Jazz Souled Sessions in association with SoS Ltd

The Soul Immigrants

Featuring Entropi's Dee Byrne

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Last Show: Saturday 19 th May 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Critically acclaimed group,The Soul Immigrants led by irrepressible frontman Emrys Baird, are a potent mixture of musical ideas,fusing urban rhythms, gritty P-funk, soul jazz,latin and beyond.The band are one of London's longest running funk bands,formed by Emrys & Nitin Sawhney. They are known more in Japan (signed to P-Vine Tokyo) than their own home turf.This will be a special late night show,expect some exciting funk filled, sassy grooves, heaps of audience participation and phenomenal soloing! For tonight’s show the trio team up with former member and special guest on alto sax, Entropi's Dee Byrne.


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"You guys are fierce!" Carleen Anderson*

"Glad to have been on your funk fuelled 45 !" - Fred Wesley

Hailing from South London,The Soul Immigrants are fine purveyors of
energetic Soul Funk (& beyond) Since they reformed in 2011 they have been quietly turning out vinyl only 45's on their own label Dry Rooti Records as well as having recorded for labels such as Saxology,Sticky records and Lipstick Cologne.They have also recently been been on tour with the likes of US3,Steve Cropper and Osaka Monaurail.Tonight's show is a rare opportunity to catch them live.Expect this show to be gritty,fat and a very greasy affair ! The band recently got back into swinging fashion with two fantastic sounding 45 rpm singles 'The Ghetto' (There's No Way Out) An Afro-Funk barnstormer and the P-funk inspired 'Yard Of Hard' co-written with the legendary american trombonist and James Brown's MD, Fred Wesley. The band are known as melodic funkateers a super tough and soulful act who recently caught the eye of hip Funk label P-Vine Japan who released their album 'The Hustle Is On',to widespread acclaim.As well as some choice covers ( Prince,The JB's etc) the band will be playing tracks from their first japanese album since they reformed which is funky, soulful and incredibly catchy, it boasts a repertoire of songs inspired by old soul-funk classics, Latin grooves and afrobeat vibes.If you like your horn horny and your guitar groovy, tonight's show should be just the ticket for you.

Masterminded by Nitin Sawhney and singer/guitarist (and well known Blues & Soul music critic) Emrys Baird,who cut his teeth with the legendary FunkAmbassadors ( backing the JB'S on their first ever UK tour in the late80's hence the Fred Wesley connection) tonight's show promises to see the group in full party mode as they are continuing to tread a well worn path and a firm commitment in keeping the flames of funk,fuelled and permanently alight! If you like your horn horny your guitar groovy and the punchiest drums and bass well tonight's show should be just the ticket for you!

Emrys Baird (guitar/vocals) 

David Bouet (drums)

Al Gibson (bass /keys) 

Dee Byrne (alto sax)