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Greetings and welcome on this 1st pinch punch and no returns, 1st April 2016 new look Something For The Weekend weekly letter. Please note this is not an April Fools joke as you can see the SFTW has been given a slight Gok Wan makeover, marking the “Dawning Of A New Era”, like the Specials classic. This penultimate issue 63 of The Soul Survivors Magazine for April & May 2016 is the one we need not do the maths or call on Carol Vordeman as we are just one issue away from the 10th anniversary issue.

This “In The Stone” issue is a dedicated homage to Maurice White the “Shining Star” of EWF who passed in Feb 2016. We have a few who wanted to express how much Maurice had influenced and enriched their lives with his Humanitarian and spiritual qualities.

We have news reviews and interviews with the man who taught MJ how to moonwalk Jeffrey Daniels, Chris Amoo lead vocalist of the black Liverpool Fab Four The Real Thing and my local boy from our west London Perivale hood chum and 40 years in the business DJ, producer, label owner and now in demand artist agent Cleveland Anderson.

Our Balkan correspondent Mira Parkes interviewed Serbian reggae’s got soul survivor Hornsman Coyote and we tease you with a snippet of Lonnie Liston Smith. Like CeCe Peniston “Finally” finally, the new interactive website is up and “100 Miles Running” like NWA so visit and explore via

Please note by clicking on the images you can visit the websites or info links to whats advertised.

Please check out the digital edited on line issue via this link please click here

Congratulations to Ronniee DJTMC for winning tickets to see Shalamar feat Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewitt and Carolyn Griffey at the 02 Forum 15th April. I shall see you there to spin a tune or two.

It's also a time to reflect on two major soul survivors who were born and departed today Gil Scott Heron was born in 1949 and Marvin Gaye passed in 1984 but was born 2nd April 1939. They were two of the most phenomenal music griots of the 20th century. I'll be spinning something from them both tonight at The Streatham Soul Club hosted at the White Lion Streatham so pop down between 7pm-1am its free like John Inman to get in.

Lastly for those of an Ernie Hines "Our Generation", I for one remember regularly watching and laughing at the 'Phantom Raspberry Blower' and comedy classic's like "Sorry" on TV during the 1970's and 80s. Both featured the 5ft 1 comedy assassin Ronnie Corbett, one half of innovative Two Ronnies who passed yesterday.  I always remember when he used to do his armchair sketch him pushing up his glasses when they fell to the bridge of his nose, and that his feet would swing under the chair as he entertained, because he was a proper Inch Eye Private Eye miniature man. So I'll end in the the spirit of the classic last line of the Two Ronnies..'It's good bye from me ..and it's goodbye from him. R.I.P. Ronnie C

Whether it's the Mick Jackson or the Phreek classic that's your anthem..enjoy your "Weekend". 

For the whole month Shalamar featuring Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewitt and Carolyn Griffey are touring the UK, so why don’t you lock it and get “Right In The Socket” to catch them live. Promised to be a “Night To Remember of those “Sweeter As The Day’s Go By” memories  to enjoy “Over & Over”. If that don’t happen, then “I Owe You One”. 



Check out these four events happening over the length and breath of the country over the April & May month

The Easter Thursday event was very well attended at a tranquil setting based Lakeside Country Club with soul survivors travelling from far and wide. On site accommodation with plenty of parking space  for those who wanna hear some old and new jazz funk and soul and RNB classic, with guests Ralph Tee and Stretch Taylor. I played at the Easter one and they were a very receptive crowd so don’t delay make that move and get your ticket ASAP.

I attended the Easter Good Friday event and the place was packed with variety of people from various walks of life wanting to experience a ride on that Munich Machine “Get On The Funk Train” Soul Train. There’s an R&B from and well as a reggae room upstairs  to accommodate that overflow from the packed downstair main room. Soul train were voted both best outside London club and runners up in previous Soul Survivor Awards and get a crowd travelling from around the country. Promises to be a great night out with over 1000 people doing the Gene Chandler “Get Down” on the dance floor.

Whether you wish to "Get On Up Get On Down" meet a "Space Princess", "Give Peace A Chance" or hope that 'Love Will Bring Us Back Together", it's a no brainer when Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith are "Coming To You Live" like Charles Earland in Ashford Kent . Bringing you those spiritual "Visions Of A New World" and Virgo Red qualities Mr Vibes and The Astral Traveler bring the jazz fusion to an already forgone conclusion of pure musical menagerie!!

I visited the Easter Sunday edition of this gig and it is a bit of a posh do in TOWOE (The Other Way Of Essex’s) Chelmsford Tiger restaurant venue. Nice food, good atmosphere with great hosts for a Chaka Khan “Any Old Sunday” Bank Holiday nights entertainment. I’ll be spinning some soul surviving beats with DJ Fitzgerald so dancing fits are bound to take place with two of us on the wheels of steel

This is the time when those 1970’s & 80’ s “Young Hearts Run Free” again as Candi Staton hits SW6 for a “Night Of Broadway” proportions at Under The Bridge. I’ll be spinning some classic 70’s and 80’s before Candi delivered her ‘Me & My Music” catalogue . You know you must be there if “You’ve Got The Love”

Soul Survivor magazine have a very limited amount of guest list tickets at £30, to buy these tickets call the box office on 0844 811 1943 and quote Soul Survivor 5, these tickets will go quick, so call now !

