Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival Line Up

Jimmy Cliff

We open on the Somerton District of St. James, Jamaica. With only one midwife tending to the entire village, a mother gives birth to a child, wraps him in a sheet, and takes him to shelter at a neighbor’s home as the hurricane blows… Read more

Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge are undisputedly one of the most iconic female groups of all time. As the pages of the Chicago Tribune have asserted, Sister Sledge “has the stuff legends are made of.” Sisters, Debbie and Kim (sister Kathy stepped away from the ensemble in… Read more

Candi Staton

Four-time Grammy® Award nominated singer Candi Staton has sweetly strutted between musical genres such as gospel, southern soul and Americana over the course of her celebrated career. However, danceable music has always been her main groove as she celebrates the 40th and 30th anniversaries… Read more

Roy Ayers

Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California on September 10, 1940. Music has always been in his genes. His mother, Ruby, was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father, Roy Sr., was a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. As it… Read more

David Rodigan

For over 35 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance-halls. The key to his success has been an unsinkable passion for reggae music, which first took a hold of him as a schoolboy when he… Read more

Lucky Chops

Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in NYC in 2006. The intensity of the band’s energy is fueled by their desire to share the healing and inspirational power of music with others. Lucky Chops maintains a busy… Read more

Jungle Brothers

The Jungle Brothers are an American hip hop group, and founding members of the Native Tongues collective. The Jungle Brothers pioneered the fusion of jazz and hip-hop and also became the first hip-hop group to use a house-music producer. The group began performing in… Read more

Fred Wesley & The New JBs

Fred Wesley is the trombonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and author known worldwide as one of the architects of funk music. Fred’s work with the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown in the 1970s established him as the world’s funkiest trombonist. He is also famed… Read more

Craig Charles

Asked by The Independent to define himself in six words, Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul stalwart and curator Craig Charles said “Late to bed, early to rise”. One look at his vast and wide-ranging CV and you’d agree that has to be true. The… Read more

Osaka Monaurail

After two decades, the wheels are very much still turning on the Funk orchestra that Japan has to offer. Merged from a university combo to one of the worlds leading group in the genre. The eight musicians on stage in sharp uniforms inspired by… Read more

A Skillz & Krafty Kuts

Krafty Kuts Renowned and respected worldwide for his highly technical turntablism, meticulously crafted DJ sets and party-punching productions, Krafty Kuts is in a league of his own. One of the key pioneers in the UK Breakbeat and bass movement scene, Krafty Kuts has multiple… Read more

Greg Wilson

It’s the best part of a decade since the last Credit To The Edit album was released back in 2009, so it was unexpected when Tirk contacted me to ask if I was up for compiling a third volume. Though the name has been… Read more

Ezra Collective

Ezra Collective are taking Jazz to a new place . Respect and influence from the greats before them, but with an undoubtable and undeniable grit – JME is on board with his signature copy of their first EP and front row at their 2… Read more

Tanika Charles

In a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, a staple of the Canadian soul scene. Both on stage and off, Edmonton-raised Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and… Read more

Lack of Afro (Live)

Hot off the release of his critically acclaimed fifth studio record, ‘Hello Baby’, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Adam Gibbons (aka Lack of Afro) is back behind the mixing desk crafting his next album. Slated for release in early 2018, this record will mark an… Read more

STEVE DAVIS’S SOUL SESSION

Steve Davis was the most successful professional Snooker Player of the 1980’s, winning a total of 28 major ranking events including 6 World Championships. In recent years his involvement in snooker has been limited mainly to TV punditry, which has given him far more… Read more

Laura Misch

Saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch’s one-woman show fuses jazz and progressive electronic genres by exploring the space between analogue and electronically-manipulated sound. She debuted her solo set in Autumn 2016 at the Camden Assembly alongside jazz and soul luminaries Soweto Kinch, Andrew Ashong,… Read more

Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey sings with the directness and emotional clarity of classic soul. Having written in her bedroom for her whole life, she began to play acoustic shows in 2014. As her reputation grew locally in Nottingham, she came to meet the diverse group of… Read more

