THE BLACKBYRDS + Jesse Gamage + KTF DJs Honza & Paul Aaaron Live In London: Oct 11th 2012

THE BLACKBYRDS + Jesse Gamage + KTF DJs Honza & Paul Aaaron Live In London: Oct 11th 2012

Donald Byrd’s legendary Jazz-Funk-Soul band The Blackbyrds + support from Jesse Gamage + Keep The Faith DJs Honza & Paul Aaaron
live at Islington Assembly Hall, Upper St, London N1: Thurs Oct 11th 2012, 7pm-11pm. Tickets from £22.50

A rare opportunity to see a seminal, original USA 70’s Jazz-Funk, Soul & Fusion master group live in London. A must for all Raregroove, Jazz-funk & Soul fans.
Their anthem “Rock Creek Park” was a 70’s Soul Boogie Boy/Girl anthem in London, this and other favourites have been sampled many times by acts inc. La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.
Live support on the night from Neo Soul Folk artist Jesse Gamage + Keep The Faith DJ’s Honza and Paul Aaaron on decks.
In association with


Islington Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall Upper Street, London, N1 2UD

TRANSPORT: Highbury & Islington, Angel Tube Stations

MAP & DIRECTIONS:,-0.093126&sspn=0.030275,0.077162&vpsrc=0&t=m&z=16

TIMES: 7pm-11pm

PRICE: £22.50 & £27.50

A strictly 18+ age venue.

LINE UP:  The Black Byrds + Jesse Gamage live.                                                          DJs:  KTF’s Honza & Paul Aaaron

The Blackbyrds – Youtube Music Clips:

The Blackbyrds “Rock Creek Park”:
The Blackbyrds “Time Is Moving”:
The Blackbyrds “Lady”:
The Blackbyrds “Walking In Rhythm”:
The Blackbyrds “Future Children, Future Hopes”:
The Blackbyrds “Flying High”:
The Blackbyrds “Love Don’t Strike Twice”:
The Blackbyrds “Happy Music”:
Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds “Do It Fluid”:
Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds “Dreaming About You”:
Donald Byrd “Blackbyrd”:

More On The Blackbyrds:
The Blackbyrds were formed in Washington D.C. in 1973, and were the soul music protégé’s of Professor Donald Byrd. Donald lectured at the Howard University in D.C., and it was his surname which formed part of the group’s band title. Whilst at high school in Washington, D.C., Keith Killgo, Orville Saunders, and Joe Hall had played together in a band called Second Stage. Keith and Orville later transf
erred to the Howard University and hooked up with Donald Byrd and the Detroit born pianist, Kevin Toney.

The Blackbyrds then signed with the Fantasy Records imprint in 1973. In 1974, they released their debut album, the cover of which was a Vincent Van Gogh borrowed design from his late 19th Century painting ‘Wheatfield With Crows’. The album featured the Donald Byrd penned dancer, ‘Do It Fluid’, and was produced by Donald and his production collaborator Larry Mizell. ‘Flying Start’ was released later that year, and featured their 1975 U.S. Top 10 single, ‘Walking In Rhythm’.

1975 saw two releases by the group. ‘Cornbread, Earl & Me’ was the soundtrack to a movie, whilst the mainstream release, ‘City Life’, featured the club dancer ‘Rock Creek Park’, along with the U.S. Top 20 song, ‘Happy Music’. ‘Unfinished Business’ followed in 1976, featuring the club dancers ‘Time Is Movin’ and the bass driven title track. ‘Action’ was released in 1977, and showcased a mellower side to the group’s C.V., highlighted by the classic ‘Soft & Easy’, ‘Dreaming About You’, and the equally moody ‘Mysterious Vibes’

In 1978, an album of remixes saw the light of day, entitled ‘Night Grooves’ (featuring remixes of ‘Walking In Rhythm’ and ‘Rock Creek Park’). In 1980, the group recorded the album ‘Better Days’ under the production wing of George Duke. The Blackbyrds went their separate ways shortly afterwards although various members have achieved solo success in the jazz field during the following decades. The band briefly reformed the Blackbyrds in the spring of 1994 to perform in London at the request of AGMP. Shortly afterwards they returned to the studio, with plans for a forthcoming release, however, nothing came to fruition.

‘Rock Creek Park’ has been sampled many times since it’s initial release, by the likes of De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.

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