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When Sat 28 September 2019 from 19:45 until 00:00
What JazzUP! presents HORACE PANTER'S SOUL GROOVES + DJ DAN Donovan + Les Jazz Rats £10/£14
How Much £10.00
More Details JazzUP! presents… HORACE PANTER’S SOUL GROOVES

Following his last sell-out gig we are over he moon to bring this British bass icon back to JazzUp. Horace Panter needs no introduction as founder member and bassist of The Specials. After many Top Ten singles and achievements too numerous to mention. The Specials influence on British music is immense, and their blend of ska and rocksteady with punk's energy and attitude is both the soundtrack of a generation, and a major force in contemporary music. Their new album ‘Encore’ was released at the beginning of this year and quickly went to No.1 in the UK Album Charts.

As a bassist, Horace is a master of the rock-solid groove, and JazzUp gives him a chance to stretch out and lay it down on tunes by the likes of The Meters, George Benson and Booker T. Combine that with a blistering lineup of jazz soloists and you have a JazzUp not to be missed…

Not one but three Specials!…


The Specials keyboardist, co-writer and key component in their recent chart-topping album, Nikolaj is also a highly successful jazz musician and film score composer. He has contributed to more than 70 albums and worked with artists including Adele, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson (w/Chaka Khan, Pointer Sisters, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Grace Jones), Florence & The Machine, CeeLo Green, Jack Savoretti, Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck (w/ Elton John, Lulu and Ron Sexsmith), Lewis Capaldi, Lana Del Rey, Lianne La Havas and many more.


Specials drummer, and a regular and hugely welcome visitor to JazzUp, Kenrick is one of the most in-demand professional drummers on the scene, well known for his mastery of reggae with bands such as Aswad and Jazz Jamaica, and also for his powerful soul and funk grooves with many top bands. After a busy years touring the globe with PJ Harvey, and now The Specials, he’s ready again to lay down the groove for us at JazzUp.


It’s a first time JazzUp visit for guitarist and songwriter George. As well as leading the group Bandante, George is also known for working with singer Nick Cave, and with Warren Ellis on film soundtracks, The Proposition and Lawless. He has also performed on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds albums, Push the Sky Away (as a guest) and Skeleton Tree (as a full-time band member). He has also toured with John Squire (Stone Roses), appearing on the Marshall's House album, and played guitar on KT Tunstall's debut EP False Alarm.


Musical prodigy Jim Hunt’s career has taken in an extraordinary breadth of artists. As arranger, saxophonist and horn section leader he has toured and recorded with Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, and Paloma Faith to name a few. He’s particularly noted for his longstanding place in Amy Winehouse’s horn section, and current work with Noel Gallagher.


The founder and Musical Director of JazzUp completes the outfit to create a powerful tenor and trombone front line. Dave is always active on the British jazz scene, doing regular gigs, and has recently spent time in the studio as a member of the horn section for Senegalese singer Modou Touré, on his forthcoming album, as well as a recent studio session for Fenna Rhodes and Lettice Rowbotham.


Dan Donovan is a composer, keyboard player, and remixer. well known as former keyboardist for Big Audio Dynamite. After a spell as a drum programmer for Sisters Of Mercy he later rejoined his B.A.D. colleague, Don Letts, in his new band, Screaming Target. In 1993, he joined Dreadzone as a keyboardist, writer and performer. During the noughties, he had a reggae DJ partnership with Don Letts; Dub Cartel, playing many gigs, festivals and doing remixes. He has remixed tracks by artists such as Grace Jones, Adamski, Carl Douglas, Scientist, Selah Sue, Pablo Moses, Seal, the Ruts and the Supernovas.

He has also worked as a programmer and keyboard player for DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Mark Moore, Kevin Saunderson, Tony Humphries and Judge Jules. In 2014 he played additional keyboards on a new dub album by Sly & Robbie called Dubrising. In 2015 he again played keyboards on an album featuring Brinsley Forde with Sly & Robbie.

Currently he is in a DJ and writing partnership with Paul Simonon, bass player from The Clash, playing out under the name of Simonon & Donovan. They have done DJ gigs for Prada in Paris, Stella McCartney at Abbey Road Studios, Calvin Klein in London, Neighbourhood in Tokyo, Iconoclast Productions for the Cannes Lions and many others.


Our brilliant resident DJs Sten and Eric will of course also be in the house. Listen to their DJ mixes of all previous JazzUp gigs here:

Entry £14 , £10 with JazzUp Loyalty Card.
Doors 7.45

Advance tickets are available now from the usual outlets:
- Riot Lounge, Hitchin
- Jolly Brown, Hitchin
- Bar 85, Hitchin
- David's Music Letchworth

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16+ with photo ID - younger patrons can be signed in at the door and accompanied for the duration of the show by a responsible adult.

Earplugs are available upon request (50p).

Downstairs bar open until 1am.

Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.

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