FOCUS ON JAZZ/ HILL ST SOUL

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Focus on Jazz kicks off 2018 aiming to pick up where they finished off 2017 – matching top UK vocalists with talented local musicians. Their first event features an evening of soul music with the celebrated vocalist Hil St Soul in her first-ever performance at the Bear Club, Luton on Friday 26th January 2018. Peter Honegan’s Band – featuring Chris Morris on drums, David Elevique on keys, Wayne Powell on guitar and Peter himself on bass – are providing the backing to this well-established figure from the UK soul scene. A Singer of many styles, Hil is comfortable performing classic Soul, smooth Jazz, up-tempo Funk and Gospel. Her versatility earned her the honour of Best Newcomer by the UK's Blues & Soul magazine, and her voice has been described as “a beguiling set of pipes with a whiff of Whitney here, a scoop of Chaka there…”. An accomplished and prolific songwriter, Incognito, Maysa Leak, and others have used Hil’s material. Her live show at the Bear Club will include specially adapted songs of a selection from Hil’s 4 highly acclaimed albums for what promises to be a great evening. Support Artist on the night will be Tyrone “Biblikal” Gordon, a 2017 “Britain’s Got Reggae” finalist who will deliver his unique blend and range of uplifting lyrics, full of substance and energy. As one of the best Reggae Artists that Britain has to offer, we are hugely excited to feature him at the Bear Club. Of course, an evening such as this would not be complete without Starpoint FM DJ Paul Goldsmith who will once again play the best in Soul & Jazz, and our Host, The Real Reminiscence – Lee Drummond. Tickets available via http://tkt.to/HilStSoul and the Bear Club website £24.50 in advance + booking fee (£19.50 + booking fee for Bear Club members) For further information, please contact Paul Hammond 07841 514953 Notes for Editors Hilary Mwelwa moved from Lusaka, Zambia, to England when she was five years old. She studied biochemistry at the University of London, but a strong love for Music pushed her to leave school and follow her heart. An a-cappella demo of Stevie Wonder/Clarence Paul/Morris Broadnax's "Until You Come Back to Me," cut in 1995, started everything for Hil; she loved the song so much, she waxed two versions for her debut CD, jointly written and produced with Victor Redwood Sawyerr (aka VRS, a founding member of Blak Twang), the other half of Hil St. Soul. A Singer of many styles, Mwelwa is comfortable performing classic Soul, smooth Jazz, up-tempo Funk, and Gospel. Her versatility earned her the honour of Best Newcomer by the UK's Blues & Soul magazine. She has performed at festivals in Holland, Norway, and England, sharing stages with Urban kings and queens such as D'Angelo, Kelis, Macy Gray, and Angie Stone, to name a few. An accomplished and prolific songwriter, Incognito, Maysa Leak, and others have used her material. Her style doesn't lack drama, but she's more subtle than demonstrative. Not as reclining as Sade, and not as overwhelming as Mica Paris, she's found a comfortable niche that appeases classic Soul fanatics canvassing for fresh R&B/Pop janissaries without disenfranchising Hip-Hop lovers. She issued four albums during the 2000s: Soul Organic (2000), Copasetik & Cool (2004), Soulidified (2006), and Black Rose (2008). USA Today described Hil St Soul’s vocals as “Always enticing” while The Associated Press declared “Hil St Soul has an organic soulful sound that is all their own.” Hil St Soul’s Black Rose was the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed CD, Soulifidied which The Baltimore Sun praised for its “delicious creamy vibe,” and Blues and Soul Magazine heralded the CD as ‘the best urban album of the year’ and declared “Soulidified is as good as it gets.” Vibe Magazine described Hilary’s singing as “rich, velvety voice that warms the inside like a spot of tea” and The Boston Globe described her voice as “a beguiling set of pipes with a whiff of Whitney here, a scoop of Chaka there…” Our Support Artist on 26th January will be Tyrone “Biblikal” Gordon. Tyrone spent his early years surrounded by lovers of music, raised around the familiar and unique format of ‘The Sound System’ courtesy of his Dad’s involvement with ‘High Priest’, a South London based sound, which played at venues up and down the country in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. Through his Mum, he was exposed to the Pentecostal church as a young boy and became accustomed to the energetic and passionate environment, which further helped to shape his outlook on life and boost his musical aspirations. Biblikal is a 2017 “Britain’s Got Reggae” finalist with a wide range of uplifting lyrics, full of substance and energy, and one of the UK’s best Reggae talents today. Completing the night, we welcome back Starpoint FM DJ Paul Goldsmith who will once again play the best in Soul & Jazz, and our Host, The Real Reminiscence – Lee Drummond. Date: FRIDAY 26th January 2018 Doors: 7.00pm Venue: The Bear Club, Mill Yard, 24a Guildford St, Luton LU1 2NR Tickets available via http://tkt.to/HilStSoul £24.50 in advance + booking fee (£19.50 + booking fee for Bear Club members) MORE ON THE DOOR (limited number of tickets only) For further info call Focus on Jazz: 07957 560557 or Paul Hammond 07841 514953

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Start Time
19:00
26/01/2018
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27/01/2018
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