Spice Fusion charity gig - Friday 20th October 2017

For one night only, the Spice Fusion band will be performing for their dear friend, Sarah Spencer Stonehill, who is sadly and sorely missed. 

  • Date: Friday 20th October, 2017, 8pm.
  • Venue: The Concorde, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9HG

Tickets are £25 and all proceeds will go to Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity. 

Tickets and booking: http://www.theconcordeclub.com/events/the-treble-s-tribute-october-2017/ 

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Spice Fusion - Jazz on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells 10th August 2017

Jazz on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells is a hugely popular event that usually runs from May to September each year. This year, Spice Fusion will be performing on The Pantiles on Thursday 10th August, launching our 2nd album. Expect a kicking 9-piece band with a fine selection of singers to make it a night to remember! The event is free - just bring your dancing shoes :)

Here's our line-up... and the name-dropping is only a fraction of the number of people our band members have worked with!

- Trumpets: Dan Carpenter (with Level 42) and Stuart Brooks (worked with Bjork, John Surman)

- Trombone: Nichol Thomson (worked with Tom Jones, Tina Turner)

- Alto sax: Simon Niblock (worked with The Drifters, Kid Creole & The Coconuts)

- Tenor sax: Simon Bates (worked with Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum)

- Keys: James Treweek (worked with Sugababes, Pete King)

- Guitar: James Pusey (worked with Paloma Faith, Dionne Warwick)

- Bass: Simon Goulding (worked with The Bee Gees, Robbie Williams)

- Drums: Elliott Henshaw (worked with Shirley Bassey, Tony Hadley)

- Female Singers: Julie Maguire (worked with Brendan Cole) and Miranda Wilford (worked with Sid Laurence Orchestra)

- Male Singers: Wayne Hernandez (worked with Gorillaz and Madonna) and Damien Flood (toured with Tom Jones)

See you there!

Wayne Hernandez on upcoming Spice Fusion album

We are surrounded by so much talent, we're bursting at the seams with excitement! 

We've announced that world-renowned pianist, David Benoit will feature on our second album. Now we're über pleased (again) to say that the amazing soul singer, Wayne Hernandez will also feature on our next album! 

Wayne Hernandez is hugely successful and well-respected in the music business. He has worked with icons of the industry, including Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack, Gorillaz and Madonna. He has also toured extensively with Kool and the Gang, Regina Bell and Billy Ocean, and has performed extensively at various prestigious venues, including The Royal Albert Hall for The Proms. 

With an Afro-Cuban heritage, Wayne has worked with the London Community Gospel Choir and describes his music as 'a living fusion of music styles from the Black music scene.' Also a well-established producer and songwriter, this multi-talented artist delivers a mesmerising and brilliant performance that defines the word 'soul'.

It goes without saying that we simply cannot wait for this album to get released! 

Here's a little video of Wayne at The Hideaway with our very own Simon Niblock on sax:

 

Elliott Henshaw performing with David Benoit on 19, 20 & 21 Jan 2017

Yesterday we announced that the legendary pianist, David Benoit will be featuring on our next album (did we mention how excited we are?). Why not see him live this week at Pizza Express? What's more, our drummer Elliott Henshaw will be performing with David, so a double bubble as far as treats go!

David Benoit's list of awards and achievements is long and includes multiple Grammy nominations and a Lifetime achievement award in the field of smooth jazz. He has done 25 solo albums and has collaborated with legends such as Peter White, Rick Braun & many others. He is also the conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra.

For more information, visit Pizza Express's website here

David Benoit to guest-star on our next album

We really are spoilt when it comes to legends featuring on our next album... So who are we talking about this time? None other than the legendary, Grammy-nominated pianist/composer/arranger, David Benoit

David has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. Just take a look at his hands in this video, as he dazzles us with his mastery of the piano on “Q’s Motif” – recorded on December 15, 2013 at the Carriage House Theater in Saratoga, CA... we might be understating it a little when we say we're excited! :

Oliver Lewis to lead the string session for 2nd album

It's 2017 and we've got quite a few updates to share with you. We're working away on our second album so lots of cogs are whirring away! 

To start with, we're excited to announce that Oliver Lewis, one of the world's fastest violinists, will be leading the string session for this next album! Oliver has appeared on ITV, BBC, and The Ellen DeGeneres show: https://youtu.be/FrPWiOkAeBY

You can also read more about Oliver Lewis here.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Elliott Henshaw on the Jonathan Ross show with Phil Collins

We are so proud of all of our musicians - they work with some of the most incredible artists out there and work relentlessly hard, touring the country for months on end and sometimes worldwide too. More credit should be paid to them on our website for sure - but it's the age-old thing isn't it... time: there's never enough of it! So, having said that, here's one for the news page: take a look at our drummer, Elliott Henshaw, who was on the Jonathan Ross show last night with Phil Collins: 

Working on our second album

It's been a while since we've done an update here, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy - quite the contrary! We've done loads of gigs (a combination of us being the band-of-choice for other acts, as well as us doing our thing for various events) and we've got a load of gigs lined up over the next few months. 

