16 December 2006

Push Bar to close

Another of Soho's basement dive bars is to bite the dust. News just in this week that Push - home of the Piccadilly Blues Club and Bo Bo's Jumpin' Blues Joint nights - is to close down. The last night that Push will open for business is Saturday 23rd December 2006.

Push is a small dive bar on Dean Street run by charismatic manager Joe. It has hosted many cool nights over the few years it has been open. Sweet But Deadly was launched there before moving to the Pleasure Unit and I even DJ'd there once myself.

Still, it's not necessarily all bad news for fans of good music, as there is a rumour that the place will be turned into a blues bar of some description. As soon as I have any further info I will let you know.

28 November 2006

Ska To Reggae - Sat 23 Dec - don't miss!

Just been told about this fantastic event which features a truly amazing line-up of legendary Jamaican ska and reggae singers backed by the great Skatronics Jamaica. I'd advise you not to miss this!

SKA TO REGGAE - Saturday 23rd December

@ The Silver Spoon, South Way, Wembley, HA9 0HB
(behind Wembley Stadium)

A night of live music from Jamaican musical legends starring:

Eric Monty Morris (1st time in the UK)
Larry Marshall
BB Seaton & The Gaylads
Dennis Alcapone
The Marvels

backed by Skatronics Jamaica

Doors open from 9.30pm til late. Show begins at midnight

Compere: David Rodigan
Guest DJ: Mark LaMarr

nearest tubes: Wembley Stadium and Wembley Park

Admission: £20 otd

Suggested dress code: 60s/70s fashions

11 October 2006

Mash It Up! returns - Sat 21 Oct

Mash it Up! returns on Saturday 21st October to The Lark In The Park, Copenhagen Street, London N1. This is a nice venue in Islington with a dancefloor area, bar area and chill out room at the back with comfortable seating.

The music policy is as always "upbeat, danceable ska, reggae and straight-up funky-assed funk from the old school". Tickets are again available in advance only and the night runs from 8.30pm-2am. For more details (including DJ info and playlists) visit the Mash It Up! website:

To make bookings, or if you have any questions, contact the promoter - John - by email at: baldheadselector@mashitup.org.uk

Payments can be made online by Paypal to the same address.

05 October 2006

Jazz dance weekend!

What a treat this weekend has in store for lovers of old school jazz dance! All three days this weekend features a top jazz dance session. It's like buses - wait for ages then three come along at once! Make sure you get out to at least one of these sessions - you won't regret it! Proof that jazz clubbing is still alive and kicking in the 21st Century...

Friday night (6 October) is a cool sounding new session called Jazzin' @ Doon. Full details here (and check out that great flyer design!):

Saturday (7 October) sees the return of the Jazzcotech Dancers regular Messin' Around session @ The Jazz Cafe. This month features guest DJ MIKE CHADWICK (SmoothFM). For more info visit:

and Sunday (8 October) is the big finale - a reunion party at Dingwalls for Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forges' now legendary Talkin' Loud session. Expect a huge crowd for this one so get down early if you're planning on attending! Details can be found here:

04 October 2006

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - 13-15 Nov

Lovers of Nuyorican salsa take note - the Spanish Harlem Orchestra play live at The Jazz Cafe from Mon 13th Nov - Weds 15th Nov. Doors open at 7pm with support from DJ Lubi (Fania) on Mon and DJ Snowboy on Tue and Wed.

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra are a Grammy nominated 12-piece group led by pianist Oscar Hernandez who has played with the likes of Ray Barretto and Ruben Blades.

According to Lubi you can expect "Butt-kicking salsa played the old school classic way from New York's finest".

For more info visit http://www.meanfiddler.com/displayPage.asp?ArticleID=3042&URLID=19

Palmeras Kanibales live - 9 October

PALMERAS KANIBALES - A fascinating sounding Latin-ska-funk 8-piece hybrid orchestra from Venezuela will be performing live on Monday 9th October from 8pm

According to the press release you should be prepared to "Wear your dancing shoes! Renounce the mundane! Be ready to get swinging in a night fusing ska, rocksteady, reggae, funk & Afro-Latin grooves. An explosive dancing experience!"

