The album ‘Inner Fire’ is available now. Buy here
We’re as excited as can be that The Souljazz Orchestra are heading back out on the road this summer. Following on from their acclaimed album ‘Inner Fire’ released earlier this year and their sell out tour, this summer’s dates look sure to be a must see.
For full info on the tour, head on over to the Souljazz Orchestra website.
Jun 12 – Toronto, ON – Luminato Festival
Jun 20 – Ottawa, ON – Glow Fair
Jun 27 – Innkreis, AU – Woodstock der Blasmusik
Jun 29 – Mechelen, BE – Ottertrotter Festival
Jul 05 – Ljubljana, SI – Ljubljana Jazz Festival
Jul 11 – Birmingham, UK – Mostly Jazz Festival
Jul 12 – Dublin, IE – The Sugar Club
Jul 17 – Pori, FI – Pori Jazz Festival
Jul 19 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Jul 20 – Gent, BE – Polé Polé Festival
Aug 09 – Lévis, QC – Festival Jazz Etcetera
Aug 15 – Salmon Arm, BC – Roots & Blues Festival
The new music video for Souljazz Orchestra’s “One Life To Live” captures the group’s impeccably tight live chemistry, as well as their analog aesthetic. Shot in their basement studio in Ottawa, the clip translates the intensity of the live show into a more intimate environment. With pyrotechnics like this happening like this on the regular, let’s hope the studio is well equipped for fire safety!
Inner Fire is available in record stores now, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and the Strut Store (where there are still a few 180 gram vinyl copies left!).
American soul, Nigerian-style Afrobeat, and of course jazz make up the foundations of The Souljazz Orchstra’s sound, but as prodigiously skilled musicians and prolific listeners, the Orchestra regularly incorporates other sonic reference points into their compositions. On “Kingdom Come,” one of the many highlights from their new album Inner Fire, there’s a distinct flavor of Ethio Jazz, as popularized by Mulatu Astatke. But the music, as typified by up an front raw recording style, a razor sharp rhythm section, and the prominent baritone saxophone work, is immediately recognizable as a Souljazz creation.
Watch the new video for “Kingdom Come,” comprised of public domain images of Egyptian art, below. Inner Fire is available in record stores now, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and the Strut Store (where, as always, LP orders will be shipped on limited 180 G vinyl while supplies last).
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The Souljazz Orchestra is one of the best live bands one could hope to see. And after tearing up Canadian clubs in February, they’re crossing the ocean to take their six-person wrecking crew to Europe for a generous run of shows in March and April. By that point there will have been plenty of opportunity to get to know the new material from Inner Fire, which comes out February 24th (and is streaming this week on Pandora).
Add these dates to your calendar, and get full details and ticketing links at the Souljazz Orchestra site.
Mar 21 – Pfarrkirchen, DE – Bogaloo
Mar 22 – Cologne, DE – Bhf Ehrenfeld
Mar 26 – Brétigny-sur-Orge, FR – Le Rack’Am
Mar 28 – Ivry, FR – Le Hangar 94
Mar 29 – Montpellier, FR – Rockstore
Mar 30 – Rambouillet, FR – L’Usine à Chapeaux
Apr 01 – London, UK – The Jazz Cafe
Apr 02 – Bern, CH – Turnhalle
Apr 03 – Bern, CH – Turnhalle (Matinee)
Apr 03 – Basel, CH – Kaserne Basel (Evening)
Apr 04 – Brussels, BE – Espace Senghor
Apr 05 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Apr 09 – Istanbul, TK – Salon ÌKSV