Bad Girls Groove

Grooving with the Bad Girls!

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Last Show: Wednesday 21 st March 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Fresh from putting the final touches to their new EP on Breaking Records the four gorgeous Bad Girls and their full fve-piece band are planning an evening of music to set your toes tapping. After their success last year on the festival circuit - including the St Louis Festival in Sete (South of France) and the world-renowned Cork Guinness Jazz Festival - the Bads are bringing their lively show to the intimate surroundings of the PizzaExpress. You can expect some soulful, bluesy sounds including songs by Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Alicia Keys, Aretha, Etta James and Sharon Jones plus some originals featured on their EP. 

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“Just to say this truly excellent band has 4 girl singers, backed by a funk machine of sax,keys,bass, drums and guitar. They were a massive hit in Cork at the Guinness Jazz Festival and can be found playing regularly at prestigious London venues such as the Blues Kitchen and Boisdale. Catch them while you can !!”

The List

Bad Girls Groove are truly a special band – each singer can – (and does !) – sing both lead and backing vocals, and each musician has a story to tell . There’s no space for a complete history but by way of example, Emily Francis who graduated from London College of Music in 2011 has worked with a multitude of different musicians and artists and appeared at many prestigious festivals and venues including Shepherds Bush Empire, Oxford Jazz Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, and Ealing Jazz Festival. As well as playing keyboards for the Bads, Emily also plays great alto sax, sings, teaches and writes and records music for her highly regarded jazz trio Whew !!

Sophie Ray, one of the Bad Girls, studied music at the University of Nottingham. Her soul-influenced songs are a far cry from her classical roots Sophie has played venues such as The O2 Academy Islington, St Pancras Old Church, and Brownstock. and looks forward to doing her funky thing at the Pizza Express. As well as singing, Sophie composes, plays keyboards and can sometimes be persuaded to accompany herself singing all 5 octaves of Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’You” !
The mysterious Mr.T (sax and percussion) whose formal music education is a BA in Jazz Studies and an MA in Electro – Acoustic Composition. His first band Burlesque were signed to Arista Records in 1976, and produced two albums ‘Acupuncture’ and ‘Burlesque’.. He has played with Ginger Baker - enough said!

Roger (leader and guitarist) , on the other hand, has not been to any music colleges or universities – in fact he was thrown out of Nottingham University for “wasting his time and tax payers money playing in a rock band…”. . He has however spent many years with his ears clamped to the radio listening to the likes of Roberts Johnson and Cray and travelling the wastelands, dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Louisiana in search of Magical Music…so to make up for his very Bad Behaviour he proposes a really cracking setlist for the Pizza Express show including something old (think Bill Withers and Lynda Lyndell), something new (think Jill Scott) borrowed (think Sly) and definitely something blue – (think Aretha and Slim Harpo) . Promises to be a Very Bad Night – book your seats now !

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Roger Bolt (guitar)

Mr.T (tenor sax)

Emily Francis (keyboards and vocals)

Jono Helsby (drums)

Trev Boxall (bass)

Sophie Ray, Leigh Hayward, Susana Soriano , Emily “Ginge” Luke- Taylor (vocals)