Fiery and Hard-hitting"
Time Out ★★★★
" Absolutely Fantastic!”
Clare Teal BBC Radio 2
*The stylish environment of our club creates a laid back, relaxed ambience where you can really appreciate great live music.
Join us for a drink, Ariela's finest Italian ice cream & light bites. For a really special night out with a fabulous atmosphere.
Ziggy's - one of London’s best live music venues.
A night out that you'll want to repeat!
“Awesome” Ronnie Scott’s “
"Absolutely Fantastic” Clare Teal – BBC Radio 2
Powerhouse drummer Steve Taylor and the Big Band eXpLoSiOn
celebrate Ziggy’s 6th Anniversary Show by launching their New Album “HITS” performing some of Steve’s favourite music & songs with the
Big Band eXpLoSiOn’s trademark style.
Taylor leads the band with his unmistakably vibrant drumming together with the luscious vocals of Ziggy’s co-curator/percussionist/ writing partner Josie Frater.
The band features 16 of the hottest horn charged crew around including Sax maestros, Parliamentary Jazz award winner Phil Meadows & long-time collaborator Vasilis Xenopoulos.
Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn always deliver, being acknowledged by fans and critics alike as one of the most exciting
British jazz groups on the music scene; wowing audiences at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival and Ziggy’s to name a few.
Taylor has performed with Ian Shaw, Claire Martin obe, Omar mbe, appeared as featured guest BBC Radio 2 Clare Teal show and shared the stage with likes of Mica Paris and Hollywood acting legends at the Old Vic.
Steve fuses his love of jazz, swing, rock and World Music to perform, high-energy material that expresses both tenderness and power in
the same instant.
Expect musical fireworks & Steve’s deftly crafted arrangements of Al Jarreau, Gil Scott-Heron, Quincy Jones
Buddy Rich, George Benson plus icing the cake with brand new original tracks & special guests.
“Fiery & Hard Hitting” Time Out
"Powerhouse drumming" Rhythm
“THIS BIG BAND SWINGS, DRIVES, GROOVES AND ROCKS LIKE NO OTHER..”
BBC Radio 2 -Janey Lee Grace -Steve Wright show
New Album “Hits”
“Live at Ziggy’s” (2015)
“Good Things Happen” (2012)
“Live in London” (2010)
'Ziggy's 6th Anniversary SPECIAL'
“Fiery & hard-hitting” Time Out *****
Bank Holiday Special
“Jazz-Funk VA Va Voom!” Time Out *****
‘you know what the Funk is about’
(Fred Wesley – trombonist - James Brown)
‘Out and out spectacular Jazz- Funk’ (Snowboy - DJ)
In the funkiest tradition of Bootsy Collins, the J B All-stars, Tower of Power & the James Taylor Quartet.
Live and on record, FUNKESTRA have worked with the likes of Steely Dan, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, JB All-stars, Van Morrison, Sting, Incognito & The Brand New Heavies.
Funkestra’s name accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music Lead by renowned UK/European Bass Star -Stefan Redtenbacher, featuring internationally acclaimed soulful vocalist Helena May - joined in a pulsating rhythm section by top USA Drummer Mike Sturgis (Tom Jones, Bob James, Randy Brecker) with its fiery horn section frontline featuring Simon Allen (Jools Holland/Jamie Cullum) and slinky guitar of Eran Kendler, performing original funky grooves with freewheeling style that is hard to beat. A heady brew of raw energy, funk-driven bass riffs & fiery horn arrangements with which the band are now synonymous.
Thrilling audiences in London, across the UK & Europe, at Pizza Express Live, 606 club and most recently with the 50 piece orchestra! at The Royal Northern College of Music,
FUNKESTRA is highly entertaining, applying tremendous musicianship to some amazing music.
Their ninth album “The Time Thief” Out Now
‘A guaranteed good night out! (Steve Rubie, 606 Jazz Club)
MEMBERS: Stefan Redtenbacher (bass, bandleader), Mike Sturgis (drums), Eran Kendler (guitar), Rob Taggart/Dave Limina (keys), Sid Gauld/Paul Jordaneous (trumpet), Simon Allen/Rob Fowler (tenor sax), Brendan Reilly/Helena-May (vocals)//