The Sound Of Philadelphia Revue

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Last Show: Saturday 31 st August 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

After its sell out show over 18 months ago the The TSOP Revue is finally back. The revue will  take you on a journey through some of Philly’s countless hits from some of the world’s biggest artists. A unique collaboration featuring 2 of the UK’s leading soul vocalists Hazel Fernandes and Jono Mcneil performing the best of the Philly Sounds. The performance will feature many of the greatest hits of the era. The band also features some of the leading musicians on the UK soul circuit. The show’s Musical Director  will be Ernie Mckone (Marlena Shaw, Candi Staton, Jean Carne) voted by Craig Charles as the leading soul bass player in the UK. The calibre of musicians in the  is second to none. Our vocalists have toured with greats such  Alexander O’Neil, Dina Carroll, Jamiroquai, Jocelyn Brown, Cool Million, Jean Carne, Leon Ware and many more. The Sound of Philadelphia  are comprised of London’s session elite, having toured with or recorded with Roy Ayers, Najee, Don Blackman, Lemar, Craig David, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai.

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Philadelphia soul, or Philly soul, was a form of soul music that came out of Philadelphia during the mid 1960s. It provided a smoother alternative to the deep soul of the 60s while maintaining the soul and emotion of popular R&B of the time. Philadelphia International Records was one of the most successful labels to capitalize on this new genre, and took it to the international stage with acts like the O'Jays and Teddy Pendergrass. Philly Soul is known for its incorporation of lush  arrangements , and often tells very personal and emotional stories. Philly Soul, with its driving rhythms, later became the inspiration from which the disco craze of the 70s was born.

It was famous for showcasing the Philadelphia soul music genre (also known as Philly soul) that was founded on the gospel, doo-wop, and soul music of the time. This Philly Soul sound later became a prominent and distinct era within R&B itself. During the 1970s the label released a string of worldwide hits which emphasized  heavy bass, and driving percussion. Some of their most popular and best selling acts included Patti LaBelle, The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, MFSB, Billy Paul, and Lou Rawls. Between 1971 and the early 80s, the label sold over 170 gold and platinum records.