Tuesday 1st January 2019
- Friday 4th January 2019
£40.00 - £65.00
Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick / leader, guitar, BVs
Imaani / vocals
Joy Rose / vocals
Vanessa Haynes / vocals
Matt Cooper / MD, keys
Francis Hylton / bass
Francesco Mendolia / drums
Francisco Sales / guitar
Sid Gauld / trumpet
Patrick Clahar / sax, flute
Alistair White / trombone
Joao Caetano / percussion
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.
Ronnie Scott’s welcomes Incognito back once again for a 5 day run of irresistible grooves and soulful vocals punctuated by the trademark Incognito horns. Soaked in soul, coated in jazz with more than a twist of funk and dance, Incognito’s catchy numbers are immediate and infectious explaining just why Incognito remain a powerful and energetic live act and a real club favourite!
LINE UP TBC but likely: Bluey (band leader); Tony Momrelle (vocals); Vanessa Haynes (vocals); Katie Leone (vocals); Francis Hylton (bass); Matt Cooper (keys); Francisco Sales (Guitar); Francesco Mendolia (drums); Joao Caetano (percussion); Sid Gauld (trumpet); Alastair White (trombone); Jim Hunt (sax)
+support: Roberta Gentile
Vocal : ROBERTA GENTILE
Bass : RAFFAELE TRAPASSO
Guitar : ELIO MARRAPODI
Drums : NICHOLAS CELEGHIN
Keys : PAOLO RAIA
Roberta Gentile was born 12.09.1994 in Andria, Puglia, Italy.
To put things in context, that year Incognito released their single “Pieces Of A Dream” from their Positivity album.
When she was 6 years old, her Mother arranged for her to sing as soloist backed by a children’s choir and a promising musical career was heading in the right direction!
Bluey had no clue that he would be playing an important role in the life of this young lady who had started taking music lessons whilst he was in the same location doing photo shoots for his band.
She studied for 1 year at a music conservatory followed by 2 years at a musical academy. She gained a diploma from the London College of Music, again unaware that her debut album would be recorded in that City.
She worked hard, determined to find and put together the pieces that would be vital in the fulfillment of her dreams!
She performed at EXPO-Experience in the summer of 2017, in the Vanity Fair Night of the Oscar's in Milan.
Opportunities soon came flooding and Roberta was invited to perform on television, associated with Radio105 on of the big players in Italy.
Soon after she appeared on a major television talent show and reached the finals. She made contact over the internet with the Incognito’s drummer Francesco Mendolia who in turn introduced her to Bluey upon seeing and hearing the quality of her performance on the show.
When he heard the warmth and the maturity of her voice, Bluey was blown away! He asked her to sing something on the phone and she responded by singing the Chet Baker version of the Jazz standard “You Don't Know What Love Is”… This confirmed to him that she was not just a bright-eyed kid seeking a short cut to fame and stardom, but a passionate singer whose young heart was already captured by Soul, Jazz and the Blues!
Roberta has now completed recording her debut album produced by Bluey and recorded in Krabi Thailand and at his London studio, backed by the Incognito rhythm section with strings arranged and conducted by Simon Hale whose arrangements include Jamiroquai, Björk and grammy winning Duncan Sheik.
Bluey quotes… “Roberta is one of the most important missing pieces in my musical life story and I cannot wait to introduce her to the world stage, for that is where I feel she was born to be and where her spirit shines at it’s brightest”.
In an unprecedented move whilst still unsigned, Roberta made her international debut on the legendary Blue Note Tokyo stage backed by members of Bluey’s famed Incognito band. Truly the stuff that dreams are made of! She's keeping her feet on the ground though her heart is flying, embracing every new chapter. Bring it on!
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