Friday, 28 August 2015

Dan Messore All You Need to Know

Dan Messore is a broad minded and eclectic musician. After travelling extensively and settling in Central America for several years, he returned to the UK and completed a MA in jazz and composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has since gone on to be a much in demand musician and spanning scenes and genres. It’s to the guitarist/composer’s credit, that his right hand man in his quartet “Indigo Kid” is mentor and ex-Loose Tubes sideman, the incredible British saxophonist Iain Ballamy. Who has also produced Messore’s eponymous debut recording of the same name. Ballamy has reams of praise for the young guitarist. They met whilst Messore was studying, but their relationship quickly developed into that of master and pupil. The mentor pulling Messore into the view of the British jazz community where he has flourished and pushed on to new ground. As a member of the up and coming band Little Arrow who’s album “Wild Wishes” was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize 2013. Messore brings a wealth of intricately crafted components, effected sounds, contemporary rock explosions and musicianship to the beauty of William Hughes’ songwriting. The band is on the rise and gaining a great following, they are set to record their third album to be released in 2014. Regular guest with ‘Michelson Morley’ A melodic, atmospheric, minimalist music led by Get The Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie and featuring the best of Bristol’s jazz scene in the form of Will Harris on bass, Mark Whitlam on drums, and also featuring special guest and vortex regular Dan Messore on guitar. Electronics and acoustic instruments combine with an evolutionary approach to improvisation to create scientifically aural magic. He is also a founding member of hit theatre show The Bloody Ballad. which has leaped from strength to strength having enjoyed several awards from their recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Messore plays guitar in the Nashville and rockabilly surf style in this role. The show has received rave reviews and awards. They will be performing at Brighton Fringe and touring extensively in 2014. Messore is someone who has inherited and absorbed a diverse range of music, and has played all over the world. He might draw from the sensitive side of post-contemporary fusion where Pat Metheny meets Kurt Rosenwinkel but is also filled with the rich folk-rock traditions of a John Fahey, with touches of Bill Frisells’ Americana/Nashville and the recently departed Bert Jansch. Messore’s sweet folky harmonies and dreamily chiming open chords recall the misty mountain landscapes of Led Zeppelin. While his wild side fuses the psychedelia of Hendrix and the wistfulness of Jeff Buckley. He is constantly voyaging into new musical territory via respectful learning of the historical and cultural traditions, as well as being inspired by the great individuality that’s expressed by musicians of our time. Messore runs a residency at top UK jazz club The Vortex in London ‘View From The Tower’ is a septet featuring the pinnacle of the countries players, a revolving line up Gareth Lockrane, Dave Hamblett, Rory Simmons, Trish Clowes, Simon Roth, Rick Simpson, Mike Chillingworth, Tom Farmer, Steve Watreman, Dave Manington and Elliot Galvin. The material consists of his and others arrangements, exploring great British contemporary composers from the last four decades.


Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 27th August 2015

Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 27th August 2015. A link to the show can be found here: 

The Boogie Wonderland Show -27/08/2015 Playlist
Hour 1: 8 to 9pm
  Give It on Up (If You Want To)
Rufus & Chaka Khan
 Tell Me Something Good
Ashford & Simpson
 Top of The Stairs
Ivo Neame
  Personality Clash
Caecille Norby & Lars Danielsson
 Double Dance
Theo Travis
  Fire Mountain
Noreen Crayton
 Union Square
Rasheed Ali
Burn Baby Burn
Rita Satch
 Not Ready For Love
Dam Funk 
 We Continue
Gloria Gaynor
 I've Got You Under My Skin
Hour 2: 9 to 10pm
Dan Messore
Dan Messore Interview
 Part 1
Dan Messore Interview
 Part 2
Dan Messore
Dan Messore Interview
 Part 3
Dan Messore
Dan Messore Interview
 Part 4
Dan Messore
Dan Messore Interview
 Part 5
Dan Messore
Hour 3: 10 to 11pm
 Temporary Love
Brian McKnight
 Uh Oh Feeling
Jesse Boykins III
Take God Everywhere
 My Lifes About to Change
Israel & New Breed
 Alpha and Omega
The Walls Group
 Perfect People
Kurt Carr Singers
 We've Got to Put Jesus Back
Kirk Franklin, Mali Music
 Give Me
Carrie Davis
Let Me Tell It
Gods Wealth
Kandice Bell
Lady Renee
 All I Need is You

