GETTING TO KNOW YOU:
LOLA'S DAY OFF
Pete Ray Biggins (drums) Moyses dos Santos (bass) Carl Hudson (keyboards) Ant Law (guitar) James Gardiner Bateman (sax)
Tuesday December 17 | 8:30pm | £14
WHO IS LOLA, AND WHY DOES SHE HAVE THE DAY OFF?
Lola is a showgirl from Rio de Janeiro. She's been doing the merengue & the cha-cha for 30 years or so, so it was time to give her a break.
It's a reference to the 1955 film Lola Montes, starring the glamorous French actress Martine Carol, who is the great aunt of bassist Moyses dos Santos. Sadly, Martine passed away at the age of 46 amd Moyses always wished she could have had an easier life.
Lola is the cat that lives at the band's rehearsal studio. She's a very playful, confident & curious animal, and the guys in the band want to bring that same spirit to their music!
Lola was a madwoman who used to walk arouind the local estate pushing a pram with a bucket that had a face painted on it.
INTERVIEW WITH PETE RAY BIGGIN
You've organised some of the best current jazz/soul players on the scene for this group. How do you know these guys & what "special sauce" do they each bring to the sound?
also we wanted to have some special guest's so Moyses has been very good friends with soweto and me emma so we wanted to bring them in for us to take this show to a more special musical place on stage.
We know you from your work with other bands including PB Underground & Level 42. What is unique about this new project, Lola's Day Off? Is there a particular concept that is behind the formation of the group, a specific itch you wanted to scratch?
PB: This project is unique as it brings along a group of experienced musicians each with his well defined path and vast experience, with styles going from traditional jazz to funk. .
Are you writing original tunes for Lola's Day Off? What are the references stylistically?
In terms of what's happening now in music whether here in the UK or globally, what other bands or musicians do you enjoy listening to/inspire you personally?
PB: I'm very inspired at the moment but thundercat and the bruner bros . From USA .. I've know these guys a good few years now personally and musically and these guys just always blow me away and get my blood rushing everytime I see and hear them. Ronald is one of my favourite drummers and always seems to uplift a show with his world-class drumming.
Please come to our show on the 17th as this is goin to be something very special!
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