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Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

THE SPACE – INTERVIEWS WITH SINGER/SONGWRITER GAZ COOMBES AND PRESENTER & CAMPAIGNER GAIL PORTER (AND AUDIENCE Q&As)

Doors 19:10, starts at 19:45 (times may change slightly) / www.thespace.uk.com

GAZ COOMBES


Gaz Coombes co-formed the band Supergrass in 1993 and they released their debut album, I Should Coco, in 1995, finding themselves part of the Britpop scene. The album’s singles include Caught by the Fuzz and the highly upbeat Alright. They released five more albums and had a total of 14 top 40 singles, such as Going Out, Moving and Pumping on Your Stereo. Supergrass split up in 2010 and two years later, Gaz released his first solo album, Here Come the Bombs. He followed it up with two more, Matador and World’s Strongest Man. Supergrass reformed in 2019 and they were to play gigs around the world in 2020, but all were cancelled, due to COVID. The story of the band and Gaz Coombes, as well as their impact, is certainly far from over.
www.gazcoombes.com www.supergrass.com

GAIL PORTER


Gail Porter is a presenter, a former model and a campaigner, including for mental health issues. Her TV career included presenting on shows such as Top of the Pops, The Movie Chart Show, Live and Kicking and The Big Breakfast. She appeared on many others, including Celebrity Big Brother in 2015. Gail’s autobiography, My Story of Love, Fame and Survival, was published in 2008. Last year, BBC One broadcast Being Gail Porter, a revealing documentary that covered her struggles, including with depression and alopecia, which resulted in her losing her hair. Gail has worked with The Children’s Trust, a UK charity which supports children with brain injuries, and she is an ambassador for the Samaritans.
www.gailporter.co.uk



Monday, September 6th, 2021

Brightons Acid Jazz and Funk Jam Returns!

The music is improvised around a riff or simple chord progression, with the groove as the guide. Occasionally we might slip into tunes like Cantaloupe Island, Maiden Voyage or Chameleon.
Someone calls a key and starts a riff and everyone brings their sound to the mix. It’s a great opportunity to stretch out, work on your improvising or just dance to the funky grooves. Everyone is welcome, percussionists, horn players, vocalists, rappers, didgeridoo and harmonica players too.
As with most jams, amps, keyboards and drums are provided, please treat them with respect. Guitarists, bassists, horn players etc please bring your own instruments. Please arrive in good time so we can get you up to do 1 or 2 numbers.
If you want some clues about the kind of stuff we do, check out bands like The Brand New Heavies, Down to the Bone, Jamiroquai, Incognito, Herbie Hancocks Headhunters and John Scofields Uberjam as well as the demo on the BGP page. http://soundcloud.com/brighton-groove-project/short-demo

Entry is free and there will be an opportunity to donate to the house bands during the night.



Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

THE SPACE – INTERVIEWS WITH MUSICIAN PHIL MANZANERA AND SINGER/SONGWRITER MARTIN FRY (AND AUDIENCE Q&As)

Doors 19:10, starts at 19:45 (times may change slightly) / www.thespace.uk.com

PHIL MANZANERAPhil Manzanera is a renowned musician and producer, best known as the lead guitarist with Roxy Music, which he joined in 1972. They recorded eight albums in ten years and their biggest songs include Love is the Drug, Virginia Plain and Dance Away. Songs Phil co-wrote with the group include Over You, a number 5 hit in 1980. Since his debut solo album, 1975’s Diamond Head, he released eight more. Among other production work, Phil co-produced Pink Floyd’s 2014 album, The Endless River, and David Gilmour’s last two solo albums, Rattle that Lock and On an Island. Other musicians that he worked with include Steve Winwood, Godley and Crème and Robert Wyatt.

www.manzanera.com

MARTIN FRY Martin Fry co-founded the group ABC in 1980, becoming its lead singer and songwriter. They released their classic album, The Lexicon of Love in 1982, which included the hit singles The Look of Love, Poison Arrow and All of My Heart. It entered the UK chart at number one and was the year’s biggest-selling album. ABC’s other hit songs include When Smokey Sings, Tears are Not Enough and The Night You Murdered Love. They have toured extensively, playing a variety of shows, and released The Lexicon of Love II in 2016 to wide acclaim.

www.abcmartinfry.com