Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival Elements

THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA

In 2019, The Cinematic Orchestra returned with their fourth studio album “To Believe”. Founding member Jason Swinscoe and longtime musical collaborator Dominic Smith enlisted contributions from collaborators old and new, including Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Dorian Concept, Grey Reverend and Heidi Vogel. The album was…

Mr Jukes & Barney Artist

“Vibrate” is a playful introduction to the world Jukes (Jack Steadman) and Barney have created, built on a mutual love of A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla, alongside contemporary heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, Kano and Ghostpoet. Its breezy, laid back energy is purpose-built for…

CYMANDE

Described as “spiritual… versatile…smooth, sweet and very different”, no-one has yet to sum up the unique sound of Cymande in one simple word or phrase. Nyah-Rock, Afro-Rock, even Calypso Rock have been used to categorise their music, but Cymande is just simply Cymande. Formed over…

Maribou State (DJ Set)

Despite growing up in the same picturesque village in Hertfordshire, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory aka Maribou State customarily ignored each other at school, but discovered their shared passion for music when they both went to University. Since then they have steadily built a glowing…

HOT CHIP MEGAMIX

On June 21st 2019, British group Hot Chip will release their seventh studio album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy. Their third album for Domino, A Bath Full of Ecstasy is the group’s definitive release, crystallising the sound they’ve become celebrated for – bridging euphoria and…

Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn Brown is a versatile singer with powerful and passionate voice. Jocelyn came from a family where her Grandmother, Mother, two aunts and a cousin all sang, but it was her aunt Barbara Roy, who sang with female vocal group EPP that inspired her to…

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…

ODYSSEY

THE GLORY DAYS of top vocal group Odyssey, one of the most successful soul/disco acts oftheir era, culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the charts with “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, scoring several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout…

Craig Charles

Craig Charles is live at Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2020  in Moseley Park Birmingham on Saturday 11th July! 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…

THE CUBAN BROTHERS

From sold-out tours, festival spots and support slots for rock royalty to crazy club nights, film roles and fashion shows, The Cuban Brothers’ unparalleled act is ingrained in pop culture. Two decades since their inception, Miguel and his suspect sidekicks are renowned the world over…

NUBYA GARCIA

Multi award-winning saxophonist and composer NubyaGarcia is back with her much anticipated debut album, SOURCE. Her first release on Concord Records, under the iconic Concord Jazz imprint, has been received with wide critical acclaim. Following her album release, the London-based UK jazz player extraordinaire debuted on Tiny Desk (Home) Concert…

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

Hannah Williams, the British soul hurricane who sensationally became part of Jay-Z’s chart-topping 4:44 album, is primed and ready for her own national and international breakthrough. Born in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, Williams’ father was a musically gifted minister, and her mother let her join…

THE ALLERGIES (DJ SET)

After breaking onto the scene with a Mixmag ‘Tune of the Month’, The Allergies (DJ Moneyshot and Rackabeat) continued in their mission to bring re-fuelled funk and feel good hip-hop to the masses. The three LPs that followed, on Brighton’s Jalapeno Records, were sonic steps…

Kofi Stone

UK hip hop has never been in a more exciting state. With the advent of all things grime and hip hop in the international blogosphere this year, Kofi Stone emerges to stake his claim as one of the UK’s most vibrant and naturally talented young…

Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia – DJ Set)

Steve Cobby co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990.  They released 10 critically acclaimed LP’s of original material as well as producing over seventy remixes for artists as diverse as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, James, A Certain Ratio and Moloko.  After a…

SAM REDMORE & THE TROPICAL SOUNDCLASH ALLSTARS

Having DJ’d at all but one of the previous Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul festivals, 2020 signals a landmark for Sam Redmore as he is joined by a full live band to perform tracks from his forthcoming debut album for the first time. Expect funk,…

Lady Sanity

Birmingham emcee Lady Sanity has been steadily building a strong reputation for her hard-hitting flow and blend of grime, ‘90s hip hop and jazz influences. With a 2017 GRM Daily Get Rated Award under her belt, performing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia along…

Boca 45

Scott Hendy aka Boca 45 is known as somewhat of a Bristol (UK) institution from his early days in the mid 90s selling Golden Era Hip Hop from behind the counter of the seminal Purple Penguin record shop rapidly becoming one of Bristol’s most in…

