Monsters On A Leash

'The music of Tower of Power’

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Last Show: Saturday 3 rd February 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Amazing ten strong funk tribe featuring the authentic Tower Of Power style 5-piece horn section (complete with rib-rattling baritone) and all the eye-watering horn arrangements and big band swagger any serious funk lover could wish for! Fabulous Chantal Brown on vocals answers 'What Is Hip?'. 

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“Toby Stewart’s Monsters On A Leash finished the night with their energetic rendition of the soul and funk music of Tower of Power. (Their vocalist’s) ... powerful voice and range was remarkable. ….. the band has clearly attracted a sizeable following. Their many fans were dancing in the aisle”

Jazz Journal

       The San Francisco Bay Area in August 1968 was the birthplace of a unique blend of the sounds of Motown, Stax and James Brown soon to become known around the world of music so fittingly as Tower of Power. The band's early hits include ‘You’re Still a Young Man’,  ‘So Very Hard To Go’,  ‘Soul Vaccination’ and ‘What is Hip?’. The Tower of Power Horns have featured on albums by Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Aerosmith, Neil Diamond and 100’s more! From 1968 to this day they continue to record and tour taking their ‘Oakland Style Soul’ or ‘Urban Funk’ across the world playing over 200 dates a year! 

Monsters have had the honour of performing/headlining at Swansea Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Guildford Jazz  Festival and have held London residencies at the legendary Half Moon Club and The Spice of Life.

 The Monsters will take you on Tower of Power’s musical odyssey, from early hits to current times with: ‘Diggin’ on James Brown’,  ‘Page One’, ‘Give Me Your Love’, ‘Souled Out’ and ‘Who Is He And What Is He To You?’ 

Comprised of five of UK’s finest horn players led by Toby Stewart (including rib-rattling baritone sax, essential to the ToP sound), skilled enough to master the eye-watering ToP horn arrangements, a four piece rhythm section featuring one of Britain’s most celebrated bassists Laurence Cottle alongside his longtime collaborator on drums the amazing Mike Bradley providing impeccable big band funk backing - and a powerhouse soul 'n funk singer. The 10 strong Monsters guarantee you a ‘Soul Struttin’, ‘Funk Fuelled’ time exposing you to some of the most ferocious grooves you’ll ever hear! Keep from bumpin’…We dare you!

Band Lineup

Chantal Brown (vocals)
Andy Greenwood (trumpet)
Kevin Wedrychowski (trumpet)
Claire Mcinnerney (baritone sax)
Toby Stewart (tenor sax)
Piers Green (tenor sax)
Laurence Cottle (bass)
Mike Bradley (drums)
Graeme Taylor (keys)
Paul Dunne (guitar)