Toulouse Blues Weekender : BRUCE MISSISSIPPI JOHNSON

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  • Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

Description

  • Live Music and Something A Little Different
  • Tickets from £18.00
  • Live Music, Funk & Soul and 80's Music
  • Over 12
  • Fri, 24th Jun 2022 @ 20:30 - 23:00
  • 20:30 - 23:00


A SOULFUL NIGHT OF BLUESY AND FUNKY GROOVE  


2017 LIVING BLUES AWARDEE BRUCE MISSISSIPPI JOHNSON IS BRINGING HIS UNIQUE BRAND OF CONTEMPORARY BLUES SOUL MUSIC TO TOULOUSE LAUTREC JAZZ CLUB. ACCOMPANIED BY AN A LIST OF SOME OF LONDON’S FINEST, JOHNSON WHOSE EXPRESSIVE BASS-BARITONE VOCALS HAS CAPTIVATED AUDIENCES THE WORLD OVER WILL BE PERFORMING HIS DEBUT ALBUM 'THE DEAL BABY' PLUS SONGS FROM SOME OF HIS FAVOURITE BLUES AND SOUL ARTISTS.


BRUCE LESTER JOHNSON - VOCALS

ANDREW ROSS - SAX

PAT WEST - GUITAR

KARL HUDSON - PIANO

CARL STANBRIDGE - BASS

RUSS PARKER - DRUMS


BORN IN MISSISSIPPI, THE HEART OF THE MUSICALLY FERTILE AREA THAT IS AMERICA’S ‘DEEP SOUTH’, BRUCE JOHNSON IS A MAN WHO WAS BORN TO SING. AS A CHILD IN HIS GRANDFATHER’S CHURCH, AND LATER, IN THE COMPANY OF HIS FATHER’S RECORD COLLECTION, HE GOT THE KIND OF MUSICAL EDUCATION MOST FOLKS CAN ONLY DREAM ABOUT. LISTENING TO SOULFUL VOICES LIKE AL GREEN, HIS COUSIN JACKIE WILSON, LOU RAWLS AND GIL SCOTT HERON, BRUCE DISCOVERED HE COULD SING.


"IT’S AN IMPRESSIVE , LONG BREWING INTRODUCTION TO A FINE DRAMATIC STORYTELLER IN THE BOBBY BLAND SOUL BLUES TRADITION WITH 70’S INFLUENCES" 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


THIS IS 21ST CENTURY BLUES INCARNATE; SOULFUL, FUNKY, ERUDITE AND EXTREMELY LYRICAL." 

ROY BAINTON, BLUES MATTERS

BIO:

TOWARDS THE END OF HIS STINT SERVING HIS COUNTRY AS A MARINE, IT DAWNED ON BRUCE THAT HE HAD BEEN PUT HERE TO SING, AND THUS HIS PERFORMING LIFE, TOOK OFF! INITIALLY PLAYING IN AFRICA AND PERFORMING THE SONGS OF GIL SCOTT HERON HE BEGAN TO FIND HIS FEET AS A FRONTMAN. IT WAS IN PARIS THAT HE REALLY EARNT HIS PLACE AMONG THE LUMINAIRES OF THE CITY. PERFORMING WITH PLAYERS THAT HAD SHARED THE STAGE WITH STARS LIKE STAN GETZ AND SAMMY DAVIS JR. NOBODY FAILED TO SEE HIS SIX-FOOT FOUR FRAME AS HE TOOK THE STAGE, BUT WHEN IT GAVE FLY TO THE EFFORTLESSLY SOULFUL BASS-BARITONE VOICE THAT IS HIS TRUE BLESSING. 

AUDIENCES THEN AND NOW ARE TRULY SPELLBOUND.

