inherit. This is his new spiritual Funky Jazz project that harkens back to the great 70's labels such as Black Jazz and Strata East and sounds completely authentic. This album guest stars Jazz Funk superstar Roy Ayers and Melbourne-based Funk singer Fallon Williams and is without doubt Lance's greatest achievement so far. Coming out at the end of this month, too, is the essential new release by early Soul/R&B man, James Hunter. It's called Minute By Minute and is by far the best album he's ever made (and that's quite some statement considering ever CD he makes is as good as it gets). It's produced by Gabe Roth of the Daptone record label (and band-leader of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings). The sound is so huge and dense and completely authentic of that early-60's period. So there are three CD's here that will, without a doubt, end up in my years Top 10.

Things have got off to a good start, with some nice things in the diary. I have some album projects with the incredible Japanese Jazz pianist, Makoto Kuriya and, as I've mentioned, Lisa Stansfield is back out in concert again with an album to follow and so I'll be looking forward to playing percussion with her. Also, I've just been commissioned by Essex County Council to write a History Of Jazz In Essex for an exhibition. I start on that any time now. My band has just had a fantastic concert at the Hideaway Streatham. It was a sold-out event again with 350 in. I love that place. The Owner, Fran, has achieved something world-class with that beautiful venue. There are great things happening at The Bussey Building arts centre in Peckham. The South London Soul Train is the first Saturday of the month and I was lucky enough to DJ at it this month. I arrived (late) to DJ after playing with my band at the magnificent Hideaway, Streatham. I was told that within 45 minutes of the doors opening the club was full, with 800 in. The queue went all the way down the road. It was a two floor event and I was deejaying in the second room (which held about 300 I would say). The crowd were mainly of student age and there were some great dancers too that I recognised from my Good Foot at Madame Jo Jo's. This leads me to believe that it could be a new South London home for rough-neck dancers. Eddie and I just played Funk and Soul from the 60's to Washington Go-Go and P-Funk. It was brilliant to play out Sardines by Junkyard, Jungle Music by General Caine, Flashlight by Parliament ..... over a very loud soundsystem. From April I start there as a resident DJ the first Saturday of the month and can see this working incredibly well with The Good Foot, building a very wide community of a potentially new young crowd.


From February the 15th to the 18th at The Victoria Hotel in beautiful Torquay is the 30's and 40's weekender, Riviera Swing. Headlining on the Sunday will be exclusive sets by none other than The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Saturday sees the return of The Little Devils – an orchestra specialising in the early music of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. The orchestra is led by the UK's finest exponany of vintage drum styles, Richard Pite and featuring Louis Armstrong's life-long friend, Enrico Tomasso on Trumpet. On Friday is the beautiful Lola Lamour and her Blue Light Boys. Lola, of course, needs no introduction to the 40's world. She is by far the most popular performer in that scene the weekender also features the DJ's The Swinging Detective, Okay For Sound and Rob Be-Bop, dance classes with Mark and Hoc Ewing, full-on cinema courtesy of The White Bus and lunchtime singalongs with Kate Garner (the daughter of Chas 'Chas 'n' Dave' Hodges. There are also afternoon tea dances in a beautiful ballroom with a glass-domed ceiling above it. We also feature a huge Vintage fair on Saturday daytime, which is also open to the public.

The hotel itself only has a few rooms left, but there are plenty of weekend and evening passes available. Book now -


The Atkinson, Southport’s state-of-the-art new venue has announced it will be home to the 13th annual Southport Jazz Festival, which will run from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May 2013.

The festival has firmly established itself as one of the regions premiere music events and will feature a whole host of internationally acclaimed artists from the world of Jazz. The line-up includes James Morton’s Pork Chop, James Morrison with the Swingshift Big Band, MOBO Award winners Kairos 4Tet, Joe Stilgoe Trio and up and coming talent including Go Go Penguin.

Southport Jazz Festival is to be one of the first events to be hosted at the brand new Atkinson venue, a cultural jewel in the crown of the seaside resort. It is a long-awaited £17 million development of the old Southport Arts Centre, Atkinson Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens Museum and the Central Library and is due to open early May 2013.

The full programme of events will see performances from the world of Jazz playing throughout the day and night at The Atkinson, it all kicks off on the Friday with Sheffield-born vocalist from the Nicola Farnon Quartet, who the legendary late Humphrey Lyttleton described as “A class act who should be on every jazz festival in the land...a sure fire hit!” The Al Wood Nine take over early evening with selection of bebop and swing from the multi-talented group and will perform some special arrangements as well as their classic set. Friday evening will also feature charismatic altoist James Morton leading his band Porkchop through a collection of funk, soul jazz and gospel sound.

