Best described as the pioneers of the London acid jazz scene, the Brand New Heavies sparkled in the 1970s epoque of funk music; however they initiated a huge popularity for classic soul in an era dominated by hip-hop. Formed in 1985 by the long-time school friends, drummer/keyboardist Jan Kincaid, guitarist Simon Bartholomew, and bassist/keyboardist Andrew Levy.
The band had a remarkable and inimitable style throughout their musical journey and recording history, inspired by the James Brown and Meters records. Their popularity first excelled starting from Cat in the Hat Club.
The year 1994, the band witnessed a huge success for their Brother Sister, which went platinum in Britain. In 1999, the group released a best-of album in Europe called Trunk Funk: The Best of the Brand New Heavies; A similarly-titled album, Trunk Funk Classics 1991-2000, was released in the US in 2000.
Their name and signature releases are highly and continuously applauded by a huge fan base worldwide, securing them the identity of the Acid Jazz masters and pioneers. the Brand New Heavies show will greatly add on to the festival, they are considered a legendary name in the world of acid jazz music genre as well as for their regional fan base, we are sure their show will be remarkable and exciting" declared Anthony Younes, founder and organizer of the festival.
The Brand New Heavies will perform on the night of February 17th, 2010 at Dubai Media City Amphitheater. The same night will feature Jmaes Taylor Quartet, U-Nam and headlined by the Lebanese musician and composer Ziad Rahbani.
For tickets release date information and line-up details, please visit dubaijazzfest.com or call Chillout Productions on 04 3911196.
About Chillout Productions:
Chillout Productions, founders, and organizers of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival acquired the 2009 What's On Award for the 3rd time, after two consecutive years 2006 & 2007, and the Middle East Award for The Best Public Entertainment Event in The Middle East 2008 as part of the Event 360 and the award for Best Marketing of an Event in 2009 with several other nominations.
Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival has grown to become an annual entertainment icon in the UAE and the whole region, drawing fans from all around the world. Attendance in 2006 topped 21,500, 25,000 in 2007 and 28,500 music lovers for the 2008 edition, with a scoring record of 30,000 fans in 2009 throughout 10 days. Each year, the festival features a diversified international line-up of legendary Grammy award-winning artists and critically acclaimed Jazz, R&B, Pop, Rock, Indie and contemporary groups.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival is the audience: undoubtedly the classiest crowd of any musical event in our city with more CEOs, Chairmen, MDs and GMs per square foot than any business district in town!
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