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Friday 1st April 
Do It To The Music presents Raw Silk launch night 9pm-late, Bojangles Bar & Restaurant 1 Old Church Road Chingford, E4 6ST £10 DJ’s Neil Pierce Freaky Reidy, DJ Yooks, DJ Asmac and Colin Stanley playing Funk Soul and Soulful house

Sunday 3rd April
Far Out Sunday Sessions Weekly at Ronnie Scotts London W.1 (see advert)

Friday 8th April
Shalamar, Brighton Concord 2
Tickets (see advert)   
Check out the extended tribute to Maurice White of the legendary band Earth Wind and Fire in Issue 63 of the Soul  Survivors Magazine
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Yours truly is djing for Candi Staton as advertised 15th June @ Under The Bridge SW6. To read some of the previous Candy Staton interview I did from issue 56 please click on Here
It was truly a pleasure to share the same humble space of the “Astral Traveling” Lonnie Liston Smith, an icon who has influenced so many with not just “Expansions” but countless other songs filled with love peace and unity. He has been headhunted by some heavyweight giants including Roland Raashan Kirk, Art Blakey, Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis as well as introducing bassist supremo Marcus Miller to the recording world. For the best part of 50 years he’s been twinkling our ears with some of the most sublime vocal and instrumental compositions and taking us like one of his titles on a “Journey Into Love” with his ideas and “Visions Of A New World” with his “Cosmic Funk” and music full of “Exotic Mysteries”..a true soul survivor!! Lonnie emailed me after the interview and said this was one of the best interviews he’d done and that I should share it on the internet. So humbly here it is a smidgen of it, read the full interview by clicking the link at the end


How expanded was your mind from a very early age in West Virginia with your father being a member of The Harmonizing Four who sang at the late president Roosevelt’s funeral and with people like Sam Cooke frequenting your home?

It was a great experience with my father and the Harmonizing Four. He had a beautiful tenor voice and played a four string guitar. Both my brothers Ray and Donald inherited my fathers tenor voice with me only being able to do the bass part. There was music from day one with all these gospel groups coming through town and mum doing all the cooking. Back then they had gospel festivals like we have the jazz ones, so Sam Cooke and The Soulsters would often pass through. My dad although he was primarily gospel also appreciated all types of great music.

What was it about Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Mile Davis, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson that captivated you so much?

Before that I was singing in doo wop bands on the street corners and also played in R&B bands. Then I heard Charlie Parker and though what in the world is that because he was playing all this improvised jazz. Thats when I decided I knew what I wanted to do and started searching. I came across Miles, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller then Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Also the Jazzy Philharmonics would be on tour and I’d get to see them in Richmond at the Moss Theatre in person.

What Charlie Parker record was it you heard?

It was called “Just Friends” from “Charlie Parker With Strings”, they use to call him Bird cause he was just flying through the air and he was phenomenal.

How do you move from working with jazz vocal giants Betty Carter and Joe Williams to relocating to New York and becoming one of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers?

After I finished high school in Richmond I went to Morgan State University in Baltimore which had a great jazz scene and Gary Bartz was born there also. We got together and started jazz sessions jamming together and Gary’s father had a club called North End Lounge. So we’d get to see people like Ethel Innis and years later we became Betty Carter’s back up band when she came to Baltimore. When I got to New York I worked with Betty and started getting known hence Joe Williams asked me to be his musical director. I later got a call to work with Art Blakey and Chuck Mangione is on the trumpet.


By now you were coming through the ranks with another up and coming soloist Gary Bartz and James Mtume was he around that time?

Mtume was much later and we met at a place you’d have loved in Brooklyn New York called The East. It had brothers and sisters in there eating vegetarian food and the audience brought their own percussion instruments. Mtume was a part of that so thats how we met and worked together with Miles Davis.

You were approached by drummer Max Roach and record two albums with Roland Rahsaan Kirk . 

“Please Don’t Cry Beautiful Edith” and “Here Comes The Whistle Man” were the two albums. Rahsaan was interesting because he played three horns simultaneously and had a nose flute. Working with Max he really was a master drummer experimenting with time and thats not easy as most of the time we playing with four four, three four or six four bars. I could manage five four but then Max was into seven four and nine four.

How did Pharoah Sanders realise your potential in the late 60’s and choose to work with you after having served under the late great John Coltrane?

I heard him with John Coltrane and thought wow as he was playing two or three notes simultaneously which worked but you not suppose to be able to do that. At the time I only played the grand piano and wanted to use more than my ten fingers to create more sound. So I started using my elbows and Pharoah noticed that difference about me like I did him on the horn. Then we heard Leon Thomas yodeling and eventually all got together. We didn’t rehearse that much, we just played and expanded.

What kind of consciousness were you experiencing to be able to create that astral spiritual esoteric soulful jazz embraced by many whom you’d work with like Norman Connors, Gary Bartz, Doug and Jean Carn and other outfits like Earth Wind & Fire who would integrate cosmology and Egyptology which was a very specific thing at the time ?

That’s right and a good point as we were all studying. I was studying everything the Rosicrucian thing, Theosophical Society, sophism which was very interesting and I was trying to come up with this universal sound concept. Thats why I wrote “Expansions” and “Give Peace A Chance” as if you studied all these religious things and everybody was saying the same thing I questioned so why we fighting? There was a bookstore called Wasners who had every philosophical and religious books and you’d walk in and see Sun Ra reading books in there.

Read the full interview by clicking Here

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