For a long time music was Laville’s biggest secret. His songwriting, and those dreams were always something he kept hidden.”I had to live my life first before I could write my music,” he insists. “I couldn’t write it at the same time because I was too in the moment, I was living a faster life than I am now” He studied, he travelled, and he worked – everywhere from top London venues to Michelin starred restaurants. He began to fill this space with music. Channelling everyone from Donny Hathaway to Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai to Musiq Soulchild; it’s bold, daring, and completely natural, moving from soul to funk to drum and bass and disco like those house parties that first fired his imagination.
A chance encounter with Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller at Soho Radio’s Central London studio allowed him to find his path. His Debut album ‘The Wanderer’ was steered by the expert hands of producers Tristan Longworth and Charlie Perry. Laville’s lyrics have this narrative thrust that dig a little deeper than most. A bold voice that adds something distinctly new to the tapestry of soul, Laville’s talent is too strong to remain a secret.
Between opening up for Grammy winning soul icon John Legend. Laville’s been selling out headline shows and featuring on tracks with The Stone Foundation, Hybrid Minds, Foreign Beggars, Big Narstie and The Brand New Heavies. He also fronts The Ash Walker Experience and Phono 48.
With a new e.p. Produced by Jazz supremo Ash Walker this year is set to be a triumphant year for Laville.
At the heart of the best DJs craft is a commitment to digging – dusty-fingered dives in dingy basements and obsessively combing through every corner of the bargain bins. Deb Grant’s restless search for the perfect beat enables her to interlace the most mind-blowing tracks to move people physically, emotionally and spiritually. At this point Deb’s breadth of knowledge and arsenal of secret weapons ranks her in the upper echelons of headsy selectors operating out of London, but it’s the vibe she creates in the mix that makes her so effective at bringing a get-down to life.
A who’s-who of session players that have toured the world with some of music’s biggest names, our house band – the JFSC All Stars – consists of band leader Luke Harris on drums (Brand New Heavies, Tricky, Ms Dynamite, Wretch 32), Karme on keys (Westlife, Eliza Doolittle, Maverick Sabre, Gloria Gynor), Ed Mitchell on saxophone (Rizzle Kicks, Jess Glynn, Olly Murs, Tom Odel, Diversity), and James Ahwai on bass guitar (Linda Lewis, Swing out Sister, Maceo Parker).
Our nightly openers, the JFSC All Stars will whet your palette with smooth grooves that will make you hungry for more. So sit back and enjoy the tunes – it’s a taste of what’s to come.
Tapped on the shoulder and produced by renowned artist Bluey of Incognito, and now hand-chosen by our very own Andrew Levy, Roberta Gentile has already accrued quite the fanbase as a recording artist. Originally from Italy and a graduate of the London College of Music, her voice is a cocktail of passion and technical control that makes for spellbinding performances. We can’t wait to hear her on the JFSC stage as she performs numbers from her new album, Bring It On.
DJ and musical artist Pru Fiddy has been on the scene over the past two decades with an impressive resume as a resident DJ at World famous Ronnie Scotts, programming events and performing at Love Supreme Festival, DJ & presenter for Jazz FM & Mi-Soul and UK ambassador for North Sea Jazz Festival.
Nicola Taylor is an artist with heaps of energy and soul. A multi-instrumentalist writer and producer, she is a regular performer in the streets and clubs of Glasgow. Nicola is known for her powerful and soulful vocals. On Thursday 3rd February, she will be treating us to a set of her recent releases including her new single ‘Flava’ – a fitting name for our #TastyLiveMusic venue.
After 2 decades of touring with The Brand New Heavies and partying all over the world, I spent the lockdown reminiscing over some of these fun times, and dreaming up my ultimate night out. And that’s exactly what The Jazz Funk Supper Club is. I’ve always noticed that there is a disconnect with the live show and the “night out”. Both should be as one, I feel fans of live music want the whole evening to be one amazing experience.
I’ll be very hands on, curating each night’s live music and ensuring that the food and drink is top quality. Jazz, Funk and Soul music is multi layered and I want to share some of the left of centre stuff that one wouldn’t ordinarily get to hear in a public setting. The type of artist I’ll be booking will need to have that magical spark, that raw talent you can hear and feel within the first few seconds of hearing them sing or play. From up and coming talent, to more established artists, I’ll be keeping things interesting and a bit edgy in places. It’s about high-quality informal dining, great live music then an after-party style DJ set that’ll fill the floor…the ultimate Jazz-Funk night out.