Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids To Support Floating Points Live In The US

The Pyramids Sweden 2015-2 squareDirectly following the announcement of a forthcoming new album We Be All Africans for Strut, West Coast spiritual jazz legends Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids have been hand-picked to support Floating Points on the West Coast leg of their live tour. We can’t imagine a better pairing, and fans of mind-expanding jazz are in for a true treat.

See below for all Floating Points dates featuring Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids. We Be All Africans will be released May 27th on CD, LP (w. CD included), digital and streaming formats. Pre-orders are available now.

Floating Points US Tour feat. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

April 27th – Santa Ana, CA: Constellation Room
April 28th – Santa Cruz, CA: The Catalyst Club
April 29th – San Francisco, CA: Mezzanine
May 1st – Portland, OR: Doug Fir Lounge
May 3rd – Seattle, WA: Neumos
May 4th – Vancouver, BC: Celebrities Nightclub

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band European Tour Dates Summer 2016

Rehearsal photo 3 cropGhanaian vocalist Pat Thomas and his all-star Kwashibu Area Band are setting out on an absolutely massive tour this summer. Performing material from last year’s self-titled album as well as highlights from throughout Thomas’ long career, this string of shows are an amazing opportunity to catch a living master of African highlife in the flesh. A highlight at last year’s Womex festival, the band will be taking their phenomenal live show across Europe from May.

The album Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band is out now on CD, 2LP (w. CD included) & digital formats.

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The Souljazz Orchestra Autumn Tour

souljazz_orchestra5_cropWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Souljazz Orchestra is simply one of the hardest working, must see live bands in the business. With their incendiary new album Resistance out now, the Ottawa-based sextet lead by Pierre Chrétien is taking to the road for an absolutely epic series of dates that sees them taking their very own fusion of roots music, jazz and funk from their native Canada to Europe and back again, making converts as they go. Dress light, as these shows will be HOT!

Resistance is available now via online retail and the Strut Store.

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Full Tour Dates

Sep 12 – Port Hope, CA – All-Canadian Jazzfest
Sep 26 – Ottawa, CA – Babylon Nightclub
Oct 03 – Lausanne, CH – Holy Groove Festival
Oct 04 – London, UK – Jazz Cafe
Oct 05 – Zurich, CH – Moods
Oct 08 – Beauvais, FR – L’Ouvre-Boîte
Oct 09 – Sannois, FR – EMB
Oct 10 – Rennes, FR – Ubu
Oct 11 – Laval, FR – 6PAR4
Oct 13 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Oct 14 – Massy, FR – Paul B
Oct 15 – Lyon, FR – Marché Gare
Oct 16 – Montpellier, FR – Rockstore
Oct 17 – Chalon-sur-Saône, FR – La Péniche
Oct 19 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Oct 20 – Liverpool, UK – The Kazimier
Oct 22 – Milan, IT – Biko Club
Oct 23 – Barcelona, SP – Say It Loud
Oct 24 – Madrid, SP – Sala Clamores
Oct 25 – Berlin, DE – Yaam
Oct 27 – Bochum, DE – Bahnhof Langendreer
Oct 29 – Cologne, DE – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
Oct 30 – Pfarrkirchen, DE – Club Bogaloo
Oct 31 – Offenbach, DE – Hafen 2
Nov 03 – Vienna, AT – Andino
Nov 04 – Prague, CZ – AghaRTA
Nov 05 – Athens, GR – GazARTE
Nov 07 – Marseille, FR – Cabaret Aléatoire
Nov 14 – Gatineau, QC – Le Petit Chicago
Nov 20 – Hamilton, CA – This Ain’t Hollywood
Nov 21 – Toronto, CA – Lee’s Palace
Nov 27 – Québec, CA – Le Cercle
Nov 28 – Montréal, CA – La Sala Rossa

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band Tour Europe

Rehearsal photo 3 cropThe self titled debut album from legendary Ghanaian vocalist Pat Thomas and his newly formed Kwashibu Area band was one of the soundtracks to our summer. Firmly rooted in the tradition of classic West African musicianship, the album showcases Thomas’ incredible voice and reinvigorates our love of Highlife. This Autumn, Thomas and company are hitting the road together, performing tracks from the album as well as classics from throughout Pat Thomas’ career. Don’t miss an opportunity to see one of the foremost living practioners of Highlife music, live in the flesh.

