Live at the Jazz Cafe - Wednesday 13th June
First live show & album launch for legendary deep funk jam band
Recorded in 2002 as a Bruton library album, The Sound Stylistics “Deep Funk” album has weaved its way into funk folklore for collectors the world over, becoming a word of mouth phenomena and a collectors wet-dream due to its failure to ever get a proper release. Performed by some of the best musicians on the planet, James Taylor (JTQ), Jim Watson (Incognito), Mark Van der Gucht (Galliano], Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Neil Robinson (JTQ), Simon Lee (Dr. Seuss), Andy Ross (The Herbaliser), Mike Smith (Jamiroquai), Nichol Thompson (Brand New Heavies), and Snowboy. Collectively they make up The Sound Stylistics, a virtual group and jam band of the highest order.
Live at the Jazz Cafe - Thursday 14th June
Culture, the ultimate Roots Reggae band of Two Sevens Clash fame, return to the Jazz Cafe for exclusive summer show.
The seminal Two Seven Clash album (a reference to the two sevens in the year 1977) was recorded at Joe Gibbs studio in Kingston in 1978 and put Culture on the map.
Live at the Jazz Cafe - Friday 15th Junne
Friday 15th June
Ska group famed for ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Hands Off She’s Mine ‘and many others
The Beat hailed from working class, industrial Birmingham. When The Beat rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat. The band were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune "Tears of a Clown". Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: "I Just Can't Stop It", "Wh'appen", and "Special Beat Service". The band toured the world, touring with such artists as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, and The Specials, to name but a few. The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it's hard to remember a time when they didn't exist, such as "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save it for Later", "I Confess", "Stand Down Margaret", and their serene cover of Andy William's "Can't Get Used To Losing You".
Despite their huge success, The Beat didn't stop singing and acting on the problems caused by the noise in this world. They donated all the profits from their highly successful single version of "Stand Down Margaret" to the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament. They donated their music to causes including the anti-nuclear benefit album "Life in The European Theatre", "The World of Music and Dance" album focusing on indigenous people's art, and lent their voice to The Special AKA's freedom cry "Free Nelson Mandela", to name but a few.
The Beat decided to call it quits after their third album, "Special Beat Service". Of course, that was not the last we would hear from the Beat boys.
February 2003 saw a dream come true for many Beat fans as the band reunited for a mini-tour in the UK, which culminated in their acclaimed, sold out command performance at the Royal Festival Hall! It was a magical homecoming for the band and for the fans, with band members and fans gathering from around the globe for a night or irie, ska-ful rock-steady Beat!
Ranking Roger (vox)
Everett Moreton (drums)
Matthew Murphy (vox)
Andy Pearson (bass)
Micky Billingham (keys)
Anthony Hardy (gtr)
Leigh Malin (sax)
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