The venue is Darbucka World Music Bar, 182 St John Street, EC1

DJ support is supplied by Muezzin (Costa Urbana) & Jamie Renton (Chilli Fried)

For more info visit www.darbucka.com

26 September 2006

Right On!

A huge thanks to everyone who came down to Right On! last Saturday - it was a wonderful turnout and I was really pleased to see so many different people all enjoying the music and grooving on the dancefloor all night.

Respect also goes out to the great Gladdy Wax and Dean Rudland who were awesome and lived up to their reputations once again.

Also thanks to all my door staff, the venue staff and everyone else who helped out in any way (flyering etc.)

I've already got a few nice photos back from the night that I hope to get up online ASAP.

All that remains to say is... watch this space for details of the next one!

La Pantere Rose - Thu 28 Sept

I'll be guest DJing at a groovy sounding new club night called La Pantere Rose (French for Pink Panther!) this Thursday - 28th September.

Hosted by Sofizel, this night features DJs Jane Calamity, Sofizel and myself playing a mix of 60s jazz, soundtracks (John Barry, Mancini, Morricone, etc.), French (Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot, Swingle Singers etc.) and Latin music (Bossa Nova, Samba, Mambo, etc.) . All this, along with "Pink Panther" cartoons on the walls and "fluffy marshmallows and sweets to eat"!

It runs from 7:30pm until midnight, with admission at £3 or £2 with a print out of the flyer.
The venue is: Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road, London N19. Tube: Archway. Buses: 17, 43, 271. To find out more or to view the flyer visit: www.myspace.com/sofizel

27 July 2006

Jean-Paul DJing tomorrow (Fri 28 July)

Short notice I know, but I'm DJing alongside Ronnie King (Lady Luck) tomorrow night at The Fig Tree (downstairs), Charlotte Street, London W1. It runs from 8pm till 2am and costs just a fiver to get in. The music policy is 50s and 60s rhythm & blues, jazz, Latin, soul and a little ska. Hope to see you there!

V&A 60s music event

The Victoria & Albert Museum is hosting a free Sixties Fashion exhibition until the 25th February 2007.

To celebrate this the museum is hosting a free event on Wednesday 9th August called "60s Underground Lost and Found" - an opportunity to "relive the 60s underground scene with a day and night of Northern Soul, Bluebeat, Ska and Rocksteady"... or so they say!

The event runs from 1pm till 9.45pm and includes films about Northern Soul and a DJ and dance session with selectors Gladdy Wax, Keb Darge, Andy Smith, Ady Croasdell and the Tighten Up crew.

There will also be an after party at the Jazz Cafe from 11pm till 2am. Admission to that is £5 with a special V&A voucher.

For full details of the event visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/events/60s_underground/index.html

For more information on the 60s Fashion exhibition visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/1960s/sixtiesfashion/index.html

London Dossier update

I have been busy updating the main London Dossier site - www.londondossier.com

All the listings are now up-to-date and new links have been added and dead links removed. There are some really exciting events coming up this Summer so check out the Live Music and Club guides.

Right On! relaunch

My Right On! club night is relaunching on Saturday 23rd September.

Since the last Right On! night in 2005 I have been searching for a new venue and I've finally found one - back in the West End where Right On! started. The venue is called Torts and it's just a couple of minutes from Holborn tube station. It has a late license and opens till 3.30am. To ensure a really good sound I am hiring the legendary Gladdy Wax sound system which plays at the Notting Hill carnival every year. Guest DJs are Gladdy Wax himself and Dean Rudland from legendary Latin record label - Fania. The night has also been chosen as the official launch party for new Fania CD "El Barrio: The Bad Boogaloo" which is due out in late September.

For full details on this exciting night visit www.right-on.org

For more information on Fania records visit www.faniarecords.com

Tribute To Studio One returns

The Tribute To Studio One and Treasure Isle night is back this Saturday (29th July)!

I went to the last one in May and believe me it was a wicked night. Nice big sound, nice big crowd and some sweet sweet reggae and rocksteady plus a little Motown and soul towards the end.

