On Saturday 2nd January 2016 I attended this amazing live concert by 2 members of the Jaffa Cakes band at Cafe Dublin, 17b Asdill’s Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
I got the chance to meet both the lovely singer Plinny Phoenix and pianist Dario Rodighiero. I enjoyed so much their live jazz/bossa nova performance that I made a video out of it! The audience appreciated it as well. You can see and hear them cheering and clapping.
BAND MUSIC STYLES AND MEMBERS
The Jaffa Cakes band is a taste of the most famous songs in a retro style, that could be any genre of music, but mostly:
They’ve got just a piano, drums and a voice. Yet they bring a unique mix of retro-modern songs in the blues, funk and jazz genre.
The 3 band members are:
Miss Phoenix @ Vocals
Dario Rodighiero Duck @ Piano
Paolo Zuddas @ Drums.
If you’d like to know more about each member, check their biographies:
It was such an honour to listen to the amazing voices of Saun and Starr with such a great accompaniment band!
I didn’t initially know these female singers. However, I was greatly impressed by their performance at Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 24th October 2015!
Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe grew up mere blocks from each other in New York City’s northernmost borough, The Bronx.
But it wasn’t until 1986 that the two actually crossed paths at an open mic night at a club called Carl’s Off the Corner in Harlem. With a mutual respect for each other’s talent as singers along with a shared musical aesthetic, the two became fast friends.
In 2013, cover songs soon gave way to original compositions with the duo now named Saun & Starr. Before long, S&S and The Dap-Kings set up shop at Daptone Records’ House of Soul music. They began recording an album of their own material.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Hugh Masekela concert in National Concert Hall organised by the Waltons World Masters.
I saw few papers around from this music organisation before that day. The papers detailed the artist biography with an offer to sign up for their newsletter. I subscribed and became the lucky winner of two tickets to watch this jazz concert!
Originally, I didn’t know much about Hugh Masekela and his South African band even though they are a well-known in the jazz world. Consequently, I had no particular expectations from them. However, I must say now: it was one the best concerts I have been attended!
Hugh Masekela, although already 75 years of age at that time, displayed incredible energy and musical talent throughout the whole show. He was a very witty, bright and young at heart artist.
His band and himself continued playing about 3-4 extra songs after the due ending time of the concert.
I also discovered the‘Tig Linn’ support band, an afrobeat and afro-jazz Irish-Nigerian band from Dublin. Worth watching, too! They play a fusion of Nigerian and traditional Irish music.
Tig Linn is still going strong. They are still regularly playing live. To keep up-to-date of their next concert, follow them on Facebook. If you would like to book them for a concert, get in touch with them on their website.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY AND SUPPORT BAND INFORMATION
Click on the pictures to read more easily the brochures’ information:
LIVE CONCERT RECORDING
This video is from the repeat songs at the end:
Keep in mind that you will no longer be able to go to his concerts. Indeed, Hugh Masekela died on 23rd January 2018 at the age of 78. Repose in peace.
If you enjoy his music, you may want to buy it on Amazon.
First of all, Canada’s hardest-working combo, Souljazz Orchestra band, perfects their signature through a percussive explosion of:
and Caribbean rhythms.
unleashed blaring majestic horns
dusty vintage keyboards
and heavy percussion sounds.
Furthermore, the multicultural collective surfaces with a hard-hitting new record in 2015, ‘Resistance’. This album resumes its link-up with UK-based Strut Records.
The composer Pierre Chrétien explains that they approached this album with a fresh ear. He says as well that: “We were keen to build on the band’s sound and message. So, I brought in some of the French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences that I’ve loved since my youth.”
Consequently, the new album adds fresh dancefloor-oriented elements of:
The resulting album is a defiant celebration of social justice and human empowerment.
On the other hand, their first three released albums:
Freedom No Go Die (2006, featuring the single ‘Mista President’)
Rising Sun (2010)
were nominated for Juno Awards.
SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA BAND TOURING
Last but not least, the Ottawa-based sextet brings its dynamite show across the globe.
They share bills along the way with heavyweights such as:
and Femi Kuti.
LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS
Finally, I attended one of their live performance at the Sugar Club on Saturday 12th July 2014.
Now, want to listen to them? You are lucky, I have recorded them.
So, I hope you will enjoy these videos and mixed tape below:
Theo Parrish is a musician and selector based in Detroit, Michigan, often described as a ‘techno/house’ artist. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1972.
Theo Parrish musical influences
He grew up in Chicago, Illinois listening to jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and George Gershwin.
THEO PARRISH MUSIC BACKGROUND
Theo Parris begins spinning and producing tracks in 1986, at the age of thirteen…
After graduating from the Academy for the Arts, he received a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1994, he received a BA’s Degree of Fine Arts from KCAI with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using:
the human voice,
and numerous other sound generating devices.
Theo Parrish can fuse the rhythmic, disco-based pulse of Chicago house with the modernist soul of Detroit techno, while at the same time pointing to a lineage in black music that runs directly from Sun Ra to Sound Signature.