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Snowboy @bluesandsoul.com Southport Weekender 46 The Goodfoot@Madame Jojo's Vintage at Goodwood 13-15th of August

ON TODAYS MENU.... SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER 46, SHARON JONES, THE GOOD FOOT, VINTAGE AT GOODWOOD, SNOWBOY GIGS, PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARDS + JUNE JAZZ FESTIVALS....

SOUTHPORT 46

I̢۪ve just got back from the incredible Southport Dance weekender. If you don̢۪t know what that is, it̢۪s the biggest DJ led Black music Dance event in the world. It features an unmatchable line-up of 70 international DJ̢۪s covering all cutting edge music from Soul to House to Broken Beats to Jazz to R&B. 7,500 people traveling from around the world can̢۪t be wrong! I̢۪ve deejayed there since 1992 myself and am always impressed with the continual high-standard.

I couldn’t be everywhere at once, but personal highlights were the DJ sets from Terry Jones and Andy Davies, the always-consistent Kevin Beadle, Kerri Chandler, Shuya Okino of The Kyoto Jazz Massive and The Ladybugz. The Ladybugz are, of course, associated with ‘Bugz In The Attic’ and the three ladies made a very classy Southport debut with their selection of upfront Broken, Boogie and West London House. Phil Asher’s Saturday afternoon ‘Restless Soul’ session was very fulfilling. Brilliant tunes and great pa’s. I was very disappointed to have missed Joey Negro’s set (always a winner). Live-wise ‘Jazztronik’ from Japan were incredible. Classy musicianship and hard-hitting Jazz Fusion were the order of the day. Saturday night I caught ‘Christian Pommers Drum Lesson’, and again, a brilliant set of quirky Jazz versions of club classics. I was very happy with my DJ sets and found it strange that amongst all the up-front newies (such as Mark De Clive Lowes forthcoming single ‘Tonight’s The Night’ with Jody Watley) my biggest track, of all things, was ‘Central Park’ by Chick Corea!. Classic Jazz Fusion. Odd. Now I have to damn well wait another year to do it all over again.

SHARON JONES

Earlier this month I was fortunate to have deejayed support for ‘Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’ at Koko, London. What a show. 1,500 people crammed into that beautiful venue and were not disappointed. The most incredible news of the night was that their new album shot straight into the national Billboard charts at Number 15! They’ve just made a great, honest, non-commercial Soul album on their own little label out of Brooklyn with no interference from A&R men, executives or pluggers and it’s done THAT! It just goes to show that you DON’T need to be on a major to achieve mega-success!

THE GOOD FOOT

Staying with the deejaying. I’m INCREDIBLY excited about my new residency every Friday night at Madame Jo Jo’s, Brewer Street, Soho, London. It’s an honour to get into one of London’s most famous venues – and on a peak night too! The night is called ‘The Good Foot’ and the music policy is floor-shaking 60’s and 70’s Deep Funk, Soul, Rare Groove, Boogaloo, Mambo and R&B. My DJ partner is the famous ‘Healer Selecta’ – of ‘Raison D’Etre’ fame. He’s known for his huge record collection and diverse taste, so it should be a lot of fun! It starts on June the 4th. More details www.madamejojos.com

VINTAGE AT GOODWOOD

It’s only 12 weeks to go until one of the countries most barrier-breaking festivals takes place – ‘Vintage At Goodwood’. As I’ve mentioned before: It’s a celebration of British Music, Fashion, Art, Culture and Lifestyle from the 40’s to the 80’s. It’ll have the worlds largest record fair and vintage fair too! There is a lot of black music interest for you. One of the evenings headliners is Earth, Wind & Fire, the Warehouse area hosts the most important DJ line-up in our clubbing history from Jazz Funk to Rave, there’s a Jamaica day – and I cannot wait to see Jah Thomas; one of my old idols, and many, many more. Myself? I’m curating the 40’s area called ‘The Torch’ and have a very heavy duty line-up of Swing and Rhythm & Blues orchestras, Jazz Dancers and Tap lessons from one of the worlds greatest Tap dancers – Tobias Taak. From a non-Black music perspective, I also have Burlesque, Comedians, Show girls and afternoon tea dances. I’m incredibly excited about this enormous event. They’re expecting 25,000 people a day! Check the web-site vintageatgoodwood.com to get the full picture.

SNOWBOY GIGS

Well the month started with a couple of concerts at The Pizza Express with my band and we̢۪re at The Hideaway in Streatham on May the 21st and Greenwich Jazz Festival on the 27th. There̢۪s lots of exposure for my boys coming up over the following months, to keep bang up to date check out myspace.com/snowboyandthelatinsection

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NEWS

THE PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARD NOMINATIONS 2010

The 6th Parliamentary Jazz Award nominations have been announced - Paul Gambaccini will be returning to host the ceremony, which is organised by APPJAG (All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group).

There are nine categories including Jazz Education Award, Jazz CD of the Year, Jazz Journalist of the Year, Jazz Ensemble of the Year, Jazz Musician of the Year, Jazz Venue of the Year, Jazz Broadcaster of the Year, Services to Jazz Award and the Jazz Publication of the Year.

The awards which will take place at the House of Commons, Terrace Pavilion on 19th May.

THE NOMINEES ARE:

JAZZ JOURNALIST

Daniel Spicer
John Fordham
Mike Flynn

JAZZ CD

Janette Mason ‘Alien Left Hand’
Liam Noble Trio ‘Brubeck’
The Gareth Lockrane Septet ‘No Messin’’

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Nigel Price Organ Trio
Phronesis
The Printmakers featuring Nikki Iles & Norma Winstone
trioVD

JAZZ MUSICIAN

Gwilym Simcock
Mark Lockheart
Sebastian Rochford

JAZZ VENUE

Café Oto (London)
Jazz Bar (Edinburgh)
Old Fruit Market (Glasgow)
Spice of Life (London)
Vortex (London)
Wakefield Jazz (Yorkshire)

JAZZ BROADCASTER

Alyn Shipton
Helen Mayhew
Jez Nelson

JAZZ PUBLICATION

Jazz UK
Jazzwise
www.LondonJazz.blogspot.com

SERVICES TO JAZZ

Brian Blain
Tommy Smith
Tony Dudley Evans

JAZZ EDUCATOR

Gary Crosby
Kathy Dyson
Nick Smart

FESTIVAL'S IN JUNE

Here is a list of few of U.K festivals worth checking out over the Month of June...

Jazz Plus on the Embankment - Wednesday, June 02, 2010 alternativearts.co.uk/events

Spitalfields Festival - Friday, June 11, 2010
spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk

Aldeburgh Jazz Festival (Suffolk) - Friday, June 11, 2010 (4 days)
aldeburgh.co.uk

Lynton & Lynmouth Music Festival (Devon) - Friday, June 11, 2010 (3 days)
aldeburgh.co.uk

Thaxted Festival (Essex) - Friday, June 18, 2010 (4 weekends)
www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

Glasgow International Jazz Festival - Friday, June 18, 2010 (10 days)
www.jazzfest.co.uk

Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark) - Thursday, June 24 (4 days)
riverboat.dk

Lichfield Jazz & Blues Festival (Staffordshire) - Thurs, June 24 (4 days)
riverboat.dk

Oliver Cromwell International Jazz Festival (Worcs) - Fri, June 25, (3 days)
www.uptonjazz.co.uk

Exeter Summer Festival - Friday, June 25, 2010
www.exeter.gov.uk

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Till next time
Snowboy

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Please feel free to contact me any jazz news that you feel would benefit others snowboy@bluesandsoul.com Thank you.

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