The night is held at The Garman Rooms, Garman Road, off Watermead Way, Tottenham, N17 (near Northumberland Park train station). Doors open from 11pm till dawn and admission is £10 all night. It doesn't really get going till about 1am though. DJs once again are Calvin Francis (Choice FM), System Sound (Station FM) and special guest the legendary Gladdy Wax (Supreme FM). For further info call 07985 116 107

02 June 2006

Hi-Hat club news

There's a new Hi-Hat compilation due out on 23rd June. The club itself is moving from The Jazz Cafe to upstairs at Ronnie Scott's in Soho – weekly (on a week day). The CD launch will be held there. More info will be posted here as I receive it.

Hi-Hat promoter and resident DJ - Snowboy - will also be doing a monthly Sunday night in Ronnie Scott's club itself, with all the tables and chairs cleared away plus a live band. It is NOT a Jazz Dance session though - it will be a freestyle night, and, live-wise, one month it may be a Be-Bop group, another a Jump Jive, another a Brasilian one.

To read more about Snowboy visit his website: http://www.snowboy.info/

Skavoovie has changed venue

The Skavoovie club night has moved from Pop to Opium, 1a Dean Street, Soho.
The next date is Wednesday 7th June, followed by the 29th June.
After that the night will run on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month.

For more information email skavoovie@btinternet.com

or visit the website: http://www.skavoovie.co.uk

27 May 2006

Tribute To Studio One & Treasure Isle

Well I've managed to get hold of a flyer, so, as promised, here are the full details of the forthcoming Tribute To Studio One and Treasure Isle. This event claims to be one of the biggest revival dances in London - so don't miss it!

It takes place this bank holiday Sunday (28th May) @ The Garman Rooms, Garman Road, off Watermead Way, Tottenham, N17 (near Northumberland Park train station)

Doors open 11pm till dawn and admission is £10 all night.

DJs are Calvin Francis (Choice FM), Gemi Magic Sound, System Sound (Station FM) and special guest the legendary Gladdy Wax (Supreme FM).

There will also be a "shuffling competition" so make sure you wear your dancing shoes!

For further info call 07985 116 107

24 May 2006

Jamaican foundation extravaganza

There will be a Foundation Extravaganza this coming Saturday (27th May) @ The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, NW5. A truly amazing line-up of acts from Jamaica will be playing live including:

The Etheopians
The Heptones
The Silvertones
and The Melodians

Tickets are priced between £30-£35 and doors open from 8pm-2am.

For more info and ticket booking visit: http://www.meanfiddler.com/displayPage_forum.asp?PageID=428

Gladdy Wax @ Coast To Coast

Legendary Jamaican selector Gladdy Wax is DJing at Coast To Coast this coming Saturday (27th May). Expect some top notch ska, rocksteady and reggae as well as some quality soul and funk. This should be a great night and will most likely be packed so get there early!

Coast To Coast is held at On The Rocks, 25-27 Kingsland Road, E2 (off Old Street)

For full details visit www.coasttocoast.org.uk

23 May 2006

Jamaican label art website launched

A great new website has just been launched dedicated to the Art of the Caribbean record label - jamaicanlabelart.com. It is the brain child of two respected reggae collectors who are regular contributors to the Blood and Fire reggae message board.

Check out the website here: http://jamaicanlabelart.com/

For more information contact: mike@jamaicanlabelart.com or Ian@jamaicanlabelart.com

Gene Drayton Unit news

Here's the latest news from The Gene Drayton Unit (GDU) - one of London's hippest Hammond 'n' horns combos...


The next GDU show is Saturday 8th July, at the 100 Club in London. See: http://www.the100club.co.uk/


The new GDU album "At The Jazz Traffic Lights" is now out on both CD and limited edition vinyl. Copies will be in all good record shops as well as on the Amazon website later in the summer, but you can get hold of the album right now by ordering it from the GDU website. It is priced at £10 plus postage and features 12 tracks (11 of them new) and a total playing time of 46 minutes. See: http://www.genedraytonunit.com/discs.html


Paul Jones has been playing tracks from the new LP on Radio 2. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/jones/


The GDU website is getting a makeover this summer: new graphics, new colour scheme, and new content. The band also now have a blog on MySpace. See: http://www.myspace.com/genedraytonunit

Jean-Paul at Lady Luck

I'll be DJing at Lady Luck this coming Thursday (25th May) and am really looking forward to it!

