Jazz Souled Out

J-Felix and The Extended Family

In Association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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Last Show: Friday 4 th November 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Musician, Producer, DJ and all round studio rat, J-Felix has released two critically acclaimed albums on Tru Thoughts and worked with the likes of Swindle, Alice Russell, Kojey Radical and The Ragga Twins on stage and in the studio. After recently releasing brand new material, tonight he presents live renditions of his back catalogue with a jazz/funk twist and a team of brilliant musicians. 

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“Check out the Musician, J-Felix!”

Jamz Supernova (BBC Radio 1Extra)

Previewing the ‘101 Reasons’ album in 2015, J-Felix’s first release was an EP of the same name, bringing three uplifting tracks with a heavy ‘80s funk lilt and a dubby rhythmic driving force. Since then his star has steadily risen, his music being picked up by tastemakers including Julie Adenuga (Beats1), Huey Morgan, Don Letts and Ronnie Herel, and the title track gaining heavy rotations on Radio Nova (France). “Keep On (We Ain’t Here For Long)” offered fresh remixes from El Train and Si Tew and a collaboration with Kinny, one of the original vocal divas of Tru Thoughts. Flexing his own remix muscles, he also provided a killer rework for fellow rising star Werkha's single “The Invincible feat. Alex Rita” and Hot 8 Brass Band’s “Sexual Healing” amongst others, gaining support from the likes of Nemone on BBC 6Music. In 2016, J-Felix released a follow up EP, ‘The Runaway’ featuring Harleighblu and Abi Flynn and received high praise and heavy rotation amongst BBC6 music DJ’s and the title track was premiered on Clash Magazine’s website, a favourite amongst DJ’s. 

Time between his own LP’s were behind the scenes as well as on stage for J-Felix, working in the studio with the likes of Swindle, Ibibio Sound Machine and Wrongtom and the Ragga Twins amongst others, offering his production and musicianship skills. You may also have heard Abi Flynn's debut E.P; 'Ambiguous' - produced by J-Felix. J-Felix brings his boogie - soul sound fully up to date in 2018 releasing his Say The Word  EP featuring Sol Goodman and Sophie Paul through Midnight Riot Records receiving further praise from Huey Morgan on BBC 6Music and a write up in Mixmag.  J-Freq/Glide was released back on Tru Thoughts Records. 

2020 saw the release of J-Felix’s second LP Whole Again Hooligan saw further support across the BBC on 1Extra, BBC6Music and Radio 1 seeing support from Jamz Supernova, Nightmares on Wax, Phil Taggart and Huey Morgan and saw a live session featuring Andrew Ashong on Worldwide FM then later for the We Out Here online festival followed by a DJ set at the live festival in 2021.  There was also a sting of SOLD OUT shows in Bristol, London and Brighton just before Lockdown. The album is available on vinyl on Tru Thoughts. You can check out the band on YouTube through the We Out Here and New Generation Jazz  channels.

His wide-ranging appreciation of music makes J-Felix a killer DJ, too; you may have been lucky enough to have seen him play at Glastonbury, Soundwave, or support Gilles Peterson in Brighton. With his full live band he's also shared a stage with George Clinton (Parliament- Funkadelic), Roy Ayers, Soul ll Soul and Incognito over the course of his career. His latest record "Whole Again Hooligan" is an album that allows us all to escape the divisive world around us, a retreat of positivity, with good times guaranteed, and of course continuing in the boogie lineage, evolving from P-funk to the distinctive idiosyncratic sounds of J-Felix funk aka J-funk as his sound was dubbed by Manchester’s Jamie Groovement.

Band Line Up

J-Felix (guitar, synth, Samples, FX and BVs)
Peter Adam Hill (drums)
Matt Watts (percussion)
Jammie Patterson (bass and synhts)
Joe Sudell (keyboards)
Mickey Ball (trumpet)
Will Gardener (sax)
Jerry Clavier [aka Sol Goodman] (vocals)
Afua Fiagbe (vocals)