KEZIA SOUL

Born In Moseley Birmingham, Keziasoul is a truly home-grown talent: Singer songwriter with soul highlyinfluenced by artists such as Jill Scott, Mary Wells and Billy Holiday to name a few. Growing up in “hippy” Moseley, Birmingham, Kezia has been exposed to a wide variety of…

Yakul

Yakul are a four-piece neo soul band from Brighton, UK, influenced by the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, with a growing reputation within the rapidly growing new soul and jazz movement coming out of the UK at the moment. Yakul released their critically-acclaimed…

Freedom 35’s

Freedom 35’s are a 4 piece Organ Driven Instrumental Funk/Soul/Groove outfit from Co.Armagh Northern Ireland. Jimmy Hagan – Drums, Aidy Lee – Bass, Anthony McKee – Organ and Gordee Lee – Guitar. They released their debut album ‘Obsessive Complusive Groove Disorder’ in 2019 on Vinyl,…

XHOSA COLE

Critically acclaimed saxophonist, flautist and composer, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community outreach arts programmes in Birmingham. Having started playing Tenor Saxophone at Andy Hamilton MBE’s Ladywood Community Music School, Xhosa has now established himself among the long legacy of…

Ebi Soda

Staunch anti-traditionalists, Ebi Soda thrive on this idea of contradiction, seeming more inspired by the atmosphere inside a rave than the sounds heard inside Birdland. Their only debt to typical jazz being to attempt to innovate and experiment at every opportunity. Characterised by erratic drum…

LILI CASELEY

Hailing from Camden, North London, Lili Caseley is a singer and songwriter who creates meaningful soulful pop about love, experiences past and present. Her songs are influenced by her Portuguese and French heritage and take influence from her favourite poets as well as contemporary pop…

SIPHO

When all is said and done, Sipho just wants to make good music. Not good RnB, not good Gospel, not good electronic – just categorically good, able to reach people of all walks of life.  Doing so will mean drawing on every aspect of his…

LEKAN BABALOLA’S SACRED FUNK QUINTET

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. Lekan started his career playing in the Yoruba Christian Church owned by his father. As…

Madi Saskia

After her most recent collaboration with Pheleba- Until, Birmingham songstress Madi Saskia is back with her newest single, “Open Your Eyes”. The track sees her team up with fellow Daniel Sturridge Dudley Road Records Brummie artist, Screama, for an infectious, feel-good banger, ready for the…

Brian Jackson Interviewed by Jez Collins

Half of the power duo Gil Scott-Heron & BRIAN JACKSON, Brian wrote, arranged and produced over 10 albums over an eight-year period. Time and time again, that music has found its way onto over 100 cuts like Common’s “The People” (from “We Almost Lost Detroit”)…

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH

Multi award-winning Big Fish Little Fish has been bringing the rave to the family massive since 2013. Since their first rave in an old, London social club Big Fish Little Fish are now across the UK, Ireland and Australia. They have attracted the biggest names…

BIGHEADMODE

BIGHEADMODE are a neo-fusion jazz duo consisting of brothers, Ewan and Robbie Moore. Based in London and Birmingham respectively, over the last year or so the pair have been writing and producing their debut album with some help from their peers. As collaborators and session musicians…

Danielle Moore (Crazy P)

Crazy P’s & Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul regular Danielle Moore will be delivering a DJ set for our virtual festival as we move into the evening time. Guaranteed to get the home parties going Danielle Moore is already globally known as the front woman…

Call Me Unique

Singer / songwriter & guitarist Call Me Unique infuses the sounds of jazz, soul, futurebeats, and scat- singing. Influenced by the sounds of Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, Ella Fitzgerald & Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. Renowned for her love of scatting and eclectic performance approach, her vibe…

Glyn Bigga Bush

Glyn Bigga Bush is a musician, DJ and producer based in Dorset, originally half of Rockers Hi Fi, now making music as the Magic Drum Orchestra and BiggaBush on the Tru Thoughts label.  His influences range from afrobeat, dub and funk to library music and…

Joybang

JoyBang is a psych/groove/noise duo made up of Stella Roberts on keyboards and Will Glaser on drums. The duo have been working on a brand new set of music which aims to compromise noise and groove with delicate ballads and electronic improvisation. Bringing a contrasting…