Go-Go Penguin makes their return to the SJF to start Saturday’s proceedings, following their huge success at last year’s festival. They are one of the most exciting contemporary instrumental groups working today. Saturday will also feature The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band, an all-star group comprising of Alan Bateman (trumpet/vocals), Ian Bateman (trombone), Trevor Whiting (clarinet), Craig Milverton (piano), John Day (Bass), Steve Rushton (Drums) and Maggie Reeday (vocals). Their special guests for the Festival are Enrico Tommasso and Spats Langham. Also part of Saturday’s big line-up is Gabby Young and Other Animals. The 7-piece band, are the ringmasters of Circus Swing, a musical genre that fuses Swing Jazz, Eastern European beats and English Folk created with horn, wind and percussion instruments. Closing Saturday is Sector 7, made up of seven talented musicians, amongst them, award-winning vocalist Sarah Ellen Hughes. Having only being on the jazz scene for two years they have already taken the musical world by storm, recording and releasing their EP, gaining critical acclaim, and being invited to perform at prestigious events and festivals across Europe.

Sunday starts in great style, music and film lovers of all ages will enjoy Terry Seabrook’s band Milestones performing a new film score at this year’s festival. Inspired by the Miles Davis soundtrack Lift to the Scaffold, Seabrook has written his own full-length jazz soundtrack, for Buster Keaton’s 1924 film Sherlock Jr. Milestones will perform live as the film is screened. Making their first appearance at the Southport Jazz Festival are the award-winning Kairos 4Tet, a band born out of a desire to explore times past, present and future via music. Winners of 2011’s MOBO award for Best Jazz Act, they make a welcome addition to Sunday’s line-up. The chart topping sensation the Joe Stilgoe Trio take the festival into Sunday evening, as one of the world’s finest singer-pianists Stilgoe released his critically acclaimed second album We Look to The Stars last year. Closing the festival is Australian musical virtuoso James Morrison, besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophone and piano. Morrison has performed gigs in the world’s most famous jazz clubs, been commanded by royalty and political leaders, and has been awarded The Order of Australia for his services to the arts. James will perform with the Swingshift Big Band for the festival finale.


Friday 10 May

2.30pm - The Nicola Farnon Quartet
7pm - The Al Wood Nine
10pm - James Morton’s Porkchop[b]

Saturday 11 May

11am - Go Go Penguin
2.30pm - The Bateman Bothers Jazz Band
7pm - Gabby Young and the Other Animals
10pm - Sector 7

Sunday 12 May

11am - Milestones Play to the Silent Screen
2.30pm - Kairos 4tet
5pm - Joe Stilgoe Trio
8pm - James Morrison with Swingshift Big Bang

Tickets are now on sale - 01704 533 333 or online at


The first ever Liverpool International Jazz Festival takes place between Thursday 28th February and Sunday 3rd March at The Capstone Theatre. In the short time since opening in 2010, The Capstone Theatre has established itself as one of the city’s leading alternative venues presenting cutting edge jazz and world music. The Festival will showcase original and innovative instrumental sounds from an array of high profile international artists including Roller Trio, Led Bib, Kit Downes Quintet, Robert Mitchell and Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate. The Festival will culminate in a final concert on Sunday 3rd March by jazz legend Courtney Pine, who returns to The Capstone with his phenomenal House of Legends tour. The jazz maestro launched The Capstone’s jazz programme back in 2010 with a sell-out performance and this concert promises to be something very special.

There will also be a series of free performances by Liverpool jazz scene musicians, such as the Blind Monk Trio, Martin Smith’s Weave, White Canvas, Perri and Neil Quartet and GORP


Held over three days, July 5th - 7th, and showcasing some of the UK’s hottest jazz and blues acts in the most stunning, magnificent and serene of surroundings, the festival returns for a 7th consecutive year.

With performances both inside the stately Elizabethan Hall and outside in the Halls beautiful grounds, the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues festival presents a varied line up of funk, traditional jazz, hard blues, dreamy vocals and everything in between.

The main stage on the lawn hosts the festival’s main stage. With rolling fields behind and pristine woodland to the side, you couldn’t ask for a more stunning and relaxing setting for some of the UK’s top Jazz and Blues artists to perform. Inside the Hall, intimate acoustic performances mix with original Elizabethan carvings and French Impressionist art to create an inimitable festival experience. Local food and drink feature heavily at the festival. At the tea tent and food lawn, festival goers can indulge in home-baked treats, barbecued local meats, freshly prepared curries, and salads grown in the neighbouring walled garden. In the beer tent award winning Wold Top beer is on tap, brewed just five miles away from the festival site.

A family campsite in the field adjacent to the Hall offers welcome hot showers and panoramic views of the Yorkshire Wolds for those wishing to pitch a tent for a night or the whole weekend.

The full line-up is yet to be announced, but headlining are Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen and Simon McBride

Tickets are on sale now Burton Agnes tickets or 01262 490 324 ...prices are discounted until May 31st.


19th February – 2nd March 2013

Boisdale’s patron of music Jools Holland curates Joolsfest, a two week long celebration of the music that he loves, featuring the biggest names in Boogie Woogie and The Blues.

