Zee Gachette fri 15th, BN jazz

Zee Gachette will be joining the house band at Doug Ellingford’s Brighton blue note, hove actually for a night tearing it up and getting the whole crowd bouncing.  Zee’s last visit to the venue was outstanding with a beautiful first set of sweet jazz followed by a raucous mash up of drum n bass, dub step, reggae, funk and more creating a carnivalesque atmosphere with Zee mcing, beat boxing, playing djembe & guitar and generally keeping the rythm section on their toes.  If you want a night of dancing and watching an intense soulful performance (where you can even be part of the show – you’ll see) get yourself down to hove’s premier late nightjazz hangout on 63 church rd.  we’ve got Terry Pack on bass and Loz Thomas on drums as they did such a great job hangin in there last time plus myself on guitar.  We’re on 11pm til veeeery late with Brighton jaz school from 8pm, check out brightonbluenote.com for more info.  Free entry all night,

Here’s some info from Wikipedia…

Z*[1] left Trinidad at 18 years old to pursue her musical career in London. She started busking and doing gigs, and was soon signed to the President of A&M Records (now part of Island Records). However, the company went into liquidation prior to the album release.

Z* gathered a serious underground following with her residency at the Vibe Bar[2] on Brick Lane (London), as the ringleader and curator of Entry Level & Worship. Curating and introducing the audience to artists such as Shingai Shoniwa (The Noisettes), Nemo Jones (Faithless) and Keziah Jones.

It was through these residencies in 2002 that Z* was introduced to two times Danish Grammy nominee and dance music producer, Morten Varano (Murena Records,[3] Voodoo Recordings & DRAMA!king). He was then responsible for pairing Puddu Varano[4] with Z-Star (otherwise known as Lady Z) for the 12 inch release of “Blue Sky White Sand” which hit the number one slot on UK and Danish Radio 1 DJ favourites’ list. Shortly after, Lady Z and Morten decided to create SlowTrainSoul (originally named SlowTrain).

Their first album, “Illegal Cargo”[5] (licensed to Tommy Boy Records in the States and Playground in Europe) was favored by the Los Angeles radio stations and venues, and had tracks featured on many HBO TV Series including Six Feet UnderUgly BettyCalifornication[6] and CSI: Miami. In addition, tracks were aired in France, theNordicsRussiaItalyGreeceSpain…gathering an underground following, which now spans far beyond Europe into Korea, the PhilippinesCanada and Australia.

In 2003, shortly after the release of her first SlowTrainSoul album, while performing her acoustic soul jazz material in Rome, she was spotted by Francesca Bianchi (currently Gabin’s Manager) of EMI. Within weeks, the president of EMI (which later became Virgin EMI) signed Z-Star for a four album global deal. The first single was “Lost Highway”, and the album was “Who Loves Lives” (co-produced with her bass player, Vezio Bacci) in 2004.

She performed on Top of the Pops, Festival Bar, MTV Live and major festivals as well as receiving national radio airplay.

Next came the second SlowTrainSoul album “Santimanitay” (licensed to Quango in the States).

Many people will be familiar with the music from hearing tracks from both albums on compilation albums such as Buddha Bar, Nirvana Lounge and Hotel Costes.

In 2009, Z* returned to her acoustic roots and recorded her fifth album “Masochists & Martyrs” – inspired by and dedicated to her mother, Schultzi. The songs depict how love shapes us and ultimately how love reveals the masochist and martyr within us all. Released on her independent label, Muthastar Records, set up with business partner, Lucy Anderson. The album has been deemed “a creative masterpiece” by Blues&Soul magazine.[7]

Recently touring Europe and Russia, as well as collaborating with world champion loopmaster and beatboxer Shlomo, performing with Nigel Kennedy at BergenFest, Polish Woodstock and Ronnie Scotts as well as on his new Sony/BMG album, Arthur Brown (musician) at the Ray Davies Meltdown at Southbank Centre, and Jarek Smietana.

Theatrical career

In 2001, Z* had a role in Mannafest’s production of “The Mango Lick” (a combination of poetry, music and theatre) directed by Rayshell, performing alongside Umar Bin Hassan[8] (The Last Poet’s) and musicians, Marque Gilmore and Michael Mondesir. In 2002, Z* performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the celebrity cast of “The Vagina Monologues” alongside Isabella Rossellini, Myeera Syal and Beverley Knight. As well as playing a striking femme fatale role in Oliver Ashton’s dance short “The Jaffa Man” previewed in 2003 on BBC1 and at many film festivals nationwide.

Influences and Collaborations

Z-Star’s influences have been cited as Nina SimoneThe DoorsPeter Green &Fleetwood MacYusef LateefMeshell NdegeocelloMiles DavisJoan ArmatradingBob MarleyLauren HillErykah BaduThe RootsKeziah JonesJohnny CashÁstor Piazzolla, Shuggie Ottis, Chuck BerryStevie WonderMarvin GayeAlice Coltrane,Chris PierceCat StevensTerry Callier, 4 Hero, Fink, Mos DefZero 7Massive Attack, Thomas Dybdal, ShadowBillie HolidaySarah Vaughn and Belo Velos.

Z* has written, recorded and performed with Terry CallierNigel KennedyKeziah JonesRichie HavensMeshell NdegeocelloMax Sedgley,[9] George BensonSinéad O’ConnorMatthew HerbertNatacha Atlas, Youssu Ndour, Angelique KidjoNoel MckoyOmarYoussu Ndour, Baby Charles and Isabella Rossellini. Many collaborations with Sunlightsquare over the years, in 2008 their cover of Pastime Paradise was featured by Gilles Peterson on his Radio BBC1 show, and Sunlightsquare have remixed Z-Star’s 2011 UK summer single, Tension.

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