Bad Girls Groove

The Groove, the whole Groove and nothing but the Groove!

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Last Show: Monday 20 th December 2021

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

After a fun and funky sold out show here in August, we are delighted to welcome back the Bad Girls (and boys!) to PizzaExpress for an evening of soul, funk and blues, guaranteed to get your hearts melting, your toes tapping - and help you forget the Xmas shopping! Fronted by three sensational singers, backed by a line-up of consummate musicians with musical pedigrees longer than a Royal Corgi, you can be sure that this fearsomely funky – and very friendly - band will put on a lively and unforgettable show. This is a rare opportunity to witness the spectacle in the beautifully intimate setting of PizzaExpress Live. Expect songs by iconic artists including Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Amber Mark, the Neville Brothers, Aretha, Dr John, Bill Withers, Meters, Talking Heads, Bonnie Raitt, and Sharon Jones plus original tracks featured on their latest 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 is truly a special band, renowned for their harmonies – each singer can 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…….

Sophie Ray, one of the Bad Girls, trained originally as a classical vocalist at Nottingham University; however you’ll soon find out that her soul-influenced vocals are a far cry from her classical roots. Having played venues such as The O2 Academy Islington and St Pancras Old Church, as well as numerous festivals across the UK and Europe, Sophie always looks forward to doing her funky thing at the PizzaExpress. 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” !

Next up is 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 (and survived) the late 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 set list 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, Bonnie and Slim Harpo).

This promises to be a very BAD night… be sure to book your seats now!

Band Lineup

Roger Bolt (guitar)

Mr.T (tenor sax)

Alastair Elms (keys)

Jono Helsby (drums)

Trev Boxall (bass)

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