Music Round Up

First published in Music News

BEST known as front man of The Bluetones, Mark Morriss is heading out on his own after a farewell tour with his band. Labelled as Britpop survivors, The Bluetones were an indie rock band that achieved both gold and platinum selling albums. Now playing a more gentle sound, Mark enjoyed the experience of stripping songs down and playing them acoustically which he practised at open mic nights around London. His folktinged sound was obvious on his 2008 solo album Memory muscle. Mark’s charming and subtle sound will be coming to The Joiners tomorrow night.

n LIMP Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland brings his musical alter-ego to The Cellar on Tuesday. Black lights Burn takes music to the next level of experimentation and the show will be broadcasting songs from their new concept album, Lotus Island. Limp Bizkit achieved worldwide fame after the success of the song Rollin’ and have sold over 35 million records. Borland himself has been described as the most mysterious guitarist you could imagine with a changing sound. He is known for his sonic experimentation and elaborate visual appearance which he will undoubtedly bring with him to Southampton.

n HE is widely considered to be one of the UK’s finest jazz and blues singers.

TJ Johnson will be bringing his band and his multitude of talents, which include piano and drums, to The Concorde on Wednesday.

A true ambassador of soul, backed by his group of top British musicians, he plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel.

He is influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter and Jimmy Witherspoon.

TJ’s distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner brings both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere rarely equalled.

n FOR the first concert of the New Year, Southampton Jazz Club presents a musician with local connections and a global reputation.

Southampton-based pianist Andrew Daniels has worked with a veritable who’s who in British jazz including John Etheridge, Clark Tracey, Mornington Lockett and Dave O’Higgins as well as with bands as diverse as the Dick- Heckstall Smith Sextet, funk group The Jazz Terrorists and the Mingus tribute group, On The Corner.

The gig takes place at The Cellar on Monday.

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