Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival Line Up

Mostly Jazz - Chaka Khan

CHAKA KHAN

Chaka Khan is a true Renaissance Woman. A singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother, Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so. From the moment she burst onto… Read more

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SOUL II SOUL

“We’re from the days when a number 14 bus and a supermarket trolley got us around.” Jazzie B remembers the lengths he and a school friend used to go to play dances with their first sound system when they were just 13 years old.… Read more

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ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

Sea of Noise, the second full-length album by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band. Produced by Paul Butler and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium, the group’s sophomore effort features an… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Sugarhill Gang

THE SUGARHILL GANG FEAT. MELLE MEL & SCORPIO

When you mention LEGENDS in the music industry, you have to mention “The Sugarhill Gang”. HIP HOPS first superstars and pioneers. The Sugarhill Gang made history in 1979 with their debut 12” Rap Single “Rappers Delight”. Their song “Rappers Delight” was the first commercial… Read more

Mostly Jazz - The Pharcyde

THE PHARCYDE

In the early 90’s, when gangsta’ rap consumed the airwaves, and the majority of West Coast rappers strapped on their Locs, Chuck Taylor’s & Ben Davis’, The Pharcyde decidedly maintained a willfully weird vision. Opting to stay true to themselves with their left field… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Craig Charles

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

Mostly Jazz - Crazy P

CRAZY P (LIVE)

Seven albums, a career spanning 20 years and yet Crazy P remain stronger and more relevant than ever. Funny how the tides of time turn, and how the sounds of a typically British type of house and disco are now more du jour then… Read more

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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS

“I feel that every human being’s purpose is to do what their inner voice says to do,” says Lee Fields. “And my inner voice, my driving force, wants me to put out music and keeping making better records.” Apologies to the late, great James… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Don Letts

DON LETTS

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Omar

OMAR

The musical history of British soul pioneer Omar is renowned – the Lyefook family has musical talent embedded deep in their DNA, Omars’ father Byron worked as a studio musician and drummer with Bob Marley, Horace Andy and even The Rolling Stones. Omars’ younger… Read more

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THE COMET IS COMING

The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse. In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will Chart the new frontier? In a warehouse somewhere in london 2013 a meeting would take place… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Harleighblu

HARLEIGHBLU

Combining a classic yet truly distinctive soul voice with a love of bass and eclectic future beats, each new release from Harleighblu is a revelation. Signed to Tru Thoughts – a match made in musical heaven – Harleighblu has been likened to Erykah Badu… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Marta

MARTA REN & THE GROOVELETS

After three years of waiting since her seminal Sister funk hit single “2 Kinds Of Men”, Record Kicks finally presents “Stop Look Listen” the debut album from the new Oporto soul diva Marta Ren & The Groovelvets hit the streets in February 2016. Anticipated… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Stuff

STUFF.

STUFF. is a 5 piece live band that brings a crossgenre groove, from broken hiphop to more electronic and jazz influenced future funk. As one of the first European live bands they were invited for a Boiler Room session last summer, Brussels leading venue… Read more

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TOO MANY T’S

Too Many T’s – The South London based rappers have crafted a faithful following with their golden-era hip hop formula; positive vibes, trademark rapid back to back flows and turbo-charged live performances. The T’s have been championed by the likes of Radio X’s John Kennedy, and BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Retrospective for Love

RETROSPECTIVE FOR LOVE

Retrospective For Love are a seven-piece band weaving together undeniable, infectious melodies stretching across the stratosphere of hip-hop, soul, and jazz styles, whilst adding a little 21st century electronic mastery into the mix. Bringing a laid back, comfortable cool to the stage, live performances… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Resolution 88

RESOLUTION 88

    Resolution 88 was started in 2012 as an original funk jazz project. Tom O’Grady, the keyboard player and MD, was inspired by Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters and more recent ground-breaking artists such as Kaidi Tatham. Resolution 88’s music is based around… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Jonathan Silk

JONATHAN SILK BIG BAND

Drummer and composer Jonathan Silk – dubbed ‘One To Watch’ by Jazzwise magazine – leads his dynamic big band. His original compositions draw on strong influences from mentors and world renowned composers Maria Schneider and Vince Mendoza, along with contemporary New York improvisors Jim Black and David Binney. Playing music from Jonathan’s… Read more

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NORMANTON STREET

Normanton Street’s sound is lyrically focused with three distinct vocals, jazz influenced guitars, warm bass grooves and tight rhythmic drums. Based in Brighton, the four members consist of Ned, Nicholson, Phoebe, and Nico. Ned and Nicholson (both on bass, guitar, and vocals) have been… Read more