Friday, 21 August 2015

Tom Green All You Need To Know

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as "a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM). In 2014 he was mentioned 3 times as Jazzwise "One to Watch", and was the recipient of a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence award. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music jazz course, and has performed at venues including Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex and 606 Club, as well as the Montreux, Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festivals. His current main project is the Tom Green Septet, who released their debut album "Skyline" in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim. 

Tom has directed his own groups and big bands on national tours, including an 18-date Septet album launch tour across the UK, from Inverness in Scotland to St Ives in Cornwall. He has performed internationally at the Casa del Jazz in Rome, La Mortella on the island of Ischia in Italy, the Budapest Jazz Club, and Langnau Jazz Nights festival in Switzerland. In 2014 his quintet was invited to Tunisia by the Jazz Club of Tunis to teach for a week-long programme alongside musicians from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York, culminating in a performance for International Jazz Day 2014. 

His wide range of musical experience also includes directing, writing, arranging and performing music with big bands, orchestras, chamber, salsa, soul, funk, jazz and progressive rock groups both locally and nationally, as well as tours with professional shows across Europe, on both trombone and keyboards. 

In 2011 Tom was the first trombonist to be accepted onto the prestigious postgraduate jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied under Mark Bassey, Gordon Campbell and Mark Nightingale. Whilst at the Academy he was also fortunate enough to work with musicians including Dave Douglas, Joe Locke, Stan Sulzmann, Django Bates, Nikki Iles, Martin Speake, Liam Noble, Barak Schmool, Pete Churchill, Stan Tracey and Troyka. 

As a leader and sideman Tom has performed alongside musicians such as Iain Ballamy, Gareth Lockrane, Steve Waterman, Kit Downes, Issie Barratt and Mike Gibbs, and is a member of groups including the Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet and Troyk-estra. 


Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 20th August 2015

Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 20th August 2015. A link to the show can be found here: 

The Boogie Wonderland Show -20/08/2015 Playlist
Hour 1: 8 to 9pm
Gibson Brothers
 Cuba (1978 Disco Purrfection Version)
DJ Rodriguez
 Bota pra quebrar
Guido Guidoboni Qunitet
 Virtual Bossa
Sam Pagila
 London Bossa
Klaus Doldinger Quartet & Attila Zoller
  Viva Brasilia
Susumu Yokota
 Love Bird (from Grinning Cat)
Klaus Weiss Trio
Back to the Root
Guts & Mambo
 Mystic Mood
Ken Knox & Company
Reach Out
 All You Seem To Do
Hour 2: 9 to 10pm
Tom Green
  Arctic Sun
TomGreen Interview
  Part 1 & 2
Tom Green
TomGreen Interview
  Part 3
Tom Green
  Sticks and Stones
TomGreen Interview
  Part 4
Tom Green
TomGreen Interview
  Part 5
Tom Green
 Peace of Mind
Hour 3: 10 to 11pm
Jill Scott
 Can't Wait
 We've Got Love
Teedra Moses
 International Playboi
Conya Doss
 Pre Op 808
 Overnight Sleeper
 4 Things To Do
Luke Vibert
Louis Proud n Street Kid ft Katie Lowe
Love Stuck
Mix Munkies n Mrs P
 Control (JR Remix)
Port Limbo
 Life Sometimes (Louis Proud Sunset Remix)

