Buzzing for these legends and Acid Jazz Royalty to be playing The Brook this October. They were pioneers of the London Acid Jazz scene and they are buzzing to be playing their classic funk grooves in this ridiculously exciting gig!!!
Inspired by James Brown and gaining enormous exposure when their demo tracks were spun at The influential Cat in the Hat Club, this band are musical heroes of their time!! Come get your groove on!!! It’s a one of a kind gig, not to be missed.
Funk royalty and pioneers of the 90s Acid Jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies have achieved sixteen UK Top 40 singles and released two Platinum-selling albums and two gold albums in the UK. Headed up today by founding members and principal songwriters Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy, the group are stronger than ever, continuing an incredible thirty-year run that’s seen them dominate pop charts the world over and inspire generations of later artists, including Jamiroquai and super-producer Mark Ronson, who named their debut album as one of the five records that changed his life.
2019 sees the band release their 30th Anniversary album,(June 28th) featuring collaborations with original singers Siedah Garrett and N’Dea Davenport, soul greats Angie Stone and Beverley Knight, rising star Laville and Mr Ronson himself.
Emerging at the forefront of London’s acid jazz scene, the Brand New Heavies transformed their love for 70’s funk grooves into a new and exciting sound that electrified clubs across the UK capital. Throughout an illustrious career that’s seen their line-up change several times, the group have released ten studio albums alongside multiple compilations and remix albums. Hugely popular singles like “Never Stop”, “Dream Come True” , “Midnight At The Oasis”,”Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”, “Dream On Dreamer”, and “Stay This Way” helped to build a loyal worldwide fanbase, with songs featuring in Hollywood movies Sliding Doors, American Pie and Happy Feet.
Friday 4 October 2019 - The Brook, as part of it's 25th Anniversary Year celebrations welcomes THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES live in full format for a special and rare night of everything Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz and Disco!
"Tristan were an absolute blast! They nailed it right from the first number, impressing the audience with their exemplary musicianship and original compositions." Steve Wright, Jazz Curator, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club, UK
"Tristan's uplifting grooves and consummate musicianship provided an upbeat energy that well fitted our festival vibe. Hopefully more UK audiences will get the chance to discover them." Tony Benjamin, Bristol Harbour-festival, UK
“It gives me great pleasure to spread the news of Tristan's new album. Dutch jazz fusion and soul at it's finest! A collection of instrumentals that will enthrall musicians everywhere and beautifully penned songs with gorgeous voices! Check it out! Peace..." Bluey (Incognito)
". . . an uncompromising recipe of Tower of Power’s funky jazz hits, Toto’s slick pop/R&B crossover arrangements and Steely Dan’s intricate pop/jazz melodies." SoulTracks
"Doesn't look like you need the Hampton Horns anymore! haha! Wow…. it sounds great, I love you guys" Randy Brecker
JAZZ, FUNK & SOUL WITH TRISTAN
Dutch five-piece Tristan's music can be best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, with the energy, vibe and sounds of today, performed by some of the best contemporary pop/jazz musicians from Europe.
Funky rhythm guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths, and a rhythm section that has been performing together for decades playing solid grooves and tight, punchy arrangements that have since become their trademark. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee's stunningly beautiful vocals. It will take you back to that great warm sound of the 70's, with a fresh breeze of influences from the present.
While Tristan’s music may sound like bands such as Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, or classic Acid Jazz acts such as Incognito and the Brand New Heavies - who all produce high energy grooves – what makes this group stand out from their contemporaries is the high quality of the compositions and arrangements.
Tristan's debut release, ‘Full Power’ - which featured US soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker - received rave reviews, while their highly acclaimed follow-up, ‘2nd Phase’, proved that this is a band with something to say, both albums going straight to No 1 in the UK soul charts. The group continued to surprise again, with ‘Lifestyle’ . Tristan’s third album, has been released in spring 2016 and is received enormous:
‘Lifestyle’, Tristan’s third album, (released Spring 2016) and has been received enormous:
o Jazz FM , A-list for 8 weeks
o Live @ Jazz FM
o Live @ BBC radio Robert Elms
o NPO Jazz & Soul playlist for over 8 weeks
o Praising reviews in OOR , Blues &Soul Magazine, Platomania.
o 34 in UK soulchart top 100,
o Best soul album and band 2016 - Colourful Radio UK
o Bright Star Award 2016– nomation Best Soul/R&B Album, Best Band
Due to this success they've been touring Japan, France, Poland, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania to name a few. In 2017, they released worldwide a 'live in concert' album with an extended band. Their new album was recorded with, 'the 5-piece core' of the band only. Pure, energetic, groovy songs will appear on their 'The Spice of Five' album (Release April 2019)