Jalen N’Gonda

Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen N’Gonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. It was at the age of 11 he began getting into music, inspired by his father’s collection of jazz, hip-hop, soul and… Read more

Layfullstop

Layfullstop is a female hip hop / soul artist from Manchester, by way of Birmingham. Now seen as one of Manchester’s very own, Lay has been performing on stages alongside well established collectives ‘Cul Dè Sac’ and ‘Roots Raddix’, and has managed to build a… Read more

Noya Rao

Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November. Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originally conceived as a solo production project with a separate… Read more

The Allergies

Since forming in 2012 The Allergies have made a name for themselves with their take on sample-led beats and breaks. Over the course of two funk-fuelled albums on Jalapeno Records the dynamic duo of DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat have stacked up accolades and topped charts… Read more

Tropical Soundclash

Tropical Soundclash is the coming together of DJ / producer Sam Redmore and percussionist The Mighty Magoo. Long-time stalwarts of the Birmingham music scene, Sam has for the best part of a decade rocked numerous dancefloors in the city as both Leftfoot resident and… Read more

Space Ghetto

Space Ghetto formed in 2017 when long-time friends and collaborators Mehdi Langroodi, Josh Barber and Tom Maine needed an outlet for their shared love of funk music and legends such as The JBs, Parliament Funkadelic and J Dilla. Alongside Mehdi on drums, Josh on… Read more

Jukes of Hazard

Birmingham based DJ duo, also known as Will Power & Jit Coulter-Patel, are behind and are resident DJs for some most prominent parties in the city including Magic Door & TRMNL. Their diverse musical backgrounds and tastes means they can often be found flicking… Read more

Ash Walker Experience

Ash Walker, London born and bred, is a multifaceted musician, currently signed, as an innovative producer and songwriter for the well establish imprint, Deep Heads. Describing his current sound as trip-hop with an abstract twist, Ash incorporates an intoxicatingly heavy dub reggae bottom end with samples… Read more

The Brass Funkeys

Spirited Second Line Revelry, Galloping Gypsy Czárdas, Soulful Jazz Funeral Marches, Pumping Brass Driven Funk! The Brass Funkeys are an 8-piece London-based Brass Band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they have played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Wilderness… Read more

DJ GZ

Jessie Gayle, also known as DJ G-Z, is a freelance music teacher and freelance DJ who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with the wider community. Some of his recent DJ Works includes: The Birmingham Weekender, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Your Lives Matter Youth… Read more

Skeltr

Skeltr’s Spiritual Punk Funk comes at the audience with sumptuous, technically prolific saxophone solos alongside mysterious samples, synths and loopers for a heart-wrenching and thoughtful cascade of modern and technical soulful funk. Having recently warmed up for KNOWER at the London Jazz Fest ’17… Read more

Chris Bowden’s Unlikely Being

Formed in late 2017 Unlikely Being is the uber-exciting group led by saxophonist/composer/arranger Chris Bowden.  This standout quartet features Jim Watson on piano and keys, Chris Dodd on bass and Neil Bullock on drums. Bowden takes the listener on innovative roller-coaster of a ride… Read more

Fervour

Fervour is a band led by esteemed trumpeter Sean Gibbs (known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Young Pilgrims, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and many more), featuring some of the UK’s most exciting musicians. They play original music… Read more

Kezia

Born In Moseley Birmingham, Kezia is a truly homegrown talent: a neo Soul jazz funk singer songwriter, highly influenced by artists such as Jill Scott, Mary Wells and Billy Holiday to name a few. Growing up in Moseley, Kezia has been exposed to a… Read more

Madi Saskia

“A Fresh Touch of Class” Madi Saskia is a “young person with an old soul”. Through her music she inspires and influences those around her through her imaginative material. She is one woman who pioneers modern soul, taking her music to venues around the… Read more

Poolside Strut DJs

It’s Miami, 1984. The sun is out, the beat is pumping, the bass drives your shoulder forward as you strut around the pool.  Sunsets and glitter; Lamborghinis and speedboats; sequins and roller-skates.  And the music, always the music.  Let’s go Disco We are Poolside… Read more

Neil Rushton (Soulvation)