Jools will be the headline performer at the spectacular opening night on 19th February, where there will be two grand pianos on stage and the best boogie-woogie specialists in the world battling it out in a cutting contest. Jools's guests on the night include jazz legend Neville Dickie, famous for his 1969 hit Robin’s Return and the gold album Back To Boogie plus Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters, the stars of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts’ other band, the ABC and D of Boogie-Woogie. Also performing on the night will be the brilliant pianist and singer Jordan Marsh. The stellar line-up of piano talent will be accompanied by the rhythm section from Jools's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra featuring ex-Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, bassist Dave Swift and guitarist Mark Flanagan. With so much raw energy and intense piano skill on stage, this is without doubt a unique spectacle not to be missed. Please do join us for this special programme of great music (full listings can be found below).

The festival continues until the 2nd of March and highlights include Alex Zwingenberger's solo show (the boogie-woogie, rock 'n' roll, and R'n'B hero Jamie Rowan with his Boogielightnin’ show, (Feb 21st) a tribute to Chess Records featuring the legendary blues label’s greatest hits (22 Feb) and on March 1st blues legend and Radio 2 presenter Paul Jones with Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen. We will also be presenting the internationally renowned bands Red Stripe (23 Feb) and Blue Harlem (2 March).

Boisdale Of Canary Wharf, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT


My weekly residency at Madame Jo Jo's 'The Good Foot' seems to be going from strength to strength. It's every Friday night from 10 til 3am. We play 60's & 70's R&B, Funk, Soul, Boogaloo and Rare Groove with the very best vintage DJ's guesting. Recent guests included Jay Strongman and Martin Freeman (of The Hobbit/Office fame).

Feb 1st – GU TJHAR
Feb 8th - SI CHEEBA
Feb 22nd – JO WALLACE



Feb 2nd - 3rd - Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes
Feb 4th - 7th - Ruby Turner
Feb 8th - 9th - 'Dizzy Gillespie' Afro Cuban Experience Feat. Machito Jnr
Feb 11th - Trinity Laban Jazz
Feb 12th - 13th - Cedar Walton
Feb 14th - Valentines Day Special With Tina May
Feb 15th - Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Feb 16th - Brandon Allen All-Star Sextet feat’ MARK Nightingale & Nigel Hitchcock
Feb 17th - The Marc Johnson Trio feat. Elaine Elais
Feb 18th - 23rd - Billy Cobham Band
Feb 25th - 26th - Soweto Kinch
Feb 27th - Mar 2nd - Arturo Sandoval

47 Frith St, London, W1D 4HT ~ 020 7439 0747


Friday 1st - The Sugar Kings
Saturday 2nd - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble
Sunday 3rd - Tammy Weis
Monday 4th - Helder Pack's Diplomataz
Tuesday 5th - Emma Smith + guest Jim Mullen / Asaf Sirkis Trio
Wednesday 6th - Dave Curtis / Nat Steele
Thursday 7th - Sarah Gillespie featuring Kit Downes
Friday 8th - Paul Carmichael Band
Saturday 9th - Peter King & Mornington Lockett
Sunday 10th (lunch) - 606 Gospel Group
Sunday 10th (eve) - Connie Lush
Monday 11th - phd
Tuesday 12th - Gareth Williams / Jazz from the Academy feat. Ralph wyld
Wednesday 13th - Zoe Francis feat. Jim Mullen / Trio feat. John Critchinson, Dave Cliff, Alec Dankworth
Thursday 14th - Hayley Sanderson
Friday 15th - Wayne Hernandez
Saturday 16th - Bobby Wellins
Sunday 17th (lunch) - Gareth Lockrane Big Band
Sunday 17th (eve) - Sarah Moule
Monday 18th - Davide Giovannini's Minas Project
Tuesday 19th - Emilia Martensson / Tori Freestone
Wednesday 20th - RHF Band feat. Jason Rebello
Thursday 21st - Latin Underground
Friday 22nd - Samara feat. Liliana Chachian
Saturday 23rd Alex Garnett’s Jazz Ambassadors
Sunday 24th (lunch) - Irene Serra
Sunday 24th (eve) - Louise Clare Marshall
Monday 25th - Tommy Blaize Band
Tuesday 26th - Dan Reinstein / Dill Katz
Wednesday 27th - Eddie Parker / Kit Downes
Thursday 28th - Alan Barnes

90 Lots Road, London, SW10 0QD ~ 020 7352 5953


Friday February 1st - Soul Street
Saturday February 2nd - Snowboy & The Latin Section
Friday February 8th - Soothsayers
Saturday February 9th - Soothsayers
Sunday February 10th (lunchtime) - Vince Dunn Orchestra
Thursday February 14th - Jazzbomb
Friday February 15th - Hideaway’s 3rd Birthday
Saturday February 16th - Hideaway’s 3rd Birthday
Sunday 17th February - Paul Lamb & the King Snakes
Thursday 21st February - Voice
Friday 22nd February - Mary Pearce
Saturday 23rd February - David McAlmont
Sunday 24th February - Sunday Lunch: King Candy & the Sugar Push
WEEKLY MONDAY NIGHT - Jam Session and Jazz Workshop (In the Back Room)
WEEKLY MONDAY NIGHT - Cuban Hideaway feat. DJ Rich (In the Main Room)

2 Empire Mews, Streatham, London, SW16 2ED ~ 020 8835 7070


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