GETTING TO KNOW YOU:
LOLA'S DAY OFF
Pete Ray Biggin (drums) Moyses dos Santos (bass) Carl Hudson (keyboards) Ant Law (guitar) James Gardiner Bateman (sax)

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS
EMMA SMITH & SOWETO KINCH


Tuesday December 17 | 8:30pm | £14

This new five-piece band, put together by drummer Pete Ray Biggin, features some of the hottest musicians on the UK Jazz and Groove scene. Pete himself, although still relatively new to the scene, already includes the likes of Chaka Khan, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, The Specials, Whitney Houston, Beverley Knight, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Carleen Anderson, Estelle and Adele on a hugely impressive CV. Originally from Sheffield, Pete started drumming at the age of 4, going on to win the Drummers Alliance Beat 93 Under 16s competition and by the age of 15 was working regularly on the club circuit. By the time he was 21 he was touring Europe, gigging, writing and recording everything from jazz and soul to pop and rock. But it was probably after he was asked to join the classic band Incognito that people really started to notice this passionate drummer, with a feel and technique that put him among the drumming elite. Now a regular member of the iconic band Level 42 Pete can also be seen with his own 12-piece band PB Underground, undoubtedly one of the finest groove bands in Europe. Also featured in the band tonight will be ace saxophonist James Gardiner Bateman (Joss Stone), the brilliant Carl Hudson on keyboards, highly impressive guitarist Ant Law (Mica Paris) and the terrific Moyses dos Santos (Soweto Kinch) on bass. Pete is also talking about inviting some singers and a rapper (or two) to join them through the evening (trust me, he knows how to put a great gig together) so this promises to be quite a night.

“A slick amalgam of funk and jazz riffing….Biggin more than lived up to his cult drummer reputation.” Jazzwise
“A true musical genius…Carl Hudson” Soulpersona
“intelligent, cogent guitar playing of the fluent, eloquent Law” LondonJazzNews “James Gardiner Bateman….impressive” Time Out

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Lola's Day Off 606 Club Chelsea Jazz Funk Fusion London

 

WHO IS LOLA, AND WHY DOES SHE HAVE THE DAY OFF?

Lola Showgirl Copacabana:: 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.


Martine Carol Lola Montez:: It's an inside reference to the 1955 film Lola Montes, starring the great aunt of bassist Moyses dos Santos, the glamorous actress Martine Carol who sadly passed away at the age of 46.


Cat Lola's Day Off Live Music London:: 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!

 

 

606 Club Chelsea Lola's Day Off :: 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

606: 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?

Well firstly my best friend Moyses dos Santos we hang out a lot, see bands, know so many musicians. We wanted to set up a funky fusion jazz band & we've been talking about this for a long time and now the time has come. We just threw some names around and this is what has happened. I met Ant Law when we played for Leon Ware and I found him original and his own style markedly jazz and funky, so he's always been a cat on my mind. I met James when I played with him in Bristol early this year, he creates his own sound which is refreshing for a sax player and he plays jazz, pop and funk. I met Carl before but never heard him play, till Moyses said "bro, you have to see this dude". That was it, Carl was the missing ingredient... there you have Lola's Day Off.

Also we wanted to have some special guests - 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.

606: We know you from your work with other bands including PB Underground & Level 42. What is unique about this new project? 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.

606: Are you writing original tunes for Lola's Day Off? What are the references stylistically?

PB: Yes we’re witting original tunes and our references are kinda Roy Hargrove/Yellow jackets/Kenny Garrett with lots of fire.

606: 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 known these guys a good few years now personally and musically and they 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 playing.

606: Tell us about your most exciting gig, ever!

PB: ...has to be with Chaka Khan,, that was amazing,, playing with Level 42 is always a treat and Incognito,,, all my childhood dreams came true.

Please come to our show on the 17th as this is goin' to be something very special!

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