“Fantastic!” CLARE TEAL - BBC RADIO 2
“Ziggy's Get's it right!" Mica Paris
“Epic, Uplifting" London Jazz Festival -TIme Out ★★★★
ZIGGYS WORLD JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS
JIM MULLEN WITH ZIGGY'S all star HOUSE BAND
A five times winner of Best Guitarist in the British Jazz Awards and recipient of a lifetime achievement award in 2015, Jim has performed with US jazz stars including Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, Percy Sledge and Teddy Edwards. During the 70's and 80's he co-led the legendary jazz fusion band Morrissey Mullen and was guitarist with funk and R&B group The Average White Band, famous for their million-selling instrumental track 'Pick Up the Pieces'. Today Jim collaborates with Jazz Funk stars INCOGNITO plus household names Hamish Stuart, Georgia Fame, Claire Martin obe.
Jims highly original guitar style incorporates blues and soul as well as jazz. A self-styled ghetto kid from Glasgow, Jim Mullen says his family had no money for music education, so he taught himself. There was nobody to fix my mistakes, he recalls, so basically Im left-handed playing right-handed. Also [like his hero Wes Montgomery] I play with my thumb.
To make up for this he uses an abundance of guitar techniques like hammers-on, pull-offs, sliding and bending which result in Jim's trademark legendary sound & phrasing.
He will be joined tonight by Ziggy's irrepressible All-star house band.
“Absolutely Fantastic” Clare Teal BBC Radio 2
“One of the great jazz guitarists of all time” Jazzwise magazine
Powerhouse drummer Steve Taylor and the Big Band eXpLoSiOn
celebrate Ziggy’s 7th Anniversary Show
performing some of Steve’s favourite music & songs with the
Big Band eXpLoSiOn’s trademark style.
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.
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.
Steve fuses his love of jazz, swing, rock and world music performing, high-energy material that expresses both tenderness and power in
the same instant.
New Album “Hits”
“Live at Ziggy’s” (2015)
“Good Things Happen” (2012)
“Live in London” (2010)
“Fiery & Hard Hitting” Time Out
"Powerhouse drumming" Rhythm magazine
“THIS BIG BAND SWINGS, DRIVES, GROOVES AND ROCKS LIKE NO OTHER..”
BBC Radio 2 -Janey Lee Grace -Steve Wright show