Tribute To Prince – Jazz Cafe

Saturday 29th May 2010

Combine Eric Roberson’s soulful voice and Prince’s incredible tunes and you’re in for a superb great night out at the Jazz Cafe.

report to follow…

Roachford – Jazz Cafe

Thursday 5th November 2009

Once I heard Roachford was on tour and armed with the memory of a few songs, from an album recorded more than 20 years ago, I booked tickets for his concert.

I’d arranged to meet a mate outside the Jazz Cafe. For one reason or another, he got the dates wrong. Finally, I managed to track him down. Whilst waiting for him to arrive, I enjoyed the tasty beef terayaki in the Japanese restaurant next door.

The Jazz Cafe was packed inside, eagerly awaiting Roachford to appear. Once on stage, first impressions was that he hadn’t aged at all. He still looked well into his prime. Without following Roachford’s career, it almost felt like listening to a new live album. And to be fair, I really enjoyed it. A mixture of rock tunes and ballads entertained the crowd.

I couldn’t help feeling most of the crowd were waiting for one or two hit songs from his early days and after 90 minutes or so, he performed a superb rendition of Cuddly Toy. It was definitely worth the wait. Whilst Roachford may no longer be a regular in the charts, he can still produce quality music. I had loads of fun and got to hear one of my favourite songs from the late 80s sang live.

Eric Roberson – Jazz Cafe

Friday 9th October 2009

Eric Roberson was outstanding at the Stevie Wonder Birthday Party at the Jazz Cafe in May 2008. Now I had the chance to see this amazing singer/songwriter perform his own material.

The Jazz Cafe is a great little venue and the atmosphere is always good. With the anticipation of Eric Roberson coming on, it was packed out well in advance. So it was just a matter of finding a spot where you could enjoy the performance.

It was the first time I had been to a concert without knowing any of the material. But I don’t need to have heard a song beforehand to understand its quality. Eric Roberson performed tune after tune, and throughout the audience mostly sang along with him. He even took time out to sing into a mobile phone – not sure if was a) a video call or b) recording the video. It might even have been c) not recording at all, with the audience member just wanting to take a close up photo.

Eric Roberson played to his fans and you can tell everyone was thoroughly enjoying the performance. His improv song was a joy. Taking random words from the crowd and turning them into a song is no mean feat. But that just goes to show how talented he is.

I arrived not knowing any of his music. I left with 2 CDs and the confirmation that he is a true performer. It’s not easy for any artist to replace Stevie Wonder in my CD player, but for the time being it seems Eric Roberson has managed that. I’ve yet to give his latest album a full outing, but his greatest hits album, is truly great.