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NEW STREET ADVENTURE

‘It’s not the vision/It’s the opportunities we’re lacking’. New Street Adventure ‘Why Should We Do Anything?’ All the best artists hold up a mirror to the times they live in. Just as Curtis Mayfield chronicled the social upheavals of mid-‘70’s America and The Jam… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Three Step Manoeurve

THREE STEP MANOEUVRE

Three Step Manoeuvre  came together through a shared love of the classic organ trio line-up, and the music of funk pioneers like James Brown and The Meters, jazz legends such as Jimmy Smith and John Scofield, and modern groups including Lettuce and Soulive. They… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Crowd Company

CROWD COMPANY

Original retro funk and soul with a modern twist from acclaimed 8 piece band Crowd Company, one of London’s leading bands of the genre. Brimful of energy with a raw edge, catchy hooks, and tight grooves the band have a Hammond organ based sound… Read more

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul - Jay Phelps

JAY PHELPS QUARTET

JPQ is led by Led by co-founder  and former Empirical trumpeter Jay Phelps. Phelps’ music is a journey through an array of many styles and temperaments, with a strong sense of what is contemporary in Jazz today. Jay Phelps has spent the last 2… Read more

Mostly Jazz - King Bee

KING BEE

King Bee is a seven piece (sometimes eight) funk band based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Formed in 2011 by mates Dave Wilde (sax flute and vocals) and Chris Jelly (vibraphone) the band writes all its own material. The current line-up has changed little over… Read more

Mostly Jazz - The Atlantic Players

THE ATLANTIC PLAYERS

The Atlantic Players are an authentic 9-piece soul band from Moseley, Birmingham. Heavily influenced by the great Atlantic and Stax records 60’s soul sound and the soul revival spearheaded by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Daptone Records, they deliver soul guaranteed to get you on the dance floor! The Atlantic… Read more

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NATIVE DANCER

Native Dancer was formed in 2014. Born out of late night jam sessions, listening parties in an east London studio, conversations about boundary dissolution and a wealth of experience gigging on the London jazz scene and with some of the most interesting creative artists… Read more

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LUCAS D AND THE GROOVE GHETTO

6 piece instrumental Acid Jazz outfit playing eclectic tunes from the 60/70s genre right up to contemporary jazz funk. Performed by a line up of potentially Birmingham’s best musicians, creating a groove that captivates an audience. Founded in February 2012 in the back streets… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Taupe

TAUPE

Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance. The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Hans Prya

HANS PRYA

Hans Prya is an 8-piece genre-hopping future-groove band featuring musicians from across the UK. Formed in 2014, the band’s core members met during an artist residency at Band On The Wall in Manchester. Their first release [a 4-part live video series] features re-arranged songs… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Izo Fitzroy

IZO FITZROY

Raw, dynamic performances and honest songwriting. That’s what it’s all about with Jalapeno Records newest signing, blues songstress – Izo FitzRoy. A Londoner born-and-bred, Izo’s music is influenced by the raw power of female blues legends like Janis Joplin as well as the heartfelt lyricism… Read more

Mostly Jazz - Simple Eyyes

SIMPLE EYYES

Simple Eyyes began in early 2016 as a solo project by multi- instrumentalist Thomas Whitfield. Until this point Thom’s predominant musical output had been from behind the drum-kit in bands including Distophia, Calories and Burning Alms. For his first personal project Thom chose to… Read more

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DELTA AUTUMN

∆utumn, the self-titled debut EP from rising live UK act Delta ∆utumn released by Flood Studio, is available now on iTunes and streaming platforms. Smashing hip hop, glitch, pop, rock, jazz and electroacoustic compositional techniques together to create a sound that sits somewhere between James Blake,… Read more

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JAKE HENRY

Take a listen to Jake Henry’s latest EP ‘One of the good guys’, and you may believe you are hearing a classic record. Jake admits himself that he naturally writes in a classic format simply for the love of those perfectly crafted songs from… Read more

LEKAN BABALOLA’S SACRED FUNK PROJECT

Twice Grammy award winning Nigerian percussionist, Lekan Babalola, is well known for his innovative musical style, using his native Yoruba tongue infused with traditional music, Afrobeat and funky dance overtones. Awarded his first Grammy in 2006 for performances on the late Ali Farka Toure’s… Read more

Vels Trio

VELS TRIO

Vels Trio are the result of three experimental jazz musicians born out of collective obsession, emotion and improvisation to sculpt contagiously frenetic compositions. Channelling ingrained deep grooves, progressive soundscapes and contemporary hip hop productions – Vels Trio synthesise their mutual loves to challenge the… Read more

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JAZZLINES ENSEMBLE

The Jazzlines Ensembles are made up of talented young jazz musicians from the West Midlands who take part in regular workshops and masterclasses at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, as part of the Jazzlines department’s Talent Development programme. They learn new tunes by ear, developing their ensemble playing… Read more