We’re thrilled to announce that Carleen Anderson will headline Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival alongside Incognito.
One of the most powerful vocalists today, 2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist of the Year Carleen Anderson has been a favourite of audiences and fellow artists alike for over two decades. The American soul singer counts Boy George and Amy Winehouse amongst her fans. Amy Winehouse once said: “For live performances, you absolutely have to see Carleen Anderson – at least three times in your life!”.
Carleen was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up listening to gospel music at the Pentecostal church where her grandparents raised her from an infant. Soul music training was from a trio of legends, none other than James Brown, her Godfather, Bobby Byrd, her step-dad and her mother, singer Vicki Anderson.
Anderson’s career has seen collaborations with Johnny Cash, Chrissie Hynde, Bryan Ferry and Paul Weller and of course, Brand New Heavies. Anderson’s own band, Young Disciples, were picked up by Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay for the Talkin’ Loud able, with their single ‘Apparently Nothing’ becoming one of the biggest Acid Jazz hits of the era.
Expect fiery gospel influence and the most powerful voice you’ll hear all year.
The enduring success of Incognito, the now legendary British jazz funk band led by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick is one of the great stories of UK music – their uniquely British sound has endured as a global phenomenon for almost four decades.
Although their self-titled 1981 debut was a landmark for UK jazz-funk (featuring a young Sade pictured on the cover and guests including Hugh Masekela), it was their early 90’s recordings for Gilles Peterson Talkin’ Loud label (1991’s ‘Inside Life’, 1992’s ‘Tribes, Vibes and Scribes’ and 1993’s Positivity’) that spawned hits such as ‘Always There’, ‘Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing’ and ‘Still a Friend of Mine’ that would see them becoming million-selling artists cementing their place among the in-demand bands on the international stage. And with club remixes by the likes of David Morales and Roger Sanchez they would take clubland — and the charts — by storm.
Albums have followed thick and fast featuring the best of the young crop of musicians and singers alongside bigger established names. The writing has gotten deeper, the music always uplifting, and the productions timeless. Bluey and Incognito have gone on to produce and collaborate with a who’s who of legendary artists – George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Philip Bailey, Jocelyn Brown, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Paul Weller, Maxi Priest, Mario Biondi — Bluey Maunick can take his place among the greats of global soul.