The Sound Of Philadelphia Revue

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Last Show: Saturday 16 th October 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

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. This Revue always is likely to sell fast, so book early to hear the best in classic soul from one  the most famous record labels in history – Philadelphia! Hits include a unique collaboration featuring 2 of the UK’s leading soul vocalists Sulene Fleming and Andrew Mitchell, 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 calibre of musicians in the is second to none. The Sound of Philadelphia are comprised of London’s session elite, having toured with or recorded with Roy Ayers, Don Blackman, Lemar, Craig David, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai.

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.

Andrew Mitchell

Fronting his own original projects from the age of Twelve Andy started his music career at Abbey Road Studios as a trainee engineer but left to pursue the heady delights of playing  with his original band which was ultimately evolved into The AM Band.   
After Three Albums and an EP the band finally dissolved into it’s constituent parts and Andy began to look around for new musicians to play in his newly named group The Below Average White Band 
For a number of years he concentrated on live performances but in 1999 he began recording again under the name Andy & the Other One.  Writing performing and  producing, several  projects  including the Sixteenth album which features the main line up of The Big Funk recording in Number Three Studio at Abbey Road Studios for the very first time and a new release “Merlin’s Bones”.
When not busy with Big Funk and his own recording he’s found time in his busy schedule to find himself performing on various stages with the likes of  Damon Alban; Michael Ball, Natalie Cole; Brian Eno; Tony Hadley; Romena Johnson,  Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves); Lee Johns; Lemal; The London Gospel Community Choir; Barry Manilow; Jim MaCarthy (The Yardbirds); Paul Young and members of  Blue & West Life, and as a regular face with the Mark Butcher all star band he has performed several times at the Albert Hall with Paul Carrick (Ace); Charles and Eddy  Steve Harley; Roy Harper; Bill Wyman, and Elton John’s charismatic and long suffering percussionist Ray Cooper.  Among his supports are the likes of scar legend Desmond Dekker; Soul legend Edwin Starr and … Steps. 

Band Line Up

Sulene Fleming (vocals) 

Andrew Mitchell (vocals) 

Nick van Gelder (drums)

Julian Burdock (guitar) 

Raydn Hunter (bass) 

Mark Norton (sax) 

Dimitris Dimopoulos (keys)