AFTER HIS QUICK RISE ON STAGE SUPPORTING OTHERS, HE BRANCHED OUT AND FORMED A BAND OF HIS OWN, MAKING HIM A LEADING LIGHT IN THE FUNK SCENE. BRUCE AND HIS BAND WERE ASKED TO PERFORM IN A COMPETITION JUDGED BY THE ONE AND ONLY NINA SIMONE. WHEN THEY WON THE COMPETITION, IT GAVE HIM THE CHANCE TO RECORD HIS FIRST SINGLE AND FOREVER CEMENTED HIS REPUTATION AS A STAR IN THE CITY. IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE HE BEGAN TO CRAVE AN EARTHIER SOUND, SOMETHING MORE AKIN TO THE MUSIC THAT CAME FROM THE DELTA REGION THAT WAS HIS HOME.


THE CHANCE CAME WITH THE OFFER TO JOIN THE LEGENDARY BLUES BASSIST BIG JOE TURNER’S BAND BLUES CARAVAN AS A VOCALIST. JOE HAD TOURED IN BB KING’S BAND AS WELL AS WITH ALBERT KING AND LITTLE MILTON, AND SHOWED BRUCE THE TRUTH IN THE MUSIC, GIVING HIM A CHANCE TO TOUR THE WORLD. HIS TIME IN TURNER’S BAND SAW HIM FORMING A SOLID BOND WITH THE KEYBOARD PLAYER, AND THE TWO BEGAN TO WRITE AND DEMO SONGS THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME BRUCE’S SOLO ALBUM, 'THE DEAL BABY'. WITH A SOUND THAT STRADDLES BLUES AND SOUL, IT’S AS ORIGINAL AND INVENTIVE AS THE MAN HIMSELF, AND HAS SEEN HIM GARNER ATTENTION FROM RADIO STATIONS AND PRESS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. 


SO DON'T WASTE ANY TIME! BOOK TO SEE THIS STELLAR ACT FOR OUR SPECIAL BLUES WEEKENDER, NOW!



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Tickets/Times

Ticket Event time Cost
Standard Admission

Doors Open 1 Hour before Start Time

20:30 - 23:00 £18.00

Location

Address

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN

Organiser

Toulouse Lautrec
Paying tribute to one of France's most flamboyant artists, Toulouse Lautrec is an intimate Brasserie & Wine Bar in Kennington, South London. Brimming with the bohemian charm of the Parisian jazz bars of a bygone era. The venue is rapidly becoming one of London's finest live music venue providing quality live music from Jazz to Soul Funk, from French Chansons to Latin Salsa.

Venue

T&C s

1) Admission tickets are non-refundable within 72 Hours of the event as standard.
2) Live Stream tickets are not eligible for refunds. Your live stream can be viewed at a later time if you are unable to watch it live.
3) If you are unable to attend you are welcome to transfer them to a friend in your name.
4) Please check your tickets are correct for the event you are attending as changes cannot be made
5) On busy nights small groups of 1-2 people may be required to share your table with one other small group.
6) Seating is unreserved and on a 1st come, 1st served basis; please arrive early if you have a preference.
7) Once the performance has begun, we reserve the right to fill any empty seats with people who are on our waiting list or at the door. Late arrivals will still be permitted however you may be asked to stand at the back until seating can be provided at such time.
8) Certain events require a non-talking or quiet audience. You may be asked to leave or move to the outdoor terrace should you wish to talk to avoid disrupting the experience of our other attendees.
9) Video Recording & Photography is encouraged. Please refrain from using flashes or strong lights as they risk harming our performers.
10) Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult unless the event is strictly for over 18.
11) We operate a Check-21. If you are lucky enough to appear younger than 21 you may be asked for photographic ID.
12) Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the performer or promoter for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled you will be emailed to provide you the option to attend a rescheduled date or request a full refund.
13) Tickets are sold subject to the promoter's or performer's right to alter or vary the programme due to the events or circumstances beyond their control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
14) The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of patrons.
15) The promoter & venue management accepts no responsibility for any personal property.

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