Pat Thomas And Kwashibu Area Band is available now via digital retailers and the Strut Store.

01.10.15 – Norwich, UK: Norwich Arts Centre
02.10.15 – London, UK: Richmix
03.10.15 – Cornwall, UK: Mount Pleasant Eco Park
04.10.15 – Whitstable, UK: Duke of Cumberland
07.10.15 – Brussels, BE: AB Club
08.10.15 – Paris, FR: New Morning
09.10.05 – Zurich, CH: Stall 6
10.10.15 – Lyon, FR: Le Sucre
15.10.15 – Rotterdam, NL: Lantaren Venster
16.10.15 – Groningen, NL: De Oosterport
17.10.15 – Utrecht, NL: Rasa
18.10.15 – Amsterdam, NL: Paradiso
20.10.15 – Berlin, DE: Bi Nuu
21.10.15 – Warsaw, PL: Pardon To Tu
22.10.15 – Vienna, AT: Fluc
24.10.15 – Budapest, HU: Womex
29.10.15 – Rome, IT: Afropolitan
30.10.15 – Bologna, IT: Locomotiv
31.10.15 – Milan, IT: Biko Club

Orlando Julius Tours USA In September

OrlandoLiveVeteran Nigerian saxophonist and pioneer of Afro soul and Afrobeat, Orlando Julius, embarks on his first set of US dates in over a decade this Autumn. Expect to hear tracks from his acclaimed new studio album with The Heliocentrics, Jaiyede Afro, alongside a host of classics from his incredible 50-year career including “Alo Mi Alo,” “James Brown Ride On,” “Jagua Nana” and “Ijo Soul,” the track which allegedly influenced James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” It’s a one-off chance to catch one of Africa’s all-time great musicians, live and direct.

Jaiyede Afro is available now via digital retailers and the Strut Store.

(Photo by Mariagrazia Giove)

September 18th: Chicago, IL / Mayne Stage ‘World Music Festival Chicago’
September 19th: Chicago, IL / Mayne Stage ‘World Music Festival Chicago’
September 24th: Philadelphia, PA / venue tba
September 25th: New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge
September 26th: Albuquerque, NM / National Hispanic Cultural Center

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics Announce European Tour

“In case it’s not clear: Jaiyede Afro is a tremendous album.”PopMatters

With this year’s collaborative album Jaiyede Afro hailed as one of the freshest takes on Afrobeat music in recent memory, Nigerian Afrobeat originator Orlando Julius and London’s psychedelic jazz ensemble The Heliocentrics are launching a massive European tour together. Who knows when this group of musicians will find themselves on stage together again? We suggest you don’t miss it.

Update: due to unforeseen visa issues, UK dates have been re-scheduled for May.

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SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA SUMMER TOUR DATES 2014

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 album ‘Inner Fire’ is available now.

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Souljazz Orchestra European Tour Dates Spring 2014

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.

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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

Cornell Campbell & Soothsayers Tour UK in February

CornellFrontThe incredible voice of Cornell Campbell meshes so well with Soothsayers’ tight musicianship that after recording an album together, it made perfect sense for the two to tour together. Having already performed a handful of dates together (including the London album launch with Jerry Dammers this summer) the guys are ready to take to the road for a more fleshed out UK tour. Catch them early in 2014 at the events below, and don’t miss their album Nothing Can Stop Us, out now.  You can also get a taste of their onstage chemistry via the live video below.

 

7-2-14 – Cornwall: Mount Pleasant Ecological Park
8-2-14 – Exeter: Phoenix
13-2-14 – London: Hootananny
15-2-14 – Brighton: Concorde
20-2-14 – Newcastle: Northumbria University
21-2-14 – Birmingham: The Drum
22-2-14 – Aberystwth: Aberystwth Arts Centre
28-2-14 – Liverpool: The Kazimier