Georgie Fame/ Shakatak @ Nell's Jazz & Blues Club
Nells Jazz and Blues Club are proud to present Georgie Fame and Shakatak performing at the famous West Kensington venue this Autumn.
On Thursday 29th October, legendary rhythm and blues artist Georgie Fame performs. With cult jazz funk band Shakatak performing on Saturday 7th November – you could be there as we have tickets to either gig to be won in The Jazz Club this week.
Georgie Fame is an English rhythm and blues singer and keyboard player. Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries: ‘Yeh, Yeh’ in 1964, ‘Get Away’ in 1966 and ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’ in 1967.
Throughout the course of his career, Fame has toured the UK playing beside Wilde, Joe Brown, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Billy Fury. He’s also collaborated with numerous successful musicians; and was a core member of Van Morrison's band, as well as his musical producer. Fame also played keyboards and sang harmony vocals on such tracks as ‘In the Days before Rock 'n' Roll’ from the album Enlightenment, while still recording and touring as an artist in his own right. Fame played organ on all of the Van Morrison albums between 1989 and 1997. Morrison refers to Fame in the line ‘I don't run into Mr. Clive’ in his song ‘Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore’ featured on the 2008 ‘Keep it Simple’ album.
Georgie Fame was also founding member of his friend Bill Wyman's early band Rhythm Kings, touring with the band. He has also worked with Count Basie, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Joan Armatrading and The Verve. He has made several albums on his own Three Line Whip label since the late 1990s, mostly new original compositions with a jazz/R&B framework.
Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music – but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group.
Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an ‘underground element’. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians, enjoying both high ‘cult’ status and instant recognition as a household name.
After a number of successful top-twenty singles in the UK, the band went on to score unprecedented international success with the release of the classic ‘Nightbirds’ recording and the title track has now become a standard in the popular music repertoire. This success was repeated with the top-ten hit ‘Down on the Street’ and the award-winning video established the band’s personnel. With the magic Al Jarreau/Shakatak combination, the group went on to record the track ‘Day by Day’ to further international acclaim. Along with this successful recording career, Shakatak had firmly established themselves as a vibrant live act, combining astute musicianship with a sense of fun that communicated strongly with world-wide audiences.