Wild Card with Special Guest Imaani (Rescheduled from 25/07/2021)
Sun, June 19, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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“Wild Card gets on down, just for the Funk of it. That’s a great gift to give to the world.” – All About Jazz ★★★★
Formed in 2008 by French guitarist Clément Regert, Wild Card plays an exciting and innovative melting pot of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms and grooves with funk, African and Latin.
The other core members of the band are drummer Sophie Alloway and Hammond/pianist Andrew Noble, backed by the cracking horn section of Chris Rand (Nine Below Zero) and Graeme Flowers (Kyle Eastwood), and featuring guest vocalist Imaani from Incognito!
Expect to hear their signature reworkings of classic rock songs with a jazzy twist and funky Latin feel, which Clément describes as a mix of Afro-Jazz, Hard Bop, Samba and raw funk.
“Anyone who thinks the jazz scene has been surrendered to the squeaky experimentalists, should sit back and let the adrenalin sizzle!”, wrote The Art Desk during a four-star review of Wild Card, while Blues & Soul said: “The playing is exceptional. The material uber-strong . . .”, and in another four-star review, Jazz Journal concluded: “It’s high octane, good-time music at its best.”
So, whether your thing is swing, high energy, or whether you like driving rhythms or emotive, stylish lines, there’s something in Wild Card’s music for everyone.
Since he moved to London in 2005, Clément has performed at many of the leading London jazz venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Club and Pizza Express, as well as major jazz festivals. He’s also collaborated with artists such as Liane Carroll, Tim Garland, Binker Golding, Natalie Williams, Dennis Rollins, Andrew McCormack and Robert Mitchell.
Originally from Australia and now residing in London, Andrew has performed with Derek Nash, Ola Onabule, Simon Spillett, Jim Mullen, Toni Kofi, Robin Jones and Kenny Thomas. He has also performed at numerous festivals.
Described by JazzFM as “The goddess of grooves”, Sophie is one of the most in-demand drummers around. She has toured the UK, Australia and new Zealand with Roots Manuva, as well as performing on Later with Jools Holland and BBC Introducing, and playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. She has also toured with the Michael Jackson musical Thriller.
Featuring on numerous albums by the celebrated Incognito, Imaani’s emotive lead vocal contributions also appear on albums from Urban Species, Reel People and Down To The Bone, while her session credits include performances with artists such as Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers, Maceo Parker, Philip Bailey, UB40, Gloria Gaynor, Betty Wright, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, and Leon Ware and Aswad.
Clement Regert (Guitar), Imaani (Vocals), Chris Rand (Tenor Saxophone), Graeme Flowers (Trumpet), Andrew Noble (Hammond), Sophie Alloway (Drums).
“This band can’t stop but funk, so stop thinking, start grooving! – Jazzwise
“A fine live act . . . full of treats.” – The Telegraph ★★★★
“The core outfit comprises three fiercely talented musicians . . . expect groove-laden funky Nu Jazz.” – Time Out
“Their gigs are highly exciting affairs with no two shows being exactly alike . . . punchy instrumentals that draws on both African and Latin influences.” – The JazzMan ★★★★
“An authentic microcosm of super talents, all making exceptional music together.” – Jazz In Europe
“Wild Card are an exciting and innovative funky ensemble . . . a real find. Simply classy!” – Sammy Stein, Somethin’ Else