At the same time, we're busy squeezing in a bit of music-arranging and recording for our upcoming second album. We're so excited about it that we've got enough material for a third album too! But one step at a time, hey? So although we don't have an exact release date yet, we can assure you that cogs are whirring and there are plenty of smiles on many faces along the way :) 

Take care! 

Spice Fusion double whammy!

For the first time ever, there will be two Spice Fusion bands performing on the same night - Friday 20th November must be a lucky date for us!

So - due to popular demand, The Spice Fusion sextet will be backing The 4Tunes at The Hippodrome Casino in London - get your tickets here.

The other gig will be with The Spice Fusion 10-piece band, performing for The 100 Property Club at The Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane, London. This will be for a private party, and we sure look forward to performing for such a high-flying club at such at prestigious location!

Do drop by on Friday 20th November at The London Hippodrome Casino - the Spice Fusion band would love to see you there!

Spice Fusion sextet backing The 4Tunes on 31st Oct at The London Hippodrome Casino

Are you ready for the Halloween weekend? We are! 

Tonight (30th October 2015) we'll be kick-starting the vibe with our sextet band backing The 4Tunes at The London Hippodrome Casino for a private party. 

Not invited? Fear not! We will be back tomorrow (31st October) at The London Hippodrome Casino doing a "public" version of tonight... The Spice Fusion sextet backing The 4Tunes. Get your tickets here - we'd love to see you there! 

Spice Fusion at The Boatyard, Leigh-on-Sea on 29th May

We're back - this time as a 10-piece band, setting the mood for a perfect Friday night out at The Boatyard with scrumptious food and great music:

Location: The Boatyard, 8/13 High St, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2EN

Tickets: £20

Booking/phone: 01702 475588 (discounts available for larger bookings - please call for further details)

The Boatyard: Combines the benefits of a modern purpose-built restaurant with the classic surroundings of the Old Leigh fishing village, not to mention the excellent food. Contained within what was previously a working boatyard, the building has been converted into a beautiful restaurant. A panoramic polarised glass frontage provides uninterrupted views of the Thames Estuary and Two-Tree Island Nature Reserve. Even more spectacular views can be obtained from the stunning wooden deck which juts out into the water and spans the entire width of the building.

Book now on 01702 475588 - and see you there!

 

Spice Fusion sextet supporting Zoe Tyler on 10th Jan

Normally Spice Fusion is quite a big band with 18 musicians and a fine selection of singers - but for our next gig we will shrink down to six musicians (and still produce a large sound!). We are very proud to be supporting the fabulous Zoe Tyler at her gig on Saturday 10th January, 2015 at The Hippodrome Casino, London - you can book your tickets here

So who will be in the band? We have:

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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23rd gig: introducing the trumpet section

Tomorrow we’ll be making some festive noise at The Hippodrome Casino in London - so let’s round up the introductions with the trumpet section:

Stuart Brooks: has also gigged with Björk, has probably been your ear-worm many times as he’s ...played in 100s of films and TV shows, and he loves classic cars.

Will Smith: no, not THAT Will Smith... but this Will is just as good-looking, has his own West End show (Top Hat), and loves teaching.
Gabriel Garrick: has played for Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, started playing the trumpet when he was 7, and very wisely says "through music we can find the ultimate manifestation of life" - amen to that!
Sid Gauld: has also gigged with George Michael, has recorded on over 300 albums and he is definitely worth his weight in Gauld!

In case we haven't mentioned it enough, here's where you can get your tickets:
http://www.hippodromecasino.com/whatson/spice-fusion-3/

See you!! Can't wait!!!

23rd Dec Gig: Introducing the trombones section

Only a few days to go! Have you done your Christmas shopping and booked a night of fun with us at The Hippodrome Casino (on the 23rd)? We've been introducing you to the band, one section at a time - and now it's time to reveal who's in the trombone-section:

- Trevor Mires: is also Sir Tom Jones' trombonist, likes a healthy, balanced diet of commercial and creative projects, and is a bit of a globe-trotter - having been to over 80 countries!
- Andy Crompton: is also Director of the British Philharmonic Orchestra, has played on Dangermouse (how cool is that!!) and sometimes when he's not got his trombone on his lips, he sings a mean Jazz scat.
- Neil Sidwell: is also orchestrator for The X-Factor, has gigged with The Spice Girls (another one with a "Spice" theme going on here!), and we recommend you listening to his "Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas" on Soundcloud :)
- Mark Frost: is also trombonist for the BBC Big Band, started playing bass trombone aged 13 for a school band because he was the only one who could read the bass clef, and "Frosty" (as he's affectionately known) can down a pint before you've had time to blink.  