Friday, 14 August 2015

McCrei All You Need to Know

McCrei were formed in 2012, when the two sisters, Leanne and Shannon McCrei began sharing their life experiences through song writing and started gigging on the Camden acoustic circuit. Fast forward three years and the sisters have performed at over 250 gigs including the O2 Academy, The Hope, The Cavern, Distillers, Rochester Castle and various other venues throughout England .
In 2014 the record producer Alan Glass (whose credits include Aretha Franklin, Misteeq and The Lighthouse Family) discovered McCrei on social media and requested to co write with the girls. McCrei wrote four songs to Alan's beats including the song 'I'm Missing You' which is featured on the film 'Last Round', for which McCrei performed in April at the premier in London.
In January 2015 the record label Disco Soul Gold Music (DSG Music) heard McCrei's music being played on a radio show and approached McCrei resulting in Show Me being released as a single through DSG on the 8th June. The song has also been remixed by Nigel Lowis (production credits include Dinah  Carroll, Eternal, Take That) and as of the 12th July 2015, Show Me is currently at Number 2 in the UK Soul Charts. McCrei's second single release of 2015 is planned for September and features the same production team as Show Me.
Inspired by an introduction into traditional Soul, Disco and Funk, their music takes some direction while staying true to their signature style. McCrei's musical influences include James Brown, Whitney Houston, Teena Marie, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and Aretha Franklin. 
In  December 2014, Leanne and Shannon were introduced to an experienced musician trio consisting of Tom O.Mitchell, Charlotte Whiting and Neil Cornwell who have since become McCrei's backing band for live shows.  

"Show Me is one of the best UK productions around at the moment." Peter Young - Jazz FM
Amazing amazing voice!!!!” Kimberly James – CBM Records 
"I hope people know how good you are!" Alan Glass - Record Producer 
"Such great talented young ladies. Ivory Soul at it's best." DSG Music 
"Really powerful vocals girls, really like the voices..........a lot!"  Wet Wet Wet's Graeme Clark 
"Absolutely blown away by the new music from McCrei"Jude Bumby - Tour Manager
"London may be the epicentre of U.K. politics for now but its music contribution to the four countries has been woefully short over the last 20 years, McCrei have injected some much needed attention to that lack of serious involvement. One to watch out for in the coming 12 months!" Ian D.Hall Liverpool Sound and Vision
"What a voice - so strong! And that's what you need to be on the radio and have hits, they deserve it" David Bash - International Pop Overthrow Festival at The Cavern in Liverpool

Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 13th August 2015

Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 13th August 2015. A link to the show can be found here: 

The Boogie Wonderland Show -13/08/2015 Playlist
Hour 1: 8 to 9pm
Shelia B Devotion
 Star Chaser (Dave Gerrard Edit) V4
 Luna De Enero
Yasmin Levy
Carmen Linares
Sidney Bechet & his New Orleans Feetwarmers
 Indian Summer
Klis Doldinger Quartet
 Blues for George
George Gruntz
 Danza, Danza, Fanciulla Gentile
The Haggis Horns 
 I Can't Stop The Feeling
Tracy Hamlin
 My Good Day
Vivienne McKone
 Everything is Gonna Be Alright
Miles Jaye
Little Sunflower
The Dojo Cuts
Sometimes It Hurts
Hour 2: 9 to 10pm
Samuel D Sanders
 Make You Mine (Nigel Lowis remix)
 Show Me  (Nigel Lowis Radio Edit)
McCrei Interview
 Part 1
McCrei Interview
 Part 2
McCrei Interview
 Part 3
McCrei Interview
 Part 4
 Show Me (Classic DIG  mix)
Hour 3: 10 to 11pm
Goldswagger feat. Maya Azucena
I Can’t Wait
 Ain't No Man
All 4 One
 Baby Love
The Isley Brothers
 Hello It's Me, Footsteps In the Dar, For the Love of You
 Request Line
Montell Jordan
 This Is How We Do It
Horace Brown
Things We Do For Love
 Diggin' On You
Tell Me What You Like
 Throw Your Hands Up
 If You Love Me