Secret Night Gang were handpicked by Gilles Peterson from Manchester’s vibrant live music scene. Newly signed to Brownswood in 2021 and nominated by Jazzfm for Best Breakthrough Act, the main stage is set for them to breeze onto the scene as a multi-generational band breathing new life into the classic British street-soul sound.
Jazz-Funkers Secret Night Gang released their bold self-titled debut album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings in October 2021.
Led by the soulful vocals of Kemani Anderson and featuring saxophonist Callum Connell’s pin-sharp orchestrations, Secret Night Gang is a joyful slice of summer-soul goodness that nods to the vibrant history of jazz-inflected soul, while reflecting today’s genre blending sensibilities in a heady mix of souljazz, R&B, gospel and more.
With an upbeat positivity that’s impossible not to warm to, Secret Night Gang’s debut album emerges from the shadows and into the summery light.
Gilles Peterson – “For me it’s an extraordinary level of musical competence at such a young age. It’s incredibly complete music, tight arrangements and with far reaching musical ambition.” BBC Radio 6 Music
Now joined on stage by legendary rhythm section Myke Wilson (52nd Street, Jazz Defektors, Corinne Bailey Rae, Swing Out Sister) and Juneroy with Jack Duckham on guitar and after 4 sellout shows in 2021 (Jazz Cafe London, Ronnie Scott’s, The Blues Kitchen Manchester & Brudenell Leeds) the generations have come together to carve out their own lane, a real celebration of exceptional songwriting and musicianship to expand on their indefinable eclectic sound.
Garnering the support of Sherelle (BBC 6 Music), BBC Introducing Manchester, Colin Curtis, Colleen Murphy, LeFtO (Worldwide FM), Simon Phillips (Jazz FM) and Bandcamp Weekly, the band are currently compiling dates for a further UK tour later in the year.
Anne Frankenstein – “how good is that track, I just cant stop listening to it. Super tight production, the instrumentation is spot on, the vocals are spot on – what a great band I cant wait to hear what they do next.” Jazz FM
Simon Philips – “Remember the name Secret Night Gang, they’re going to be one of the most talked about new groups” Jazz FM
“A gorgeous piece of crepuscular street soul” – CLASH