Next time we'll introduce you to the trumpets... see you soon!
http://www.hippodromecasino.com/whatson/spice-fusion-3/

23rd Dec gig: Introducing the singers

Not long to go! Are you as excited as we are? Let's continue introducing you to the band - this time, we have our gorgeous singers:
- Miranda Wilford: also a singer with The Sid Lawrence Orchestra, is also a force to reckon with as an incredible actress and dancer, and here's a secret - she's actually She-Ra (which explains her superhuman abilities)
- Giles Terera: also stars in The Book of Mormon, has won several awards (he's certainly won our hearts), and has his own Wikipedia page (we'll get one, one day, hopefully...)
- Angharad Sanders: is also the resident musical director for the R.A.F. Northolt Military Wives Choir, has MD'd more musicals than we have the time to count, and loves to bake cakes (we always knew she was a sweet lady)

Wow, what a line-up! Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to book yours asap: http://www.hippodromecasino.com/whatson/spice-fusion-3/ 

See you on the 23rd December at The Hippodrome Casino in London!

23rd Dec gig: Introducing the rhythm section

We're all very excited about our gig on the 23rd of December at The Hippodrome Casino in London, and so our introduction to the band continues with our incredible rhythm section:

- Piano: Steve Corley - who is also Alison Moyet's MD, holds the record for the most consecutive Christmas day performances at Munsons coffee shop in Ealing (and always asks if he can leave his gear there until next year), and loves his allotment (earning him the #1 supplier of veg status to the Ealing music community)
- Guitar: Alan Wormald - also guitarist for Shakatak, lets his warped sense of humour get his guitar into overdrive, and loves Hawaiian shirts 
- Bass: Simon Goulding - has gigged with Robbie Williams, loves his Cuban coffee (which explains his highly energetic grooves) and the ladies adore watching him “make love” to his bass guitar (smooth moves, dude)
- Percussion: Mike Hamnett - resident percussionist at the Lion King since it started many moons ago, is very nimble with his sticks (he plays a 5-octave marimba), and loves tapas (can be regularly seen at any La Tasca)
- Drums: Elliott Henshaw - who is also Leo Sayer’s drummer, is so good with beats that he’ll also beat anyone at Scrabble, and his affection/respect can easily be bought with anything chocolatey

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd of December!

23rd Dec gig: introducing the sax section

We're very excited about our gig at The Hippodrome Casino on the 23rd of December - such a great way to kick-start Christmas! So who’ve we got lined up? Well, for starters, the sax section will be the same line-up as on the CD, Trying Too Hard - how wonderful is that! In no particular order, we have:

- Sean Freeman - also Sax Man for Level 42, curry-cook extraordinaire and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet
- Simon Willescroft - also Sax Man for Duran Duran, international jet-setter and getting married next year (don't tell the ladies!)
- Scott Garland - once upon a time played sax with the Spice Girls (notice the “Spice” pattern going on here?), known for reaching stratospheric notes and loves yoga
- Bob Sydor - multi-wind instrument expert, and you’ll have seen & heard Bob on the TV & radio thousands of times without even knowing it, avid collector of mouthpieces 
- Simon Niblock - also Sax Man for Tony Hadley, arranger for 100s of artists and owns a very loopy boxer dog (who sings when Simon practices his sax)

We’ll be updating you again soon with details of the next section! Meanwhile, get your tickets here:
http://www.hippodromecasino.com/whatson/spice-fusion-3/

 

Spice Fusion at The Hippodrome Casino in London on 23rd December!

What a great way to kick-start your Christmas with some great, Spicy music at The Hippodrome Casino in London on Tuesday the 23rd of December... We'll even throw in a Christmas tune to get into the spirit of the season! Our guest singers will be the wonderful, beautiful Miranda Wilford and the coolest guy in town, Giles Terera. Bring your friends and family - and your festive spirit! Fun times guaranteed :-)

Book your tickets now!

Drummer Magazine, Nov issue: review of Spice Fusion gig

The Spice Fusion gig at The Hippodrome Casino on 30th September 2014 was reviewed in this month's Drummer Magazine - a wonderful article written by Callum Green. Here are a few of our favourite quotes:

"The energy was kept alive with one of the tightest rhythm sections around as they blasted through plenty of funk, soul and pop, from ABBA to Stevie Wonder..."

"The set had plenty of vibrancy... however, there were also moments of calm, filled with smooth, slow jazz."

"After Spice Fusion's wonderful roller coaster of a set, I went away not only humming all the great tunes, but also feeling inspired..."

Thanks, Callum! 

Read full article here.