15 December 2012

A Reggae Christmas @ The Ivory Arch - 22nd December

An interesting-looking reggae event is taking place at The Ivory Arch Indian restaurant on Saturday 22nd December, 2012 featuring live music from Skillosophi.


13 October 2012

Gilles Peterson at Shiftless Shuffle - Sunday 21 October 2012

Message from the JazzCotech Dancers...

We have done it again! Shiftless Shuffle on Sunday 21st October at East Village features a one-off and exclusive collaboration of 3 of the most legendary DJs on the UK Jazz Dance scene: Gilles Peterson, Colin Parnell & Boo, famed for their respective sessions at Horseshoe, Electric Ballroom and of course Dingwalls. This is the first ever time they are united behind the decks and because of this, we have extended the session to run from 2pm until 8pm.

Shiftless Shuffle, now in its 12th year, is the brainchild of Perry Louis, founder of JazzCotech Dancers. The afternoon starts at 2pm with a 1 hour class in the specialist Street-Fusion Jazz Dance style From Funk to Fusion, taught only by JazzCotech. The class is open to Novices and experienced Dancers alike, providing the opportunity to learn from the masters themselves, including all of the rhythmical, intricate footwork and so-called drop moves that are iconic and exclusive to this style. The ensuing club session has people flocking to it from all corners of the UK, including some of the best and original Jazz Dancers the UK has to offer.

Billed as “the coolest thing to do in London on a Sunday” by Time Out, Shiftless Shuffle is THE place to hang out so why not join us to strut your stuff, take in the incredible music, or simply kick back with a drink or two and enjoy watching the many Dancers do their thing.

Shiftless Shuffle, Sunday 21st October @ East Village (Basement) 89 Gt Eastern Street. London EC2A 3HX. Old St / Liverpool St Tube/BR. Class at 2pm; Club Session 3pm - 8pm. £8:00

Hope to see many of you there!
JazzCotech Dancers

08 September 2012

London's best vintage club nights

As promised, I've now added a page listing my favourite vintage music club nights. I've also uploaded all of the remaining content from the old site, and reorganised it slightly. Hope you find the new website useful and easy to navigate!

07 September 2012

The London Dossier is back

As you can see, I've got The London Dossier website back online — but now it's all hosted here on Blogger. I've uploaded most of the old content, with the exception of the club calendar. I no longer have time to update a calendar of events on such a regular basis, so instead I will probably add a page with links to regular club nights and other event promoters. Watch this space!

I do hope you enjoy browsing the site. Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below.

05 September 2012

Right On! - new vintage black music website launched

Well, I mentioned in my last post that I've been busy working on a number of projects. One of these I can now reveal  a brand new website for Right On! promotions to celebrate 10 years in the business (how time flies!)

Although I have plans to add more content, the bulk of the site is now finished and live on the web, including lots of different genres of music you can listen to. So, if you like vintage black music, be sure to check it out and join the mailing list!


31 August 2012

London Dossier update

You may have noticed that this blog has been very inactive of late. And you may have noticed that the main site has gone down altogether (my web host suddenly disappeared without warning). In fact, I've mainly been updating people via the London Dossier Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I've worked on the London Dossier for over 10 years now, but have been taking a step back recently to work on other projects (some personal and some public). I've also been thinking hard about whether or not to relaunch this site and, if so, in what format. For the time being I will probably re-upload the main site as it was but without the club calendar. I will also leave this blog in place but it will serve more as an archive than anything else. There's only so much time I have in the day and over the last year or so my priorities have changed.

So to summarise, the London Dossier will remain for now, but in a less active state. I would advise anyone interested in more regular updates to "like" Jean-Paul Séculaire's London Dossier on Facebook and/or follow @londondossier on Twitter.

25 April 2012

The London International Ska Festival 2012

The London International Ska Festival returns this year, from Thursday 3rd May until Sunday 6th May, featuring another array of Ska and Reggae legends.

Headline acts include Dandy Livingstone, Owen Gray (replacing Dawn Penn), George Dekker & Jackie Robinson from The Pioneers, Dave Barker and Freddie Notes. Other bands of note include London Dossier favourites Ska Cubano and The Dualers. DJs include Gladdy Wax, The Tighten Up Crew and Steve Rice (Downbeat Melody).

The venues for the main concerts are the Islington O2 Academy and the Islington Assembly Hall. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will also be after-parties down the road at Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ until late.

I myself will be DJing at the after-party on Saturday night and can offer half-price admission to Metalworks for all London Dossier readers. If interested, you must let me know in advance.

For more information, and tickets to the festival, visit: