Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1082

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I take great pleasure in announcing not one exciting cover star this issue, but two! As ever impressive, QueenBrit Live aka Carlene Graham, graces the front of this issue and immaculately talented soul hero, Imagination featuring Leee John, is looking just as striking on our second cover. Other first-class interviews this issue continue with Soul/Blues goddess Nikka Costa, dance music maverick Carl Craig, quality soul/R&B vanguards ephemerals, deft genre-crossing Frankie Oliver and jazz one to watch, Polly Gibbons...Live reviews include Cymande at Ronnie Scott’s, Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall and Sean Paul at the Forum Kentish Town. Plus, B&S’ Frank Elson checks out a Northern Soul gem at The Strategy, Barnoldswick in Lancashire.... Our all time top 500 B&S singles countdown continues from 180-141 with; Cameo, Fugees, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, The Chi-Lites, Four Tops, Ray Charles, Rose Royce and Nina Simone amongst the highlighted artists this issue... There’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists: Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) who are on hand to share their wealth of musical knowledge and upfront news on; Soul, Northern Soul, Dance, Blues and R&B, respectively. Till next issue, Lee Tyler (Editor)B&S

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Gregory Porter brings his talent to Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com The Jacksons: 50th Anniversary show at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com George Benson performs at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com Herbie Hancock performs at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Abu Dhabi Festiva

Win Love Supreme Festival Tickets

B&S announces an official media partnership with the Love Supreme Festival and to celebrate that fact, one lucky winner will win a pair of tickets to this star-studded event…

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Hook & Sling July 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2017 line-up @bluesandsoul.com

Hook & Sling announce 2017 lineup

The first ever ’Hook & Sling’ hosts a series of 30 live acts and DJs takes place across two rooms at 229 Venue on Great Portland Street between 21st-23rd July...

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QueenBrit Live @bluesandsoul.com QueenBrit Live @bluesandsoul.com QueenBrit Live @bluesandsoul.com QueenBrit Live @bluesandsoul.com

Queenbrit Live: Fresh Heir

Pete Lewis interviews Almeria, Southern Spain-based soul/rock/pop/blues quintet QueenBrit Live, as the multi-cultural fivesome release their new single “Fight For”...

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Imagination  Ft. Leee John @bluesandsoul.com

Imagination Ft. Leee John: Still Capturing Our Imagination

Pete Lewis meets up with flamboyant Imagination frontman Leee John, prior to the release this month of the group’s new album “Retropia” through Cristal Records...

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Nikka Costa @bluesandsoul.com

Nikka Costa: Nothing Compares 2 Nikka Costa

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one time Stax releasing, now crowdfunding / self releasing soul & blues artist, Nikka Costa...

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José James @bluesandsoul.com José James @bluesansoul.com José James @bluesansoul.com José James @bluesansoul.com

José James: Dizzy Heights

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one Blue Note's finest, José James, about new album “Love In A Time Of Madness”, his influences, album process, family life, jazz/hip-hop genres and J. Dilla Beats...

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Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum, London 16/4/17

There is so much excitement around .Paak right now, the Kentish Town Forum was a complete sell-out, as crowds packed in early to watch the 31-year-old perform...

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The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 Ephemerals: Rich Mix 11-4-17 PHOTO Lee Tyler - @bluesandsoul.com

ephemerals + Izo Fitzroy: Rich Mix, London 11/04/17

Jalapeno records hosted what turned out to be an imposing and uplifting night in London's East End, highlighting their cult heroes of the moment, ephemerals and blues & soulstress Izo Fitzroy...

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Soulnaturals: Love Say Yes! (British Soul Standard) @bluuesandsoul.com

Soulnaturals: Love Says Yes! (British Soul Standard)

This is an album project put together by London band leader Tony Cannam made up of heavyweight vocalists and musicians...there is something from every kind of Soul-head to enjoy here...

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Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd : Love Has Come Around: The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

There are very few artists who crossed over successfully from Jazz to the mainstream.You could probably count them on one hand who achieved this.

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chick Corea

Chick Corea : The Musician

The highlights are many fold whether it be joining forces with the terrifically on form and electrifying, John McLaughlin on 'Spirit Rides' or the hysterically comical Bobby McFerrin on 'I’ve Got The World On A String.'

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Aisling Iris

Aisling Iris: Night Time Moves

The first half gives us endearingly bold material filled with lush arrangements-peppered with retro 80's styled tough beats and funky upbeat jams..

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Norman Connors

Norman Connors : Valentine Love: The Buddah/Arista Anthology

Norman Connors is without doubt a towering figure who merged jazz and soul effortlessly into his own unique style.Sumptuous stuff indeed!

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Marvin Parks

Marvin Parks : Marvin Parks

What is it about Paris and buskers? They seemed to be inextricably linked with romance, the joys of spring and some sort of magical theatre.Benjamin Clementine learnt his trade on the metro as did Madeleine Peyroux

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