The Fantastics

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Last Show: Saturday 15 th July 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The Fantastics have used funk and soul-jazz as a springboard to marinade their music in other styles and flavours, which is why they have been championed by Mark Lamarr and Robert Elms on their respective BBC Radio shows. Expect a wide-ranging show covering soul-jazz, blues, latin, rock, ska, funk and fusion, laced with a distinctly progressive edge.

With special guest Frankie David.

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"Now that IS fantastic..a really good sound!"

Robert Elms BBC LDN 94.9

Since their inception in 2003 - The Fantastics have used funk and soul-jazz as a springboard to marinade their music in other styles and flavours including afrobeat, rhythm & blues, rock, disco, latin and reggae. It was an approach that worked as everybody from BBC Londons Robert Elms, Radio 2's Mark Lamarr, Jazz FM's Peter Young, 6 Music's Craig Charles, and DJ legend Dr Bob Jones all loved and supported the groups significantly different approach to many other contemporary bands. For The Fantastics themselves, probably the greatest ever accolade  came when drumming legend Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie came into their dressing at Londons' Jazz Cafe to jokingly 'apologise' for jumping up onstage with no warning to jam along when they supported him saying "I hope you guys didnt mind, you sounded so sweet - I couldn't help myself!"

Other artists who have felt the same way include UK soul belter Noel Mckoy who sang on the first album 'Mighty Righteous', Blue Note organist Reuben Wilson who selected The Fantastics to back him at The Saint Paul Soul Jazz Festival in France and of course, the Yorkshire born Sulene Fleming - the closest thing Britain has to Chaka Khan who appeared on 2011's 'All The People' album and as special featured vocalist at their sell out shows at The Jazz Cafe, The Hideaway, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Band On The Wall and other club and festival stages Europe. 

Their enviable reputation for delivering performances of smoking instrumentals and blistering vocal anthems all drenched in that unique. eclectic, wide reaching blend of genres  sets them apart from the crowd and offers something just a little different. And you don't have to take their word for it.

Band Lineup

Greg Boraman (organ & electric piano)

James Byron (guitar)

Raydn Hunter (bass)

Mark Norton (sax & flute)

James Smith (drums)