One of the most iconic British jazz funk bands, Incognito headline a unique and intimate outdoor festival concert, celebrating the ‘Best of British Jazz Funk’ with Courtney Pine, MF Robots, SnowBoy & The Latin Section + more to be announced.
This is a change of venue with an additional line-up following the decision for this year to move the August Bank Holiday festival weekend to the De La Warr Pavilion’s beachside South Lawn. The move will ensure the safety of the audience and artists enabling a limited capacity and ensuring a Covid-safe environment.
Tickets will be in high demand and there is only a limited amount available, so we encourage you to book early! Enjoy a day of irresistible grooves and vocals coated in jazz with more than a twist of funk and dance.
Directions and Parking: See the DLWP website
As we closely monitor the pandemic and government guidelines, performances may be subject to change. Tickets will automatically remain valid for any changes of date or venue, customers are entitled to a refund should the revised show no longer be suitable. Booking fees are non-refundable. Vouchers can also be issued.
The enduring success of incognito, led by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick is one of the great stories of UK music - their uniquely British sound has endured as a global phenomenon for almost four decades.
Although their self-titled 1981 debut was a landmark for UK jazz-funk (featuring a young Sade pictured on the cover and guests including Hugh Masekela), it was their early 90’s recordings for Gilles Peterson Talkin’ Loud label (1991’s ‘Inside Life’, 1992’s ‘Tribes, Vibes and Scribes’ and 1993’s Positivity’) that spawned hits such as ‘Always There’, ‘Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing’ and ‘Still a Friend of Mine’ that would see them becoming million-selling artists cementing their place among the in-demand bands on the international stage. And with club remixes by the likes of David Morales and Roger Sanchez they would take clubland - and the charts - by storm.
Albums have followed thick and fast featuring the best of the young crop of musicians and singers alongside bigger established names. The writing has gotten deeper, the music always uplifting, and the productions timeless. Bluey and Incognito have gone on to produce and collaborate with a who’s who of legendary artists - George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Philip Bailey, Jocelyn Brown, George Duke, Al Jarreau,Marcus Miller, Paul Weller, Maxi Priest, Mario Biondi — Bluey Maunick can take his place among the greats of global soul.
In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted and some 20 plus years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music) he continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards.
In April 2014 he joined Herbie Hancock and a dazzling line-up of Jazz all-stars for UNESCO’S globally televised concert in Osaka to celebrate International Jazz Day and his name regularly appears on the UK’s list of Most Influential Black Britons.
This past three years have seen him touring sell out shows across the UK, US and Canada and main stage performances at Bestival, Love Supreme and The London Jazz Festival with his award winning critically acclaimed 15th studio album House of Legends.
Deeply steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, this very personal project sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural view point.
Expect an exhilarating mix of Merengue, Ska, Mento and Calypso as played through the lens (saxophone) of a UK born artist with strong, proud Afro-Caribbean roots.
In 1986 a 22 year old Courtney Pine appeared on the front cover of the iconic British music publication NME, he is the only Black British jazz artist to do so - the last quote in a two page interview read “You know I’m doing this for a reason” – looking at the jazz scene today it looks like he succeeded.
MF Robots combines the talents of Brand New Heavies founder, drummer and main songwriter, Jan Kincaid with vocalist and fellow ‘Heavy’, Dawn Joseph, who has sung backing vocals for everyone from Rod Stewart to Phil Collins, Michael Buble to Craig David.
Together the duo aims to create a brand new sound that draws inspiration from across the spectrum of musical styles and influences. “We want to provide a little escapism for the soul,” explains Jan Kincaid. “Providing exciting energy and music that is both current and able to stand the test of time.”
With a brand new groove from two well-established artists, MF Robots fuse musical styles in their unique and eclectic way.
There can be no denying that the pyrotechnic Snowboy And The Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro Cuban Jazz group. From their debut release in 1985, they have released 16 albums and played concerts and festivals in over 22 countries, from Holland to Australia, from Japan to Scotland.
Their music draws on Salsa, Mambo and Latin Jazz, and captures the block party feel of 1970’s New York, inspired, as ever, by the greats such as Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. Their latest album ‘New York Afternoon’ reached Number 1 in the Latin Jazz chart and Number 6 in the Jazz chart on Amazon. It was the Number 1 Salsa album on the Colombian radio station ‘Salsa Exitos Del Mundo’ for two weeks.
Bad Mutha Funker has been deep in the club scene, putting on parties and spinning vinyl for nearly 30 years bringing the height of Quality DJs and production to Manor Houses and Beach parties from Sydney Australia, Ko Pha Ngan Thailand, Kerala South India and the Home Counties UK.
She promoted club nights in London in the 90’s @ The Ministry of Sound, The Cross, and Hanover Grand to name a few and now resides on the South Coast with her family. She is a regular DJ on the local and Festival Circuit playing at Standon Calling, Shambala , Boomtown ,Cirque de La Quirk IoW. and Secret Garden Party with her eclectic blend of Funk Soul Disco, driving House and deep Tribal Beats.
She continues to be a stalwart supporter in keeping vinyl alive, and soon will be releasing her own remixes of some soul and funk classics. Recently she is putting on the Legends on Sea nights promoting local artists alongside legendary DJs. Watch out for any future projects from BMF Productions.
Icon of the Modernist movement, Del La Warr Pavilion is a pioneering arts organisation, People’s Palace - these overlapping and sometimes conflicting roles characterise the De La Warr Pavilion built in 1935 and re-furbished in 2005 as a national centre for contemporary arts for the south east region and beyond. Offering contemporary art exhibitions, auditorium, eatery, bar and shop.
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