Saturday 26th June 2021
£35.00 - £45.00
Line-Up: HAMISH STUART guitar, vocals; JIM MULLEN guitar; ROSS STANLEY keys; JIM WATSON keys; ROBIN MULLARKEY bass; IAN THOMAS drums
As one of the most soulful and subtly virtuosic players this country has ever produced, Jim Mullen has recorded and toured with the very best, also carving his own place in jazz-funk history as a founding member of the Morrissey-Mullen Band. Following the demise of Morrissey Mullen in the 80s it would be until 2000 that Jim Mullen would return to the sound that captured the soul and funk fans of this popular British group in the 70s and 80s in the album 'JimJam' with Hamish Stuart.
Tonight reunites these two popular figures of the jazz and soul scene with an all-star band.
Hamish Stuartt: Guitarist/bassist/vocalist and Glasgow native Hamish Stuart is best-known for his stint as one of the most actively contributing members of Scottish soulsters the Average White Band (best-known for their 1974 number one smash "Pick up the Pieces"). He also played in Paul McCartney's band during the '90s and over the years has worked with George Benson, Aretha Franklin, David Sanborn, Chaka Khan, and Easy Pieces, among others. In 1999, Stuart's first solo album, an old-style funk/soul record titled Sooner or Later, was released in the U.K.; it was issued in the U.S. the following year. In 2018 former Average White Band members Hamish Stuart, Molly Duncan & Steve Ferrone formed 360 Band. Hamish continues to collaborate as well as touring with his regular band.
JIM MULLEN: In conjunction with saxophonist and longtime collaborator Dick Morrissey, guitarist Jim Mullen spearheaded the British jazz-fusion movement of the 1970s. Born November 26, 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland, Mullen acquired his first guitar at age eight, soon after discovering jazz through an older friend. Although he later studied journalism, he remained a fixture of the local jazz circuit, ultimately forming a group with tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan and keyboardist Roger Ball. Mullen relocated to London in 1969, joined Pete Brown's Piblokto!, and then signed on with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, cementing his credentials in the nascent jazz-rock culture. Stints with Vinegar Joe and Kokomo followed, and in the early 1970s he also collaborated with Duncan and Ball in their blue-eyed funk unit the Average White Band. Via the AWB, Mullen met Morrissey, a veteran of the much-respected jazz-rock vehicle If. In 1977, they teamed as a duo for Up, embracing everything from bop to pop to funk and found favor with listeners on both sides of the jazz-rock dyad via acclaimed efforts such as 1979's Cape Wrath. In all, Morrissey and Mullen co-headlined six albums, which increasingly veered towards the mainstream, but never earned the American commercial foothold that would have vaulted their career to the next level. Morrissey and Mullen finally split following 1988's Happy Hour, and Mullen went on to work with vocalist Claire Martin. He also headlined a series of LPs including Rule of Thumb and Soundbites. allmusic.com