Following a packed out performance as part of London Jazz Festival 2016, it’s time for Vocal Rumbles round two… Matthews Vs. Watkiss, the rematch!
Vocal Rumbles is a unique collaboration between artists Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss. This performance battle brings together two heavyweight vocal voyagers. In the blue corner: Cleveland “Thunderbolt” Watkiss, London Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year, who’s worked with Bob Dylan and The Who. In the red corner: Randolph “Hurricane” Matthews, revolutionary combiner of jazz, blues and folk, who’s worked with Plan B and Grace Jones.
With the theatrical energy of a top-of-the-bill title fight, a deep-rooted musical soul and two truly unique vocal talents unleashing loops, back beats and mesmerising ring craft, Vocal Rumbles is a set to be a Hideaway Box Office hit!
A night of serious groove from an amazing vocalist who has been ‘the voice’ of four Incognito albums, toured, recorded and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry (Sting, Brenda Russell, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Billy Ocean and Noel Gallagher) and who continues to deliver great soulful cuts in her own right.
“When Joy Rose joined Sting for a duet she sang with such power and conviction that one could wonder why she did not sing on Sting’s album instead of Mary J Blige. She knocked the audience dead and got a standing ovation” The Current
“Joy Rose… is simply breathtaking” SmoothJazzNow
Joy Rose’s remarkable vocal talents have been surfing the waves of the music industry for a number of years. Moving to London from Birmingham at the tender age of 16, Joy’s talent was immediately spotted by record producer Rod Gammon who recorded her first single “Gimme the Funk” for Savage Records. In 1990 Joy became the lead singer for the group Mocca Soul and was the featured singer on the album Persistence of Memory. In 1991 Joy signed her first major recording deal with Talkin Loud Records. The label released a series of singles ‘Feed the Feeling’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Take U Higher’ and ‘Serious Love’. Joy then went on to record two albums with renowned jazz pianist Jason Rebello – Make It Real and Last Dance.
Shakatak’s bass player George Anderson returns to the Hideaway for another evening of jazzfunk and soul, performing songs from his new album ‘Body & Soul’ with vocalists MARY PEARCE, DEBBY BRACKNELL & GEO GABRIEL and an all star band.
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George is a solo artist in his own right, playing around the world notably in Cape Town South Africa, where his latest live CD “Cape Town To London” was recorded. George contributes to the songwriting in Shakatak having co- written their hit ‘Day By Day’ which features Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau.
He has now written and produced four critically acclaimed solo albums ‘Positivity’, ‘Expressions’, ‘Cape Town To London’ and now ‘Body & Soul’ which has gone straight in to no.21 on the Solar Radio Album Charts.
For this special night, George will be joined by Mary Pearce, Debby Bracknell and Geo Gabriel and his band to perform a mixture of new and old material, plus the music of George Duke, EWF Brothers Johnson, Crusaders, Prince and other Jazzfunksoul gems.
Definitely a ‘Night to remember’!
Line up: George Anderson – Bass, Mary Pearce – Vocs, Debby Bracknell – Vocs, Geo Gabriel – Vocs, Dave Ital – Guitar, Raffy Bushman – Piano, Dimitris Dimopoulos – Keys, Aaron Liddard – Sax, John Fisher – Drums