One of the UK's most accessible jazz-funk artists, James Brown is Annie (JBiA) met in a piano bar, rehearse next to a sex shop, and take their name from an Eddie Murphy SNL sketch.
Portmanteau are a hard hitting, horn heavy, funk/soul/hiphop 9 piece from Leeds. Made up of some of the finest musicians in the UK the band has made a big impact on the scene with their debut self titled EP. Big original funk with "bright brash brass stabs rippling outward from Tower of Power, while Earth, Wind and Fire tremble appropriately" (The Equal Ground).
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London collective The Boom Yeh bring their eclectic brew of Funk, Afro-beat, Jazz, Disco and Psychedelic Rock.
Every 1st Monday of the month is the very popular Blues Jam. Our resident band will jam the night away with players of any standard, so bring your guitars, mouth organs, sticks or vocal chords and play the blues. Just seek out Franny when you arrive and they'll give you the lowdown on how it works. All welcome to join in or kick back and watch the players in action!
Early in 2012 guitarist Diego Prato formed his first original project, consisting of a trio with bass (Arron Bell) and drums (Joe Luckin). His background includes jazz, funk, Latin, soul and hip hop music. These elements are all important influences, shared by all members, in a sound that is jazz-based but that has an interest in, and a vision towards, the contemporary.
Local guitar hero Stuart McCallum plays his most recent material at Matt & Phreds the 1st Wednesday of each month. Best known for his work with Cinematic Orchestra, Stuart's music fuses electronica, jazz and folk to create a magical combination of both acoustic and electronic instruments that gives his music such a distinctive sound.
Local Manchester band, GSD will be playing a mixture of their tunes from both their EP and album, as well as some exciting arrangements of some well known tunes. There will be something for everyone, whatever your musical interests. Come and show your support for this new young band!