'Celebrate' The Music of Kool & The Gang

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

Celebration, Ladies Night, Joanna, Get Down On It, Cherish, Fresh, Too Hot, Hollywood Swinging and much much more. A celebration of the classic soul band Kool and the Gang's 40-year career with "The Sounds of Kool” performing the band's greatest hits. The tight horn arrangements, pulsating groove of the rhythm section and superb vocals recreate the joyful sounds of one of the greatest ever soul bands. The band  is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the UK. All the members of the band are the very best professional musicians who have worked with top selling recording artists such as Soul II Soul, Omar, Kenni Burke, Incognito, Craig David, JSO. By performing the best tunes from the 70s and 80s they know the perfect recipe for a great night of musical entertainment.

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Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

In 1964, Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. At first calling themselves the Jazziacs, the band went through various names – The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band, Kool & the Flames – before settling on their moniker. Over the next several years they solidified their musical chemistry on the rough-and-tumble East Coast music scene supporting acts like Bill Cosby, Ritchie Havens and Richard Pryor. Their self-titled 1969 debut album introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements and spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single, Kool & the Gang.