Mama’s Gun

Mamas Gun are masters of modern soul music. Their blend of classic and contemporary influences have sparked millions of streams worldwide and garnered praise from The Sunday Times, Billboard, The Guardian, and Uncut Magazine. Collectively, the London-based group’s first three albums, Routes to Riches (2009),…

The Little Easy Band

The Little Easy Band kicked off their career headlining a popular Worcestershire music festival in the summer of 2018. Shortly afterwards the band landed in the acclaimed Parr Street Studios in Liverpool to craft their first release ‘I’m So Tired’. The soulful, authentic British R&B…

Metz Jnr Band

What goes up, only goes higher! The Metz Jnr Band bring the feel good vibrations! This groovy six piece outfit is a collective of Birmingham’s finest multi-genre artists. Together, they launch an energetic performance of conscious funky-reggae, with far-out jazz & soul twists that heighten…

LEBO

Lebo is a 23 year old singer songwriter from Bristol by way of Birmingham and Botswana. His piano lead R&B ballads draw influence from Raleigh Ritchie and Sampha and are in turn unsettling and soulful due to the dark and sensitive nature of his song…

The Plimp Souls

Made in Manchester, The Plimp Souls are a conga-crammed, horn-heavy, soul-stuffed nine-piece fuelled by boundless energy and a burning mission to put the fun back into funk. Blending the best of funk, jazz, soul, afrobeat and everything in-between, their raw, bouncing sound makes for a…

Theo

Theo grew up without the influence of a big city like London. Her home is in Long Whittenham; a village outside of Oxford. Neither one of her parents were singers or musicians of any kind but somehow, she was always drawn to singing. Her dad…

Alicia Gardener Trejo

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Alicia Gardener-Trejo brings an exciting new quintet to Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival this year.    Alicia is a member of the Ray Prince/Jonathan Silk Gospel Revisited Project, Andy Bunting’s Reworkestra and the acclaimed Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. She also runs her…

Couch Cocktail Masterclass

We are delighted to link up with Couch this weekend who have kindly sent us a cocktail making workshop on how to make the classic Espresso Martini and Couch’s own Mother’s Little Helper. Couch is an Independent neighbourhood bar in the heart of Stirchley with…

EAT VIETNAM

We are delighted to have partnered up with our favourite Vietnamese food joint – Eat Vietnam. You can order now via their click & collect service and choose a pick up time for Friday & Saturday. They have also given us a 10% discount for…

Selextorhood

Selextorhood is a community of femxle and non-binary DJs based in Birmingham. Through parties and collaborative events, Selextorhood are pushing for gender equality through music. They promote and support the next generation of DJs with workshops, talks from women with experience in the music industry,…

SPICY LEMON

JAZZLINES TALENT DEVELOPMENT PRESENTS: SPICY LEMON Jazzlines are proud to present Spicy Lemon, a brand new Birmingham trio featuring Jazzlines Talent Development alumni, Judah Daniels on keys and sax, Dougie Hill on bass and Louis Hamilton-Foad on drums. The band draw on a wide range…

Hop Art

We are delighted to have partnered up with HopArt who will be delivering Craft Beer to your door! For the local folks* (who live in who live in Moseley/Kings Heath/Stirchley/Selly Oak/Maypole/Shirley/Solihull) we are offering free delivery on any order received by 10am Thursday 9th July.…

Trieste (Voyage DJs)

Exploring anomalous strains and fragmented genres of electronic music. Noods Radio monthly w/ ACID TEST, Melodic Distraction monthly w/ Lucid States and co-founder of Birmingham based events Voyage and Freedom of Movement. A passionate record collector and event curator, Trieste has carved a unique sound…

Love Brum (Official Charity Partner)

LoveBrum was founded in 2015 with a simple goal – make Birmingham even better. The vision was to create a charity that local people could get behind to make a real positive change in their community. We are passionate about the city of Birmingham and…

ORIGINAL PATTY MEN

If you have been to Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul in 2019 and didn’t pick up an O.P.M burger then you seriously missed out! Not to worry you can get one delivered to your door to enjoy whilst watching Almost Jazz Funk & Soul this…

I AM YOGI

Funky Flow 11.07.2020 10:00 – 11:00 Join ‘I Am Yogi’ for a Funky Flow class, where you will try new postures and flow with the breath. Less pauses and rests between postures in this class meaning movements are more energetic. Look out for a playlist…