Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Jazz Cafe birthday; Madness in Spiritland; Curse of Lono fundraiser
13 April, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
The Jazz Cafe in Parkway, Camden Town
THE Jazz Cafe has announced a special programme of events to mark the venue’s first birthday since it was taken over by The Columbo Group. The celebrations, which run from June 14 to 18, will bring together classic jazz with world music, fusion, hip-hop and grime. Names announced this week include hip-hop Souls of Mischief (June 14), while renowned record label Mr Bongo presents a performance from French fusion group Cortex on June 15, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure is on June 16, Henry Wu’s tribute to cult bassist Jaco Pastorious, and Nightmares on Wax DJ set (June 17) and the Ruff Sqwad Orchestra performing an orchestral rendition of some of grime’s most iconic instrumentals alongside special guests (June 18).
• Former Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd continues his solo career at Scala on April 20.
• One Direction groupies who have the inclination, can grab the chance for a selfie next to the phone box from the Take Me Home album cover, which goes on display at Hard Rock Cafe from April 14 before it goes on auction on May 20.
• Madness will pitch up at King’s Cross muso venue Spiritland for an evening in conversation with Miranda Sawyer on July 2. The band will sit down with the journalist and presenter to discuss life, love, London and the creation of their new album Can’t Touch Us Now.
• London five-piece Curse of Lono play a special fundraising gig at the Water Rats on April 20 with all proceeds going to Barry Marshall-Everitt’s Cancer Fund. Barry, who has tour-managed T-Rex, recorded David Bowie and ran the Borderline for many years, is a long-time supporter of the band.
• High-energy production and DJ collective Stööki Sound bring their blend of UK bass, hip-hop and trap to Camden Assembly on April 14. Dubstep and grime producer Joker, known for creating the subgenre Purple Sound, also joins the bill.
• Proud Camden is carrying on the garage revival, with Oxide & Neutrino booked for April 16.
• Songwriter Albert Hammond is looking for the woman who inspired him to write The Hollies’ 70s hit The Air That I Breathe. Albert wrote the song for a secretary who gave him a place to stay when he moved to LA in 1970 – he never saw her again after he moved out of her flat. He is now releasing a new orchestral version of the song which will feature on album In Symphony, out in June, and said: “I always think of her. I think her surname was Koscy, but I’m not sure of the spelling. It would be lovely to find her again, after all these years… I really owe it all to the girl with the heart of gold who gave me a place to stay and a car to drive.” Hammond performs a rare UK symphonic concert, joined by Germany’s Leipzig Orchestra (led by conductor Wolfgang Rögner) at London’s Cadogan Hall on September 19.
• Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susannah, aka Suzie Ungerleider, plays Cecil Sharp House on April 19.
• The Leicester boys are back – Kasabian play three sold out shows at The Forum between April 18 and 20.
• Rowdy folk group the Neil Brophy Band play The Dublin Castle on April 20.