Details are as follows:

Lady Luck @ Too2Much
Walker's Court, Soho, London W1.

Doors open 10pm - 3am (but arrive before 11pm as it's cheaper to get in and always sells out!)

Two rooms of WILD SOUNDS from the 20s to the 60s from the LADY LUCK DJs plus SPECAL GUESTS:

Live on stage at midnight: THE BAD BREED!

And then at 2am there will be FIRE BURLESQUE by RED SARAH

Plus LIVE SET upstairs in the Cocktail Lounge from MR IVORY KEYS (DUFFER)

For further info visit: www.ladyluckclub.co.uk

Set The Tone

This Saturday (27th May) sees another Set The Tone session at The Social (downstairs), 5 Little Portland Street, London W1 (tube: Oxford Circus)

Music from 7pm - Midnight with admission being free all night - but it's advisable to get there early as it's a small venue and always fills up quickly.


Music policy is as ever: ROCKSTEADY, SCORCHING SKA and RUDE REGGAE

Future guest DJs are:

For further info visit the website: www.set-the-tone-67.co.uk

18 May 2006

Upbeat club comes to London

On Saturday 3rd June the Upbeat crew from Essex present the launch of London's newest club night:

Upbeat & Uptown @ The Marine Broker, Leman Street, London E1 (nearest tube Aldgate or Aldgate East)

Resident DJs Richard Brown and Andy Powell plus guest Gav Evans (Shotgun) will be playing 60s rhythm and blues, soul, ska, boogaloo and beat from 9pm til 2am. Admission is £5 on the door.

For more info call 07751 016975

Stow-A-Way Soul changes venue

After nearly a year and a half at The Soul, Walthamstow's finest regular soul and r&b night - Stow-A-Way Soul - has moved to The Castle, Eden Road - right in the heart of Walthamstow Village and just five minute's walk from Walthamstow station. This venue has it's own dance floor as well as plenty of seating. The launch night night was on Wednesday 26th April and the night returns every fourth Wednesday of the month (next date: Wednesday 24th May).

Tower Music Festival

There is a stellar line-up for this year's Tower Music Festival at The Tower of London:

James Brown plays live on Tuesday 4th July
Dionne Warwick will play live on Thursday 6th July
Dr John and Randy Newman play live on Friday 7th July
and Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck play live on Monday 10th July

Other artists include Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and - rather less excitingly - Jamie Cullum!

Tickets for these events are available through Ticketmaster - http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk - but be warned they aren't cheap!

For more info on the festival visit the website - http://www.towermusicfestival.co.uk

16 May 2006

Mash It Up! returns

Mash it Up! returns this Saturday (20th May) to a secret venue in Islington, London N1

This night promises "the finest in upbeat, danceable ska and reggae and straight-up funky-assed funk from the old school".

Tickets are £5 and are available in advance only - remaining places are available on a strictly first come, first served basis.

Doors will be locked at 10pm to ensure sufficient jumping around time - so you'll need to get there before 10pm. The venue has a quieter area at the back if you want to chat and drinks are at pub prices so turning up before the pubs turn out should not be too much of a hardship. The night will finish at around 2am.

For more details including DJ info and playlists visit the Mash It Up! website: http://www.mashitup.org.uk/

To make bookings, or if you have any questions, contact the promoter - John - by email at: baldheadselector@mashitup.org.uk

Payments can be made online by Paypal to the same address.

Sweet But Deadly club

Sweet but Deadly is expanding…it will now be running twice a month, one date for bands and 60s beat/garage DJs, and more interestingly one date with just DJs playing pure modernist sounds - 60s soul, rhythm & blues, Motown, Stax, ska, dancefloor jazz, Latin and Hammond grooves.

This night runs from 9pm - 2am and the door charge is just £3. However there is strictly no admission after midnight so get there early!

Guest DJs this Friday (19th May) are Marcus Hjoberg and Liam Hughes.

Next month's date is Friday 23rd June and will feature guest DJ Michael Jemmeson as well as myself - Jean-Paul Séculaire.

