This month our July Gig Guide is getting soulful and we are also super excited for the return of the JazzLeeds festival.
Lalah Hathaway @ The Wardrobe Leeds 1st July
Soul superstar Lalah Hathaway has collaborated with some of the biggest names in R&B including Mary J Blige, Stevie Wonder and has won five Grammy awards since 2014.
Lalah Hathaway, daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway, has over 30 years experience on the music scene. You can expect a show that is a perfect blend of classic and contemporary deep soul that dips into a huge variety of music genres from jazz, pre-rock pop and gospel.
For fans of Conga Doss and Floetry
Angie Stone @ O2 Ritz Manchester 7th July
Neo-soul singer Angie Stone, rose to fame as a member of the all-female trio The Sequence in 1979 before also being part of the outfit for Vertical Hold and Devox.
Stone made her debut solo appearance in 1999 with Black Diamond. Angie Stone has been at the forefront of the neo-soul scene and even has a Grammy nomination under her belt.
Don’t miss Angie Stone’s honey coated, rich alto vocals coming to the Manchester O2 Ritz
For fans of Lalah Hathaway and Alicia Keys
Gizelle Smith @ Band On The Wall, Manchester 10th July
We didn’t lie when we said that we were bringing the soul music this month. Hailing from Manchester, Gizelle Smith takes to the stage in her hometown with what promises to a be a harmonically rich set with funky jazz notes
Growing up surrounded by musical influences, Smith has worked as a theatre composer, singing tutor and trumpet player in a variety of big bands. In recent years Gizelle Smith has honed in on her talents for songwriting and musical arrangement, both as frontwoman for The Mighty Mocoamobos and in her solo work.
For fans of Dojo Cuts and The Mighty Mocamobos
JazzLeeds Festival presents Nérija and Pigfoot @ The Wardrobe Leeds 21st July
On Saturday night of the second ever JazzLeeds Festival, The wardrobe hosts two incredibly talented jazz groups including Pigfoot and the all-female septette; Nérija.
The London based group combines the talents of Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Rosie Turton on trombone, Cassie Kinoshi on alto sax, Nubya Garcia on the tenor sax, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Rio Kai on the double bass and finally, Lizy Exell on drums.
The eclectic repertoire of Nérija draws from all around the UK jazz scene with modern influences from pop, afro-beat and hip hop.
For fans of Ruby Ruston and Ezra Collective
Queen Kwong @ The Wardrobe Leeds 29th July and @ The Night and Day Cafe Manchester 31st July
Carré Kwong Callaway a.k.a. Queen Kwong is known for her multi-instrumental and somewhat chaotic stage presence and grungy style. The diverse artist dips into the world or the rock genre, weaving a melancholy art with hypnotic bass and riffing guitar.
For fans of The Pearl Harts and Blood Red Shoes
Best of the rest:
Miles Kane @ Brudenell Social Club
Leeds 3rd July
Dead Naked Hippies @ Oporto Leeds 4th July
Hands Off Gretel @ The Lending Room Leeds 13th July
Faith Evans @ O2 Ritz Manchester 20th July
Davina and the Vagabonds @ Band On The Wall Manchester 22nd July
New Stream part of the JazzLeeds Festival @ Leeds College Of Music Leeds 22nd July
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