Neil Rushton returns to Mostly Soul And Jazz two years after hosting the Soulvation Soul Shack parties  at the event. He will be spinning Classic Soul & Jazz Funk at Sunday’s Night Owl sessions. Neil’s DJ career began “way back” at Northern Soul venues… Read more

Love Is The Message

If classic disco is your thing then look no further than Love Is The Message. Inspired by the legend of 1970’s New York nightclubs such as The Loft and Paradise Garage, join Sam Redmore as he delves into music by disco greats such as… Read more

Meditations DJs

Meditations is a Birmingham clubnight focused on the sounds of the summer and the spirit of Balearic beat…Think new age, blissed out boogie, spaced out dub, summertime soul, afro and any sounds that transport you to warmer climes, all crafted together by Leftfoot’s Matt… Read more

DJ GILLA (FIRST WORD RECORDS)

DJ Gilla is the founder / A&R for First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Souleance and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city… Read more

DJ Cheesedip

For over 30 years our very own Moseley-ite DJ Cheese Dip has been a stalwart fixture when it comes to all things deep Funk, Soul & Disco.    He is the man behind Birmingham’s legendary Funk club Sweat, which has just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary, to a sell… Read more

The Peaceful Ones

The Peaceful Ones played his first records out sometime in the back end of the 1980’s at the West Indian community centre on the perimeter of Queens park in Bolton. As a kid he started collecting records at the age of 12 and a… Read more

Paul Sid (The Escapades)

DJ Paul Sid has been collecting records for over 25 years and started DJing back in 1995. He is a classic party DJ behind the turntables with the ability to take inspiration and embrace musical genres such as Funk, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and cleverly blend, mash… Read more

The Night Owl Takeover

Ed Edwards has been spinning on the mod and alternative music scene in Brum since ’83 and regularly DJ’s at the Barefootin’ night at The Night Owl, playing the best in 1960s soul, r&b, mod, instrumental and more. Mazzy Snape is resident DJ and… Read more

Namiwa Jazz

Hailing from the West Midlands, Namiwa Jazz is a 23-year-old  singer-songwriter who speaks her truth, with a fearless lyrical approach to subjects that mean a lot to her. Whether singing with just a guitar accompaniment or her full band, her unique singing style is… Read more

Samantha Wright Ensemble

The Double Clarinet Quintet aims to explore the art of the modern jazz quintet while still rooted deeply in the traditions of the jazz clarinet predecessors. Inspired by the mastery of Eddie Daniels, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Giuffre and Eric Dolphy, the quintet combines the… Read more

Tom Mason

Local lad Tom Mason plays funk, soul, reggae, disco, house and old school hip hop all over Birmingham, whether it’s a whisky festival or a fried chicken shop if they’ve got 2 turntables and a mixer he’ll give it a shot at rocking the… Read more

The Volko Trio

The Volko Trio is a unique family Jazz band composed of Hector (age 12) on the Vibraphone, his sister Calypso (age 9) on the Drums and their father, DJ French Kriss aka MULTIFUNKSHUN on Keyboard and Synth Bass. Together they play an exhilarating mix… Read more

Delano Mills: NotStrictlyJazz

Delano & his band specialise in delivering a diverse mix of jazz funk from the masters of the genre. Their set includes the infectious classic vibes of the late 70’s and early 80’s right up to the sophisticated modern day fusion that itself draws… Read more

Jazzlines Ensemble

The Jazzlines Ensembles provide young musicians from Birmingham and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing skills and learn more about jazz and improvisation through regular workshops and masterclass sessions. The sessions are open to young musicians of all abilities,… Read more

AFTERPARTY: David Rodigan & Leftfoot

Official Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Afterparty on Friday 6th July at Hare & Hounds Kings Heath, Birmingham! We are delighted to be hosting this official afterparty with our good friends over at Leftfoot. This will be the place to be one the festivities… Read more

AFTERPARTY: Craig Charles & Tropical Soundclash

The Craig Charles Funk and Soul show will return to the Hare & Hounds Kings Heath for Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul’s afterparty on Saturday 7th July. Asked by The Independent to define himself in six words, Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul stalwart and… Read more