Following his stunning turn on the Rhodes at our recent Herbie Hancock tribute event at Floripa a couple of weeks ago, we’re pretty happy to report that pianist Tom O’Grady has recently uploaded footage of the ENTIRE gig on to his Youtube channel. Filmed by Julian Fontenell, it features Tom and his band ploughing effortlessly through a number of Hancock’s more funk and fusion orientated tracks of the 1970’s including classics like ‘Butterfly’, ‘Actual Proof’ and yes, ‘Chameleon’. It was pretty special on the night and now, by the wonders of post produced video, you can enjoy the thing again, even if you weren’t there! If you want to hear more from Tom, look up his work with Myles Sanko and The Beauty Room and go check out his own project Resolution 88 on Facebook. We hear there’s already an album in the works, and a Jazz re:freshed gig pencilled in for
The award-winning Brit jazz outfit Kairos 4tet enlist the voice of Omar Lye-Fook MBE on latest track ‘Song For The Open Road’
The award-winning Brit jazz outfit Kairos 4tet enlist the voice of Omar Lye-Fook MBE on latest track ‘Song For The Open Road’. Watch the video.
For those of you who have passed through The Jazz Meet on any given weekend, you will no doubt know that Jessica Lauren is a very talented lady. Since scoring her first record deal with London’s influential Soul Jazz Records back in the 1990s, Jessica has been a constant fixture on the underground London music scene. earning her stripes playing with the likes of Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason. Over the years, she’s also lent her considerable talents to an assortment of productions from producers as diverse as Joey Negro, Alex Attias, United Future Organisation, Scrimshire and Kay Suzuki to name but a few. Aside from her regular appearances at Floripa holding down the keyboard chair in The Jazz Meet Band, she is also a core member of Nick Woodmansey’s Emanative collective, who after wowing Dingwalls back in the summer, are gearing up for another big release with their latest single ‘Love In Outer Space’, a futuristic
So reports reached all of us just over a week or so ago that Donald Byrd, one of the most revered trumpet players of our times had passed Monday 4th February. With a career that spanned several decades and many genres of jazz, everyone it seems has their favourite part of Dr. Byrd’s long career, whether it be his early forays into bebop and hard bop, his soul jazz and gospel inflected recordings of the late 60s or the fusion and R&B albums he created during the 70s and 80s. His music has also been well sampled, his fruitful work with the Mizell Brothers, which started out in 1973 with the album ‘Black Byrd’, proving especially popular in hip-hop, soul and house music circles. Frannie Kelley at NPR Jazz and Straight No Chaser’s Paul Bradshaw were but two journalists to pen brilliant tributes once his death was finally confirmed, both of which are