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Down To The Bone

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Grammy Nominated project with over Half Million Sales "hailed as the kings of UK jazz groove”. Down To The Bone is Stuart Wade as producer, writer and mastermind behind the whole groove project, working with other talented musicians and co-writers to bring together a project of good grooves. Set up at the tail end of 1995 when Wade decided to take a track from the soul band he was in at the time, Think Twice, and remix it to give it a rawer and stripped down feel. The result was the Down To The Bone remix of the track ‘Joy Is Free’ which had great success.

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"Inventive and Vibrant . Wonderful stuff."

Blues and Soul – (Steve Hobbs)

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Following on from the success of his remix he teamed up with Think Twice keyboard player, Simon Greenaway, to put together a string of songs. This resulted in the first release on a 12”single of “Staten Island Groove”. Released on Internal Bass Records, a label Wade set up with another member of Think Twice. This resulted in rave reviews for the single and club and radio play across the U.K.

It was at this time that Stuart decided to try to complete an album, “From Manhattan To Staten”, a title Wade came up with to show his influences from across the pond, it was decided to try to take the whole sound over to America to see what would happen. Wade was astounded by the huge response after two important guys at U.S. Jazz radio, Blake Lawrence and Steve Williamson decided to take it upon themselves to play DTTB on their stations going against US radio protocol. The momentum grew and “From Manhattan To Staten” reached No.2 in the National US Billboard Jazz Chart, No.3 in the Gavin Jazz chart and No 4 in the Radio and Records Jazz Chart. DTTB was also the No.1 top selling independent Jazz artist of 1999, No 5 top selling Jazz artist and album of 1998 and No 5 top selling Jazz artist and album in1999 and with a string of radio hits in the U.S it shows how DTTB have been able to accumulate well over half a million sales worldwide.

Ten albums later , having signed to various labels such as , Verve , Narada/Blue Note and now on Dome Records (UK) and Trippin n Rhythm (US). Having also worked with some of Wade’s musical heroes such as Rueben Wilson, Brian Auger, Jeremy Steig, and Roy Ayers and multi talented vocalists like N’Dambi, Flora Purim, Corrina Greyson, Hil St Soul ,Guida De Palma, Imaani and Katie Leone.

Most recently supported the mighty Maceo Parker. DTTB released a remix album in 2019. A compilation of all the remixes ever done called “Funkin Around”. Featuring re-works and remixes from the likes of DJ Spinna, Speedometer, Daz I Kue and Kaidi Tatham. A new album is in the works but no release date but in the meantime catch them live.

Band Line Up

Tim Smart (trombone/MD)
James Arben (sax)
Ryan Jacob (trumpet)
Johnny Tomlinson (keys)
Jo Phillpotts (bass)
Gainni Chiarello (guitar)
Davide Giovannini (drums)
Joe”Bongo”Becket (percussion)