Bristol's Finest Music Venue

The Souljazz Orchestra

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Venue
The Fleece
Time
7:30PM
Price
£13 adv
Additional Info
All Ages (under 16s must be with an adult)
Facebook Event
Wed 04 Oct 2017

Since first arriving on the Canadian scene at the turn of the millenium, the Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion.

The multicultural collective just released a hard-hitting new record in the fall of 2015, Resistance, resuming its link-up with UK-based Strut Records, and adding fresh dancefloor-oriented elements of Coupé-Décalé, Zouk, and Ndombolo to the band’s heavy mix of Afro, Soul and Jazz styles.

In keeping with the group’s previous work, the band maintains powerful lyrics at the heart of its music, delivering some biting social commentary alongside messages of hope. Recorded using the group’s signature analogue techniques, the resulting album is a bold musical statement, a defiant celebration of social justice and human empowerment.

Now celebrating its 15th year, the Souljazz Orchestra continues to be an unstoppable force. Nominated for a Canadian Juno award for the third time in 2016, the band regularly tears up venues worldwide through its punishing schedule. In fact, years of relentless touring have formed the Souljazz Orchestra’s live concerts into the stuff of legends – more often than not culminating in ecstatic, sweat-soaked, cathartic affairs, mixing pulsating arrangements with eruptive improvisations.

So far, the Canadian sextet has been fortunate enough to bring its dynamite show to over two dozen countries across the globe, sharing bills along the way with heavyweights such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Femi Kuti, while showing no signs of slowing down. As saxophonist Ray Murray puts it, “Souljazz is more than just a band for us, it’s a way of life.”

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