Funk Double Bill: James Taylor Quartet + Freak Power

Funk Double Bill 


James Taylor Quartet

James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows… with no sign of slowing down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British live musical history today. On dozens of mighty albums and at their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.

Yvonne Yanney – Vocals 

Andrew McKinney – Bass 

Pat Illingworth – Drums 

Mark Cox – guitar 

James Taylor – organ

Freak Power

Freak Power was formed by Ashley Slater (Microgroove/Loose Tubes) and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim/The Housemartins) with their debut single Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out becoming a massive chart hit in 1993. Sampling the Isaac ‘Redd Holt’ Unlimited rare groove classic Flo, the single went on to be featured in a worldwide ad campaign for Levi’s.

Ashley Slater – trombone/vocal

Scarlett Quinn – vocal

Kate Cameron – vocal

Carly Bryant – keys/vocal

Dale Davis – bass

Tony Remy – guitar

Adam Bushell – drums

With support from James Morton Band

Bristol’s own Funk maestro James Morton has been a fixture on the scene for many years and has played with such legends as Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Andy Sheppard and Herbaliser.