The New Mastersounds return to the Jazz Café for a very special show that celebrates their 20th anniversary and co-incides with the release of their new album “Shake It”, featuring Atlanta-based vocalist Lamar Williams Jr.
NMS have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds in 1999. For the first five years of the band’s career they were regulars at the Jazz Café, before they began to turn heads on the funk scene in the US, where guitarist/producer/bandleader Eddie Roberts now lives. For over a decade now they have been a staple act of the late-night scene during New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest.
Soul singer Lamar Williams Jr, son of the late Allman Brothers bassist, was invited to sit in with The New Mastersounds at a show in Atlanta, GA in June of last year, covering songs by Lee Dorsey and Billy Preston. It was immediately obvious that the chemistry was right, and plans were hatched that evening to write and record an album together. The recording took place at Eddie Roberts’ Color Red Studios in Denver, Colorado in December.
At this, one of only two UK shows this year, the band will perform two 60-minute sets featuring a mix of favourites from across their 20-year recorded catalogue as well as killer cuts from the hotly anticipated new album “Shake It”.
Eddie Roberts – guitar
Simon Allen – drums
Pete Shand – bass guitar
Joe Tatton – keyboards
Featuring Lamar Williams Jr – vocals