July's date will be Friday 21st.

For more info visit http://www.myspace.com/SweetButDeadlyclub

13 May 2006

Calypso legends live in London!

Calypso legends The Mighty Sparrow, The Mighty Terror, Calypso Rose and Lord Superior are playing a rare gig in London at The Barbican on the 23rd June. This really is an event not to be missed by lovers of Carribbean music. A stellar line-up like this is unlikely to be seen again on these shores and the calypsonians are not getting any younger.

Tickets are priced at £14-£22.50 and the concert begins at 8pm.

The evening is a celebration of calypso's captivating melodies and timeless hits (Shame & Scandal in the Family, Rum & Coca Cola and Jean & Dinah) that made a cultural hub of Dirty Jim's Swizzle Club in Port of Spain and gave a voice and sound to Trinidad in the world.

Complimenting the concert, Barbican Film are screening the award winning documentary "Calypso At Dirty Jim's" (6pm - Cinema 2). Concert ticket holders can claim concession rates - call the Box Office on 0845 120 7531 to book.

For full details and to book tickets for this event visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=4305

Mike Garrick gigs

Legendary British jazz pianist/composer Mike Garrick is playing a couple of gigs in London over the next month. Garrick is arguably one of Britain's finest jazz pianists and composers and was one of the leading players in the 1960s British modern jazz scene. He was born in Enfield in 1933 and formed his first modern jazz quartet in 1959. Garrick recorded a number of albums throughout the 60s and 70s, including several with Joe Harriott - and one of Garrick's recent projects was a performance of Harriott pieces arranged for big band by Garrick himself.

Sunday 21st May - 1pm-4pm - £6/£4
A rare chance to see Mike Garrick playing in a quintet line-up.
Downstairs at the Spice Of Life, 6 Moor Street, Soho
More info from www.spicejazz.co.uk

18th June
Mike Garrick makes a rare appearance at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street, Soho
More info from www.pizzaexpress.com

12 May 2006

Jean-Paul's guest DJ spots

I've got some nice guest DJ spots coming up in London during the next couple of months:

This coming Wednesday (17th May) I'll be DJing at The Stag O Lee @ The New Evaristo Club, 57 Greek Street (basement), Soho

This is probably the best R&B night in London and well worth a visit, especially as admission is absolutely free!

Music starts around 8.30pm and goes on til very late. Music policy is basically the finest in 50s and 60s Rhythm 'n' Blues (plus a touch of ska and 60s soul).

Then on Thursday 25th May I'll be back at The Lady Luck Club - now at Too2Much (formerly the Raymond Revue Bar), Walker's Court, Soho

This is a truly unique *amazing* night in a fabulous venue and NOT TO BE MISSED! For full details visit www.ladyluckclub.co.uk

Finally on Friday 23rd June I'll be back at Sweet But Deadly @ The Pleasure Unit, 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2. This night has a great music policy and attracts a young and friendly crowd.

It costs just £3 to get in and runs from 8pm-2am but there is strictly no entrance after midnight... you've been warned!

Vespa & Lambretta exhibition

A new exhibition called "Ready, Steady, Go!" opens tomorrow (Saturday 13th May) at the Chelsea Space examining the history of Vespa and Lambretta scooters and their influence on British culture.

The exhibition includes advertising and posters from Innocenti and Piaggio, films and photographs and a rare Vespa from the 1950s.

There will also be a scooter rideout tomorrow ending in the piazza in front of the gallery. Music will be supplied in the piazza from Noon onwards by one of my favourite DJs - Dave Edwards (compiler of the Trojan Mod Reggae boxsets)

For more info on the exhibition email arpna@kabinetofcuriosities.co.uk

The Chelsea Space
Chelsea College of Art & Design
16 John Islip St
London SW1P 4JUN
(Nearest tube: Pimlico)

For more info on the Chelsea Space visit http://www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/chelsea-space.htm

Sonny Rollins at The Barbican

Legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins is playing at the Barbican tomorrow night (Sat 13th May)! The gig sold out months ago but I was lucky enough to get tickets. It's definitely worth checking if there are any returns as this should be one hell of a gig.

For more info visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=3387

17 March 2006


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